The Purge: Season 1 (2018)


Season 1
The Purge

Critics Consensus

Bloated and boring, The Purge kills its own fleetingly fun premise and proves that not all stories work better on the small screen.



Critic Ratings: 38


Audience Score

User Ratings: 278

Rate And Review

User image


  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Rate this season

    Oof, that was Rotten.

    Meh, it passed the time.

    It’s good – I’d recommend it.


    So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

    What did you think of this tv season? (optional)

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Step 2 of 2

    How did you buy your ticket?

    Let's get your review verified.

    You're almost there! Just confirm how you got your ticket.

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Rate this season

    Oof, that was Rotten.

    Meh, it passed the time.

    It’s good – I’d recommend it.


    So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

    What did you think of this tv season? (optional)

  • How did you buy your ticket?


Air date: Sep 4, 2018

Once a year, any and all crime, including murder, is legal in America for a period of 12 hours.

View Details
Air date: Sep 11, 2018

Jane considers the morality of Purge. Miguel searches for Pete the Cop.

View Details
Air date: Sep 18, 2018

Penelope prepares for her sacrifice; and Rick and Jenna weigh the cost of closing their business deal.

View Details
Air date: Sep 25, 2018

Jane must leave the office. Lila consoles Jenna. Penelope is thrust into the Carnival of Flesh.

View Details
Air date: Oct 2, 2018

Catalina warns Jenna; Henry torments Penelope; Jane goes on a ride along with the Matron Saints.

View Details
Air date: Oct 9, 2018

Joe remembers the past. Miguel confronts Henry. Jane learns a dark truth about David Ryker.

View Details
Air date: Oct 16, 2018

Miguel and Penelope hike the forest. Jane must endure David's party. Rick doubts Lila's intentions.

View Details
Air date: Oct 23, 2018

Lila grapples with rejection. Miguel and Penelope seek the safety of the Cantina.

View Details
Air date: Oct 30, 2018

Joe debates the Purge with Jane. Miguel teams up with Pete to rescue Penelope.

View Details
Air date: Nov 6, 2018

Penelope takes charge. Miguel and Pete grapple with an unexpected enemy.

View Details

The Purge: Season 1 Videos

The Purge: Season 1 Photos

Tv Season Info

The first season of "The Purge" follows a group of individuals, each pursuing their own agendas while trying to survive the 12 violence-ridden hours of Purge Night. US Marine Miguel Guerrero (Gabriel Chavarria) returns home to search for his sister Penelope (Jessica Garza). Penelope has joined a cult that sacrifices its members to Purgers, led by Good Leader Tavis (Fiona Dourif). Jane Barbour (Amanda Warren) uses Purge Night to conduct something nefarious against her boss David Ryker (William Baldwin). Rick Betancourt (Colin Woodell) and his wife Jenna (Hannah Anderson) attend a pro-Purge party despite their anti-Purge beliefs to drum up financial support for their various charities.

News & Interviews for The Purge: Season 1

Critic Reviews for The Purge Season 1

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (15)

The fact that it's also clumsily made and rife with mediocre performances seems almost beside the point in the context of how pointless this thing is in the first place.

Aug 31, 2018 | Rating: D | Full Review…

To say television deserves better is obvious, so instead let's remember "The Purge" deserves better, too.

Aug 31, 2018 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

So hot on the heels of the other movies, as well as the impassioned state of the country as a whole, it feels too much like an afterthought.

Aug 31, 2018 | Full Review…

Like its film predecessors, the TV show, often challenges us as the viewers to check in with our own value systems.

Nov 4, 2019 | Full Review…

This is the best incarnation of The Purge yet. The mythology of the films has been begging to be unpacked a bit, and the series has done that without explaining too much in the process.

Nov 7, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It would have been interesting if 'The Purge' used a multiplicity of visions and a longer time to develop the story. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 10, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

After viewing the the first three episodes of Season One, I see "The Purge" as overwhelmingly unsuitable for basic cable television.

Jan 18, 2019 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

The series is a song for cruelty without style. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jan 10, 2019 | Full Review…

Instead of opening new avenues of what mayhem could occur during the annual ritual of a not-too-far-in-the-future America,... the cumbersome multiple plots of the TV series go for endless and mind-numbing murder.

Dec 19, 2018 | Full Review…

"Fans of the franchise should find plenty to enjoy in the new series, whether it's the tangents of world-building and deepened mythology, the freaky new masks, or the ensemble of rich characters."

Nov 12, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

I'm not saying that season one of The Purge was bad, mind you. It had its moments. I'm just saying that it would have been better if it had been edited down to, say, an hour and 40 minutes without commercial breaks.

Sep 12, 2018 | Full Review…

It also features fine direction and decent scripts. For most shows, this could be a negative. For "The Purge," this might be the best execution of the concept to date

Oct 10, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Purge: Season 1

  • Jan 03, 2021
    bloated and passed the time. some scenes felt dragged out .
  • Dec 30, 2020
    Trash. Fell asleep watching it
  • Dec 06, 2020
    the thing i liked most about this show was completely different storyline then what you usually get + amazing casting
  • Oct 26, 2020
    Some dumb scenes and a really pointless death, but otherwise a unique watch. 8/10 considering it's a lower budget and smaller show.
  • Oct 25, 2020
    Love the movie franchise...was worried that a tv show would ruin it....but it only improved upon it!
  • Oct 19, 2020
    I enjoyed season 1. It didn't say a thing new about The Purge that anyone who hasn't watched the movies didn't already know. It involves a select group of people but it also has short opening stories that show how normalized violence has become. But what makes it better than movies was that it was detailed. Low reviews for season 1 are wrong. Was the season perfect? No. It had its problems but it didn't deserved so much negativity. Only giving negative reviews because show had same story as the movie is wrong. Overall, I would recommend anyone to watch this series instead of Purge movie series as this is more detailed.
  • Oct 16, 2020
    Not just bloated and boring. Also low quality filming and acting.
  • Jun 06, 2020
    While the Purge finds itself lacking interesting characters as well as a muddy setup, it delivers the guilty action fun that viewers are looking for.
  • May 09, 2020
    amazing, kept me on the edge of my seat. better than the movies
  • May 08, 2020
    I'm surprised to see a 63% score from audiences. It's usually the critics that get it wrong but even a broken watch is right twice a day. I really wanted to like this series. The pilot episode sets up what I thought would be interesting, complex characters. By episode 2 however, the veneer was uncovered. You have one, 12 hour time period per year to "purge" all of your darkest desires. 24 with Keifer Sutherland would have been a good format for this show, following each character hour by hour on the show is the clock counts down. I'm not sure if this was an issue with the network but there are 10 episodes instead of 12. And looking back, I can see why it was only 10. The acting was moderate for a cable network but there were more than a few cringeworthy moments. There were a couple of interesting story lines that didn't get fleshed out and there were others that were just simply unrealistic, even in a dystopian society. I did stick around for the entire season but I found myself skipping story arcs and characters I didn't care for. It was a subpar freshman season but hopefully lessons were learned for season 2. Fingers crossed. Give this a gander if you have some time to kill and want to just zone-out without having to think so much. I think many of us are currently in that category.

News & Features