Lovecraft Country: Season 1 (2020)


Season 1
Lovecraft Country

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Anchored by Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Jonathan Majors' heroic performances, Misha Green's Lovecraft Country is a thrilling take on Lovecraftian lore that proves the Elder Gods aren't the only thing that goes bump in the cosmos.

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Critic Ratings: 109

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Air date: Aug 16, 2020

Veteran and pulp-fiction aficionado Atticus Freeman travels from the Jim Crow South to his South Side of Chicago hometown in search of his missing father Montrose. After recruiting his uncle George and childhood friend Letitia to join him, the trio sets out for "Ardham," MA, where they think Montrose may have gone looking for insight into Atticus' late mother's ancestry. As they journey across the Midwest, Tic, Leti, and George encounter dangers lurking at every turn.

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Air date: Aug 23, 2020

Inexplicably recovered from a terrifying night, Leti and George luxuriate in their new surroundings, while Atticus grows suspicious of their Ardham Lodge hosts—Christina Braithwhite and her elusive father, Samuel—who unveil cryptic plans for Atticus' role in their upcoming "Sons of Adam" ceremony. Later, after Tic, Leti and George stumble upon a clue that could lead them to Montrose, each takes an unwelcome walk down memory lane.

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Air date: Aug 30, 2020

Leti hopes to mend her relationship with her sister Ruby, by turning a ramshackle Victorian on Chicago's North Side into a boarding house—an endeavor that stokes neighborhood racism and awakens dormant spirits stuck in the house. Meanwhile, Atticus remains burdened by a guilty conscience as George's wife, Hippolyta presses him for the full story of what happened in Ardham.

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Air date: Sep 6, 2020

After Christina mysteriously shows up at her doorstep, Leti confronts Atticus about his plan to surreptitiously return to Florida. Later, in search of missing pages to a crucial text, Leti, Tic,and Montrose head to Boston, with Hippolyta and Diana along for the ride. Back in Chicago, a handsome stranger nurses Ruby's disappointment over a squandered job opportunity.

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Air date: Sep 13, 2020

After making a devil's bargain with William, Ruby steps into the charmed shoes of a white woman, but her transformation only fortifies her resentment of the racial divide. A betrayal by Montrose unleashes Atticus' pent up rage, leaving Leti deeply disturbed and sending Montrose into the comforting arms of his secret lover.

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Air date: Sep 20, 2020

In the throes of the Korean War, nursing student Ji-Ah crosses paths with a wounded Atticus, who has no recollection of their violent first encounter.

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Air date: Sep 27, 2020

Hippolyta's relentless search for answers takes her on a multidimensional journey of self-discovery, and Atticus heads to St. Louis to consult an old family friend.

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Air date: Oct 4, 2020

A distraught Diana finds herself in Captain Lancaster's crosshairs. Meanwhile, when a visitor from his past arrives at the boarding house, Atticus and Leti each take steps to protect their future.

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Air date: Oct 11, 2020

With Hippolyta at the helm, Leti, Tic and Montrose travel to 1921 Tulsa in an effort to save Dee.

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Air date: Oct 18, 2020

After uncovering the origins of the Book of Names, the gang heads back to Ardham to cast the ultimate spell. Season 1 finale.

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Critic Reviews for Lovecraft Country Season 1

All Critics (109) | Top Critics (31)

...in so many ways, Lovecraft Country is TV that's come just at the right time.

Nov 16, 2020 | Full Review…

Right now, between the messy narrative, bendable rules, and buckets of blood, it's just too hard to get a grip on "Lovecraft Country."

Oct 20, 2020 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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Lovecraft Country has an extraordinary ability to wink and keep a straight face at the same time, to be fun and serious simultaneously.

Aug 20, 2020 | Full Review…
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Misha Green was not responding to George Floyd when she wrote this episode-she was responding to the history of police violence visited upon people whose skin has been kissed by the sun. The only thing that's new is the mythical beings who save them.

Aug 19, 2020 | Full Review…
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The rules of the world Green has created remain confounding. Still, there's enough reason to watch, but patience will be necessary to see where it all will ultimately lead.

Aug 18, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

To call "Lovecraft Country" "wildly original" seems almost a quaint understatement. But it is wild. And original. Little doubt about that.

Aug 14, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
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Creator Misha Green has tapped into a hungry modern audience craving diverse representation on screen, stirring a macabre cauldron of lush period visuals, anachronistic music and racial themes served with delicious schlock on a weekly basis.

