The Legend of Master Legend: Season 1 (2017)


Critic Consensus: This stranger than fiction true story packs too modest a punch to hit its intended mark, but as a showcase for John Hawkes, The Legend of Master Legends nearly lives up to its namesake.


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Air date: Mar 17, 2017

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Critic Reviews for The Legend of Master Legend Season 1

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (8)

Maybe we don't get it either, but there needs to be more empathy or action in this black comedy for it to be worthy of [John] Hawkes' commitment.

Oct 19, 2017 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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It's not quite cooked as a pilot, but there's grit and spark to teen actress Washington, as if we're watching a star rising.

Mar 24, 2017 | Full Review…
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While the premise of the series is certainly interesting, the pilot is a little slow and tonally scattered. Still, Legend is the kind of guy whose character deserves further exploration.

Oct 19, 2017 | Full Review…

The Legend of Master Legend works as an intriguing, somewhat distanced tragicomedy that's greatly helped by John Hawkes' performance as a delusional do-gooder who discovers that he can't be both a superhero and a husband.

Mar 23, 2017 | Rating: 7.7/10 | Full Review…

The Legend of Master Legend is promising, yet slight.

Mar 23, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Director James Ponsoldt is always good at tone blending, and this pilot has effective Vegas underbelly grit, brief notes of fantasy, a little action and a couple of scenes of real sweetness.

Apr 5, 2017 | Full Review…

A perfect vehicle for [John] Hawkes.

Oct 19, 2017 | Full Review…

A disquieting subject that makes for an off-putting show.

Oct 19, 2017 | Full Review…

Hawkes deserves better than this. Legend's deeds are noble but his execution leaves much to be desired. Ditto the show.

Mar 20, 2017 | Rating: 3/10 | Full Review…

Hawkes and a fine cast imbue the whole thing with a humanity and casually worn complexity that invites hope that the show can fly above other shows in this genre. Or at least find is own compelling, distinct path.

Mar 17, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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