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The Purge: Season 1 (2018)




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


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Based on the hit movie franchise from Blumhouse Productions, THE PURGE revolves around a 12-hour period when all crime, including murder, is legal. Set in an altered America ruled by a totalitarian political party, the series follows several seemingly unrelated characters living in a small city. As the clock winds down, each character is forced to reckon with their past as they discover how far they will go to survive the night.


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All Critics (33) | Top Critics (11)

A delicious tension as we count down to Purge Commencement and, whether or not you care for the political commentary, the episode succeeds in bringing a B-movie lustre to the small screen.

September 5, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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.

August 31, 2018 | Rating: D | Full Review…
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To say television deserves better is obvious, so instead let's remember "The Purge" deserves better, too.

August 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.

August 31, 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."

November 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.

September 12, 2018 | Full Review…

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