Oct 23, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Lush with lore and spilling with subtext, Lovecraft Country has the rare ability to be deadly serious yet hugely entertaining at the same time

Oct 21, 2020 | Full Review…

A by-the-numbers story that wants to be bold and daring, and in so doing ends up not engaging with its own strongest elements.

Oct 21, 2020 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

In Lovecraft Country, Smollett is even more physical than she was when she was a superhero. And as is the case for Charlize Thereon, there's something about the 50s clothes and makeup that suits Smollett exceptionally well.

Oct 16, 2020 | Full Review…

Lovecraft Country has the expansive storytelling, varied settings, and showy camerawork that people commonly call cinematic.

Sep 18, 2020 | Full Review…

Lovecraft Country melds the macabre monster stories of H. P. Lovecraft with the real-life horror of Jim Crow America.

Sep 18, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Lovecraft Country: Season 1

  • 6d ago
    1/10 for the secrecy climate 2/10 for lovecraft elements such a monsters, magic. 1/10 for putting sects, thats pretty a lovecraft element. 1/10 for putting the element of 'madness'/ 'frenzy' on the characters where at some point they suffer. not points on context, writing, script, plot, character developing and ending. just a 5/10. not recommended if you are expecting a lovecraft novel. its racism 50' on the black community USING lovecraft elements.
  • 6d ago
    The acting is amazing, the storytelling was emotional and it made me emphasize with the characters. I just read the book so I actually liked the tv series better however the last few minutes lost me and left me with more questions then I really want to dig for.
  • Nov 13, 2020
    RIP OFF OF COMMON HORROR STORIES. NOTHING ORIGINAL.
  • Nov 13, 2020
    More of like Stranger Things Adult Version gosh
  • Nov 12, 2020
    It can be daunting, but if you're willing to watch closely and listen carefully Lovecraft Country offers a cornucopia of adventure and Easter eggs in packaging that feels wholly original.
  • Nov 12, 2020
    Cool and nice show/ great motion graphic. Like
  • Nov 12, 2020
    I really wanted to like the show, and I just can't understand why it has attracted so many rabid fans. Peele is great, I love his stuff, and the first couple episodes held my attention, but this one just sank into a quagmire of confused, muddled plot lines and lost focus around the 5th episode. Normally I can even continue to watch disintegrating shows to see what happens at the end at least...this one I just dropped after the 5th episode, and I really don't regret..
  • Nov 12, 2020
    I get it. Racism is horrible and black people had a lot of wrong done to them. Let's smash people over the heads with that message until the people who need to hear it most tune out from the show. 1. Not Lovecraftian at all. I get it though, it's based on a book that wasn't Lovecraftian at all. Still feel jerked around though. 2. 1-dimensional white villainy. Seriously? Not one single good white person in the show ever? (SPOILER) They even pay lipservice to "race crusaders" but we don't see them, because that's what this show is really about: a stupidly simple dichotomy. In the end they take down one non-racist lady who wants immortality -- and oh crap, she's white? Okay, "ban all white people from magic". You see folks? Race-based decrees are a GOOD thing! (END) 3. Christina acts out the murder of Emmit Till, perhaps to develop some kind of empathy for the boy. This has no effect on her character or personality, has no impact on the show, and is never discussed again. It just gets immediately forgotten about, as if they played it for shock & awe. It cheapened the reality of his death by stripping away how traumatic such an experience would be. 4. (SPOILER) Bury your gays, am I right? Ruby realizes she's gay one moment, only to suffer an off-screen death with zero dialogue. (END) Altogether it felt disjointed, confusing, and inconsequential. What socially impactful messages it could communicate were done so at a volume and repetitiveness that any wisdom or tutelage was lost in the horrid writing. "WHITE PEOPLE BAD, BLACK PEOPLE GOOD" - We get it! After 10 hours of this drudgery, (SPOILER) you don't need to color the friendly monster black and all the evil monsters white to communicate this further! (END) How does anyone enjoy this show?
  • Nov 10, 2020
    If you want to watch a sci-fi show that makes an important statement about racism, add HBO's The Watchmen to your list. It's infinitely more enjoyable than this disjointed, poorly paced, mess of a show. I don't blame the actors, they did what they could with the script. But if there wasn't a pandemic, I wouldn't have made it through Lovecraft Country. I honestly don't understand the overwhelmingly positive reviews. Do yourself a favor and skip this dull, unsatisfying mash-up of Penny Dreadful and National Treasure. Or read an article about Lovecraft and racism, or the book on which this show is based—I'm assuming it's significantly more interesting.
  • Oct 26, 2020
    So disappointed... Great premise, but the show loses focus, and sinks.

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