The Midnight Gospel: Season 1 (2020)


Season 1
The Midnight Gospel

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The Midnight Gospel's strange brew won't be for all tastes, but those willing to drink deep will find a wealth of vibrant visuals and illuminating insights.

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User Ratings: 389

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Episodes

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Air date: Apr 20, 2020
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Critic Reviews for The Midnight Gospel Season 1

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (6)

We often say that a show is 'like nothing else on television' and it's usually an act of critical hyperbole. Trust me. It's true here.

Apr 23, 2020 | Full Review…

The Midnight Gospel" is overloaded with so many ideas it often threatens to devolve into one of those ephemeral late-night Adult Swim gambits... but Ward (who directs every episode) always comes back to the plot.

Apr 14, 2020 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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The result is a little like Mr Benn for adults or, if you prefer, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, but with Jerry Seinfeld replaced by a pink cartoon human wearing nothing but a Gandalf hat and a hand towel to conceal his modesty.

Apr 20, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

There is a lot of activity in the foreground, background and middle ground of the frame, and the series is worth watching twice just to take in the details.

Apr 20, 2020 | Full Review…

Whether you're a fan of podcasts or adult animation, The Midnight Gospel offers a mind-bending experience to viewers that has not really been seen before.

May 22, 2020 | Full Review…

If you like the kind of topics podcasts cover, you'll like this. If you like cartoons, you'll like this. The creators are taking the gamble that you really like both.

Apr 29, 2020 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…

The interviews are interspersed with just enough dialogue to intertwine them with the action, and the result is bizarrely immersive, with the animation serving to prop up the conversation just as often as it provides a non-sequitur palate cleanser.

Apr 22, 2020 | Full Review…

The Midnight Gospel stuns, and a deeper foray into Clancy's adventures in the Chromatic Ribbon is well-deserved.

Apr 22, 2020 | Full Review…

It's not everyone's cup of tea, but The Midnight Gospel is fascinatingly strange, and if you listen to what is actually talked about, you may come away with some insight into the human condition.

Apr 21, 2020 | Full Review…

Ultimately, this experiment with narrative and visual forms works, making The Midnight Gospel the rare piece of legitimately daring television available right now.

Apr 20, 2020 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Duncan Trussell and Pendleton Ward's The Midnight Gospel is unlike anything else on television.

Apr 20, 2020 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

While the combination of creative talent behind the scenes is a winner, this new series is likely only going to appeal to the Adult Swim crowd. Your mile(high)age may vary.

Apr 20, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Midnight Gospel: Season 1

  • 4d ago
    Honestly I think this is original and beautiful. I seriously want to see a whole lot more. The concept of having a discussion of different topics presented with this gorgeous kind of art added a whole touch of emotions and feelings to keep interest in the conversation adds a way to think about certain aspects of life. I had to see it twice to really catch what was going because of so much activity, but it was really worth it. Overall it is a very well done job and I really hope to see more of it!
  • 4d ago
    I don't have words for how personal this show hits you.
  • 4d ago
    This show is deep and has something for anyone. Whether you're intrigued by the individual storyline, the imparted wisdom or the eccentric animation, you will find something to fall in love with. The script maintains its podcast-like tone while not making it awkward. The show was beautifully put together and truly a work of art.
  • 4d ago
    Watched this show twice already, getting ready for a third viewing. For people who expect this to be an "adult swim knockoff" youre expecting all cartoons to be Rick and Morty because theyre all animated. Its like expecting all guitar players to be rock stars, its just a crazy extrapolation, many guitar players play jazz, or folk too man. This show is based off of mostly pre-recorded podcasts done by the voice actor of Clancy, the main character (also called The Midnight Gospel), to which animation is drawn. If you hate podcasts do not expect to enjoy this show. If youre okay with them, or even like them, this show will likely be one of the most moving things you've ever ever ever seen. I saw it twice, Bawled one time, almost cried the second, my girlfriend cried the first time thru it too.
  • 5d ago
    Midnight Gospel can be jarring at first, but each episode is so beautiful, and the podcast dialogue is really the focal point of each story. The visuals are a beautiful aid in exploring each topic of discussion, some in more obvious ways than others. With a few dips into worldbuilding and character development that are reminiscent of Adventure time, the universe of Midnight Gospel both leaves one satisfied, but curious for more. I really hope there'll be a second season, but if this is the only one, there's so much to unpack (for only 8 episodes) that I'm happy with what Pen Ward and Duncan Trussell have given us. (Also, not every adult-oriented cartoon is Rick & Morty, and that's okay. There don't need to be any more comparisons.)
  • 5d ago
    I like the topics the show covers and I like cartoons, but I don't much care for this show. The animation is very energetic, but I find that the visuals undermine the dialogue rather than enhance it. There is so much happening onscreen and in the conversations, and very rarely does it coalese into something I can follow, much less care about. It's like trying to listen to a podcast and watch a TV show at the same time. I don't know what I should be paying attention to at any given point and find myself just tuning it all out. It's a shame, because I like the experimental approach to structuring an animated show, and the open ended premise is promising, and aesthetically it looks pretty good, and clearly the creators cared about it and put a lot into it, but I find it exhausting and overwrought. I actually think it would work better if they took a more early-adult-swim-slacker approach to the animation, a la Space Ghost.
  • 5d ago
    Probably the worst show I've ever seen. At first from the trailer it makes it look like an adult swim version of adventure time, but when you throw it on it's a lame podcast over lazy animation, the podcasts were all terrible and felt like psychotic ramblings about absolutely nothing. The entire show I was quite bored which was sad because it had potential to be a great adult swim show. Closer to the end episode 7 was actually an ok episode, it being the only one without an interview, it was actually quite interesting to watch and I actually enjoyed it. And after it all the show made no sense for example the last episode he interviews his mom, but the previous episode, he stated that both his parents were dead. Overall this is an awful show and an absolute waste of time, I hope the don't make a second season because that would be confusing and I believe this show should live and die on one season and possibly should have never been made
  • May 20, 2020
    The midnight gospel is a trippy animation that explores many philosophical topics such as death and spirituality. It is clearly influenced by psycedelics both in its topics and its animation. I must say that I quite like the show but I can see it not being for everyone. Some episodes are very new-age spirituality so if you're not into that scene it's probably worth skipping. Personally, it connected with me as I'm into this sort of culture and although some episodes didn't connect (episode 3 off the top of my head) I think there is some important lessons to be found in this series. It reminds me of Adult Swim cartoons which is in no ways a bad thing. The animation is gorgeous and the music is really good. Overall, I'd say this is a far from perfect series but it feels earnest and has enough going for it that I'd recommend it to anyone who is interested in experimental and trippy shows.
  • May 20, 2020
    Best. Show. Ever. To watch it you will need to endure a meditation of sorts, training your attention to absorb everything happening in front of you. And you will fail. And you will do it all over again. And probably fail again. At this point the feathers on your reincarnation bird will start to be somewhat a rare find. But you will do it again. And maybe finally succeed. What I mean is: you will have to see each episode more than once in order to fully grasp everything that is being said/happening. And at the end of this process you will probably end up knowing yourself a little bit better. Not a bad thing to achieve through an 8-episode animated series. HAVE FUN!
  • May 20, 2020
    A really interesting series of interviews that loosely relate to the cartoon of the episode. Spirituality takes center stage in these interviews and it's great. I watched the entire season in 1 sitting and was entertained from start to finish. Great show

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