The Returned: Season 1 (2013 - 2014)


Season 1
The Returned

Critics Consensus

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



Critic Ratings: 39


Audience Score

User Ratings: 798
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Air date: Oct 31, 2013
Air date: Nov 7, 2013
Air date: Nov 14, 2013
Air date: Nov 21, 2013
Air date: Nov 28, 2013
Air date: Dec 5, 2013
Air date: Dec 12, 2013
Air date: Dec 19, 2013

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Supernatural crime series is set in a quiet Alpine village.

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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…
Top Critic

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…
Top Critic

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

  • 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.
  • Mar 31, 2017
    Les Revenants is beautifully done, well written, compelling, with totally believable characters. If you're a fan of any kind of blend of mystery, horror, fantasy this show is worth your time.
  • Jun 12, 2016
    Slow and atmospheric. Mysterious, at times to the point of being frustrating, but always interesting, sensitive and thought-provoking.
  • Mar 24, 2016
    I watched the adapted English version on A&E, and It has strong ties to the occult and makes several biblical references in the A&E version...I found it rather annoying, actually, because it deeply implied that the "returned" were returning to punish people for their wrong doings or "sins", if you will. It also seems to suggest that God facilitates terrible things like murder and cancer, which only happen to people who did something evil to deserve it....which is, of course, ridiculous, and untrue. Bad things happen to good people all the time and "God" has yet to ever show "himself" to the world that he supposedly cares so much about...most likely because like this show, he is a fiction.
  • Feb 13, 2016
    Great show , was not bothered by English translations. The non verbals and acting is superb. This director is slated for good things in the future. Best show of 2013

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