The Nevers: Season 1 (2021)

Season 1
The Nevers

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Despite strong performances and stellar production design, The Nevers struggles to stitch its slew of intriguing components into a solid show.



Critic Ratings: 47


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User Ratings: 267

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Air date: Apr 11, 2021

In 1899 London, Amalia True and Penance Adair work to protect their kind from widespread, deepening antipathy, three years after an inexplicable event suddenly equipped them with extraordinary abilities. Meanwhile, police inspector Frank Mundi investigates a string of murders at the hands of a reportedly Touched and highly dangerous serial killer named Maladie. Series premiere.

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Air date: Apr 18, 2021

The city reels from Maladie's opera debut as Mundi takes a personal stake in tracking her down, and Amalia launches an investigation of her own. Meanwhile, the charitable Lavinia Bidlow seeks to destigmatize the Touched at a society event; Hugo Swann enlists Lavinia's younger brother Augie to help monetize his illicit enterprise; and a deranged doctor conducts a series of experiments.

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Air date: Apr 25, 2021

Penance creates an amplifier to spread Mary's hope-inspiring song across the city, but first, Mary must find her elusive voice. As danger mounts against her group, Amalia propositions an unlikely ally and sets out to expand the Orphanage's reach. Swann further entangles Augie and Mundi in his business affairs.

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Air date: May 2, 2021

While Mundi seeks justice, Amalia and her most trusted advisors make a list of potential enemies; Harriet, Primrose, and the other Orphans attempt to decipher a message; and later, Amalia exposes an unexpected threat.

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Air date: May 9, 2021

The city buzzes with anticipation over a pending execution, as Penance grapples with a moral calling at odds with Amalia's plan. With the two women at a crossroads, the Orphans must decide whom to follow.

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Air date: May 16, 2021

After Amalia's origin story is revealed, a long-awaited reunion crystallizes the Orphans' mission.

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In the last years of Victoria's reign, London is beset by the "Touched": people -- mostly women -- who suddenly manifest abnormal abilities -- some charming, some very disturbing. Among them are Amalia True (Laura Donnelly), a mysterious, quick-fisted widow, and Penance Adair (Ann Skelly), a brilliant young inventor. They are the champions of this new underclass, making a home for the Touched, while fighting the forces of... well, pretty much all the forces -- to make room for those whom history as we know it has no place.

Cast & Crew

Tom Riley
Augustus "Augie" Bidlow
Anna Devlin
Primrose Chattoway
Pip Torrens
Lord Massen
Ben Chaplin
Detective Frank Mundi
Viola Prettejohn
Myrtle Haplisch
Zackary Momoh
Dr. Horatio Cousens
Olivia Williams
Lavinia Bidlow
Ann Skelly
Penance Adair
Nick Frost
Declan Orrun
Rochelle Neil
Annie Carbey
Ella Smith
Desirée Blodgett
Denis O'Hare
Dr. Edmund Hague
Jane Espenson
Executive Producer
Ilene S. Landress
Executive Producer
Bernadette Caulfield
Executive Producer
Douglas Petrie
Executive Producer
Philippa Goslett
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for The Nevers Season 1

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (21)

"The Nevers'" inconsistencies can make for a maddening viewing experience - sending you from the edge of your seat to sprawled out on the floor, trying to find your eyes after they rolled out of your head... But I'd be lying if I said I'm done.

Apr 9, 2021 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

The world-building, at least, is extensive, and it's possible later episodes might benefit from having carved out so much narrative real estate, so many competing interests. But these early episodes are crowded.

Apr 9, 2021 | Full Review…

When I finished watching, there were no characters I felt drawn to, or provoked by. I took in all the excess and atmosphere, all the flippant banter and brutal fighting, and I was left untouched.

Apr 8, 2021 | Full Review…

The Nevers doesn't want for narrative, but it feels like Whedon throwing all the Buffy-lite ideas he had together ... and hoping some of it would gel.

