The Walking Dead: Season 1 (2010)


Season 1
The Walking Dead

Critics Consensus

Blood-spattered, emotionally resonant, and white-knuckle intense, The Walking Dead puts an intelligent spin on the overcrowded zombie subgenre.



Critic Ratings: 28


Audience Score

User Ratings: 3129
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Air date: Oct 31, 2010
Air date: Nov 7, 2010
Air date: Nov 14, 2010
Air date: Nov 21, 2010
Air date: Nov 28, 2010
Air date: Dec 5, 2010

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Adapted from a comic-book series, this horror drama follows the survivors of an apocalyptic holocaust who are searching for a safe haven while being tracked and menaced by zombies. In the first season, sheriff's deputy Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) emerges from a coma to find few people but far too many flesh-eating "walkers" who have died and come back to life. A fellow survivor tells him there's a refugee center in Atlanta, so he heads there with hopes of finding his missing wife and son, eventually joining with others to fight off the walkers.

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Critic Reviews for The Walking Dead Season 1

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (14)

This first season is full of Darabontian glimpses shining briefly through an otherwise unforgivably dull patchwork quilt of ideas.

Mar 28, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Fans of the comic book and first-rate psycho-horror may form a large enough audience to make this a hit. Those not in those groups may want to start by taking a deep breath.

Oct 31, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The Walking Dead is a good, old-fashioned horror-genre flick/series, without pretension or - for that matter - much of a message, either.

Oct 31, 2010 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

The show takes full advantage of serial TV's ability to intimately explore interpersonal character dramas.

Oct 31, 2010 | Full Review…

Old-fashioned lurchers, lots and lots of 'em, are the ticket on AMC's much-ballyhooed The Walking Dead, based on the long-running comic book of the same name.

Oct 31, 2010 | Full Review…

It's a rotten show. Like zombie flesh, it reeks and festers, but not in a good way.

Oct 31, 2018 | Full Review…

[Frank] Darabont... has brought a sense of Hollywood scale and polish to the series, with locations, design and camerawork all distinguished by a quality and detail

Jul 18, 2018 | Full Review…

A lot of what makes The Walking Dead so striking a series is how visual it is. It's beautiful and foreboding all at once, with lots of scares too potent to spoil.

May 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Since the first episode focuses mostly on Rick, you will get chills following him on his adventure through this new world, especially if you don't know what's coming up.

Nov 4, 2013 | Full Review…

An ongoing nightmare requires ongoing viewers, and therefore a show that stays strong as it goes along, if not one that gets better and better over time, and I'm not sold that The Walking Dead is that kind of show.

Oct 31, 2010 | Full Review…

As writer/director, Mr. Darabont brings his humanistic touch to this zombie story that elevates it from a typical us vs. them tale.

Oct 31, 2010 | Full Review…

This adaptation of Robert Kirkman's comics scored monster ratings. It's easy to see why

Oct 31, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Walking Dead: Season 1

  • Oct 09, 2019
    I read the comics after watching the series and thought the show did a great job of staying faithful to the books while still introducing its own flair. Most of the story arcs are taken from the comics, but a lot of the characters are switched around. For example, in the show Rick is with Michonne, but in the books Rich is involved with Andrea! I can appreciate the small changes that makes the show its own, but I love when adaptations are faithful to the text--and The Walking Dead balances it in a great way!
  • Oct 01, 2019
    One of the best TV Dramas of all time, serves up its best
  • Sep 26, 2019
    I'd rather stick pins in my eyes than watch this. There's more crap in this program 🤮🤮🤮💩💩💩💩💩🐂🐂🐂👎🏿👎🏿👊🏿than my toilet has had in it's life time. 🖕🏾🖕🏾🖕🏾
  • Sep 22, 2019
    un gran comienzo te gusta los zombies no te pierda esta serie
  • Sep 07, 2019
    Awesome Zombie Tv Show
  • Jul 29, 2019
    Against the backdrop of blood and gore are multifaceted characters from all walks of life. This apocalyptic show leaves cliches at the door of the writing room, leaving only a heart pumping, eye popping story for the ages.
  • Jul 22, 2019
    The very first season is very mysterious and so it's interesting and the storyline is also pretty exciting. Until S7
  • Jun 28, 2019
    The first season of The Walking Dead mostly lives up to the hype, but an abundance of clichés and a surprising amount of filler for a measly six-episode count diminish this season from amazing to pretty good.
  • Jun 21, 2019
    Great start to the series. Has lots of great moments and also uses a tone that is not seen for the rest of the series
  • Jun 09, 2019
    The season that started it all. I loved the characters, or loved to hate the characters. It put a fresh spin on the zombie genre. It was bloody-scary good and it kept me on the edge of my seat. It's also so nostalgic which makes it ten times more enjoyable. Remembering the simpler times and remembering those we lost and are not with us right now.

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