The Witcher: Season 1 (2019)

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Though the world of The Witcher at times feels only half-formed, Henry Cavill brings brawny charisma to a series teeming with subversive fantasy elements and dark humor.

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Episodes

Air date: Dec 20, 2019

Geralt receives a lacklustre greeting upon his arrival in Blaviken. Ciri's world is overturned as Nilfgaard approaches Cintra.

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Air date: Dec 20, 2019

Yennefer comes upon an escape after enduring harsh treatment. Geralt mission to find a devil goes awry. Ciri seeks support from the group.

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Air date: Dec 20, 2019

Geralt finishes another Witcher's mission. Yennefer embarks on a new future.

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Air date: Dec 20, 2019

Geralt and Jaskier attend a royal event. Ciri enters the magical forest. Yennefer helps her charges.

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Air date: Dec 20, 2019

Yennefer searches for a cure to fix her problems. Geralt puts Jaskier in danger. The hunt for Ciri continues.

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A strange man tries to lure Geralt into hunting down a dragon. Ciri wonders who she can trust.

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Nilfgaard's rising strength threatens the Continent. Yennefer looks into her past while Geralt considers his obligations.

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Geralt lays low to avoid a group of enemies. Yennefer and the mages get ready to strike back. Ciri receives help from a stranger.

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Geralt of Rivia, a mutated monster-hunter for hire, journeys toward his destiny in a turbulent world where people often prove more wicked than beasts.

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Critic Reviews for The Witcher Season 1

All Critics (89) | Top Critics (24)

It is messy, and absurd, but also -- it is fun.

Jan 2, 2020 | Full Review…

Who was that character? Which group do they belong to again? What timeline are we in? The whirlwind of scarcely explained backstory turns you into your hopelessly lost parent who just can't seem to figure out how to DVR Criminal Minds.

Dec 20, 2019 | Full Review…

The batshit energy driving a slew of increasingly odd choices makes for a pretty entertaining spectacle.

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

And although "The Witcher" is more fantasy balderdash, it's also somewhat addictive fantasy balderdash. Bring on the blood-spilling, the orgies, the haunted forests and wizards: It seems we can't get enough.

Dec 26, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Each episode gets stronger as the season progresses, and ultimately satisfies the fantasy itch.

May 3, 2021 | Full Review…

It relies so much on the gameplay of it and what people love about the game, it's like they forgot how to make a TV show.

Jul 15, 2020 | Full Review…

It was a bit of a slow build, with episodes four and five the first that actually felt like the series had found its feet and laid groundwork for future episodes.

Dec 27, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Henry Cavill reinvents himself as Geralt, while Anya Chalotra steals the show from start to finish in The Witcher, an epic fantasy series that will definitely fill the void in your life left by Game of Thrones.

Aug 10, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

I didn't know what to expect beyond "mature" fantasy, but what I got was three interesting plot threads tied together with some really impressive sword fights and magic.

Jul 28, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The [action] is of a kinetic and impressively top-shelf variety, Cavill's Geralt moving like a man possessed as he rends flesh from bone and engages in some surprisingly balletic bouts of swordplay.

Feb 24, 2020 | Full Review…

The Witcher is basically Game of Thrones, if Game of Thrones took itself less seriously.

Feb 19, 2020 | Full Review…

I wouldn't say it's the Game of Thrones killer Netflix were wishing for, but The Witcher is still worth a watch.

Jan 17, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Witcher: Season 1

  • 23m ago
    Please cancel this and shift the resources into something worth watching.
  • 8h ago
    Although admirable, almost every positive element of this season was counter balanced by cringe and frustration. Extremely disappointed.
  • Jun 04, 2021
    Great cinematography, great action choreography but falls flat in the acting department
  • Jun 01, 2021
    Uma série que tentou bater de frente com game of thrones e ser O NOVO GAME OF THRONES mas não deu vamos ver se a segundo temporada vai ser melhor espero que sim game of thrones acabou a 2 anos e já sinto falta de algo assim, espero que The Witcher comece a ser melhor e ficar um novo game of thrones!!!
  • May 26, 2021
    once i started watching it i couldn't stop !!
  • May 20, 2021
    It's always a risk turning a game franchise into a movie or tv show. When playing a game you develop a relationship with the characters and so the vast audience of people with those relationships can be lost with a single out of character comment. Henry Cavill does a brilliant job of portraying Geralt and likewise for the majority of the cast. Well presented, well acted and well written.
  • May 16, 2021
    The first episode was good, I didn't really enjoy episodes 2 and 3 but they were decent but after these from episode 4 to 8 it got better and better to a point of having the last three episodes being the best thing I have ever watched!
  • May 13, 2021
    Confusing timeline, which i barely follow throughout the show, but after i played the game and read the books, finally i can understand what the show trying to tell, and more i realized this show is horrible compared to the book. More like a fanfiction knockoff and nothing feel like an adaptation but a bad parody. This show made Yennefer looks like the main character and not Geralt which is a really bad mistake, a shallow introduction to the witcher Geralt. Extremely bad writing with so many unneccesary change from the books and very bad casting(other than henry).
  • May 11, 2021
    Henry Cavill was an excellent choice to play our protagonist. He oozes charisma with almost every scene. The Witcher is rich in mythology and story but, the fault lays with the execution of the series. It often felt like the show runners had too many stories to tell and executed them just enough to be slightly satisfied. How they handled the time jumping was also less than ideal. This show can really be something magical if they continue to refine the story moving forward.
  • May 09, 2021
    This is my first real go around with this franchise. It's story telling is convoluted, they clearly weren't sure how to best tie everything in. Henry is great as Geralt, but Anya as Yennefer comes off as annoying and not regal. Character motivations don't make sense a lot of the time, not enough gets explained. The swordplay is pretty good and the CG is passable. It's an interesting world and story but I wish it would have focused more on Geralt and told a tighter narrative before trying to do this big continent spanning narrative.

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