War of the Worlds: Season 1 (2020)

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Air date: Feb 16, 2020

A bold, contemporary reimagining of H.G.Wells' classic novel.

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Air date: Feb 23, 2020

After the devastating alien attack, disparate pockets of survivors emerge into a shattered world.

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Air date: Mar 1, 2020

As the dust settles on their brave new world, the survivors are forced to face some cold truths.

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Air date: Mar 8, 2020

The survivors make some disarming discoveries not only about the aliens but also about themselves.

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Air date: Mar 15, 2020

Cracks start to show as the survivors find different ways to cope.

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Air date: Mar 22, 2020

The alien's connection to certain survivors raises difficult questions.

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Air date: Mar 29, 2020

Tragedy strikes, altering the course of the future forever.

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Air date: Apr 5, 2020

Students face a threat from an alien who wants to take a hazardous toxin from their campus.

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Gabriel Byrne
Bill Ward
Léa Drucker
Catherine Durand
Elizabeth McGovern
Helen Brown
Adel Bencherif
Colonel Mustafa Mokrani
Bayo Gbadamosi
Kariem Gat Wich Machar
Natasha Little
Sarah Gresham
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Critic Reviews for War of the Worlds Season 1

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War of the Worlds is a revealing examination of how humans cope in a time of crisis, with lessons we can perhaps all to easily adapt to our own current circumstances.

Oct 13, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

There's a difference between something that's intense and something that's just brutally bleak. It almost feels like this War isn't worth winning.

Feb 14, 2020 | Full Review…

This series helped me rediscover the joys of The War of the Worlds, and its larger message of what one intelligent but cruel species can do to another.

Sep 28, 2020 | Full Review…

By the end of episode two a hungry dog was chasing a terrified straggler, but it was the overall stillness that got me. Never has the apocalypse been so lethally quiet.

Mar 6, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

While it might initially disappoint anyone expecting a more propulsive sci-fi tale, Worlds settles into a compelling if derivative dystopian survival series.

Feb 13, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Adaptation of sci-fi dystopian classic is dry and overlong.

Apr 9, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This miniseries isn't quite the War Of The Worlds you're familiar with, but it does seem to be looking like a fine apocalyptic survival story...

Feb 18, 2020 | Full Review…

For now, it is an interesting counterpoint to the position taken in the recent BBC adaptation, and through the darker aesthetic and style is initially more interesting.

Feb 7, 2020 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for War of the Worlds: Season 1

  • Jan 12, 2021
    Really compelling. Didn't expect much, but this was actually quite gripping. Very loose use of the original novel, but nicely updated
  • Jan 06, 2021
    Unfortunately, though this series started reasonably well, the plot seemed to stagnate as it went on. It really dragged on longer than required, especially given that very few key events occur across the entire series. Further exacerbating the plot issues, the writers attempted to work through empty space by including nonsensical relationships which seemed to be fabricated from nowhere. With very little investment in a proper character arc or building chemistry between characters there is little investment from the viewer and the sense of realism quickly subsides. Further to the issues is the inconsistencies which occur within the world itself. Some robotic 'dogs' seem invulnerable to damage from a veritable platoon of military combatants, while at other times, it seems they can be taken down at whim when the writing calls for it. Add to this a number of unlikeable and unrelatable characters, virtually no special effects and very little answers and you have yourself a putrid mess. One can only wonder where a second season of this tripe may take things.
  • Jan 05, 2021
    3 1/4 stars out of 5. I'd almost recommend this if it were not for the long drawn out set-ups that don't exactly pay off. Pacing is a huge problem for a production that is otherwise noteworthy in its approach. No ray guns or cool looking special effects. Instead, mind killing frequencies and robotic bloodhounds. (The aliens may have rented them from Boston Dynamics.) I don't know if it is a low budget or low key but the direction of the show appears intentional and bleak.
  • Dec 30, 2020
    Kind of ruined by how the writers took the plot. Acting wasn't bad through most of it. Seems most of the bad reviews here are people expecting an action sci-fi. Which this is not really. More of a drama. But stands on its own at a Drama through the early episodes... But where this fails is in the character motivation for Emily, in my opinion. The fact that she still is supposedly sympathetic to an invading alien race that has murdered billions of humans, including innocent children... even tearing fetuses out of mothers bellies to steal them... is... well... a huge leap given her established character in the early episodes. If there is a reason she's able to just ignore the murder and carnage of all of those innocent people, it's not well explained. Which makes it feel really implausible and incredibly frustrating to watch.
  • Dec 28, 2020
    I'm only into episode 2 and so far it seems the writers have depicted all female characters as emotional and irrational fools and all the men as quiet sensible strong types. Such awful stereotypes and totally unrealistic.
  • Dec 24, 2020
    It ended? Wow, what a terrible, wasted effort. Horrible pacing, wooden acting, and I must have missed their storyline. A shame, some great acting talent that should be ashamed to have their names on this.
  • Nov 28, 2020
    War of the Worlds with absolutely zero special effects? Not even half a go at it. Doesn't work, give this one a wide berth
  • Nov 26, 2020
    She is a slow burn, but well worth it for this original telling of an age-old story.
  • Nov 19, 2020
    So I really like this show but it also have issues with it. It's a bit to slow for my liking. There are things that happen that are just dumb. One shot from a shotgun and the robot dog is down but the army firing at them with automatic weapons...zip. Single shot from a rifle...dead...auto fire from a machinegun. Zip. Plus CBC where it plays puts 5 minutes of commercials on every 7 minutes.. Just spoils it. I could go on. I like it...but for love of god get on with it.
  • Oct 29, 2020
    Subtitles are too small and on screen for too short a time to read. Plot hard to understand, not enough back story.

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