Woke: Season 1 (2020)


Season 1
Woke

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Though Woke's first season doesn't quite know what it wants to say about racism in America, its solid ensemble - led by a well-cast Lamorne Morris - and some surreal silliness make it a messy conversation worth watching.

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Critic Ratings: 41

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User Ratings: 62

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Episodes

Air date: Sep 9, 2020

Aspiring cartoonist Keef has a brush with the law. He starts to see the world through a new lens.

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Air date: Sep 9, 2020

Keef grapples with the fallout from the previous day's events while trying to put his life back in order.

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Air date: Sep 9, 2020

Being "woke" doesn't pay the bills. It also doesn't save you from awkward small talk at parties thrown by rich white ladies.

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Air date: Sep 9, 2020

Keef channels his creative energy in a provocative new way.

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Air date: Sep 9, 2020

Keef and his friends head to an Oakland artists' salon where he hopes to get in the good graces of the East Bay's artistic elite.

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Air date: Sep 9, 2020

After the events at the salon, Keef and Adrienne discuss how to move forward, Clovis helps Ayana get revenge on her ex-girlfriend, and Gunther tests the bounds of his sexual fluidity.

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Air date: Sep 9, 2020

What should be a quick trip across town instead turns into the bus ride from Hell.

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Air date: Sep 9, 2020

Months later, Keef thinks he's finally arrived in a better place until he's confronted with an unexpected face from the past.

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Critic Reviews for Woke Season 1

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (14)

"Woke" has a serious spine, but the tone is light, even goofy, as a dramedy so caught up in what it thinks are teachable moments that it often doesn't succeed at either.

Sep 9, 2020 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Woke adds new layers of funny to a situation that easily could have been predictable and pedantic... This is a pitch perfect comedy released at just the right time.

Sep 9, 2020 | Full Review…
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It gets in its own way a little too often and its eight episodes are probably twice as many as it really needs. But it's still a show to watch and learn from.

Sep 9, 2020 | Full Review…

While the eight-episode Hulu series Woke satirizes the definitions of Blackness and artistic integrity, its inert discussions lead to few laughs.

Sep 7, 2020 | Full Review…

As you're watching it, you wonder where it's going. And when it gets to the end, it completely opens the door...the humor has the potential to be really impactful going forward.

Oct 7, 2020 | Full Review…

It comments on relevant, serious subjects while being warm, witty and funny. [Full Review in Spanish] [Full Review in Spanish]

Oct 4, 2020 | Full Review…

Great premise, OK comedy about race and life; some language.

Sep 25, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Don't let the title of this surreal comedy turn you off. New Girl's Lamorne Morris is terrific in the role of Keef Knight.

Sep 17, 2020 | Full Review…

If future seasons are willing to be more personal, less concerned about the white gaze, and more willing to address Keef's class and male privilege, Woke could make a name for itself next to the other shows mining similar territory.

Sep 17, 2020 | Full Review…

The series' message feels convoluted at best and a bit lost at worst, unsure of whether to mock or champion Keef's newfound wokeness.

Sep 15, 2020 | Full Review…

The first and last episodes are good, but in between it's only fitfully amusing and lacks the teeth necessary to be all that relevant in 2020... however, I would not call Woke a waste of time. It's an easy way to kill a few hours.

Sep 15, 2020 | Full Review…

"Woke" feels very much in conversation with them, and it manages to walk the line of being funny without trivializing the issues that it depicts. I want to see where Keef goes, and what he has to say, in future seasons.

Sep 15, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Woke: Season 1

  • Oct 10, 2020
    This series is as insufferable as the title suggests. It doesn't have anything interesting or new to say, it's just an attempt to climb on a political bandwagon. It makes me long for the days when TV shows aimed to entertain rather than propagandize the audience.
  • Sep 21, 2020
    Honestly, loved it all. It's just so much fun to watch. The message in the last two episodes - strong, riveting, exciting. You have to have an open mind, the title can be misleading. It creates such expectations. The writing is incredible.
  • Sep 20, 2020
    Fantastic first season! Eye opening real life journey mixed with crazy comedy and a breakout performance by T. Murph. The first season ended with me ready for the next episode.
  • Sep 20, 2020
    I love this show and can't wait for the next season 😍 The season finale really crept up on me. Kudos to the sound engineers on the show such good music too. Please hulu a season 2 🙏
  • Sep 19, 2020
    Twists and turns and lots of unexpected humor.
  • Sep 18, 2020
    Funny, original, thought provoking. Great cast.
  • Sep 16, 2020
    Surprisingly hilarious, there were so many scenes that had me actually laughing out loud. However it feels a little too short at only 8 episodes.
  • Sep 13, 2020
    A man with a message and the challenges he faces to overcome adversity, whether that be society or his own demons. It's a story we need right now. It's a must watch
  • Sep 12, 2020
    Woke is brilliant! I've binged it twice and during the second viewing, I caught little nuances I missed during the first viewing. It's smart, funny, witty, and thought-provoking. All the things you'd expect when you mix inventive story telling with a brilliant ensemble cast. Lamorne Morris is brilliant as the main character, Keef Knight. A cartoonist who's on the verge of mainstream success until the incident. His close friends Gunther (Blake Anderson) and Clovis (T. Murph) are there for him and do their best to console and support him. Adrienne (Rose McIver), the artist, was a nice surprise! I love that Rose is using her New Zealand accent as Adrienne. Ayana (Sasheer Zamata) is an activist and publicist who, outside of Keef's friends, is the one ally who challenges Keef in ways that his friends can't. The animated characters are voiced by some heavy hitters: J.B. Smoove (Marker), Nicole Byer and Eddie Griffin (40oz), Cree Summer (Paper Bag), Tony Hale (Butter), Sam Richardson (Toast), Jack McBrayer (Sad face), Cedric the Entertainer (Trashcan), and Keith David (Bible). Woke is a must-see for those who like having water cooler conversations with their white, black, brown, mocha, yellow, conservative, liberal, centrist coworker and/or friends! Enjoy!
  • Sep 12, 2020
    Lamorne Morris is as brilliant as the man he is representing, I agree the humor should be a stronger aspect but his performance puts everything in perspective. I beg you to keep the series going. Tweek the writing but keep it going. Its an important show! ---ohcheap1

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