The Terror: Season 1 (2018)


Season 1
The Terror

Critics Consensus

A thriller wrapped in a prestige drama package, The Terror makes for gripping, atmospheric supernatural horror.



Critic Ratings: 57


Audience Score

User Ratings: 1319
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Air date: Mar 26, 2018
Air date: Mar 26, 2018
Air date: Apr 2, 2018
Air date: Apr 9, 2018
Air date: Apr 16, 2018
Air date: Apr 23, 2018
Air date: Apr 30, 2018
Air date: May 7, 2018
Air date: May 14, 2018
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Inspired by a true story, The Terror centers on the Royal Navy's perilous voyage into uncharted territory as the crew attempts to discover the Northwest Passage. Faced with treacherous conditions, limited resources, dwindling hope and fear of the unknown, the crew is pushed to the brink of extinction. Frozen, isolated and stuck at the end of the earth, The Terror highlights all that can go wrong when a group of men, desperate to survive, struggle not only with the elements, but with each other.


Jared Harris
as Francis Crozier
Ciarán Hinds
as Sir John Franklin
Paul Ready
as Henry Goodsir
Adam Nagaitis
as Cornelius Hickey
Tobias Menzies
as James Fitzjames

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Critic Reviews for The Terror Season 1

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (17)

Through careful writing and by avoiding the genre's more common pitfalls, he Terror offers what is perhaps television's first good example of survival horror.

Dec 18, 2018 | Full Review…

A lavish event series that could be called 'Master and Commander Meets The Thing.' It's not quite as exciting as that pitch makes it sound, but it is a show that builds up steam around the fourth episode.

Mar 23, 2018 | Full Review…

We're all still caught up in a mad, self-perpetuating cycle of fear. If that's your entry point to The Terror, so be it, but it doesn't have to be. The terror is many things, and one of them is bound to get you.

Mar 27, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Writers dig a six-foot ditch and throw Hickey's character into it, burying him in stereotypes about gay men being manipulative villains.

Jun 24, 2019 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

The terrifying element is something that the series know how to dose, thus achieving a much more relevant dramatic impact. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 24, 2019 | Full Review…

A show as gory and creepy as it is beautiful.

Dec 18, 2018 | Full Review…

It always feels like something is lurking, waiting just around the corner as the drama maintains a sense of foreboding throughout.

Dec 18, 2018 | Full Review…

The show touches on the usual themes that underlie such stories-male ego, Western hubris, the absolute power privileged officers wield over poor recruits-but it does so with rare style, intelligence and detail.

Jan 2, 2019 | Full Review…

The Terror holds ample appeal for both horror fans and history buffs. It's genre TV with the tight, character-driven storytelling of a historical prestige drama.

Dec 18, 2018 | Full Review…

The Terror masterfully grappled with environmental imbalance, the boundaries of masculinity and the finality of death, but its biggest triumph will always be its preference for the individual men.

Dec 18, 2018 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for The Terror: Season 1

  • Sep 08, 2019
    Thoroughly excellent! Builds slowly to great climax.
  • Sep 06, 2019
    I did not know what to expect from this show, which is perhaps the best way to approach it. It is the rare piece of film-making that can cross genres in such a way, and this show does it quite spectacularly. I highly recommend this show to anyone.
  • Sep 06, 2019
    Brilliantly slow-paced allowing the suspense and setting to sink in on a level that modern cinema fails at. Another masterpiece in the golden era of television dramas! A must watch. Intelligent and gripping.
  • Sep 05, 2019
    Great actors and great story!
  • Sep 01, 2019
    Binged it in 3 nights. Some of the best writing and acting I've seen in a long time.
  • Aug 27, 2019
    The Terror Season 1 is the finest specimen of craftwork in historical horror genre. Based on Dan Simmons' novel on Royal British Navy's failed and eeringly vanished expedition in exploring a passage across the Arctic in 1945-48, it is a multi-episoded series, earnedly gory in its realism of what must have transpired in the lives of marooned marines as they struggled for months against not just the harshest winter, dispair and starvations but also illness, mutiny, and (a well-crafted) spirited demon of a brute a la Moby Dick of the Arctic. For a hauntingly chilling passage into where none have ventured so deep to tell, both the crew - of the ancient expedition and of this artistic venture - merit our most heart-warming salutations.
  • Aug 26, 2019
    Amazing show..............very thrilling! I read the Book post watching it & Literary version was also great (and very interesting to see what they kept & what they changed in the TV show) Highly recommended=O) [A+]
  • Aug 24, 2019
    How often the series which looks so so cold [sic] from outskirts delivers such hot stuff. The steady speed, and peculiar manner of direction is complemented by very very strong acting performances. Kudos to Jared Harris : such an underrated actor, who is the true showstopper. He manages to deliver one of the moderated superlative performance. Last 3 episodes literally deliver what series is named.... The Terror...
  • Aug 15, 2019
    Interesting, but so slow moving that it makes it very boring....
  • Aug 12, 2019
    Jared Harris is great like this show but its 3 or 4 episodes too long and the budget is a little to small for the monster tho they do work around it reasonably well

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