Under the Dome: Season 1 (2013)


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Under the Dome is an effective and engrossing horror/mystery with airtight plotting and great special effects.



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Air date: Jun 24, 2013

A small New England town is sealed off from the world by an enormous transparent dome that inexplicably appears. In the opener, the dome materializes and the residents of Chester's Mill struggle to survive as resources rapidly dwindle and panic sets in.

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Air date: Jul 1, 2013

People panic when a house catches fire in Chester's Mill and the firefighters are unable to respond because they are outside of the dome.

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Air date: Jul 8, 2013

Big Jim recruits Barbie to join the manhunt when a former deputy goes rogue. Meanwhile, Junior tries to escape the dome by going underground.

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Air date: Jul 15, 2013

An outbreak of meningitis causes panic in Chester's Mill as the town's already depleted medical supplies further dwindle. Meanwhile, Julia continues to search for answers into her husband's disappearance.

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Air date: Jul 22, 2013

The Chester's Mill residents are delighted when the military return with coachloads of their loved ones. Only Barbie suspects that it is not the altruistic gesture that it seems. Reverend Coggins gives Big Jim an ultimatum, Norrie meets a man claiming to be her father and Joe finally realises that Angie is missing.

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Air date: Jul 29, 2013

Riots erupt when the main water supply pipe of Chester's Mill is ruptured and the townsfolk begin to fight for the remaining resources. As another resident meets a violent end, Julia and Dodee try to track down the source of a high-pitched screech that they believe is connected to the dome.

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Air date: Aug 5, 2013

A curious Norrie and Joe go in search of the centre of the dome, Julia's pregnant neighbour Harriet goes into premature labour and Ollie decides to claim Big Jim's propane supply for himself.

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Air date: Aug 12, 2013

Norrie mourns Alice, another worrying hologram appears near the mini-dome, Big Jim leads a violent assault on Ollie's well and Junior has a heart-to-heart with his father.

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Air date: Aug 19, 2013

Big Jim and Barbie discover that their lives are intertwined when a mysterious woman (Natalie Zea) unexpectedly arrives in Chester's Mill.

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Air date: Aug 26, 2013

Julia uncovers the truth about her husband's disappearance and unravels some of Chester's Mill's darkest secrets. Meanwhile, Maxine lays out her plan to take over the town.

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The first season of "Under the Dome" (based on the Stephen King novel of the same name) f ollows the residents of Chester's Mill as they find themselves inexplicably cut off from the world by a transparent dome surrounding their town. Panic ensues as resources are quickly used up, and the town tries to understand the truth behind the mysterious barrier and find a way out. Dean Norris, Colin Ford and Mike Vogel star in this science-fiction horror series.

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Critic Reviews for Under the Dome Season 1

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (31)

The first hour delivers lots of popcorn thrills. And over coming episodes, you just know the town's resources will dwindle, anxieties will increase, alliances will be formed and dark secrets will be revealed.

Mar 29, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Not only is it creepy, suspenseful and full of splendid special effects, veteran actors and fresh young faces, but it's laced with big thoughts about environmentalism and the future of the planet.

Jun 20, 2013 | Full Review…

It's not profound and it may take a while to reach terrifying, but as a campfire story, a fresh batch of characters in a time-tested tale, sure, why not?

Jun 25, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Looks like a summer winner.

Jun 25, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

To build a dome, one has to start with a solid base and make sure all the pieces fit together. The process is predictable but oddly satisfying to watch.

Jun 25, 2013 | Full Review…

Under the Dome is compelling enough that if I'd received all 13 hours, I'd probably still be watching.

Jun 23, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Under the Dome manages to be a domestic drama, a disaster film, and a horror-filled science-fiction tale rolled into one, with some romance, humor, and pathos thrown in for good measure.

Mar 29, 2019 | Full Review…

The pilot establishes an eerie claustrophobic dread, and well-budgeted special effects add intensity. But I do hope the writers don't string out the central question too long.

Mar 29, 2019 | Full Review…

Crammed with familiar Stephen King themes: the ravens, the dank woods, the clinker-built houses, the sheriff who sleeps in his own cells.

Jul 20, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Despite the producers' inexplicable decision to populate their version of Chester's Mill with more generic players, Dome is wellplotted and well-paced, and makes for mildly diverting small-screen fare.

Apr 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Under the Dome ends its first season in a fittingly frustrating, aimless, and downright embarrassing fashion.

Sep 17, 2013 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

For all its occasional predictability and melodrama, when Under the Dome is good, it's very good. When it falls flat, it's still good enough to stay tuned for the next installment.

