The OA: Season 1 (2016)


Season 1
The OA

Critics Consensus

The OA is more than OK.



Critic Ratings: 66


Audience Score

User Ratings: 2088
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Air date: Dec 16, 2016
Air date: Dec 16, 2016
Air date: Dec 16, 2016
Air date: Dec 16, 2016
Air date: Dec 16, 2016
Air date: Dec 16, 2016
Air date: Dec 16, 2016
Air date: Dec 16, 2016

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Brit Marling
as Prairie Johnson
Emory Cohen
as Homer
Scott Wilson
as Abel Johnson
Nikolai Nikolaeff
as Mr. Azarov
Alice Krige
as Nancy Johnson
Patrick Gibson
as Steve Winchell
Jason Isaacs
as Dr. Hunter Aloysius 'Hap' Percy
Brandon Perea
as Alfonso "French" Sosa
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Critic Reviews for The OA Season 1

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (22)

Bonkers with a vengeance, it duly sent many unsuspecting Netflix subscribers pogoing for cover. But those who reconciled themselves to the riptides of wackiness were pleasantly swept off their feet.

Mar 22, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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…

Like a cat trying to play the piano, it might not exactly achieve its goal, but the attempt is still rather endearing and undeniably watchable.

Dec 19, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | 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…
Top Critic

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…

Audience Reviews for The OA: Season 1

  • 1d ago
    The OA is an underrated masterpiece. Highly recommend to anyone who wants to watch something that's more than just mental popcorn.
  • 1d ago
    A whole lot of (implausible) build-up to ... meh. S02 says it answers a lot of the "enigmas" from S01, and has a much higher rating. Unfortunately, having been burned by the first one, I'm not moving it too high in my NFX queue.
  • 2d ago
    I can't wait for more seasons, this show is so different from anything else out there!
  • 5d ago
    Visually stunning. It was often gut-wrenching in emotional realism and I often wondered who was telling the truth, but by the end I wanted to make myself as vulnerable as the characters allowed themselves to be.
  • Aug 17, 2019
    This is one of the most incredible, creative, inclusive, and complex stories I've ever seen. Canceling it prematurely is unacceptable and heartbreaking. I hope another network has sense and snaps up this gem!
  • Aug 16, 2019
    Profound, awe-inspiring and truly mind-bending experience. It allows you to see the world in a different light giving you a chance to raise your own consciousness.
  • Aug 15, 2019
    I've never been more moved by a show or movie. I have been eating up every detail that I can get my hands on, sharing every theory I come up with. #SavetheOA #TheOAisReal
  • Aug 15, 2019
    Mind bending series that I would love to see till the end of all 5 seasons.
  • Aug 15, 2019
    Inspirational and unique. So much talent!
  • Aug 14, 2019
    Absolutely amazing show. I was in LOVE with both seasons. I am utterly heartbroken that Neflix cancelled it. I hope it gets picked up somewhere else!!!

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