The Walking Dead: Season 1 (2010)

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Critic Consensus: Blood-spattered, emotionally resonant, and white-knuckle intense, The Walking Dead puts an intelligent spin on the overcrowded zombie subgenre.

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Air date: Oct 31, 2010
2
Air date: Nov 7, 2010
3
Air date: Nov 14, 2010
4
Air date: Nov 21, 2010
5
Air date: Nov 28, 2010
6
Air date: Dec 5, 2010

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Adapted from a comic-book series, this horror drama follows the survivors of an apocalyptic holocaust who are searching for a safe haven while being tracked and menaced by zombies. In the first season, sheriff's deputy Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) emerges from a coma to find few people but far too many flesh-eating "walkers" who have died and come back to life. A fellow survivor tells him there's a refugee center in Atlanta, so he heads there with hopes of finding his missing wife and son, eventually joining with others to fight off the walkers.

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Critic Reviews for The Walking Dead Season 1

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (14)

This first season is full of Darabontian glimpses shining briefly through an otherwise unforgivably dull patchwork quilt of ideas.

Mar 28, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Fans of the comic book and first-rate psycho-horror may form a large enough audience to make this a hit. Those not in those groups may want to start by taking a deep breath.

Oct 31, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The Walking Dead is a good, old-fashioned horror-genre flick/series, without pretension or - for that matter - much of a message, either.

Oct 31, 2010 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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The show takes full advantage of serial TV's ability to intimately explore interpersonal character dramas.

Oct 31, 2010 | Full Review…

Old-fashioned lurchers, lots and lots of 'em, are the ticket on AMC's much-ballyhooed The Walking Dead, based on the long-running comic book of the same name.

Oct 31, 2010 | Full Review…

It's a rotten show. Like zombie flesh, it reeks and festers, but not in a good way.

Oct 31, 2018 | Full Review…

[Frank] Darabont... has brought a sense of Hollywood scale and polish to the series, with locations, design and camerawork all distinguished by a quality and detail

Jul 18, 2018 | Full Review…

A lot of what makes The Walking Dead so striking a series is how visual it is. It's beautiful and foreboding all at once, with lots of scares too potent to spoil.

May 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Since the first episode focuses mostly on Rick, you will get chills following him on his adventure through this new world, especially if you don't know what's coming up.

Nov 4, 2013 | Full Review…

This adaptation of Robert Kirkman's comics scored monster ratings. It's easy to see why

Oct 31, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Walking Dead: Season 1

½

This adaptation of Robert Kirkman & Tony Moore's graphic novel supplies plenty of action, drama, peril & cliffhangers to drive audiences to tune in to the next episode(s). The Walking Dead Season 1 is complex and brilliant in displaying the zombie apocalypse. 4.5/5

EugeneB

Super Reviewer

½

The introduction to this series is nearly flawless and very creepy. every episode is filled with Nods to classic zombie movies and is very cinematic. They even re-released it in black and white which makes it much more atmospheric and cold. There are only a couple hickups in the series like when they introduce a TV only hispanic gang bent on keeping a convalescent home safe from flesh eating zombies, even if it means stealing from you.

VincentT

Super Reviewer

four stars

MisterYoda?

Super Reviewer

It's a good thing I started watching this at the start of season 2, because if I thought this was what was on offer, I wouldn't have kept going, Whilst I’ll admit that season 1 was pretty decent, I was sort of expecting more. Trying to latch a viewer whole heartedly in only 6 episodes is hard work, of course, but there still could probably have been more done. A little bit closer to the comics in some areas mightn’t have gone astray, and the entire last episode felt rather unpleasantly forced. I can also appreciate that there needs to be a dynamic in the characters, you can’t like them all or the whole thing becomes unbelievable and boring. But when I found myself appreciating the red neck douchebag the most who’s only in the thing for one episode the most, maybe you have too many annoying characters. I’ve already caught half of season 2, so I suppose in some ways I am comparing this to that, which is unfair, but I felt that the zombies later on give of this real sense of foreboding, that maybe everyone running around was actually afraid of them. Season 1 on the other hand, has a single jump scare where they kill off an abusive husband. Yeah, devastating, I really felt that loss AMC. First seasons are usually not the best, and with only six episodes, it’s harder to split the differences and find a bunch of really great stuff. No actors, no characters, no storyline and no individual episode really jumped out at me and had serious staying power. However, what The Walking Dead most certainly does have going for it from the starting line, is special effects. The zombies in this program are literally some of, if not the best, that I have ever seen. Legless-crawlin’-type-lady was particularly brilliant. It wasn’t enough to bring the show up to my echelon of favourites or anything, but goddamn do their makeup department ever deserve some props!

GimlyM

Super Reviewer

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