The Umbrella Academy: Season 1 (2019)


Season 1
The Umbrella Academy

Critics Consensus

The Umbrella Academy unfurls an imaginative yarn with furtive emotion and an exceptionally compelling ensemble, but the series' dour sensibility often clashes with its splashy genre trappings.



Critic Ratings: 79


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User Ratings: 3238
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Air date: Feb 15, 2019
Air date: Feb 15, 2019
Air date: Feb 15, 2019
Air date: Feb 15, 2019
Air date: Feb 15, 2019
Air date: Feb 15, 2019
Air date: Feb 15, 2019
Air date: Feb 15, 2019
Air date: Feb 15, 2019
Air date: Feb 15, 2019

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Oddball billionaire Sir Reginald Hargreeves (Colm Feore) dies of a heart attack. His death brings together for the first time in years his adopted children: Number One/Luther (Tom Hopper), Number Two/Diego (David Castaneda), Number Three/Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampman), Number Four/Klaus (Robert Sheehan), and Number Seven/Vanya (Ellen Page). These children (except Vanya) were superheroes collectively known in their childhood as The Umbrella Academy. However, family tragedies and their dysfunctional upbringing forces these children to leave the Academy upon reaching adulthood. On the day of Sir Reginald's funeral, the missing Number Five (Aidan Gallagher) reemerges from the future as a harbinger of an upcoming apocalypse and convinces his siblings to help him stop it. "The Umbrella Academy" cast includes Justin H. Min as Number Six/Ben, Jordan Claire Robbins as Grace Hargreeves, Adam Godley as Pogo, Cameron Britton as Hazel, Mary J. Blige as Cha-Cha, and Kate Walsh as The Handler.

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Critic Reviews for The Umbrella Academy Season 1

All Critics (79) | Top Critics (21)

"The Umbrella Academy" is worth the enrollment. As creator Way once sang, welcome to the black parade.

Mar 7, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

A fun, diverting show with characters that don't just conform to the "serious superhero full of mission and purpose" type.

Mar 6, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It does return for a second run, it would be nice to see some more genuinely fresh ideas - without the over-reliance on tried, tested and tired tropes from years past.

Feb 19, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

"Umbrella" looks, feels and sounds different - music does much of the heavy lifting, and effectively so. It's a gorgeous-looking production that evokes another world, with both feet still firmly planted in this one.

Feb 18, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Although the plot wilfully meanders and much of the dialogue comes straight from the Big Book of Script Cliches, this is overall a blast.

Feb 15, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It has flaws and excesses, but the series...nonetheless lands in the sweet spot between comedy and drama, and between a plot-and-action-driven narrative and character exploration.

Feb 15, 2019 | Full Review…

The Umbrella Academy is one of the best superhero television shows out there, and that is high praise considering it's up against the likes of Daredevil and Titans.

Aug 22, 2019 | Full Review…

The Umbrella Academy skillfully captures a family that looks cohesive to those on the outside but is dismal to those living in it.

May 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Showrunner Steve Blackman and comic creator Gerard Way and the incredible cast and crew came together to bring us an engaging atmosphere, and although the show comes with its issues, it usually feels fresh in a saturated genre.

May 3, 2019 | Full Review…

The joy of the "The Umbrella Academy" is that it takes traditional superhero tropes and reimagines them through a nihilistic, misanthropic lens.

Mar 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Umbrella Academy: Season 1

  • 3d ago
    A frustrating, meandering grind riddled with cliches and forced drama, about 90% of which turns out to be completely pointless. You don't get the impression that these are wounded people with decades of bad blood between them, you get the impression that people actually talking to each other would cut the season in half. I have nothing but envy for the people who found it fresh and interesting. Giving it an extra star for Five, who was excellent.
  • 6d ago
    Super !! Different !!
  • Aug 07, 2019
    This show is primarily about family drama, which I don't usually appreciate, but here all the characters are not only vivid but intriguing. Their idiosyncrasies relate directly to the plot in crystal clear ways so their actions are always believable, even when completely inadvisable. Any political messages are toned down to the particulars and come naturally out of the characters and situations, where a lesser show would generalize. Netflix flexes its wallet by getting top-tier music in every episode and excellent tv-quality special effects when needed. The ending was good but not great, and even though it left me wanting another season it could have wrapped some things up better. Disclaimer: It's a weird show, but watch the second episode before deciding whether to continue; that's where things really kick off. Closest Comparison: It's like Heroes Season 1 (2006) by way of Watchmen (2009) Setting: Family Drama Plot: Sci-Fi Tone: Drama/Action
  • Aug 06, 2019
    Series one is a little slow at first, but the characters are always interesting and the pace picks up towards the finale. Super-stylish, original in its execution and utterly bizarre, this is one of the most interesting series to come from Netflix. Very much looking forward to season 2.
  • Aug 03, 2019
    Very entertaining, waiting for season 2&3…
  • Aug 01, 2019
    What a great show! I love this show SO MUCH!!!
  • Jul 21, 2019
    Love this show. Can't wait for the second season.
  • Jul 19, 2019
    Brilliant, original, authentic SciFi at its best. My wife is not really into SciFi, however she is also hooked as the story lines and character are very strong. Love it!!
  • Jul 17, 2019
    I have only seen 3 episodes so far but i am loving it!!!!
  • Jul 16, 2019
    A poorly written cheap knock off of the dark Phoenix saga. Nothing original at all Just a bunch comic book cliche's cramped together.

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