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

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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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Critic Reviews for The OA Season 1

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (25)

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

Dec 22, 2016 | Full Review…
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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…

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…

Audience Reviews for The OA: Season 1

  • 6d ago
    I was pretty bummed when this was canceled after the second season. A very unique and meandering (in a good way) series.
  • Oct 11, 2020
    This show has an unique and intelligent story-line. It's suspenseful and keeps you coming back for more. I was so bummed the series was canceled. I'm hoping that it will be picked up again.
  • Sep 24, 2020
    wtf how did people not like this?!
  • Sep 22, 2020
    This is the most amazing series I've ever watched. i really felt like this show spoke to me on SO MANY levels. It's a true piece of art that I'm not even sure can be replicated. The acting was superb and the story is just amazing, most shows I put on as background noise while I work or do dishes, this show every time I watch it- I put 100% my attention on it.
  • Sep 11, 2020
    I really enjoyed this show. It kept me wondering. I did not like the school shooting at the end.
  • Sep 07, 2020
    Type - supernatural mystery / thriller; kidnap / hostage. Acting - natural/method with no camp. Characters - realistic, imaginative, and compelling. Action / set piece scenes - no. Plot - incomprehensible and deep. As if the plot is just a scaffold for story-telling and suspense. Somehow the understanding the plot for audience doesn't matter. Yet characters move on; each motivated by their goals. Status - 2 seasons. Cancelled
  • Aug 24, 2020
    The OA Season 1 is more a prologue than a full season of plot and character development. It makes for an interesting watch, but not a fully satisfying one. A couple episodes feel like treading water, since they are flashbacks to events where we already know the outcome. However, the show is undeniably unique, and it's hard not to admire its daring. Yeah, sometimes it's a bit TOO weird, but I prefer that to a cookie cutter show any time. My favorite part of the show is, despite the fantastical subject matter, the characters feel very real. There is a surprising lack of supermodel-looking actors; the characters look and act like real people, and the actors fit their roles like gloves. The OA avoids most cliches, even while depicting a high school, and eschews the ham-fisted tokenism of a lot of shows trying to be "diverse." After watching so much polished, dumbed down entertainment, it is refreshing to see a show that says, "This is us, we're unabashedly weird, and if you don't like it you can find another show." The show just needs to reach its second season before the momentum really gets going.
  • Aug 19, 2020
    Pure brilliance.. such an original story. Wow. was blown away by it. Just incredible story telling from amazingly talented writers and a believable talented cast! Just Wow
  • Aug 09, 2020
    The best thing about The OA's part 1 is that the actors n makers are pretty classy n critical about what they are trying to accomplish. Well....woaaala they did it in a strangest n strongest way. Leaving us with strange theories and questions....a must watch indeed
  • Aug 02, 2020
    So original, so beautiful. I need that violin piece in my life

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