The Terror: Season 1 (2018)

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The Terror

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A thriller wrapped in a prestige drama package, The Terror makes for gripping, atmospheric supernatural horror.

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Critic Ratings: 68

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Air date: Mar 26, 2018

Sir John Franklin's Arctic expedition finds itself within two hundred miles of finally discovering the Northwest Passage when an accident at sea cripples one of its two ships. Sir John must make a difficult choice that could either seal their bid for glory or doom them.

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Air date: Mar 26, 2018

Having spent a long winter trapped in the ice, spring arrives and an optimistic Sir John sends scouting parties out to search for open water. But one of the parties makes an unsettling discovery and finds itself the target of a vicious predator.

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Air date: Apr 2, 2018

With the "thing on the ice" now stalking the ships, Captain Francis Crozier tries to convince Sir John to send out a rescue party to attempt to alert the world of their situation, pitting Crozier's loyalty to his commander against his duty to his crew.

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Air date: Apr 9, 2018

With the arrival of another winter, a frightening attack on the ships proves to the men they are not battling an ordinary bear. Whatever is hunting them is cunning, and driving the men to panic. The expedition's officers are forced to consider that the region's Inuit culture may hold the key to their survival or demise.

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Air date: Apr 16, 2018

With the arrival of another winter, a frightening attack on the ships proves to the men they are not battling an ordinary bear. Whatever is hunting them is cunning, and driving the men to panic. The expedition's officers are forced to consider that the region's Inuit culture may hold the key to their survival or demise.

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Air date: Apr 23, 2018

With the end of their provisions in sight, officers contemplate an 800-mile walkout while planning a party to raise the men's worsening spirits.

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Air date: Apr 30, 2018

A massive mobilization of men attempts to move all the expedition's portable supplies to land as the expedition's long walk south begins. Leaving the protection of the ships, they are now completely exposed to attack from any direction. A series of shocking events underscores how fragile their situation has become.

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Air date: May 7, 2018

After an officer is killed under mysterious circumstances, paranoia takes hold of the camp. While investigating what happened, Captain Crozier discovers that while most of men have turned their energies to the common good, a small band of others may have begun to imagine alternatives.

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Air date: May 14, 2018

Dogged by worsening health, the men discover that their once-critical ranks and histories no longer matter to their chances for survival. It is now up to what inner strengths they can muster. Hope comes in strange forms, and the moral question of what each man is willing to do to survive starts to be settled in both noble and horrifying ways.

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Air date: May 21, 2018

With summer coming to an end, the men of the expedition discover that in times of great jeopardy, epic risks and sacrifices must be made. As their increasingly surreal journey reaches a point of crisis, they find themselves in one final confrontation with the Inuit mythology that has been confounding and stalking them from the start.

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Inspired by a true story, The Terror centers on the Royal Navy's perilous voyage into uncharted territory as the crew attempts to discover the Northwest Passage. Faced with treacherous conditions, limited resources, dwindling hope and fear of the unknown, the crew is pushed to the brink of extinction. Frozen, isolated and stuck at the end of the earth, The Terror highlights all that can go wrong when a group of men, desperate to survive, struggle not only with the elements, but with each other.

Cast & Crew

Adam Nagaitis
Cornelius Hickey
Tobias Menzies
Captain James Fitzjames
Trystan Gravelle
Henry Collins
Paul Ready
Dr. Henry Goodsir
Ciarán Hinds
Sir John Franklin
Nive Nielsen
Lady Silence
Ian Hart
Thomas Blanky
Jared Harris
Captain Francis Crozier
Soo Hugh
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Chris Thompson
Producer
Vinnie Wilhelm
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Critic Reviews for The Terror Season 1

All Critics (68) | Top Critics (28)

Through careful writing and by avoiding the genre's more common pitfalls, he Terror offers what is perhaps television's first good example of survival horror.

Dec 18, 2018 | Full Review…

A lavish event series that could be called 'Master and Commander Meets The Thing.' It's not quite as exciting as that pitch makes it sound, but it is a show that builds up steam around the fourth episode.

