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The Son: Season 1 (2017)



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


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Based on Philipp Meyer's New York Times best-selling and Pulitzer Prize finalist novel, "The Son" is a sweeping family saga spanning 150 years and three generations of the McCullough family. The series traces the transformation of Eli McCullough (Pierce Brosnan), the charismatic family patriarch, from good-natured innocent to calculating killer. He loses everything on the wild frontier, setting him on the path to building a ranching-and-oil dynasty of unsurpassed wealth and privilege. Eli's eldest son Pete (Henry Garrett), has grown up in his father's shadow and struggles to make him proud while forging his own identity. Pete's strong-willed daughter, Jeannie (Sydney Lucas) idolizes her grandfather and despite being raised in a male-dominated world, rejects her fate of existing solely to marry and bear children. Eli's ruthlessness pits him against his wealthy Spanish neighbor, Pedro Garcia (Carlos Bardem) and his quest for power triggers consequences that span generations. Shared through a series of flashbacks, "The Son" pulls viewers into the world of young Eli McCullough (Jacob Lofland) and his father figure, Comanche war chief, Toshaway (Zahn McClarnon) and deftly explores the McCullough's rise to become one the most powerful family dynasties in Texas.


Pierce Brosnan
as Eli McCullough
Jacob Lofland
as Young Eli McCullough
Henry Garrett
as Pete McCullough
Paola Nunez
as Maria Garcia
Sydney Lucas
as Jeannie McCullough
Carlos Bardem
as Pedro Garcia
David Wilson Barnes
as Phineas McCullough
Elizabeth Frances
as Prairie Flower
Shane Graham
as Charles McCullough
Tatanka Means
as Charges the Enemy
Caleb Burgess
as Jonas McCullough
Manuel Uriza
as Aniceto Pizaña
Elliot Villar
as Cesar Sanchez
Adrian Sparks
as Judge Thadeus Killborn
Nick Stevenson
as Fred Bernhauer
Ryan Scott Lee
as James Greenhorn
Brett Rice
as William Philpott
Megan Heyn
as Miss Lily
J.D. Evermore
as The Buffalo Hunter
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All Critics (27) | Top Critics (16)

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.

April 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.

April 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.

April 5, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

March 31, 2017 | Full Review…

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

March 13, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

The Son is destined to be must watch television.

August 20, 2018 | Full Review…

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