Utopia: Season 1 (2020)


Season 1
Utopia

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Utopia's cast and mystery at times transcend its overtly cynical and overly violent tendencies, but even those willing to look past the torture may find the whole thing too timely - in a bad way.

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Air date: Sep 25, 2020

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Critic Reviews for Utopia Season 1

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (14)

There may come a time when Utopia can be appreciated for what it is: an inferior American copy of a pretty good British TV show. But 2020 is not that time.

Sep 30, 2020 | Full Review…
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No matter when it came out, Utopia was always going to be a tough sit - that's what it was engineered to be. At this precise cultural moment, however, it feels like a tasteless one, too.

Sep 25, 2020 | Full Review…
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An at-times maddening, at-times fascinating, but always twisty show that thrives on shocking you.

Sep 23, 2020 | Full Review…

Utopia suffers from stumbles that are all too typical among ambitious creators, primarily the urge to showcase Lane's formidable heroine and a knotty conspiracy with apocalyptic implications at the expense of story and character development.

Oct 12, 2020 | Full Review…

Channel 4's series was a snarling outsider with nothing to lose. This version, with its thick budget and big American names helicoptered in to make ordinary scenes memorable, feels sanitised by comparison.

Oct 5, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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Comic-conspiracy series is befuddling and numbingly violent.

Oct 12, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The show absolutely does not validate 5G-fearing, bonkers-dumb-idiots. It remands the most outlandish and extravagant obsessives to fiction, where they belong.

Oct 9, 2020 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Aside from it being a really bad time to give conspiracy nuts hero status, it is strange that while Utopia is based in comics culture, it has a The Big Bang Theory-level of disdain for the community.

Oct 7, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Utopia's bloodlust feels pointless and brutalizing.

Oct 6, 2020 | Full Review…

The pleasure of Utopia is that, despite all of this grimness, it's still very fun to watch. Flynn keeps the pace brisk, and each episode reveals some new weird facet to the conspiracy that's often quite delightful, even if it's menacing at the same time.

Oct 5, 2020 | Full Review…

There are times when Utopia is too opaque for its own good. Ultimately, though, you root for the bunch of nerds looking for the source of the world's ills in the pages of a book. Right now, it's as good a place to look as any.

Oct 5, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The combination of gore, evil, tenderness, and friendship makes us viewers feel like we're on a janky carnival ride. And yes, we do want to ride again, no matter how we screamed.

Oct 2, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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