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

The season that started it all. I loved the characters, or loved to hate the characters. It put a fresh spin on the zombie genre. It was bloody-scary good and it kept me on the edge of my seat. It's also so nostalgic which makes it ten times more enjoyable. Remembering the simpler times and remembering those we lost and are not with us right now.

Awesome opening season! Best season yet!

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Goes down as an all time favourite. I am immersed into TWD universe every time I rewatch this series and wouldn't change a thing about the production of this season.

I totally love this programme, when i first saw it, i thought wow great characters, then slowly started getting annoyed with Ricks character, he just didn't fit in at all as a leader, and should of stood down from his role and stayed stood down, i thoroughly love Daryl's character, he's mellow and usually sticks to himself, sad that some main characters had to leave after being on here for so long. All and All - Great programme, and hope it stays on. Amazingly great characters, lively looking Zombies and overall love the whole series.

The complications of the characters and complete genius that went into this season set this higher than most other zombie apocalypse movies and tv shows at this time.

The walking dead represents a milestone in the zombie genre. It is sure to appeal to a wide audience around the world.

After a strong start, it moved straight to the "stretch it, pad it while it still prints money" model of TV like Lost.

Definetely One of my favorite. It brings me a thrill, and fun what actually i want from a apocalypse and psychodrama.

I'll admit that this show is addictive. But it's like every other zombie movie ever made...lacks intelligence. The characters repeatedly make the same stupid mistakes and never seem to learn from them. What started out as a promising series quickly became more and more frustrating to watch (as opposed to scary). Is it too much to ask for a zombie flick that understands the importance of character development and common sense in survival situations? There are frequently nonsensical plot holes...such as the vehicles couldn't leave the CDC in one episode because they were out of gas and magically were able to drive off into the sunset in the next episode. Side note: Rick sucks as a leader - his decisions constantly get people killed - so why do the sheeple keep following him?? Also, the script writers love killing animals in the plot and are particularly cruel when it comes to showing such scenes. Perhaps that's because their audience is becoming increasingly desensitized to the violence (a bit like zombies themselves) so they thought massacrering innocent beings would wake people up? I couldn't watch anymore after the rat and piglet scenes in season 4 episode 2. Just way too explicit in their cruelty. I felt like needed a spiritual bath after turning it off. Just YUCK!!! In conclusion...if you are a sociopath...or if all you are looking for is show filled with gore and action...you'll probably enjoy this show. If you actually value thinking and human decency, probably not as much.

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