Wayward Pines: Season 1 (2015)


Season 1
Wayward Pines

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Creepy and strange in the best way possible, Wayward Pines is a welcome return to form for M. Night Shyamalan.



Critic Ratings: 55


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Air date: May 14, 2015

A Secret Service agent ends up questioning his own sanity as he searches for two missing colleagues in a strange town that he seemingly can't escape in the series premiere of this thriller based on the novel "Pines" by Blake Crouch.

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Air date: May 21, 2015

Ethan is helped by Beverly as he continues looking for clues to figure out how Secret Service agent Bill Evans' body ended up in an abandoned house; and he gets answers to the mystery of why people in Wayward Pines always have to answer their phones. Elsewhere, Theresa and Ben decide to take their search to Idaho.

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Air date: May 28, 2015

New evidence is uncovered by Ethan, who, while still in shock that Kate participated in Beverly's "reckoning" in the town square, has another run-in with Sheriff Pope and is given a new house by a real-estate agent. Elsewhere, Theresa and Ben head to Idaho.

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Air date: Jun 4, 2015

Ethan is appointed to a leadership role in Wayward Pines and his first act, according to Nurse Pam, should be to call a reckoning for Peter McCall for his treasonous act of graffiti on Main Street. Meanwhile, Ben receives private tutoring from Megan Fisher on his first day of school; and Theresa is offered a job as a real-estate agent.

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Air date: Jun 11, 2015

Ethan ventures outside of Wayward Pines and his shocked by what he discovers; Theresa shows up to her first day of work and meets with a client who seems to share her feelings for the town; and Megan Fisher teaches Ben the truth about where he's living.

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Air date: Jun 25, 2015

Ethan learns more about Wayward Pines and its residents; Theresa sets her sights on investigating an unusual plot of land; Kate and Harold plan a covert operation.

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Air date: Jul 2, 2015

Ethan finds a bomb planted in his car, which leads him to question people he thought he could trust; Kate and Harold discuss their fertility issues with Nurse Pam; Ben's relationship with Amy heats up.

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Air date: Jul 9, 2015

An explosion on Main Street leaves two key residents of Wayward Pines in critical condition. As Ethan works to determine who's responsible for this horrific act, Harold opts out of the covert operation he and Kate were planning. Meanwhile, Nurse Pam questions surveillance engineers to make sure no workers are making false reports.

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Air date: Jul 16, 2015

Harold's failed attempt to break past the fence surrounding Wayward Pines leads to questions from Ethan about other insurgents who have gone off the grid; Amy's health takes a turn for the worse; Nurse Pam pushes Theresa to investigate Plot 33; and Ben is encouraged by his teacher to speak publicly about current events.

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Air date: Jul 23, 2015

Season 1 ends with the electricity in Wayward Pines being turned off with deadly repercussions. As Ethan and Kate take the necessary steps to move everyone out of harm's way, Nurse Pam confronts Pilcher on his decision and tries to convince him to reconsider.

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The first season of this psychological thriller based on a trilogy of novels by Blake Crouch and executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan begins with U.S. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon) awakening from a car accident trapped in the seemingly idyllic, but secretly insidious, town of Wayward Pines, Idaho. It soon becomes clear that this peculiar Northwest hamlet is quite literally impossible to leave. The phones don't make outgoing calls, it's surrounded by an electric fence and the residents are under constant camera surveillance. Nobody is supposed to talk about the past or question the present. And anyone who tries to escape is punished via a public execution called a reckoning. With a history of mental illness and hallucinations, Ethan begins to question his own sanity as he investigates this tight-knit community, which includes fellow agent and former lover Kate Hewson (Carla Gugino), who has developed the façade of a Stepford spouse in order to ensure her survival. Before long, Ethan is reunited with his wife Theresa (Shannyn Sossamon) and son Ben (Charlie Tahan), but now they too are now stuck in this place where nothing is as it seems and no one can be trusted. Rounding out the cast are Melissa Leo, Juliette Lewis, Toby Jones and Terrence Howard.

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Critic Reviews for Wayward Pines Season 1

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (32)

[Shyamalan] says that what he likes about TV is the time it allows to build the suspense, and he clearly relishes using it.

May 13, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This title is therefore your first hint that you're not in Kansas anymore, and will have to spend all 10 episodes figuring out what state, or state of mind, this is exactly.

May 13, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Wayward Pines looks as though it has the potential to rise above its false starts while grippingly spooling out truths that are "worse than anything you could even imagine."

May 7, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The cast is superlative, the run is limited. The appeal as a light summer pastime is clear.

May 1, 2015 | Full Review…

Likable, dynamic and intelligent, Dillon's a welcome presence and easy to hook into as a protagonist; it's almost kind of shocking that he HASN'T led a TV show before.

Apr 24, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Let's just say there's a bait-and-switch here -- but viewers who stick it out will be getting the better part of the deal.

May 17, 2015 | Rating: B= | Full Review…

As a whole, Wayward Pines never finds a balance between being unhinged and believable, assembling a trite ensemble of characters.

Mar 4, 2020 | Full Review…

What appears to be yet another Twin Peaks/David Lynch-inspired knockoff quickly evolves into something far more sinister.

