The Man in the High Castle: Season 1 (2015)

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Critic Consensus: By executive producer Ridley Scott, The Man in the High Castle is unlike anything else on TV, with an immediately engrossing plot driven by quickly developed characters in a fully realized post-WWII dystopia.

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Air date: Jan 15, 2015
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Air date: Nov 20, 2015
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Air date: Nov 20, 2015
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Air date: Nov 20, 2015
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Air date: Nov 20, 2015
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Air date: Nov 20, 2015
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Air date: Nov 20, 2015
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Air date: Nov 20, 2015
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Air date: Nov 20, 2015
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Air date: Nov 20, 2015

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Critic Reviews for The Man in the High Castle Season 1

All Critics (58) | Top Critics (30)

The best new drama of this 2015 crop, and a show well worth supporting.

Oct 26, 2015 | Full Review…
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With brooding British actor Rufus Sewell leading a strong cast, this history-twisting dystopian fantasy is must-see streaming TV.

Oct 26, 2015 | Full Review…

There are a few flaws in the six episodes Amazon made available for review, but none of them undermines the depth and power of Dick's premise.

Sep 25, 2015 | Full Review…

If you were looking for a reason to sign up for Amazon Prime, this is it.

Sep 21, 2015 | Full Review…

The direction hid the episode's big surprise well, and the drama continued to promise more.

Mar 11, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

There might be almost too much information involved; there are certain scenes you'll want to rewatch or freeze-frame through, just to get all the details. But damn, do we want to see more of it.

Feb 1, 2015 | Full Review…

Where it really shines is the fact that this feels like a lived-in world.

Jan 22, 2018 | Full Review…

The best new show of the fall season (and there is no close second) is not on a broadcast network... The honor belongs to... Amazon and its luminous series version of The Man in the High Castle.

Nov 18, 2015 | Full Review…

The first episode of this new Amazon Prime Instant Video series is slow-paced, but intriguing enough to make me want more.

Oct 26, 2015 | Full Review…

Former X-Files producer Frank Spotnitz is just the guy to take on Phillip K. Dick's novel of Nazis and the Japanese splitting up the United States after winning World War II, and the pilot concludes on a hell of a twist.

Sep 18, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Man in the High Castle: Season 1

½

JonathanW

Super Reviewer

½

"The Man In The High Castle" is good and entertaining, but there's just a little something "off" about it that keeps you from loving it. For example: how many Nazi movies have you seen where the opening credits are set to a show tune...sung as a dirge...with a bizarre pidgin English enunciation? If this seems intriguing to you, I would agree -- but it also hints that something's not quite right with whole project. The acting quality is inconsistent, which can be off-putting at times. Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa and Joel de la Fuente are very good in their roles as occupying Japanese characters. Rufus Sewell and Alexa Davalos are better than average, while the hunks (Kleintank and Evans) are merely adequate for their roles. For a lesson in flat, two-dimensional acting, look no further than the uninspired performance of Camille Sullivan as the Pacific States resistance leader who may have been sight reading her role. I simply couldn't tell -- or care about -- what was going on in the Pacific States resistance -- which is somewhat problematic for a movie of this type. Nor did I really care much about any of the characters (except Tagawa's!) after 10 episodes, which again, is problematic for a serial story. The script is good, but not great. The story and twists are good, but they seem to lack grounding. Similarly, the period costumes and CGI visual effects are good but not great. That's how it is for the whole season: Good, but something prevents it from being great. You'll have fun if you watch it, but you probably won't gather around the water cooler with your coworkers to discuss anything about "The Man In The High Castle" after you've seen it.

ChristianC

Super Reviewer

½

The Man In the High Castle is a alternative historical drama where the Axis won the second world war and the United States became divided between the Japanese, the German and the Free States. A woman living in the Japanese colony found a secret film showing what would happen if Allied won the war, she then must deliver it to resistance forces while others have plans to prevent rebellions from happening. Quite thoughtful but rather slow in terms of the pacing

SylvesterK

Super Reviewer

Based on a Philip K. Dick novel, The Man in the High Castle is a groundbreaking sci-fi drama that delivers an extraordinarily compelling first season. Executive produced by Ridley Scott and developed by Frank Spotnitz (a former X-Files producer), the show is set in an alternative reality where the Allies lost World War II and the United States has been divided between Japan and Germany, and the story follows a young woman in San Francisco who is drawn into the resistance movement when she is given a subversive film and tasked with getting it to the Neutral Zone, where she meets a Nazi double agent who's infiltrated the resistance. Starring Alexa Davalos, Luke Kleintank, and Rufus Sewell, the cast is quite strong; particularly Sewell, who steals every scene, giving a captivating performance every time. Also, the costumes and set designs are incredibly well-done, creating a unique look and feel for the series. And the music, especially the theme song "Edelweiss," does a brilliant job at setting the tone. Smart and provocative, Season 1 of The Man in the High Castle is unlike anything else on television.

DannM

Super Reviewer

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