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: 103


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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
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 (103) | Top Critics (30)

Lindelof has turned it into a stunningly cinematic look at white supremacy, policing and race in the US. Watchmen is mystifying but hugely entertaining, if deeply troubling.

Dec 17, 2019 | Full Review…

Based on the episodes I've seen, it's too early to tell whether Lindelof can make the show's enigmas pay off in a satisfying way, but so far, I'm ready to give him the chance.

Oct 24, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Lindelof's work will either add up to the coolest, most intricate dramatic series this side of Westworld or the biggest swing-and-a-miss in recent television history.

Oct 23, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

Oct 18, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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…

Sunday night on HBO, I saw something I thought I'd never see on television: the depiction of a dark day in American history that not many know about-the Tulsa massacre.

Oct 25, 2019 | Full Review…
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I can't begin to go into the smart, mind-bending complications the show, created by Damon Lindelof, detonates. But it's an example of our current golden age of television.

Dec 23, 2019 | Full Review…

This show transcends more than time, it transcends boundaries, it breaks the nerd ceiling and transports people into the narrative just beyond Jupiter - and people are not scared whatsoever of the climate and new world.

Dec 19, 2019 | Full Review…

By honoring the past, but moving the property forward, the new Watchmen, created by Damon Lindelof, became one of the year's best television series.

Dec 18, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

It works perfectly, and presents a linear continuation of the world created by Moore and Gibbons.

Dec 18, 2019 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

HBO's Watchmen embraces Alan Moore's original vision while forging its own path.

Dec 29, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Watchmen encapsulates the weariness of Black America, our wounds healing just enough for the scabs to be torn off again.

Jan 5, 2020 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Watchmen: Season 1

  • 8h ago
    Boring. Slow paced with no pay off. Not really the watchmen.
  • 11h ago
    Very creative, exciting, and thought provoking!
  • 13h ago
    Shoehorned pre-existing characters into a story line they obviously didn't belong to. Might have been alright if they had the same story but used original characters.
  • 13h ago
    Wow, what is this crap? Nothing to do with watchmen.
  • 15h ago
    A pain to watch. Showing the alternate reality was way too time consuming and a little boring. I found my self fast forwarding thru Jeremy Irons ridiculous scenes and by episode 4 I was tired of fast forwarding, so just quit watching.
  • 19h ago
    Great show, great characters and really digging where this is going.
  • 1d ago
    Had nothing to do with the sequel to Watchmen in the comic books and nothing to do with the prequel books. They injected alot USA political correctness into this show, and in reconstructed the original characters and original comic book beyond repair. Pacing is slow, and feels grabs all other HBO tropes, 90% of the show is just filler junk, and cannot keep up the high quality of the original watchmen storytelling. Anyone looking for a better parody of superheroes should watch The Tick (slightly dark theme) on amazon, or The Boys (strong dark theme) on amazon, or Umbrella Academy on Netflix (dark/happy theme). Those shows do a way better job than this!
  • 1d ago
    Just end to end action, appropriately maddening in the tense unfolding of each mystery.
  • 1d ago
    Interesting story, but not exactly entertaining or fun. Left me 'huh okay' at the end.
  • 1d ago
    It is surprising that the mediocre audience score (nobody cares about the critic score which is laughable) is as high as it is. Not at all surprising this hot garbage isn't getting a second season.

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