The Walking Dead: Season 1 (2010)

Season 1
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Blood-spattered, emotionally resonant, and white-knuckle intense, The Walking Dead puts an intelligent spin on the overcrowded zombie subgenre.



Critic Ratings: 31


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Air date: Oct 31, 2010

The survivors of a world overrun with zombies are followed in this horror series. In the first episode, a sheriff's deputy emerges from a coma to find few people but far too many flesh-eating "walkers" who have died and come back to life. The lawman encounters another member of the human race, who tells him there's a refugee center in Atlanta, so he heads there with hopes of finding his missing wife and son.

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Air date: Nov 7, 2010

Rick receives some surprise help escaping from a tank surrounded by walkers, and hooks up with a resourceful survivor who leads him to other humans holed up in a downtown department store. The group is none-too-pleased with Rick, whose gunshots have attracted a rapacious rabble of zombies, and he is forced to come up with a gutsy plan to get them out of the city.

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Air date: Nov 14, 2010

Against his better judgment, Rick heads back to Atlanta to recover his cache of guns and ammo and hopefully retrieve the redneck bully originally left behind. Meanwhile, Lori and Shane are shocked by the return of someone they feared was dead.

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Air date: Nov 21, 2010

Rick's mission to return to Atlanta may need to be aborted when he runs into some unforeseen problems. Meanwhile back at camp, Jim appears to be going off the deep end.

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Air date: Nov 28, 2010

After a zombie attack, Rick and the group set off for the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, and Jim must face a life-or-death decision.

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Air date: Dec 5, 2010

In the Season 1 finale, a strange doctor allows Rick and the group access to the CDC, but things are not truly as they seem there.

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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 (31) | Top Critics (20)

I'm totally psyched to watch the second episode and see what the sheriff will do now that he's barricaded himself in that army tank to escape the 200 or so zombies who devoured his horse.

Apr 30, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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…

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…

The show is so much better than any of the recent non-Romero zombie movies that it's among the leading exhibits in the case against the cineplex.

Sep 17, 2020 | Full Review…

Overall, The Walking Dead's first season is a collection of weak storylines... and action pieces, surrounded by poorly written expositions and reveals.

Feb 13, 2020 | Rating: D+ | 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…

Audience Reviews for The Walking Dead: Season 1

  • Feb 25, 2021
    A fantastic start to a fantastic show. The characters have depth, flaws, and unique backgrounds. The story is gripping and opens up amazing possibilities for plotlines and twists. You know that you are in for a wild ride after watching this season.
  • Dec 31, 2020
    You know, I started watching this show when it first came out. I figured I'd wait a while to watch it again so I can binge. Sadly, it has been a very disappointing first season to say the least. The set designs really nailed the feel and it was filled with fun gore. The acting is dreadful though. I'm genuinely surprised at how bad it is considering the massive amount of hype surrounding this show. That wouldn't be bothersome except for the fact that they are clearly making a strong push for emotional moments in what boils down to an ordinary drama. All is not lost! I eagerly anticipate watching some of the characters get brutally mauled by a walker. Needless to say, I'm not propelled forward to watch the story unfold. I am curious to see if it picks up in subsequent seasons. I do feel compelled to keep watching to confirm my aforementioned opinions. Is it really not that great? I suspect it's not. Oh well.
  • Dec 28, 2020
    For the first season this series presents a very powerful zombie story that no series has ever had. Powerful, intelligent, suspenseful and violent. Incredible start.
  • Dec 11, 2020
    I think that the first season of The Walking Dead is very good, but a bit too short. I've watched seasons 1-3 and I've just started the fourth season. The other seasons so far I think are better. I think it was good that it was short, but I felt like the whole thing was just a bit rushed. Things could've been a bit slower.
  • Oct 16, 2020
    I started watching without any hope that it would be good. I was surprised. It's the best series I've ever seen in my life. The plot is constant and full of action and emotion. Rick Grimes' desperation to find his family is represented by the excellent interpretation of Andrew Lincoln. However, it still has small problems, which do not affect anything in history.
  • Oct 05, 2020
    Good‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎
  • Sep 23, 2020
    Going back here after so many episodes is an experience. I highly recommend checking it out because it's probably unlike anything that has ever been on television before. This season had a charm to it that later seasons had lost, but that's also what makes it special. The only downside to this is that there are a lot of bland and underdeveloped characters that will die very early on
  • Aug 20, 2020
    The series is overly contrived with boring drama and unrealistic violence.
  • Aug 18, 2020
    Best show i have ever seen
  • Aug 14, 2020
    The first season of TWD captivates anyone due to characters like Rick, Shane or Lori. Impressive walk made of suspanse and adrenaline that Rick does from the Hospital, walking through Atlanta and contacting his group. Very good. Very good scenes and effects. I advise to see!

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