Apr 7, 2021 | Full Review…

Production values are top notch, the dialogue crackles and I am looking forward to the next episodes with eagerness.

May 7, 2021 | Full Review…

The only thing that is for certain is that The Nevers rarely feels like a cohesive tale but one trying to cram too much into a shorter, marquee cable series run of ten episodes. While never a bad series, The Nevers is mostly a forgettable one.

May 4, 2021 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

This potentially provocative, supernatural sci-fi series is unfocused and uneven.

May 3, 2021 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

To paraphrase Coco Chanel: This is a TV show that should look in the mirror and take off one plot point before exiting the house.

Apr 30, 2021 | Full Review…

The Nevers is muddled, overcrowded, and less-than-engaging despite its complex lore and flashy special effects.

Apr 18, 2021 | Full Review…

If The Nevers does get to continue, having someone else in charge could be the special power it really needs.

Apr 16, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

The Nevers may get better when Whedon is no longer involved. It also may not. As it stands, the show is airing proof that Whedon's former proficiency, which insulated him from experiencing the consequences of his disturbing actions, has vanished.

Apr 15, 2021 | Full Review…

The world still feels under construction and confused about what its purpose is, something that feels indicative of the lack of a consistent architect throughout.

Apr 15, 2021 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Nevers: Season 1

  • 6h ago
    One of the best new shows this season! Captivating in its wimsey, The Nevers delivers mystery, drama, and a bit of need more show with each episode.
  • 10h ago
    I went in completely blind, I didn't watch the trailer, or read about the show beforehand, and I'm glad I finally stumbled upon a show that's fun, exciting, and interesting for 2021. I really like the characters, the whole premise, and I can't wait to see if my theories about the mystery in The Nevers are correct. Hopefully there will be a season 2!
  • 10h ago
    Don't listen to the negative nelly's about this show. It's got all the right elements... Victorian England, badass lady fighting protagonists, mysterious as-of-yet-explained superpowers... Laura Donnelly kills it and it's just super fun romp. There's a reason the audience score is above 85%!!
  • 2d ago
    Could not get into it at all. Was just plain boring. I normally enjoy this kind of show but this one was lacking. Not sure why, maybe the direction, cast or story.
  • 3d ago
    Spellbinding. The characters and the story draw you in and each episode seems to have a mini-reveal. Most shows make you watch 22 episodes before a big reveal. The show is not afraid to make bold moves with characters in much fewer episodes. If they can echo the format it would be nice to see at least 12 episodes next season. Bravo cast of Nevers. Seems like the critics are more interested in how they feel about the creator than actually giving the hard working cast and other members of the credit credit for crafting something incredible.
  • 3d ago
    This show is so much fun. Steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy fun. Plus, Laura Donnelly kills it. :D
  • 4d ago
    Superb originality, great acting, keeps you engaged & focused. The unpredictability of the storyline is sublime. Innovation & creativity is championed more so with women leading the charge in a victorian era, a breath of fresh air. Its made for smart progressive minds & it doesnot disappoint.
  • 4d ago
    It's good, I recommend it.
  • 5d ago
    Usually I like this type of show and time, but this just plain sucks and is all over the place. It's like a really dulled down weak all women x-men who all have crappy powers. Boring slow and just nothing to look forward to week to week.
  • 5d ago
    I'm a big fan of this genre, but this series isn't really up to snuff. Sarah Donnelly isn't really believable as a brawling madwoman. Her role in "Brittania" was much more convincing (Brittania is amazing BTW). On the other hand... Amy Manson is massively FUN to watch in her role as the psychotic Maladie! Visually, this entire series is absolutely on-point. Every scene is beautiful, and every set / every prop is constructed wonderfully. The music is somewhat forgettable, almost an afterthought. Occasionally I find myself losing interest in the plot, and some of the writing here is paint-by-the-numbers stuff.

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