Woke: Season 1 Reviews

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October 8, 2020
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.
October 5, 2020
It comments on relevant, serious subjects while being warm, witty and funny. [Full Review in Spanish] [Full Review in Spanish]
September 25, 2020
Great premise, OK comedy about race and life; some language.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 18, 2020
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.
September 17, 2020
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.
September 15, 2020
The series' message feels convoluted at best and a bit lost at worst, unsure of whether to mock or champion Keef's newfound wokeness.
September 15, 2020
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.
September 15, 2020
"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.
September 15, 2020
If given a second season to more fully address the issues it leaves on the table, it could really blossom. Let's hope it gets one.
September 15, 2020
A frank conversation between Ayana and Clovis about relationships and sex is a midseason highlight but Woke also struggles to balance half-hour sitcom pacing with heavier issues.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 15, 2020
It's still unclear to me why it took the entire season to become fully invested in Keef. While I can't fault the performances, the discontinuity and lack of purposeful writing are where the series failed for me.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 11, 2020
Oddly, the writers seem to abandon the concept of talking objects in the middle of the season, focusing instead on the relationships between the human characters. ... Thankfully, "Woke" is self-aware of its own silliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 10, 2020
Woke is not a total success, but it still has the value of presenting a theme that could spark much discussion among viewers.
September 10, 2020
We get a brisk comedy that's alive with solid performances but stays too light in its opening season to make a truly indelible mark.
September 9, 2020
Even as the show approaches twisted topics, it seems hesitant to take on a darker tone, which might serve the material better. The question it left me with is: Who is Woke meant to appeal to?
September 9, 2020
"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.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
September 9, 2020
Morris' performance, along with some very funny animation, makes this show worth watching.
September 9, 2020
The show develops a bit slowly, but deftly straddles the line between weightier matters and mining its sillier side.
September 9, 2020
This might grow tiresome if Woke weren't so otherwise charming. This can be credited in large part to Mr. Morris... but also to the balance Woke strikes between politics and the pure comedy of human interaction.
September 9, 2020
Woke's execution of surreal imagery is also a miss due largely to stilted dialogue and tame usage; the animated portions of the show read like an afterthought and do nothing to challenge or propel Keef's understanding of race or his own trauma.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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