The Witcher: Season 1 Reviews

January 14, 2020
When the worst thing you can say about a series is that every episode ends up being better than the one that preceded it, that leaves an exciting amount of room to grow.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 2, 2020
It is messy, and absurd, but also -- it is fun.
January 2, 2020
Lauren Schmidt Hissrich's show spares little expense, but the plot is so distended and fantasy tropes so enthusiastically familiar that you may not make it past "the Tower of the Gull."
December 27, 2019
It ain't exactly Game of Thrones.
December 26, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 23, 2019
All of this exposition would make for a tough to-do list under the best circumstances, but The Witcher heightens our confusion by fumbling details that would have helped it set a cohesive tone...
December 23, 2019
At the end of each episode, I absolutely did not stand up; scream, "What the hell was that?!"; and then tell everyone within earshot what I'd just seen.
December 23, 2019
Is its sales pitch of destiny and chaos basic pandering to people who miss a certain HBO drama with dragons? Certainly. It also happens to be an exciting and at times intoxicating and downright confusing good time.
December 20, 2019
Given the complexity of The Witcher's world, it's probably for the best that the show's actual introduction is so simple.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 20, 2019
So yeah, this is some high-school level Dungeons & Dragons role play with a multi-million-dollar budget.
Full Review | Original Score: F
December 20, 2019
Henry Cavill plays the title role in The Witcher, but giving a pulse to this dreary medieval fantasy series is too much of a job even for Superman.
December 20, 2019
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.
December 20, 2019
Alas, my destiny is to never watch this borefest ever again.
Full Review | Original Score: F
December 20, 2019
The batshit energy driving a slew of increasingly odd choices makes for a pretty entertaining spectacle.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 20, 2019
Will you like The Witcher if you're a curious neophyte? Maybe, but you have to be patient with it, and if that's not your job, the outsized amusements may not be worth the convoluted build-up.
December 20, 2019
...if it sounds like that could be fun, you're right. The Witcher has a lighthearted sense of humor.
December 20, 2019
Between its discussions of prejudice and a colourblind approach to casting, The Witcher feels like's filling a niche in fantasy storytelling while carving its own path...
December 20, 2019
This is a show with moments of drama and of gruesome violence cut through with a glancing humor that too often feels tossed-off and out-of-place in the world the show has created.