The Returned: Season 1 (2013 - 2014)

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A pleasant change from typically gory zombie shows, The Returned is a must-see oddity that's both smart and sure to disturb.

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Air date: Oct 31, 2013

Supernatural series set in a quiet village in the French Alps begins with a group of confused people returning to their homes unaware that they have been dead for a number of years. As the newly walking dead try to reestablish their past lives, they uncover longtime secrets, while at the same time, a rash of brutal murders are sweeping the area.

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Air date: Nov 7, 2013

Camille has problems reestablishing with her family; and Simon makes an overture to his former fiancée, while unusual happenings suggest others in a similar situation have been brought back.

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Air date: Nov 14, 2013

Camille adopts a new identity; and Adele finally admits that Simon is who he says he is.

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Air date: Nov 21, 2013

Camille's new identity proves successful; and Lena's scar increases in size, sapping her energy.

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Air date: Nov 28, 2013

Gradually, the newly walking dead begin to come out into the open, but resuming normal lives proves difficult. Camille faces rejection, while Julie begins to second guess herself, and the serial killer tries to throttle back some.

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Air date: Dec 5, 2013

An electrical outage strikes the town; and members of the community begin to perceive Camille as a kind of "prophet." Meanwhile, a dead Simon returns among the living yet again and Victor's body begins to strangely distort.

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Air date: Dec 12, 2013

Individual clans form; and Camille is accused of being dangerous. Meanwhile, Pierre assumes a leadership role with the Outstretched Hand community, and Julie and Laure consider running away with Victor.

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Air date: Dec 19, 2013

In the series finale, strained relations develop between the living and the dead as a new and more frightening horde creeps into town, and the separate factions must choose sides.

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Critic Reviews for The Returned Season 1

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (23)

Besides the scenery, what's best here are the characters, and their lives -- or unlives -- of quiet desperation.

Oct 18, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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If a subtitled show is bad, you'll turn it off, but if it's good, it envelops you more swiftly and wholly than the very good show in English you check your email while watching. The Returned is very good. Let it have your brains.

Nov 1, 2013 | Full Review…
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The Returned, in French with subtitles, is beautiful, riveting and above all thought-provoking.

Oct 31, 2013 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

The whole creation, by Fabrice Gobert, is first-rate supernatural drama more than a mere horror show.

Oct 30, 2013 | Full Review…

At it's heart, The Returned [a] is chilling tale. Time will tell how [it] does in an American market, but if its rave reviews overseas are a sign, viewers will brave the subtitles for a truly great find this fall.

Oct 30, 2013 | Full Review…

The Returned raises the possibility that the undead could also come back in a very different form. Throw in a serial killer and you have a series that sounds terribly grim, but is written and performed so superbly that it turns out to be riveting.

Oct 30, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The Returned...moved glacially but packed a lot of story into its atmosphere-saturated opener.

Oct 15, 2018 | Full Review…

An eight-part French series, the opener was spectacular.

Aug 30, 2017 | Full Review…

But make no mistake: The Returned is one of the most engrossing, gorgeously told stories on television, and those who waited two full years for a second installment, as I did, will find it was well worth the wait, as I did.

Aug 10, 2017 | Full Review…

There's a grownup sensibility to The Returned that doesn't pause for the kind of cheap shock in which shows like The Walking Dead specialize.

Oct 31, 2013 | Full Review…

The Returned is so smart and captivating, you won't even notice the French subtitles!

Oct 31, 2013 | Full Review…

The Returned is effective because it balances supernatural questions with tones that other showrunners don't even consider.

Oct 31, 2013 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Returned: Season 1

  • Jun 13, 2020
    This show has such great reviews I went in with far too high of expectations. Les Revenants is beautifully filmed TV series with excellent visuals, and overall good acting, but there is little substance beneath the style. It is like the creators had a lot of ideas for cinematically striking scenes and put them all in a blender. I enjoyed it until about halfway through, when I started to realize the series was going nowhere. The character development was stagnating. Each episode introduced new puzzling elements that were never resolved, and often not even mentioned again. By the end what was billed as "not your average zombie show" had devolved into exactly that, with a creepy demon-zombie-leader causing havoc with no justification. I believe shows can be character-driven, or plot-driven, or even theme-driven (though this one is hard to pull off), but they can't be "none of the above." Les Revenants is... cinematography driven? At least, that's the strongest aspect of the show. It has neither well-developed characters, nor a satisfying plot, nor anything in particular to say. Unfortunately, good cinematography alone does not make for a good show.
  • Mar 22, 2020
    An original take on the undead, which gets progressively creepier and more interesting
  • Jan 16, 2020
    Destept la inceput dar nu prea stie ce sa faca la final
  • Dec 19, 2019
    Super entertaining! Great sceneries, scenario is quit good and grasping ! Loved it!
  • Jan 11, 2019
    Most horrible show i saw in recent times. All the characters are constipated and logic is thrown out the window. Avoid such shows.
  • Aug 27, 2018
    Intriguing to start with but ends up being lots of random weirdness that is never explained. Not worth starting.
  • Dec 08, 2017
    Fucking hell. I think the first series is the best tv show of all time. It's beautiful and interesting and so sad. There's never been anything made like it and I don't think there ever will be again. It's perfect mystery. Stop at the end of series 1 though and just accept you'll have questions unsolved. And why not eh? What the hell is the universe after all....?
  • Oct 20, 2017
    Really good looking show and scenery, such a creepy vibe. Found the ending a bit meh but the build up was pretty decent. The soundtrack is top notch.
  • Sep 19, 2017
    Original take on returning from the dead. Love it but very complex and leaves a lot of questions. :)
  • Jul 29, 2017
    It's a little slow and quiet during parts but I am at the edge of my seat and holding my breath for most of the show.

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