Prodigal Son: Season 1 (2019)


Season 1
Prodigal Son

Critics Consensus

Though it shows promise, Prodigal Son sidelines a spectacular Michael Sheen in favor of a more pedestrian procedural that often drifts too deeply into the grotesque.

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Critic Ratings: 22

84%

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User Ratings: 206
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Episodes

1
Air date: Sep 23, 2019
2
Air date: Sep 30, 2019
3
Air date: Oct 7, 2019
4
Air date: Oct 14, 2019
5
Air date: Oct 21, 2019
6
Air date: Oct 28, 2019
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Q&A
Air date: Nov 4, 2019
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Air date: Nov 11, 2019
9
Air date: Nov 25, 2019

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Critic Reviews for Prodigal Son Season 1

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (7)

Some tonal tweaks could turn this eagerly outrageous crime drama into something enjoyably out there, but for now, it's just the craziest "Silence of the Lambs" knock-off yet.

Sep 23, 2019 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
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Prodigal Son is more than several cuts below that Oscar-lauded classic. Still, it's better than chopped liver, of which Dr. Martin Whitly has shown he knows a thing or two.

Sep 23, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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It's a standard-issue, formulaic drama that never quite kicks into gear, and I can't help but think that Prodigal Son could have been much more riveting, given its subject matter and the presence of [Michael] Sheen.

Sep 20, 2019 | Full Review…

Prodigal Son is, at the outset, a dark show that doesn't take its darkness seriously enough.

Sep 20, 2019 | Full Review…

Dark drama has OK plot, weak characters, lots of violence.

Oct 2, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Sheen seems to be having an especially good time in his deliciously menacing role.

Sep 27, 2019 | Full Review…

Prodigal Son is a sinister, slick, and sometimes silly serial killer saga punctuated by a fun Michael Sheen performance.

Sep 24, 2019 | Rating: 7.8/10 | Full Review…

Michael Sheen is dancing with light feet in this role, clearly having a blast playing a serial killer who is at once a duplicitous menace and a charming conversationalist.

Sep 20, 2019 | Rating: 85/100 | Full Review…

The genius-madman routine is tiresome, but the cast - including Bellamy Young ("Scandal") as Martin's wife and Malcolm's mother -- gives it all they've got.

Nov 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Smooth, exciting, and powerful.

Sep 25, 2019 | Rating: 3.3/5 | Full Review…

The pilot works as a neat little intro, perhaps a little too neat, and certainly too tidy, to the family and procedural dynamic.

Sep 16, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Thanks in large part to the cast and some slightly obvious but well-executed twists, the pilot was a helluva fun ride. The question, of course, is how Prodigal Son will maintain this momentum over the course of the season.

Sep 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Prodigal Son: Season 1

  • 11h ago
    This is one of the best shows of 2019. A great story that keeps you wanting more!
  • 1d ago
    While its dialogue can sound unnatural at times, Prodigal Son certainly makes up for it in other areas. Its gripping plot, lovable characters, and fast pace make me look forward to each episode every week. I have yet to introduce it to my friends because they will be unable to look past the dialogue, but I love the show for its many other wonderful aspects and highly recommend it.
  • 2d ago
    I want to really love it, but its hard to. The characters are just average at best, and very cliche. The thing that just always kills it for me is when the show tries to be a detective show. Its just horrible done when they are searching up cases, trying to be like law and order. The dynamic of Malcom and the dad is great, just needs more of it.
  • 2d ago
    I'm really enjoying this show.
  • 5d ago
    absolutely great new series starring an extraordinary Martin Sheen!!
  • 6d ago
    Great show so far. Just finished episode 8. Love the premise and how dark and twisted it is for a crime drama. Remains original while still following a typical procedural. Highly recommend.
  • Nov 06, 2019
    I love Michael Sheen! Wish they'd focus more on his character and his son and less on the mother and sister.
  • Nov 01, 2019
    Definitely interesting, sometimes a bit creepy. Cant wait to see what happens next.
  • Oct 30, 2019
    Really wanted to like this show. Michael Sheen is wasted. Poorly written. Could be so much better. It's the poor man's Hannibal, basically. And Halston Sage is horrible. She was better in The Orville, in this, she's just the worst.
  • Oct 30, 2019
    Dark and full of twists and turns. Very entertaining.

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