Oct 19, 2018 | Full Review…

But if you go into the story, you can enjoy a perfect series for the summer season. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 15, 2018 | Full Review…

I'll be eagerly watching the rest of this series, not just to find out what on earth is going on, but for the weird, unsettling atmosphere of the creepy little town of Wayward Pines.

Jun 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Based on the early episodes of Wayward Pines, the TV trend may once again have audiences mentioning Shyamalan's name among that pack.

Mar 15, 2018 | Full Review…

All in all, Wayward Pines is a delightfully twisty romp that always seems to be winking at audiences, even during its most seriously complex moments.

May 13, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Wayward Pines: Season 1

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  • Aug 18, 2019
    It;s been awhile since Wayward Pines had it's debut, but there might be renewed interest because the Duffer Brothers honed their skills on episodes under the tutelage of M. Night Shyamalan. So I had to apply my 5 star vote in the hopes of bringing up the average for one of my favorite series! If you like Stranger Things, I believe you'll like Wayward Pines. What they have in common is a stellar cast, intriguing storyline and a plot that is fast-paced and revealing from the beginning.
  • Jun 20, 2018
    Intriguing mystery with a twist around every corner, wayward pines is a wonderful return for M. Night Shyamalan and is one of the best small-town mysteries of all time.
  • Apr 12, 2018
    Something fresh and different. A good show with excellent pacing and that excitement to see what's around the next twist and turn.
  • Mar 21, 2018
    Overall this was a pretty enjoyable season and has you second guessing everything but it is very confused at times. The tone of the show changes after the first couple of episodes and some of big names attached don't stick around long... Still it is a fun first season and represents a return to form for M. Night Shyamalan
  • Sep 03, 2017
    Best show of 2015. I really hope there is a season 3. Maybe where they go out and see what is left of the rest of the world, maybe there is communities of humans or something.
  • Apr 07, 2017
    I was so in love with this show - then the last 2 episodes went downhill.
  • Mar 01, 2017
    The FOX network has a strange history with mystery/scifi shows. The X-Files practically gave the fledgling network life, yet they are also notorious for cutting shows down that still have solid audiences (Firefly; Fringe) or promoting shows ad naseum and then pulling the plug before they can even get going (Alcatraz; Almost Human). Combined with the fact that notoriously "hit big or miss big" director M. Night Shyamalan was at the helm, I honestly had no idea what to expect from "Wayward Pines". What I found was that if (as a viewer) you can throw caution to the wind and expect something crazy and mysterious, this is a show that will thrill you in nearly every episode. Because the show is such a giant mystery, I can't give too much away in terms of plot. The basic premise is that Secret Service agent Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon) gets involved in a car crash while on a mission to find fellow agent Kate Hewson (Carla Gugino). When he wakes up, he discovers himself in the small, "cozy" community of Wayward Pines...where not everything (or anything) is quite as it seems and there doesn't seem to be any immediate way to leave. A mysterious, tough-talking sheriff (Terrance Howard) and a friendly female confidant (Juliette Lewis) seem to be Ethan's only hope of figuring out exactly what is up with this weird town. Then, in another "accident", Ethan's wife Theresa (Shannyn Sossamon) and son Ben (Charlie Tahan) show up in Wayward Pines, and the stakes get raised even further. The main advice I can give anyone watching Wayward Pines is to stick with it for at least 3-4 episodes (if you are at all intrigued) before passing judgement. For the first two episodes, I didn't know what to think, but then I realized that this is pretty much the hallmark of the show. It pulls no punches and knows no bounds in terms of crazy plot twists and character developments. Characters can be killed off at a moment's notice, and by the end of the series the plot described above is almost completely moot, as so much is covered in just ten episodes. So, make sure to give it a fair shake. For those of you who especially love mysteries, Wayward Pines definitely is full-to-bursting in that department. Nearly every episode is packed with twists and turns and huge reveals. Though not nearly as ambitious as a show like The X-Files, Wayward Pines gives off a similar vibe in its fearlessness with plots and characters. Kudos must also be given to three other actors I haven't even mentioned yet: Toby Jones is his usual odd self in a pivotal role, Sarah Jeffrey is charming/innocent as a love interest for young Ben, and Hope Davis plays a school teacher who I really can't say any more about (!) Simply put, if you like mysteries and you like solid science fiction, I think you will take to Wayward Pines as much as I did. I really liked how FOX (right from the get-go) advertised this as a "event miniseries" and likely not a long-running affair. I suppose the ending is ambiguous enough to continue on at some point, but I think part of the reason the series succeeded in the first place is because the writers/producers were able to go "all out" for ten episodes and not have to worry about getting cancelled or jerked around by the network. I would be perfectly fine with these episodes standing alone as a great mystery story.
  • Dec 06, 2016
    'Wayward Pines' brings viewers back to the sense of mystery used in 'Twin Peaks,' with a hint of the surreal. Great acting performances and a stunning reveal make FOX's 'Wayward Pines' the thrill ride of the summer that you don't want to miss.
  • Sep 18, 2016
    a thrilling roller-coaster ride of mystery and intrigue. kept me guessing the whole way through. disappointed with the direction of season 2, and i think its partially to do with killing off matt dillon's character. now the cats out of the bag its become a stock standard '' keep em out, keep us alive'' type show which is too blah for me personally.

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