The Stand: Season 1 (2020)


Season 1
The Stand

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Despite an A-list ensemble and a smattering of poignant moments, The Stand's extended runtime doesn't make for better storytelling, leaving its expansive cast stranded in a cluttered apocalypse.

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Critic Ratings: 48

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User Ratings: 415

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Air date: Dec 17, 2020

A lethal man-made virus has an impact on the world's population. Those immune to the virus begin to gather in boulder, Colorado.

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Air date: Dec 24, 2020

Musician Larry Underwood is on the cusp of his big break when "Captain Trips" strikes New York. Meanwhile, an incarcerated Lloyd Henreid comes face-to-face with Randall Flagg, The Dark Man himself, who makes him an enticing offer.

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Air date: Dec 31, 2020

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The Boulder Free Zone Committee looks to solidify their leadership and bolster the community with a town hall meeting, but Flagg continues to make inroads as he plots to destroy the newly-forming society from within.

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Nadine and Harold's dark intentions continue to take shape; the Committee's spies entrench themselves in New Vegas, where Flagg is building his own society; and in Boulder, Frannie hatches a plan to confirm her suspicions of Harold while Mother Abagail seeks divine council.

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In New Vegas, the Trashcan Man responds to Flagg's summons, agreeing to use his unique skills to aid Flagg's plan. Meanwhile, Tom deceives Rat Woman.

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Critic Reviews for The Stand Season 1

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (24)

A sometimes dazzling, often frustrating, and undeniably assured effort that swings hard and occasionally connects. When it does, it's riveting television; when it doesn't, well, it's not boring.

Dec 17, 2020 | Full Review…

For the most part, it's time well spent.

Dec 13, 2020 | Full Review…

Stephen King's 1100-page apocalypse has unfolded in captivating style, maintaining the vibrant Stephen Kingyness of the characters and ratcheting up the tension at will -- even if all the bouncing around in time makes it feel rather choppy.

Jan 27, 2021 | Full Review…

With its many subplots, some more compelling than others, it's an uneven series that's not so much a must-watch as a can-watch.

Jan 17, 2021 | Full Review…

Amber Heard is a little iffy as Nadine Cross, and the magnificent Whoopi Goldberg needs no introduction, but Marsden's Stu Redman is an engaging and buoyant hero and Alexander Skarsgard's Randall Flagg is compelling in every way

Jan 13, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

As befits King the horror maestro, there's lots of nasty business with corpses, rats and wounds, and the virus does grisly things to people's necks as they die in a spew of green froth.

Jan 11, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

I genuinely did enjoy the first four episodes. But it's by episode five where I start to turn around, but because it's King, I still want to see these built-up characters follow through...

Jan 21, 2021 | Full Review…

The source material itself keeps it from being great. But it does keep you interested, and that is the power of King's storytelling.

Jan 21, 2021 | Full Review…

While it may sound as if this would be particularly frightening to watch right now, the truth is that this much-awaited series is a bit of an anti-climax.

Jan 15, 2021 | Full Review…

With a cast that also includes Amber Heard, Greg Kinnear, Nat Wolff, J.K. Simmons, Heather Graham, Ezra Miller and a cameo from King himself, there's plenty of reasons to keep watching.

Jan 15, 2021 | Full Review…

'The Stand' aspires to be the definitive Stephen King's adaptation, twisting the novel's narrative and capturing all its essence.

Jan 12, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The first episode of the series shows potential, but chooses a not so easy to follow way of telling the story. It may alienate those not familiar with Stephen King's work.

