Utopia: Season 1 (2014)

Season 1

Critics Consensus

Utopia squanders a lofty premise and quickly devolves into a hellish slog that barters in the most irksome reality television tropes.



Critic Ratings: 15


Audience Score

User Ratings: 54
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Air date: Sep 7, 2014
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Critic Reviews for Utopia Season 1

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (11)

Unsurprisingly, the Dutch appear significantly more committed to the utopian project.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

"Utopia" at least is likely to survive for an entire season. Few of TV's notorious disasters even earned that much grace.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

So far, Utopia has done a good job of catering to fans of reality-TV arguments, sex and blurred-out nudity.

Sep 18, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Even as Utopia promises to never, ever live up to its name, its funhouse-mirror reflections of the fault lines-religion, class, politics-in our own larger, obviously imperfect society make for fascinating TV, if only occasionally.

Sep 10, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Utopia was promising before it began, but the execution undid all that promise within the first episode.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Sadly, a sampling of overly obnoxious subjects and a clearly forced narrative make Utopia feel less like Shangri-La and more like Hell on Earth.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Sensationalism overshadows reality show's thoughtful issues.

Sep 9, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

"Constructing a society" isn't the most obvious hook for a reality show, so Utopia struggles throughout its premiere to feel like it's heading anywhere.

Sep 8, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

From go to woe, Utopia is deliciously funny, which is no small ask.

May 21, 2019 | Full Review…

There's "the lack of structured elements and format, the lack of rules, the type of cast. These are not your typical people who would go on a reality game show or just want to be on TV.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Utopia: Season 1

  • Nov 06, 2014
    Enjoy this show, would love to see this show to the end.
  • Sep 27, 2014
    UTOPIA provides a fresh, unique new twist on reality TV... and ultimately lets down.
  • Sep 10, 2014
    My new guilty pleasure...
  • Sep 09, 2014
    Wow, talk about a bunch of crap... stupid Fox. People need to quite wasting money on crap like this and put some effort into something decent :(
  • Sep 08, 2014
    a clever premise that is totally wasted on puerile behaviour.
  • Aug 01, 2014
    This is an amazing series. Has awesome visuals as well as violence. Lots and lots of violence...
  • Jul 24, 2014
    This is an extra ordinary series that wouldn't have a chance in hell of being made here. It appears that it is up to the British to create such a disturbing and challenging show. It is not for the faint of heart as the violence is sometimes over the top (I cringed more than once) but the cinematography is gorgeous. Season 2 starts off, to my mind, in even stranger territory. A truly interesting story line, great characters and actors who play them, this is a must for any serious science fiction/conspiracy theory fan who is looking for something that makes the X-files (which I loved by the way) look like a Saturday morning cartoon.

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