The Shannara Chronicles: Season 1 (2016)

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The Shannara Chronicles

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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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Critic Ratings: 29

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Air date: Jan 5, 2016

When Four Lands is in danger, the fate of the world rests on the shoulders of an unlikely trio.

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Air date: Jan 5, 2016

Thousands of years after the fall of humankind, grave danger threatens the Four Lands; the Ellcrys, an ancient tree that protects the world from demons, begins to die.

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Air date: Jan 5, 2016

Wil and Allanon discover she may be the key to saving the Four Lands, and set out to find the princess.

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Air date: Jan 12, 2016

Eretria and Cephalo kidnap Wil and Amberle; Wil must learn how to use the Elfstones before a Fury kills them all.

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Air date: Jan 19, 2016

Amberle embarks on a deadly task to prove her worth to the Ellcrys; the Dagda Mor sends the Changeling, an ancient, shape-shifting Demon, to kill Amberle and anyone else in its way.

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Air date: Jan 26, 2016

Amberle, Wil and Eretria must overcome their differences in order to survive their quest, and the Reaper; Ander seeks help in finding the Dagda Mor from an unlikely ally.

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Air date: Feb 2, 2016

While fleeing the Reaper, Amberle, Wil and Eretria take shelter in an Elvin outpost; Ander and Slanter make a discovery.

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Air date: Feb 9, 2016

Amberle and Eretria flee bloodthirsty Elf Hunters; Wil searches for Amberle and Eretria with the unexpected help from a friend.

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Air date: Feb 16, 2016

Wil and Amberle search for Eretria, who has been kidnapped by elf hunters; Eretria finds a secret settlement of humans.

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Air date: Feb 22, 2016

Wil, Amberle and Eretria cross ancient human ruins to reach the Bloodfire, but an evil tests their friendship and manipulates them to turn on each other.

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Cast & Crew

Austin Butler
Wil Ohmsford

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Poppy Drayton
Amberle

Actor
Ivana Baquero
Eretria

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John Rhys-Davies
King Eventine

Actor
Manu Bennett
Allanon

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Daniel MacPherson
Arion

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James Remar
Cephelo

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Marcus Vanco
Bandon

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Brooke Williams
Catania

Actor
Al Gough
Executive Producer
Miles Millar
Executive Producer
Jon Favreau
Executive Producer
Jonathan Liebesman
Executive Producer
Terry Brooks
Executive Producer
Dan Farah
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Audience Reviews for The Shannara Chronicles: Season 1

  • Nov 21, 2021
    It was so so. But they have immersion
  • Mar 23, 2021
    Predictable story. Characters are all but inspiring.
  • May 22, 2020
    Season 1 - First, I had never read the books, but was really enjoying the first season, until it was revealed that Amberle, one of two of my favorite characters, had to become the Ellcrys. Then I lost interest. I eventually managed to finish it, because I want to continue onward to season 2. I can forgive a lot, the fact that it is supposed to be set centuries after the fall of modern civilization and that things like weapons are still around. I can't forgive turning Amberle, into a tree. Other things that annoyed me and dropped the rate from a 4 to a 2 is the ending battle. The demons don't seem to be that formidable and the elf lack of tactics is dumbfounding. They exist the things call WALL that helped an army defend.
  • Feb 21, 2020
    They changed basically everything that happened in the books other than the characters names and invented others. It felt way to long and drawn out as well, even if it would have been something new for the shannara series idk if i could watch it.
  • Jan 24, 2020
    Excellent start to the series. Very engaging. Compelling characters. The remnance of human civilization doesn't make a lot of sense with how long it's supposedly been, how much some things have changed but others are preserved so well. I also fear they'll never explain many things but still a very enjoyable show.
  • Jan 18, 2020
    Forget the Game of Thrones stuff, this is more Tolkien. Never read the books but really enjoyed it. The only issue is it's a bit too teen soap with all the brooding and the soppy music. The story is the thing here and if you concentrate on that, then this ain't bad at all
  • Dec 21, 2019
    Fresh, exciting, bold, dreamy, adventurous. I just fell in love with it after a few minutes and I don't think there's saving me. The Shannara Chronicles, despite its being canceled is a show I always love coming back to and rewatching it.
  • Sep 09, 2019
    A decent adaptation of the renown fantasy novel. Several scenes are obviously too low budget to be taken entirely serious (or maybe its the MTV "tweens" influence, idk) but other senes look incredible. I'd say its a good watch for those looking for a lesser Game of Thrones.
  • Jul 26, 2019
    Good idea but sadly underdeveloped and plagued by poor writing and editing decisions. Such a rich world is sloppily treated and the moments of "tension" do not feel like there is any risk to the characters and the villains are so powerful but ignore their powers that should have made them win easily within one or two episodes. It's still an OK story if you can avoid getting frustrated by the general incompetence of the characters.
  • May 27, 2019
    I loved it! It was great and fun to watch.I loved the fantasy in it.

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