The OA: Season 1 (2016)

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The OA is more than OK.

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Critic Ratings: 66

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Episodes

Air date: Dec 16, 2016

The premiere of the quirky drama about a young woman who resurfaces after having been missing for seven years. First up: Prairie turns up at a hospital with strange scars on her back.

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Air date: Dec 16, 2016

The OA recalls her life after a childhood accident.

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Air date: Dec 16, 2016

A journalist makes an offer to the family; and, at Hap's, a bond is formed with Hap and the others.

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Air date: Dec 16, 2016

OA is given a new perspective due to a dilemma; and Homer tries to learn more about Hap's experiments.

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Air date: Dec 16, 2016

Hap singles out a new test subject; Homer and OA work on their escape plan; and Scott can't take it anymore.

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Air date: Dec 16, 2016

The group seeks the final movement; and a twist of events gives Hap's work a new urgency.

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Air date: Dec 16, 2016

An outing with Steve and Abel impacts OA; and Steve's life is tossed into turmoil.

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Air date: Dec 16, 2016

In the Season 1 finale, the OA recalls the last night at Hap's; and the fragments of her dream come together.

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Cast & Crew

Ian Alexander
Buck Vu
Jason Isaacs
Dr. Hunter Hap
Phyllis Smith
Elizabeth '`Betty" Broderick-Allen
Patrick Gibson
Steve Winchell
Alice Krige
Nancy Johnson
Scott Wilson
Abel Johnson
Brit Marling
Prairie Johnson
Michael Sugar
Executive Producer
Jeremy Kleiner
Executive Producer
Sarah Esberg
Executive Producer
Brad Pitt
Executive Producer
Dede Gardner
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for The OA Season 1

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (32)

Oh, man. If we take The OA exactly 1000 times less seriously than The OA takes itself, we might have found the best show of 2016.

Dec 19, 2016 | Full Review…

What's most striking... is the richness of the story. It weaves in such a variety of textures and styles and allusions that it sometimes feels transparently absurd, but it's hard not to be drawn in given the wealth of different objects on offer.

Dec 19, 2016 | Full Review…

I haven't seen anything quite like The OA, whose twists were gripping enough to keep me going even in some moments when I'd otherwise have been rolling my eyes.

Dec 19, 2016 | Full Review…

The OA feels like a singular, focused effort, which gives it an addictive confidence... Such an aggressive reach... eventually leads to the story tripping over itself, but the imagination is to be admired more than the end result derided.

Dec 16, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

It is a swing and a miss on a colossal level, but oh, what a swing.

Dec 22, 2016 | Full Review…

It feels like the sort of show that would be a background joke in an episode of BoJack Horseman and/or something Jack Donaghy would pitch on 30 Rock.

May 16, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The OA showcases minority voices that are largely ignored in American media.

Aug 8, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Though the show was slow going at first, its interesting narrative and beautiful visual tidbits kept me coming back for more.

May 17, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The show seems oblivious to how daft it all looks, perhaps dazzled by its own profundity as it alludes to various half-baked pseudo-philosophical and mystical ideas.

May 17, 2019 | Full Review…

[Brit] Marling and [Zal] Batmanglij have created an intriguing universe, populated with sympathetic and real characters. Ultimately rewarding, The OA makes you feel proud to be TV viewer.

May 17, 2019 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

At times it can feel like a term paper written by two honor students trying to cram in all of their esoteric research but the sense of possibility and ambition is infectious.

May 16, 2019 | Full Review…

There are those things we can't put down or can't not binge through, and there are those things we want to savor for as long as we can. The OA is the latter for me.

May 16, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The OA: Season 1

  • Apr 07, 2021
    Captivating story telling. Hard to stop watching.
  • Mar 15, 2021
    long and boring. powered through the first season, but the first episode of season 2 was too much for me to bear. not wasting any more of my time with this.
  • Mar 04, 2021
    Dark, intriguing and a mystical slow burn that keeps you on edge while grounding you with the much recognisable teenager adventure type of show.
  • Feb 18, 2021
    I couldn't even make it through the first two episodes of season one. What a mess!. I really tried to wait for it to get interesting. Great concept and boring visualization. Im so hurt because I expected more. It left me feeling empty 😭.
  • Jan 20, 2021
    Oh what A mess. Maybe that's what the title stands for
  • Jan 13, 2021
    Got to episode 5 and my wife bailed out, just too slow and boring for her. I will persevere for a while yet though as I am sufficiently intrigued.
  • Jan 13, 2021
    It was hard to know what direction the show was going where I was ready to stop watching half way through . But I spent so much time watching it already . The ending was not believable at all and disappointing .
  • Dec 20, 2020
    This show try's to be intelligent, with mystery and humour but it is just cringe worthy and unbearable to watch. I tried to give it the benefit of the doubt and wait to pass judgement on it until after season two but season two is just as bad.
  • Dec 20, 2020
    Do not waste your time on this show. It is just a mess, runs in every direction and just never captures your attention.
  • Nov 30, 2020
    The most intensely real exploration of multidimensional exploration I've ever seen. I was often feeling full body chills through many powerful scenes. I usually avoid dark shows, but The OA explored darkness with purpose. Watching was almost like being trapped in a maze, but as pieces come together it feels as though a puzzle has been mastered. I am devastated that Netflix would axe it after 2 seasons as new revelations come to the surface at the end of season 2. I am very picky with shows and this one is a true winner. HIGHLY recommended.

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