Our Boys: Season 1 (2019)


Season 1
Our Boys

Critics Consensus

Challenging and thoughtful, Our Boys explores a real-world tragedy with grace and compassion.

92%

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Critic Ratings: 13

68%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 84
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Episodes

1
Air date: Aug 12, 2019
2
Air date: Aug 12, 2019
3
Air date: Aug 19, 2019
4
Air date: Aug 26, 2019
5
Air date: Sep 2, 2019
6
Air date: Sep 9, 2019
7
Air date: Sep 16, 2019
8
Air date: Sep 23, 2019
9
Air date: Sep 30, 2019
10
Air date: Oct 7, 2019

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Critic Reviews for Our Boys Season 1

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (7)

There's an immense level of compassion here, which should ultimately prove rewarding for anyone who digs in.

Aug 20, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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This is not to say Our Boys is detached - if anything, the emoting is deeply felt and often difficult to bear - but it is so microscopically focused on the tense real-time linear progression of the investigation that no moment feels contrived.

Aug 9, 2019 | Full Review…

This 10-episode HBO series puts faces on a conflict often seen -- especially in the U.S. -- from a distant aerial view, bringing the loss, pain and senseless circle of violence achingly home.

Aug 13, 2019 | Full Review…
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Our Boys is paced with a punishing slowness... But it rewards with tough insight.

Aug 14, 2019 | Full Review…

The show is unusually fearless about letting moral discomfort linger, and manages to be stirring without ever offering false hope, a rarity for even the best-made dramas.

Sep 18, 2019 | Full Review…

The strange case of a narrative that might have been curated carefully with its investigative beats, but so little appears to happen in each episode that a necessary tension is lost.

Aug 12, 2019 | Full Review…

Trying to portray the intricacies of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a TV show is always difficult, but Our Boys is a compelling fictionalization of a very complicated story.

Aug 13, 2019 | Full Review…

"Our Boys" is done in such a thoughtful and sensitive manner that it demands to be viewed by as large an audience as possible, both locally and globally.

Aug 12, 2019 | Full Review…

The first two episodes at least suggest the series will be rewarding in the sense that it will provide a better understanding of the complexities at play without Our Boys itself serving any political agenda beyond the truth.

Aug 16, 2019 | Full Review…

Harrowing, heartbreaking, and hard to turn away from.

Aug 23, 2019 | Full Review…

Complicated drama centers on West Bank murders.

Aug 28, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Our Boys puts a human face on an age-old conflict, asking if justice is ever possible in a world where young boys are used as tragic pawns.

Aug 12, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Our Boys: Season 1

  • Nov 05, 2019
    Excellent show. I don't want to get into the whole political side of things given the fact that I don't live in Israel, and I leave that to the Israeli populus to decide. The makers have spun a very moving narrative of the incidents that led to the 2014 conflict. What they have accomplished in comparison to other movies/shows of the same kind is that they have humanized everyone in the cast, regardless of the actions they commit and the turns their lives take. Shlomi Elkabetz as Shimon Cohen was a great choice; his interactions with Avishai Elbaz (Omri Gabay), who is manipulated into the murder by his uncle, Yosef Haim Ben David have such a pure nature it just cannot be ignored. Same goes to the riveting personal trauma that Hussein and Suha go through, after having lost their kid to the senseless violence in spite of the fact that they are not really political themselves. This show portrays an extremely fractured society and the complexities associated with it, so watching it with an unbiased eye would be a pre-requisite.
  • Oct 10, 2019
    Brilliant show that highlights the extremism of the ultra-orthodox Jews in Israel and their terrorism against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.
  • Oct 08, 2019
    The immense complexities of life in Israel where the government, not only has to deal with the ongoing mistrust and hate, between Israeli Arab and Jewish citizens, Palestinians and Jewish Israelis, but also the same mistrust between the Orthodox and Secular as well as the Sephardim, Mizrachim and Ashkenazim. The whole situation there has turned from the miracle of the Jews returning to their ancient homeland to a modern day tragedy. Illuminating and sad..
  • Oct 07, 2019
    It's realistic. I know because I lived in Israel at the time of the events. A very unique insight to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
  • Oct 07, 2019
    It's soo good and sad that all this can happen .. and sheds light on how rhetoric is so threatening ...
  • Oct 02, 2019
    The show does a remarkable job of portraying Arab-Israelis and Palestinians as flawed and complicated human beings. Their perspective is presented and challenged on a number of occasions, but you are left with the notion that they are not evil people. It's a very impressive handling of a difficult issue. So it's a shame that the same care is not shown to the Jews in the show. They gleefully cackle about wanting to murder babies and burn villages to the ground. It's cartoonish, and offensive.
  • Sep 27, 2019
    representing one murder case instead of the all four, and focuses only on palestinian side of things, the israeli side is not shown with much will.
  • Sep 24, 2019
    A deeply authentic and complex depiction of Palestinians and Israelis in Jerusalem. After decades of watching Arabs vilified in Hollywood this is a refreshing portrayal of Palestinians as human beings for a change; None of the usual undertones of dehumanization or even the subtle and indirect biases that seep into even the more liberal Hollywood depictions. The beauty of this film is that it was made by two Jewish Israelis and one Israeli nationalized Palestinian. Someone finally threw Palestinians a Hollywood bone.
  • Sep 24, 2019
    You have to read subtitles, unless you speak Hebrew, which I assume leads to a lower audience score, which is unfortunate because this is so well done. A rare glimpse inside a very complicated part of the world
  • Sep 19, 2019
    Fantastic on many levels. Rare to see something with such complexity and compassion. Thoroughly fascinating!

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