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The Shannara Chronicles: Season 1 (2016)




Critic Consensus: The Shannara Chronicles wears its influences heavily on its sleeve and needs to find surer footing before it can tap its true potential, but it still might suffice for viewers in search of a teen-friendly Game of Thrones.


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In series 1 of this fantasy drama series adapted from books written by Terry Brooks, an unlikely trio sets out to save their homeland, Four Lands, when it's threatened by a grave danger. Austin Butler, Poppy Drayton, Ivana Baquero, Manu Bennett and Aaron Jakubenko star.


Austin Butler
as Wil Ohmsford
James Remar
as Cephelo
John Rhys-Davies
as King Eventine
Manu Bennett
as Allanon
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Critic Reviews for The Shannara Chronicles: Season 1

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (10)

The show sputters along, never quite finding its footing between the stakes of a collapsing fantasy universe and a soapy teen drama.

January 6, 2016 | Full Review…

The fact that the mostly inert The Shannara Chronicles is utterly familiar on both levels is a reminder that a truly vibrant fantasy story requires some sort of invention.

January 6, 2016 | Full Review…

It doesn't help that the characters seem to be allowed to switch from talking dour fantasy-novel heroes to bored millennials whenever the mood strikes them - perhaps something that might have to do with this being MTV.

January 5, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The show is pretty good and despite the fact that it's intended audience is probably significantly younger than me... I enjoy the drama that unfolds in each episode.

August 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Whatever visual beauty this pretender to Game of Thrones' high fantasy throne does possess is undone by wooden performances, formulaic execution and dialogue so howlingly bad it resembles subpar fan fiction.

January 4, 2016 | Rating: 3/10 | Full Review…

The Shannara Chronicles can't help but show off how cool its various magical storylines are, and in doing so it shows off its shortcomings. Its characters are fairly weak, with the exception of Manu Bennet's Allanon, though its setting is gorgeous.

December 30, 2015 | Rating: 6.5/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Shannara Chronicles: Season 1


Super Reviewer

Utter garbage.


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