Mar 23, 2018 | Full Review…

We're all still caught up in a mad, self-perpetuating cycle of fear. If that's your entry point to The Terror, so be it, but it doesn't have to be. The terror is many things, and one of them is bound to get you.

Mar 27, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

My terror with The Terror is that the ghosty horror will tip it over somewhat. I'd be happy enough with them playing it straight as a drama of expedition gone wrong.

Mar 18, 2021 | Full Review…

The drama's strength is its claustrophobia, the feeling or foreboding and the complete and utter isolation experienced by the crew.

Mar 17, 2021 | Full Review…

This is masculine derring-do, and this is horror, but it all comes wrapped in top-notch prestige drama and that, I discovered, I can take.

Mar 8, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's in keeping with the series as a whole that so much of the worst of the misery takes place off-screen. Just as with their historical counterparts, we simply don't know what the men's death agonies were like.

Apr 8, 2021 | Full Review…

There could be considerable potential here for mere cheap-thrills silliness, but The Terror gets its teeth into you with its gritty and unpleasantly plausible depiction of shipboard life in the mid-19th century.

Mar 5, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Before being stranded, the crew realizes that something immense, ungraspable and evil chases them... With that premise it was impossible not to tune (or download) The Terror and the first six chapters do not disappoint. [Full review in Spanish]

Apr 27, 2018 | Full Review…

The Terror, more than anything, knew how to build upon its suspense to the point that it felt unbearable and released it in such a succinct fashion that it felt like the big moment of the season, except it would do so again and again throughout its run.

Apr 14, 2020 | Full Review…

[T]he AMC miniseries makes for utterly compelling drama like few shows on TV these days.

Oct 18, 2019 | Full Review…

Writers dig a six-foot ditch and throw Hickey's character into it, burying him in stereotypes about gay men being manipulative villains.

Jun 24, 2019 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Terror: Season 1

  • 6d ago
    I finished the season and while I enjoyed the bleakness and creepy atmosphere, it did feel overlong and sometimes uneventful. It took us a while to finish the whole season as it doesn't quite suck you in. It did feel like they could have told this whole story in 6 episodes instead of 10. Many times I found it frustrating too, wen characters acted in ridiculous ways, especially with the polar bear around. But having said that, the acting is really good and the production design is wonderful.
  • Apr 14, 2021
    Great show from a couple of years ago.
  • Apr 10, 2021
    The Terror does a couple of things right...it conveys the feeling of isolation, the cold of the North Pole, the hopelessness of the crews situation and how it affected the strict discipline and hierarchy on ships. However, if you have read the book, this adaptation takes so much out of it, that by the end, the story has no connection with the actual ending from the book. It dumbed-down the origin of the creature, and with it also the message it was meant to send to the viewer/reader. That is the biggest flaw of this show for me. However, if it gets just one more person to read Dan Simmons' book, I consider it a success.
  • Apr 08, 2021
    Got really high Peaks but also low points. I'd recommended as something totally different from what is out there.
  • Apr 07, 2021
    It's OK. Clearly, the men died of cold and starvation; why they've added a mythical giant sized super intelligent polar bear into the story is anyone's guess.
  • Apr 06, 2021
    Great depiction! I remember seeing the mummies in the museum! It was very detailed and even despite it being a historical piece, it's still a good character arch and societal commentary.
  • Apr 04, 2021
    Grim, grisly & utterly gripping
  • Apr 03, 2021
    This is a great series and the acting is also first rate. Skip season 2 unless your into revisionism woke-washed history.
  • Apr 03, 2021
    The Terror, which is based on a true story of HMS Franklin expedition in the 19th century, was a great adventure. It portrayed the battle of man vs nature and kept me watching to see what or who the Terror was. The life on board a British exploration ship stuck in the artic was a good background for this story. The daily battles for survival both from the Terror and the elements made this a well told story.
  • Mar 30, 2021
    One of those series which will have an impact on you for ever. A masterpiece!!!

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