Watchmen: Season 1 (2019)

Season 1

Critics Consensus

Bold and bristling, Watchmen isn't always easy viewing, but by adding new layers of cultural context and a host of complex characters it expertly builds on its source material to create an impressive identity of its own.



Critic Ratings: 68


Audience Score

User Ratings: 1030
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Air date: Oct 20, 2019
Air date: Nov 3, 2019
Air date: Nov 10, 2019
Air date: Nov 17, 2019
Air date: Nov 24, 2019

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Regina King
as Det. Angela Abar/Sister Night
Jeremy Irons
as Adrian Veidt
Don Johnson
as Judd Crawford
Tim Blake Nelson
as Det. Looking Glass
Louis Gossett Jr.
as Will Reeves
Adelaide Clemens
as Pirate Jenny
Tom Mison
as Mr. Phillips
Frances Fisher
as Jane Crawford
Sara Vickers
as Ms. Crookshanks
Jean Smart
as Laurie Blake
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Critic Reviews for Watchmen Season 1

All Critics (68) | Top Critics (21)

Watchmen is a thrilling and scintillating series that is sure to find armies of fans, old and new, who will undoubtedly be besotted.

Oct 21, 2019 | Full Review…

Sublime and absurd. It's a symphony in which the loudest note in every bar is proudly out of key. The plane it portrays, an alternative-history America in 2019, is at once disturbingly peculiar and unmistakably our own.

Oct 21, 2019 | Full Review…

Visually entrancing, pointedly provocative and all over the place in time and space, Watchmen might make even David Lynch drop his jaw at times.

Oct 21, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

An energetic, unruly show with a very concise and ambitious objective.

Oct 18, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

There's the persistent sense of narrative freefall you get when almost anything implausible can happen, and usually does, but Regina King anchors it all with passion and purpose.

Oct 18, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This is breathtaking, ambitious television that only gets richer with each subsequent episode.

Oct 16, 2019 | Full Review…

Will Watchmen catch on with a cold audience? Who knows, but this opener was slick and engrossing.

Oct 22, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Lindelof... leaves [viewers] surprised and wanting more. [Full review in Spanish]

Oct 22, 2019 | Full Review…

This is a big-budget, high-profile production that declares its presence. You can't ignore it and you wouldn't want to because it's extremely compulsive viewing.

Oct 21, 2019 | Full Review…

Watchmen...tries to bite off a lot, and does so effortlessly.

Oct 21, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

A haunting end to Watchmen's season 1 debut. But, it does bring "Running Out of Ice's" chilling cold open full circle.

Oct 21, 2019 | Full Review…

Watchmen paints a chilling portrait of politically and racially divided 21st-century life, and those on both sides of the aisle will find much to like and loathe...moreover, it's overflowing with phenomenal performances.

Oct 21, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Watchmen: Season 1

  • 13h ago
    i was a little disappointed cause its not what i think off as watchmen. give it 2 stars for the soundtrack and the production value. it wasnt poorly made, but white supremacy shouldnt been the whole point.gonna give it another chance since i really liked watchmen lore.
  • 13h ago
    I don't know if I Could have been more disappointed. This is Watchmen in name only (other then a bunch of overly simplistic and ungratifying Easter egg drops that most certainly did not give me that good old feeling). So sad. There is some good acting and I loved the music, but oh God did they turn me off with this race baiting, rampant white supremacy story line. And to what end? Who is this supposed to make happy? Definitely not an audience that was looking to relive one of the all time great comic books from Alan Moore. Such a shame.
  • 13h ago
    So much potential squandered sadly..
  • 13h ago
    So many nods to the original book and so far a very compelling story on its own. Beautiful cinematography and fantastic acting. People complaining that it's too political apparently never understood the original book to begin with. Excited for more.
  • 13h ago
    This is not Watchmen, I'm sorry. Sure it's provocative and edgy but its still blah. Not crazy about their ideas and not interested in characters. HBO did not do this right, unfortunately.
  • 14h ago
    What did i just watch. im a fan and you just ruined one of the best story lines...
  • 14h ago
    What a great addition to the watchmen universe. My only complaint is the distraction with some of the music selection. At times it feels dark and gritty like the movie, other times it feels like something out of the CW or ABC with generic techno music and sub par editing. Still though, I'll keep watching!
  • 14h ago
    Absolutely fantastic.. stays true to the universe while giving a fresh take on modern society. Where the original watchmen was a magnification of 1980s society... this is a bold take on 2019.. feels so dystopian but extremely relevant.
  • 14h ago
    First episode is supposed to hook you, I'm not hooked. I don't have any burning desire to see what happens next. The first episode ended and I was like "ok".
  • 14h ago
    While it didn't stay true to the comics (at least not yet) the first episode kicks off what has the potential to be a great series. Really looking forward to this goes and what HBO does with it. Solid acting and an intriguing story line are definitely worth exploring going forward.

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