Jan 5, 2021 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Stand: Season 1

  • Dec 21, 2020
    I got around to watching the first episode of the new miniseries of The Stand last night. One thing that I feared didn't come true, and one thing that I feared did come true...and then something else was completely unexpected. The unexpected thing was how they fucked up the chronology. Starting with a scene in the Boulder Free Zone, then flashing back, then flashing back further, then forward, then sideways made it feel VERY disjointed. The emotional impact and feeling of dread brought on by the initial outbreak was completely destroyed. COMPLETELY. So right off the bat I'm pissed, because I don't get to feel that. I probably didn't even realize how important the chronological order of the progression of the plague was until they messed with it. Now I've been robbed of something I wanted to experience because there probably won't be another remake during my lifetime that fixes it. So there's my biggest disappointment. A minor disappointment is something that I feared from the moment I heard about the new miniseries: I was worried that it was going to be made for the people who already know the story instead of presenting it like it's for people who have never read it. And I was right. If I had never read The Stand and this was my introduction to it, I would already be out. Those last few scenes? Where they "introduced" Flagg? What on Earth is someone who knows nothing about The Stand supposed to think of that scene? I mean, I appreciate getting to revisit one of my favorite literary worlds, but I really wish they hadn't presented it with the assumption that we know the story. It's the same problem I had with the Final Fantasy VII remake. Wait a minute...is the director of this a Millennial or Xennial?? *sigh* I bet they are. The one thing I half-expected that didn't happen (or at least hasn't happened so far) is that they would take too many liberties with the story and make it unrecognizable in an effort to sex it up. A few things have been changed here and there, but so far I've either liked the changes or have been indifferent to them. I will keep watching, though (so I can immediately cancel CBS All Access once it's done, LOL), so I'll just have to get over being robbed of the emotional effect of the outbreak of the plague because they completely fucked that up for me. I recently re-watched the 1994 miniseries which is what got me to read the book in the first place, and while I remembered that it was in some ways kinda cheesy and low-budget, I had forgotten how good some of the performances were! In particular, Jamey Sheridan as Randall Flagg, Laura San Giacomo as Nadine Cross, and Rob Lowe as Nick Andros. So because it's fresh in my mind, this new miniseries is directly pitted against the first. So I will keep watching...but with caution.
  • Dec 21, 2020
    One of the best adaptations...and LOVE the cast...Alexander Skarsgard & Whoopi. Really well done!
  • Dec 21, 2020
    A vivid and updated take on one of my favorite books ever. I dont get all the hate but I personally loved it
  • Dec 20, 2020
    I was excited to hear that The Stand was going to be made into a mini series and this time it wouldn't be handcuffed by the networks for its violent and more adult content since it was been presented at CBS All Access. What I'm not keen about is the fact that they are presenting it on a week to week basis. Not even the original series on TV did that. It was at least presented over three days, not 10 WEEKS! Are you kidding me? I can understand a series like Star Trek Discovery or Evil being shown each week, but a mini series event? I'm sorry but you can't get into the "horror"series with 45 minutes once a week. If this first episode was supposed to get you psyched about the series, it sure didn't do it. The acting was bland and I was not impressed. I guess CBS ALL ACCESS DOESN'T have enough content to justify what Netflix does in allowing people to binge new series at their leisure. And this is why they are failing to bring in new subscribers. SMH. Now I hear that CBS will be allowing Netflix to have the new Star Trek series to binge (at least previous seasons of Picard, Discovery, etc.) because they just don't have the audience they want to. Well you wonder why!! Some services may not agree with putting all the episodes out so people can binge but it's worked for Netflix for years. I'll just have to wait until February when all the episodes of The Stand are released and then go back and binge; or cancel CBS All Access and wait until it's on Netflix :/
  • Dec 20, 2020
    Just watched the first episode and blown away. I really don't get all the hate this is getting. I think the non-linear story telling worked marvelously, and it really made this a character study and for those of you who haven't read the book, it's a great book because of the characters. Josh Boone did an amazing job and whoever ran casting did too. 10/10
  • Dec 20, 2020
    I loved this episode I won't lie, and I am sad to see so many people upset about it. I watched the 1994 series a few months ironically before our whole world changed and despite the original being cheesy, I enjoyed it. I must say I liked the overall more serious and modern day tone to this one and I thought the acting and execution was perfect. I feel that the jumping around is a bit unnecessary, but remember guys this is only the first episode. I'm going to continue watching it, and I can understand why they'd show us the jumping around just a bit to show us and set up how this is going to go. I personally loved the episode and can't wait for more!
  • Dec 20, 2020
    Yes, it's a jumbled mess. The acting is near spot on, and the scenes are well written. The problem is three-fold; The short scenes bounce around making the story feel incoherent, the writers are trying to fit too much into one episode, and doing this for a straight hour intensifies the first two. Think "The Leftovers" done wrong. But I love the characters and the scenes, it gives a similar feeling to the book. If they slowed down, this show could be great instead of getting five stars only from fan-boys like me.
  • Dec 20, 2020
    So far so good. Trying not to compare it too much to the original.
  • Dec 19, 2020
    I haven't read the book or seen the first miniseries on this show so I am watching this with fresh eyes. I know the first episode wasn't so pleasant to see so many people sick (and hitting close to home with our current pandemic) but I am really into how they are interpreting Stephen King's work. He's on board with it, so at least we know it is King-approved. I would watch Alexander Skarsgård in anything, and even though he isn't in this first episode very much, I LOVED what I did see of him. Can't wait to see more!
  • Dec 19, 2020
    Confusing and dumb, If you had never watched the original you would have no idea what was going on at all. They jump around way too much. This may have gotten one or one and a half stars if there wasn't a masterpiece to put it against.

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