The Underground Railroad: Limited Series (2021)


Limited Series
The Underground Railroad

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With a superb ensemble and Barry Jenkins' singular eye, The Underground Railroad delicately translates its source material into a powerfully humane series that is as challenging as it is necessary.

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Critic Ratings: 104

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Air date: May 14, 2021

When Caesar convinces Cora to escape from Randall plantation, their lives are irrevocably changed; the underground railroad takes Caesar and Cora on an unexpected journey.

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Air date: May 14, 2021

A seemingly paradise of progress and racial harmony hides dark secrets; the secrets of "Bessie" and "Christian"; bounty hunter Arnold Ridgeway begins his pursuit of Cora.

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Air date: May 14, 2021

After arriving to a dangerous small town in North Carolina, Cora must hide in an abolitionist's attic while putting everyone's lives in danger.

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Air date: May 14, 2021

A young Arnold Ridgeway comes of age while testing his belief in The Great Spirit.

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Captured by Ridgeway, Cora is forced to travel across the barren inferno of Tennessee; Cora shares the perilous journey with Jasper, a noble runaway filled with inner-strength.

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Air date: May 14, 2021

For Arnold Ridgeway, a journey home reveals that "the past is not past"; a chance encounter with a freedman named Royal gives Cora new hope.

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Air date: May 14, 2021

The fire burns.

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Air date: May 14, 2021

Royal brings Cora to Valentine Farm, a thriving Black community and vineyard on the bountiful Indiana frontier; carrying the scars of her journey, Cora struggles to find peace.

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Cora's presence ignites tensions amongst the Valentine community; just as Cora was beginning to feel at home, chaos reigns.

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Air date: May 14, 2021

A tale of motherhood; the beginning is the end is the beginning for both mother and daughter.

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Cast & Crew

Thuso Mbedu
Cora

Actor
Chase W. Dillon
Homer

Actor
Joel Edgerton
Ridgeway

Actor
Aaron Pierre
Caesar

Actor
Amber Gray
Gloria Valentine

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Fred Hechinger
Young Ridgeway

Actor
Barry Jenkins
Executive Producer
Adele Romanski
Executive Producer
Mark Ceryak
Executive Producer
Dede Gardner
Executive Producer
Jeremy Kleiner
Executive Producer
Brad Pitt
Executive Producer
Richard Heus
Executive Producer
Jacqueline Hoyt
Executive Producer
Colson Whitehead
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for The Underground Railroad: Limited Series

Audience Reviews for The Underground Railroad: Limited Series

  • Apr 11, 2022
    A remarkable book im told, this series is akin to watching a chinese movie without subtitles to an English only speaking audience, incoherent at best, disjointed, all the gear no idea.
  • Jan 30, 2022
    The horrors of slavery in actual fact are gruesome enough without embellishing it with fictional accounts.
  • Jan 08, 2022
    Well done. I think I've become saturated with the stories of the incredible injustice, racism and general heinous behavior of that period of our history.
  • Dec 24, 2021
    It was not what I expected. I was amazed at the brutality and it was hard to watch at times. The music was very atmospheric as was the movie. Very well done. I really enjoyed it and was rooting for Cora to come out OK.
  • Dec 15, 2021
    Like the book, a revelation, but a thing of great beauty itself.
  • Sep 21, 2021
    The director, Barry Jenkins, was right when he said "you cannot/should not binge watch Underground Railroad", I tried to binge this program and was haunted in my dreams. It's hard to call the horrors depicted in Underground as beautiful but it was a beautifully shot limited series. I felt bereft after watching episode 10 because I wanted Cora to finally reach her promised land...Mr. Jenkins has gifted us a masterpiece.
  • Aug 19, 2021
    so it's good and I get that it is supposed to be uncomfortable but it is so dark it's a bit of a trudge. Definitely not bingeworthy as one needs and significant break after each episode.
  • Jul 26, 2021
    Beautifully shot and powerfully acted. The Underground Railroad makes for difficult but important viewing in showing America's dark side landing another masterpiece from creator Barry Jenkins.
  • Jul 22, 2021
    Dont think too Hard about it and it will pass your TIme.
  • Jul 16, 2021
    I am very confused by this series. I just can't grasp the message. The themes are so huge so mammoth, that it makes me unable to even comment which is a comment in itself. These are not true scenarios so I question the reasoning for the creation. Is this a statement to say fiction could be worse than the truth. The truth is already bad enough. I think it will stay with me for a while. I have to think about this one.

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