The Village: Season 1 (2019)

Season 1
The Village

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The Village commendably attempts to affirm the bonds between neighbors in an urban community, but the series' overeagerness to wring tears from viewers will most likely only prompt them to roll their eyes.



Critic Ratings: 14


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User Ratings: 22

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Air date: Mar 19, 2019

The premiere of the drama about the intertwined lives of the residents of a Brooklyn building. Sarah is a nurse and single mom navigating the emotional volatility of her creative teenage daughter; Gabe is a young law student trapped between obligations to his grandfather and to his career; Ava is thrown into crisis when she's arrested by ICE in front of her young son; Nick returns from war and discovers everything he left behind; Ron and Patricia work to keep the Village family intact.

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Air date: Mar 26, 2019

Sarah uncovers more of Katie's secret and has a confrontation with Nick. Enzo struggles with a disappointing new roommate and Ava makes progress with her case.

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Air date: Apr 2, 2019

The Village family is made whole again when Ava returns; Sarah and Katie deal with unexpected reactions from the family of her baby's father; the strain of Patricia's cancer threatens her relationship with Ron; Gabe gets a surprise visit from his overbearing father; Nick confesses to a war friend's widow and makes a deep connection.

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Air date: Apr 9, 2019

Two months have passed at The Village, where Katie faces key pregnancy decisions while tracking down a mysterious art thief. Sarah and Patricia spend a night out to clear their minds. Nick's memory plays tricks on him. Gabe and Ava both look for outside help with her case, and Enzo lets a lovely lady slip away.

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Air date: Apr 16, 2019

Katie sees Sarah in a new light during her tumultuous first day of work at the nursing home. Nick makes a startling discovery in therapy while helping Enzo pursue a second chance at love. Ron and Patricia host an Open Mic night with a surprise performance from their past.

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Air date: Apr 23, 2019

The first Gospel Brunch at Smalls introduces Ron and Patricia to people from their past, and also inspires the residents of The Village to come to terms with the various dilemmas in their lives: Enzo and Gabe discuss Ava's case with young lawyer, Sofia; Liam introduces Katie to her potential future; and Amy discovers surprising news about Nick and Sarah, leading to a revelation that none of them are ready to tackle.

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Air date: Apr 30, 2019

The residents of the Village try to put together the pieces as the dust settles on last night's revelation: Ron and Patricia welcome two surprise houseguests with familial problems; Enzo enlists Ben to help him find Gwendolina, leading Ben back to someone from his past; Gabe finally faces his father when Ava's case gets messy; and Katie and Sarah temporarily bury the hatchet when meeting with a wealthy couple interested in adoption. However, when one door closes, another opens.

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Air date: May 7, 2019

Nick visits an old haunt and makes an important discovery. Patricia glimpses a new life after receiving tough news. Gabe discovers a piece of his past with Enzo he never knew about. A surprise guest stirs up emotions between Ben and Ava.

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Air date: May 14, 2019

Gabe and Ava prepare for their day in court. Katie takes a birthing class. Nick attempts to gain closure with the help of Sarah.

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Air date: May 21, 2019

An unexpected event brings Katie, Sarah, and Nick back into each other's orbits. Patricia deals with her diagnosis, which leads to an unexpected chance at re-connection for Ron. Enzo enlists Gabe to pull off a grand gesture. Ben faces his future and his past.

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Critic Reviews for The Village Season 1

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (8)

It's a low-key sort of fantasy, the idea of one-time strangers becoming a found family in an urban jungle. But fantasy stories have a way of feeding the soul.

Mar 20, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Treacly, by-the-numbers prime-time tear-jerker that even Brooklyn and a good cast can't elevate. And viewers won't mind in the least.

Mar 14, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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"The Village" represents another step in a brand built around community, connectedness and eyes brimming with tears.

Mar 20, 2019 | Full Review…

The series is so artificially dolorous that it wouldn't surprise me to learn that The Village is actually an alien space vessel powered exclusively by the rending of hearts and jerking of tears.

Mar 19, 2019 | Full Review…

The writers of "Village" make the mistake of confusing emotion with quality. It's not enough just to feel; you have to do something with those feelings, too.

Mar 19, 2019 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
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The Village feels like it's trying too hard -- as if the show was developed specifically to try replicating the warm fuzzies that its lead-in, "This is Us," regularly delivers.

Mar 18, 2019 | Full Review…
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Everybody has an almost mystical devotion to the place, and the collection of beautifully musical Welsh accents helped to lend the programme a hypnotic aura, as if the viewer were being gently absorbed into the village's mysterious ambience.

Apr 29, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The Village has no interest in being a decent series; its only interest is in using emotional manipulation to gaslight its viewers into believing that The Village is trying to say something profound about the human condition. It is not.

Mar 29, 2019 | Full Review…

Melodramatic, predictable series has mature themes.

Mar 27, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It will have to take a little bit more than attempting to induce tears to be as impactful as the series that it is getting compared to.

Mar 19, 2019 | Full Review…

Blatantly manipulative, "The Village" rarely earns the emotional responses it so assiduously attempts to wring out of viewers.

Mar 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Maybe The Village will be the last of the This Is Us clones for awhile. At least we hope it will be.

Mar 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Village: Season 1

  • Aug 09, 2020
    I can't believe rotten tomatoes gave this series such a bad review, I loved The Village, its heartwarming, sad and inspirational. Each and every character played their role outstanding. The fact that rotten tamatoes gave it a 36% ratring as apposed to their viewers 86% just shows how out of touch they are with their audience.
  • Apr 19, 2020
    I LOVED this show! It was well written, great cast, and well acted, simply one of the best shows on TV! I can't believe that dumb shows like the masked singer, This Is Us, and all of those other crappy series are are still on! Those shows rate 0 stars in my book. They always cancel the good shows for the crappy ones! Just goes to show you the mentality of people these days. The Village needs to be brought back to TV! It was well worth watching and one of the best shows on TV in many years! Really upsetting that it was canceled! There's nothing but drivel on TV these days. Very disappointing that it was canceled. I wish they would bring it back!
  • Jan 08, 2020
    This was such a great show I loved it
  • Oct 18, 2019
    I wanted to like this show more -- but it had too many uninteresting characters. With so many stories going on (duh it's a village) I found episodes to be crowded and difficult to follow. It's been cancelled it's entertaining enough as a first season but obviously it didn't have time to go where they wanted it to go.
  • Oct 11, 2019
    loved this show. sad they canceled it :/ ....
  • May 28, 2019
    A great new family show. This show details it takes a village. Not everyone has blood family, but a choice family and this show truly shows how wonderful a choice family can be. Especially for people that have toxic families. It gives you hope. Worth watching.
  • May 26, 2019
    Intriguing and totally hooked- love the feeling of awareness and how it plays on the hope of a true community. I cannot wait for Season 2!

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