Woke: Season 1 Reviews

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
"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
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-
Top Critic
September 9, 2020
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.
September 9, 2020
The strength of the series is that the characters ultimately speak for themselves. They remain individuals, imperfectly aligned even with their own stated agendas. And Morris has an everyman, leading man charm.
September 9, 2020
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.
September 9, 2020
If the show manages to maneuver through its self-planted minefield fairly nimbly, and maintain a moderate but comfortable level of amusement, much of the credit goes to the perfectly cast Morris.
September 9, 2020
Woke doesn't just feel redundant, but ranklingly under-thought.
September 8, 2020
Woke very much has a message about the complications of being black in a place that can be fundamentally hostile to blackness itself. Sometimes, it gets that message across in clever ways, while at others it seems as confused or out of step as Keef is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 7, 2020
While the eight-episode Hulu series Woke satirizes the definitions of Blackness and artistic integrity, its inert discussions lead to few laughs.
September 3, 2020
It's a funny, promising conceit... [but] Woke spends its 8-episode season nudging Keef toward his epiphany, all the while making necessary but not particularly interesting discoveries.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 2, 2020
The show is at odds with itself, drawing a mordantly funny vision of a person sent into disarray by his newly surfaced awareness of American racism and seeding it with broad and somewhat lazy sight gags.