The Son: Season 1 (2017)


Season 1
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The Son's epic narrative and strong central performance are crippled by sluggish pacing, hasty direction, and superficial execution.



Critic Ratings: 27


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User Ratings: 168

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Air date: Apr 8, 2017

Eli McCullough must survive a frontier Comanche attack in 1849 and lead his family's empire through difficult times in 1915.

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Air date: Apr 8, 2017

Young Eli must learn how to live among the Comanches in 1849. In 1915, Eli and Pete clash over how to respond to an unexpected attack on their home.

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Air date: Apr 15, 2017

Young Eli trains as a warrior, but makes enemies in 1849. In 1915, Eli and Phineas struggle to help the family in Austin, while Pete faces his demons.

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Air date: Apr 22, 2017

Young Eli faces a life-or-death test of survival in 1849. In 1915, the McCulloughs enact a dangerous plan to take the fight to their enemy.

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Air date: Apr 29, 2017

An enemy forces young Eli to question his loyalties in 1849. In 1915, the McCulloughs' past comes back to haunt them with deadly results.

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Air date: May 6, 2017

Young Eli makes a choice with dangerous consequences in 1849. In 1915, the McCulloughs deal with a tragedy, while Jeannie seeks to save the family.

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Air date: May 13, 2017

Young Eli must navigate tribal politics in 1849. In 1915, a crisis forces Pete and Sally into a decision that will change the family forever.

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Air date: May 20, 2017

Prairie Flower is torn between love and duty in 1849. In 1915, Pete grows closer to Maria, while Eli brings Phineas in on a dangerous secret.

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Air date: Jun 3, 2017

Young Eli is forced to trust a strange ally to survive in 1849. In 1915, Eli's past guides him to a choice that puts him at odds with Phineas.

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Air date: Jun 10, 2017

In the Season 1 finale, the tribe faces an unexpected return in 1849. In 1915, Eli's plan for the future forces Pete into a life-or-death decision about his loyalties.

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Cast & Crew

Jacob Lofland
Young Eli McCullough
Elizabeth Frances
Prairie Flower
James Parks
Niles Gilbert
Pierce Brosnan
Eli McCullough
Paola Nuñez
Maria Garcia
David Wilson Barnes
Phineas McCullough
Carlos Bardem
Pedro Garcia
Jess Weixler
Sally McCullough
Sydney Lucas
Jeannie McCullough
Henry Garrett
Pete McCullough
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Critic Reviews for The Son Season 1

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (17)

While AMC is known for some of TV's best dramas, and while the cinematography in The Son is grand, this western doesn't promise to become more than "Dallas" on the frontier.

Apr 7, 2017 | Full Review…

While I wish The Son was more dramatically engaging, it is certainly the kind of program that warrants thematic dissection and discussion. And we can't have enough of those.

Apr 7, 2017 | Full Review…

Brosnan is back on TV! Now that we've gotten past the most exciting part of The Son, the show looks good, too.

Apr 5, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Missed opportunities and hard choices propel The Son. It echoes Giant and Dallas yet holds the nostalgia to deliver a fresh, engrossing take on Westerns.

Mar 31, 2017 | Full Review…

There's potential here, but The Son needs to be a bit quicker on the draw.

Mar 13, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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If you're looking for yet another show centered around a morally grey white man with a dark past, The Son might be right up your alley.

Sep 26, 2017 | Full Review…

The Son is destined to be must watch television.

Aug 20, 2018 | Full Review…

AMC's new series gets off to a slow start, and needs to do much, much more to engage an audience.

Dec 19, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Quality drama about oil industry family kind of a snooze.

Apr 19, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

That's Pierce Brosnan behind the whiskers in this epic oater about a wealthy Texas cattle baron.

Apr 11, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The series functions much the same as the oil the McCullochs desperately seek in the early 1900s storyline: It's obvious something is there, but nobody has figured out how to get to it.

Apr 10, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

All things considered, The Son is worth the watch, and you may lose yourself in the West in the best way as long as you keep tuning in each week.

Apr 10, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Son: Season 1

  • Jun 01, 2020
    What do you want to see? An old school, John Wayne - style western movie series? Then perhaps watch a John Wayne western instead of this. During an interview, one of the actors expressed this as "good entertainment". I would suggest that you watch the leading man, Eli McCullough. Who does this man grow up with? who does he spend his young adulthood with? Does he resort to violence and if so, when does he? Is he married and towards whom does he have romantic interests? Does he tell the full truth when speaking with representatives of the government, such as the police? Does he attend church and what is his relationship with Christianity? Is morality important and does this TV series provide good examples of strength, morally? In what way is this good entertainment then?
  • Feb 04, 2020
    I thought it was well acted
  • Sep 24, 2019
    Loved the series. Great acting, authentic scenery, and very gritty. I felt like I was there. I would highly recommend watching both seasons.
  • Sep 04, 2019
    It was refreshing seeing this type of show. Great story line great acting! I just loved this show.
  • Jun 28, 2019
    Bit of the old same TV show but definitely enjoyable
  • Jun 10, 2019
    If the audience member has read historical non-fiction about the Comanches and Apaches taking young captives then the whole series, based on the main character, Eli, would make sense and the evolution of Eli would make sense, and is astoundingly reflective of those days past. I love this epic series.
  • May 30, 2019
    Muito bom, de muito bom gosto.
  • May 12, 2019
    I love Brosnan! Brings great depth of character. Another reason to utterly ignore critics and look at the audience rating! Far more accurate!
  • Apr 09, 2019
    Just finished the 1st Season and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Great storytelling.
  • Mar 28, 2019
    Had potential but the story got progressively inconsistent and farcical

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