Nov 8, 2013 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Under the Dome: Season 1

  • Sep 11, 2015
    Based on Stephen King's novel of the same name, Under the Dome was fun with nice special effects and an intriguing plot.
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  • Jul 26, 2020
    An interesting story with some great charterers that really makes you interested in where it is going.
  • Apr 01, 2020
    1st season is dope.... rest sucks ass
  • Dec 16, 2019
    Bustle under the dome! The series, Under the Dome, was short-lived but very entertaining. The idea of how to include a handful of people in a dome and then underlie psychological and physical stress, and what they then make of it is very fascinating. Every individual needs it under this dome. Each has its meaning. Whether it's for good or for bad. It's exciting how people interact with each other. Actually, it is also clear why it ended in the third season: In the first season comes unexpectedly a dome over a small town and no one knows where it came from. To answer the question you have to go outside, in front of the dome. This will be addressed in the second season. Unfortunately, it gets too fantastic in the last and third seasons. Extraterrestrials invented this dome and they want to subjugate humanity. The approach of this idea is fundamentally good, but unfortunately it is implemented too quickly and too confused that it loses its appeal. Under the Dome is a good series and also excitingly implemented. Unfortunately, the conclusion comes too quickly and is written too easily.
  • Sep 14, 2019
    Started off interesting, then felt dragged out. Got bored after three episodes. Also characters extremely unlikable.
  • Oct 27, 2018
    Well again the writing has taken a down turn. I watched this because Dean Norris is a good actor but I am disappointing he too work on this poor production. The writing it seems must always degrade the church and politicize the script. Portray opposing current views as crazy and unacceptable. They had an opportunity to write a great script and actually provide entertainment but they chose to devalue the industry of screen writing. Sad.
  • Aug 14, 2018
    Mystery, suspense, various characters that have to deal with their own troubled lifestyle as they find themselves trapped inside a small town
  • Jun 28, 2018
    Under the dome begins as a tantalizing sci-fi mystery with each episode leaving the viewer wanting more. As the season progresses, the mystery EVOlves but the script and some of the decisions the characters make leave the audience wondering, "but, why?" A few choice scenes in a couple of episodes may ruin the entire show for viewers who can not stand questionable acting and poor script writing, but those scenes SHOULD.not deter others from giving the show a view. I could not I shine the show dragging for linger than two seasons as every viewer will eventually become exhausted waiting for answers and the numerous, random events that happen within the dome will begin to wear on the interests of the audience.
  • Feb 24, 2017
    As a huge fan of Stephen King's written works, I was very excited to see this great story being adapted for television. Upon conclusion of this first season, I am left with mostly praise for the show (although also harboring a few "regrets" in the process). For a basic plot summary, "Under The Dome" Season One sees the small town of Chester's Mill suddenly contained (sealed off from the outside world) by a dome that seems to appear out of nowhere. When the town's police chief Duke Perkins (Jeff Fahey) gets too close to the dome and his pacemaker explodes, the town is thrown into a state of chaos. "Big Jim" Rennie (Dean Norris), a town elderman, quickly steps up to fill the void, yet his intentions may not be entirely noble. Other subplots that weave their way through this first season include the mysterious drifter Dale "Barbie" Barbara (Mike Vogel), the relationship he forms with Julia Shumway (Rachelle Lefevre), and a group of four youngsters who believe that they somehow have a connection to the source of the dome's "power". After the first 5-6 episodes of this season, I was immediately hooked into the story again (having read the book three or so years previous). The production value is incredible, the dome plotline is typical King mystery fare, and the characters are also quite strong. This was easily my "summer show of 2013", with me rarely missing a live episode (a rarity for me). Basically, the show is strong in many areas and is infinitely better than most network fare these days. I would loved to have been able/willing to give this the full five stars, but two nitpicks drop it down a notch: First, it just isn't quite as good as the book. This is a personal bias, of course, as those who haven't read the book won't "get it", but the book tells a much more dark tale than this show (probably a bit too dark in some spots for "free TV", hence the changes). Yet, that being said, I was disappointed that so much was changed from book-to-screenplay. Second, and perhaps a more fair criticism, is that I did not like the decision for this to become a serialized show. To me, this is EXACTLY the type of show that needed a definitive starting and ending date, and it really showed towards the latter portion of this season. The first half of the season or so was incredible, but the second half/third was just "good" because plot points were drawn out too long and not as much "meaty stuff" was being covered in each episode. Thus, despite those criticisms, "Under The Dome" is still a fine show that I very much enjoyed watching over the summer months. I hope that when the show returns it will commit to a finale date and let the drama continue to build (instead of start-and-stop).
  • Mar 02, 2016
    Entertaining, but characters are fairly shallow. All evil all the time, all 'insane' all the time, or all innocent all the time. Only the main character has a well balanced portrayal. There is more angst than any population would ever have and not enough wonder (just the teen-aged character has wonder and the want of discovery). The reverend character was especially insane, immoral, misguided and shallow. The script writers need to care about every character more.

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