The Watch: Season 1 (2021)

Season 1
The Watch

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Despite fantastic production design and a solid cast, The Watch simply doesn't capture the wonder, whimsy, and world building of Terry Pratchett's beloved novels.



Critic Ratings: 16


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User Ratings: 129

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Air date: Jan 3, 2021

Captain Sam Vimes' life is changed when a figure from his past returns to Ankh-Morpork.

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Air date: Jan 3, 2021

The Watch connects Carcer's evil plan to strange goings-on at a magical institution.

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Air date: Jan 10, 2021

As fear of the dragon keeps people off the streets, The Watch must heist The Assassins' Guild.

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Air date: Jan 17, 2021

Carcer is willing to do anything to find Gawain the sword. The Watch is close on his tail.

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Air date: Jan 24, 2021

The Watch have the sword, with it they could wield the force of the Noble Dragon.

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Air date: Jan 31, 2021

Cheery, Angua, Carrot venture into the Mines of Tak, Cheery must confront the darkness in her past.

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Air date: Feb 7, 2021

Sam Vimes wakes up confused, he's slipped into an alternate universe where he's a prisoner.

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Air date: Feb 14, 2021

Carcer's got everything he needs to control the Noble Dragon and destroy Ankh-Morpork.

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Cast & Crew

Natalie Walsh
Goblin #4
Lara Rossi
Lady Sybil Ramkin
Richard Dormer
Captain Sam Vimes
Marama Corlett
Corporal Angua von Uberwald
Ruth Madeley
Throat Dibbler
James Fleet
Archchancellor of Unseen University
Simon Allen
Brian Kelly
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Critic Reviews for The Watch Season 1

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (7)

There are lots of moments that delighted me... under a lot of odd tonal choices. Still, the charm of the cast and the script's playful aspirations were enough to keep pushing through choppy editing and storytelling.

Jan 5, 2021 | Rating: 7.2/10 | Full Review…

The Watch is a mostly newbie-friendly initiation into the Discworld universe, but other than its supernatural larks, it fails to convey the magic that's kept audiences coming back for decades.

Jan 5, 2021 | Full Review…

The performances give body and warmth to characters that can be broadly drawn.

Jan 5, 2021 | Full Review…

The Watch is always watchable, but it's not quite as radical as it wants, and perhaps needs, to be.

Jan 5, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

The new series likely won't create many more fans of mythical storytelling. In fact, the show's generic worldbuilding, one-dimensional characterizations and lack of consistent wit will disappoint the kind of niche audience it's trying to attract.

Jan 4, 2021 | Full Review…

Messy sci-fi crime series features violence, alcohol.

Jan 20, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

There are flashes of a better series hiding within this show if the production wanted to find it. And perhaps it will. But right now, Discworld continues to wait for someone to figure out how to adapt it properly.

Jan 15, 2021 | Full Review…

With werewolf human hybrids, disgruntled grim reapers and primate librarians thrown in this Discworld is definitely on point.

Jan 12, 2021 | Full Review…

Either way, there's something going on here, something that'll inevitably displease long-time Pratchett hardcores but that just might scratch a very peculiar itch for everyone else.

Jan 11, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The diversity and inclusion make Ankh-Morpork feel as cosmopolitan as I'd expect from a big city, and it counters the criticisms many viewers rightly have over fantasy shows that are too white.

Jan 5, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

What I've seen through five episodes of The Watch is a funny, exciting, heartfelt fantasy action-comedy that features plenty of mystery, lots of laughs, and a fantastic cast.

Jan 5, 2021 | Full Review…

The first episode was so jumbled and so proud of how witty it was, it forgot to establish anything about most of the characters we'll be seeing for the entire season.

Jan 4, 2021 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Watch: Season 1

  • 1d ago
    A disgraceful and shameful rape of Terry Pratchett's legacy.
  • 4d ago
    I actually enjoyed The Watch it's definitely different than most shows but worth my time
  • 5d ago
    They just missed the mark on this one. If I hadn't read any of the books the show wouldn't have been decent. The entire show had a post apocalyptical feel instead of a medieval fantasy feel. It kind of felt like a spoof of Shannara. The city just didn't feel like Ankh-Morpork. I really wish that they would have gone back and watched The Colour of Magic, Going Postal and Hogfather. Those were great adaptations. I liked the portrayal if Sam and I feel like Richard Dormer is truly a Terry Pratchett fan.
  • 6d ago
    I loved this show. I've read every book by Pratchett. The point is that this is entertaining and imaginative, and presented with excellent detail. Every actor is fabulous and talented, giving great performances. It feels like a few characters are missing and need to return, but it is still so wonderful to be in a version of Discworld that the punk interpretation doesn't bother me. Plus, it's well explained by the plot of the Overseers and multiverse. So, perhaps there is a punk version of Discworld- and it looks and sounds like this one. I certainly hope there will be more.
  • 6d ago
    Love the book series. Had a very hard time watching the first episode. Oof that was bad. Who approved this? Why ruin something beloved by so many people. I'm disappointed. Don't see a future for the show, doubt it will get a second season.
  • Feb 22, 2021
    I've thoroughly enjoyed the episodes and the ensemble cast has great synergy.
  • Feb 20, 2021
    What did they do to these amazing stories. This is awful. Why was the license fee payed by Brittany used to buy the rights to the book for the show not to even be available in the uk "legally".
  • Feb 19, 2021
    What the hell was anyone thinking? Everything is wrong. Casting, scripting, directing, set design, it's a genius. They managed to get everything wrong. Spoiler. Halfway through there's a bit where Vimes and Carcer are made to dance together whilst a Wham! song plays.... Wake me up before you go. A character in the background says exactly what I was saying myself at the time. What is going on?? We all wanted a Discworld adaptation. This is not it. Please, everyone, avoid it.
  • Feb 18, 2021
    One of the worst adaptations I've ever seen. After 10 years trapped in development hell, I expected it to be quite distant from the source work, but it looks like the writers didn't even bother to read the books. Completely devoided of anything Pratchett. Worst thing is that it will surely bury any other Discworld-related project in the works.
  • Feb 18, 2021
    Yeah there's a lot of talk about how it has moved away from the original source, but heck its fun, quirky and I absolutely loved it.

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