The Path: Season 1 (2016)

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With strong performances, deep writing, and skilled direction, The Path offers an absorbing observation of the human condition, even if a rushed pace occasionally blunts the impact.

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Critic Ratings: 50

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User Ratings: 475

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Air date: Mar 30, 2016

Cal leads a movement on a disaster relief mission in New Hampshire; Eddie returns home after completing his 6R training in Peru, where he saw a horrifying vision of the organization's truth; Eddie's odd behavior leads Sarah to suspect an affair.

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Air date: Mar 30, 2016

Eddie and Sarah begin the Infidelity rehab program; Hawk makes a new friend in Ashley, a popular girl his age who needs help with her family's finances; Cal offers to help a wealthy donor's drug-addicted son.

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Air date: Apr 06, 2016

Cal visits his estranged mother with the intent of putting her in an assisted living facility; Miranda Frank is brought to the New York compound to unburden; Sarah confronts Miranda alone.

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Air date: Apr 13, 2016

The compound receives a visit from two of The Movement's elders; their arrival calls Cal's leadership and the future of The Movement into question; Abe learns of Mary Cox's troubled past; Hawk decides to take a step closer to Ashley.

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Air date: Apr 20, 2016

Eddie and Sarah find themselves at odds; Abe meets with Alison and suspects The Movement may be involved in criminal activity; Hawk tries to break up with Ashley; Cal returns to the Ridge estate to declare his support for Sarah's actions.

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Air date: Apr 27, 2016

After Ashley's family is evicted, Hawk brings them home for shelter; Sarah goes on a personal mission to answer questions from her past; Cal asserts his leadership and makes a bold political decision for The Movement.

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Air date: May 04, 2016

Cal's actions attract a swarm of media attention to the compound; Sarah and the elders question his tactics; Cal discovers Eddie's secret relationship with Alison; Cal leaves Sarah to address the congregation on her own.

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Air date: May 11, 2016

Eddie brings Hawk along on a journey of spiritual enlightenment; Cal struggles with the ugly reality of his own violent tendencies; Nicole's labor becomes troubled; Cal tells Sarah a secret about Eddie.

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Air date: May 18, 2016

Sarah meets with Alison Kemp after discovering Eddie's burner phone; Eddie and Hawk return home; Sarah confronts Eddie about his crisis of faith; Cal asks Sarah to be his second-in-command.

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Air date: May 25, 2016

Eddie faces exile after his crisis of faith is discovered; Cal delivers the final three rungs of The Ladder to the congregation; Sarah learns a dark secret about The Movement; Eddie uncovers a shocking truth in Peru.

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  • Jun 19, 2020
    This season only is worth to watch compare with Season 2 and 3. At least this one is good to watch. Just stop watching after season 1. Wanna waste ur time? Welcome to looser club.
  • Feb 13, 2019
    One of the most intriguing and thought provoking television series I have seen in quite some time. The first season allows you to dive right into the cultural and community of what a cult (or "movement") may behave like in today's American society, while also exploring human interaction and what faith means to the individual. The character's and their development are what drive the show and what truly keeps a viewer coming back, even if there are some pacing issues which make certain plot points never come to fruition. That being said, I highly recommend this series for anyone looking to binge a new, exciting and mind-bending experience which will have yourself taking a step back and asking, "What is the truth? What is faith?"
  • Jun 13, 2018
    At least give the show a great ending shame on Hulu!
  • May 21, 2018
    As someone who watches a lot of drama, I feel qualified in stating my opinion that this series is an amazing breath of fresh air in an industry of stale junk. The character and plot development is strong and I find myself interested in what is going on which is much more than I can say about other dying series' (twd, anyone?) I was very sad to see it had been canceled. Strong writing and substance is so hard to come across these days..
  • Mar 28, 2018
    Can everyone just watch this show so I can chat your ear off? I LOVE it
  • Mar 09, 2018
    A pretty interesting story, actors are doing a great job Portraying their rolls. I would recommend watching as this tv show is hot.
  • Mar 06, 2018
    I wasn't sure what to expect from a show about a Aaron Paul and a cult. I put it off watching it because it really isn't my normal thing. Then one day I needed something to watch and thought I could blow an hour watching it. Now I have been binge watching it. What I didn't really expect was how interesting it was. A story about loss of faith, the prison of belief and how to deal with the in and out groups in your life was a lot better show then expected. Aaron Paul of Breaking Bad fame has moved out form his younger sidekick role and he carries the show. He is surrounded by other great actors like Hugh Dancy and Michelle Monaghan. The show is fairly quick paced as it explores the cult of Meyerism and the issues of that kind of religious dogma and fanatacism. There is a foreboding of Jonestown or Waco in the subtext, along with petrified heirarchy that seems to insinuate itself into the movement. Followed by the search for truth, not only in religious subtext, but also in what is really happening behind the scenes kind of way. Is the movement corrupt, or is it just a few people? All of it makes it interesting for drama, and that is what it is good at. Pros: Aaron Paul is great, the pacing is fairly quick and it ends at a good point. Cons: I am unsatisfied yet again with the main female character. They seem to be following down that rabbit hole of a woman who can't choose, who is unable to make up her mind. Hopefully next season they will fix that.
  • Jul 11, 2017
    Could have went very low 3.5* just as easily
  • Apr 07, 2017
    Starts out so good, the last episodes you can already tell the story is crumbling.
  • Feb 27, 2017
    I started watching “The Path” for all the reasons that Hulu wanted me too: I transferred over from “11/22/63”, I had watched “Breaking Bad” (so I knew Aaron Paul), and I was a big fan of “Hannibal” (ditto for Hugh Dancy). All the ducks were in a row and I fell right in line. While the overall plot of this first season wasn’t the most spectacular narrative I’ve ever viewed, it just may have been the very best acting. For a basic plot summary, “The Path” takes an inside look at the religion/cult/movement that calls itself Meyerism. This sect is led by Cal Roberts (Dancy), who is de facto in charge while the head honcho is away in Peru writing the final rungs of the mystical “ladder” that all members of Meyerism must ascend to achieve transcendence. We learn very quickly, however, that not all is as it seems in the leadership structure. On a related note, the family of Cal’s “right hand woman” Sarah Lane (Michelle Monaghan) provides an interesting counterbalance to the Meyerist faithful. Son Hawk (Kyle Allen) wants to leave school and take his Meyerism vows…until he meets a fellow schoolmate, Ashley (Amy Forsyth), who changes his mind about a lot of things. Husband Eddie (Paul) is having doubts about his involvement in the organization whatsoever, even going so far as to have secret meetings with Alison Kemp (Sarah Jones), a woman who believes Meyerism killed her husband. Easily the hallmark of this show, at least to this point, is its extraordinary acting. Monaghan and Paul have great chemistry together, and the auxiliary pieces all fit perfectly. Most of the time, though, it is truly Dancy that steals each and every scene he is in. He’s perfectly cast for this role, where his nervous twitches and smirky grin play expertly. To be honest, it’s been awhile since I’ve been as impressed with a single acting performance. As far as the plot of the show is concerned, it is skating by just a bit on “concept”. The first 2-3 and last 2-3 episodes do a lot of moving and shaking, but the middle ones have the tendency to cover a lot of the same ground and stagnate a bit. It isn’t a huge deal, as we are just in the first season yet, but the writing/plots will have to improve a bit going forward if this show will ascend to all-time great status. Overall, though, “The Path” has firmly ensconced itself atop my “must-watch” shows list. The show provides a very interesting/relatable concept (with numerous parallels to organized religion) and then absolutely shines in the acting department. I am excited to see what the future will bring for these characters!

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