The Terror: Season 1 (2018)


Season 1
The Terror

Critics Consensus

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



Critic Ratings: 57


Audience Score

User Ratings: 1282
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Air date: Mar 26, 2018
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Air date: May 7, 2018
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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.


Jared Harris
as Francis Crozier
Ciarán Hinds
as Sir John Franklin
Paul Ready
as Henry Goodsir
Adam Nagaitis
as Cornelius Hickey
Tobias Menzies
as James Fitzjames

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Critic Reviews for The Terror Season 1

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (17)

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…
Top Critic

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…

The terrifying element is something that the series know how to dose, thus achieving a much more relevant dramatic impact. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 24, 2019 | Full Review…

A show as gory and creepy as it is beautiful.

Dec 18, 2018 | Full Review…

It always feels like something is lurking, waiting just around the corner as the drama maintains a sense of foreboding throughout.

Dec 18, 2018 | Full Review…

The show touches on the usual themes that underlie such stories-male ego, Western hubris, the absolute power privileged officers wield over poor recruits-but it does so with rare style, intelligence and detail.

Jan 2, 2019 | Full Review…

The Terror holds ample appeal for both horror fans and history buffs. It's genre TV with the tight, character-driven storytelling of a historical prestige drama.

Dec 18, 2018 | Full Review…

The Terror masterfully grappled with environmental imbalance, the boundaries of masculinity and the finality of death, but its biggest triumph will always be its preference for the individual men.

Dec 18, 2018 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for The Terror: Season 1

  • 5d ago
    Interesting, but so slow moving that it makes it very boring....
  • Aug 12, 2019
    Jared Harris is great like this show but its 3 or 4 episodes too long and the budget is a little to small for the monster tho they do work around it reasonably well
  • Aug 08, 2019
    I see this series has great responses on all sides... ???.. Its certainly not for me... I put in 4 episodes and I just don't have the patience for this kind of "drama". I need more from a horror series; aside from the fact that the diologue leaves me squinting and lost, its just too slow moving with its layered and anticipated scares... and thats just not what I crave, it leaves me yearning for some intensity. I tried, it just kept losing my undivided attention. Im hoping "Infamy" will be more up my alley as its not a period peice with an almost all-male cast...yawn.
  • Aug 08, 2019
    The Terror is an anthology series exploring historical speculative fiction based on true events. The series dwells on the encounter between a monstrous creature in the Arctic and the members of Royal Naval expedition team looking for the Northwest Passage. Haunting, suspenseful and based on true events, The Terror makes for gripping, atmospheric supernatural horror. Excellent film making .
  • Aug 03, 2019
    I don't think I've ever posted a review to Rotten Tomatoes. But I logged in to write this. I thoroughly enjoyed this program. Historical drama with horror and supernatural elements. It is definitely not for the faint of heart. Acting and story was top notch and I was compelled to research the real story of the Terror and Erebus after watching this. Kudos to the writers, producers, actors, prop and special effects folks and everyone else involved who worked on this project. Excellent work! I tip my hat to you, good sirs.
  • Jun 26, 2019
    Horrifying from beginning to end!
  • Jun 13, 2019
    Refreshing! An amazing, true story with a twist! Highly recommended
  • May 31, 2019
    Excellent acting and a fantastic build up of suspense. One of the best shows I've seen in ages!
  • May 25, 2019
    There are some moments that really reflect the title of this miniseries. A slow burner but well worth it.
  • May 23, 2019
    A very solid show. If you're at all keen on polar exploration, early 19th Century dramas, or slow-building horror, then you'll like this. The acting, mood, and environment are all top notch. However, there are basically no female characters, and the ending is very predictable (it's based on a historical event after all), so if that matters to a lot to you, then you might want to skip it. Additionally, I felt that the monster was completely unnecessary, and removing it entirely, or better yet leaving it as some unseen, unknowable horror, would have improved the story a lot.

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