Monsterland: Season 1 (2020)


Season 1
Monsterland

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Though it struggles to find a strong through line, Monsterland's cross-country scares are a perfect showcase for its talented cast and crew

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Critic Ratings: 27

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User Ratings: 56

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Episodes

Air date: Oct 2, 2020

A down-and-out waitress questions her choices.

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A lonely teen encounters an unwelcome guest.

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A New Orleans socialite wrestles with her past.

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A wealthy CEO suffers for his sins.

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A suburban lawyer debates life and death.

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A disgruntled fisherman makes the catch of a lifetime.

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A neglected daughter longs for another life.

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A grieving couple struggles to say goodbye.

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Critic Reviews for Monsterland Season 1

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (7)

"Monsterland" is a mixed bag. The few episodes that are great leave you thinking and shuddering, but there are too many that are overwrought and on-the-nose in their message.

Oct 5, 2020 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

This makes for some great horror television, especially if you enjoy being challenged by how tragic a scary story is willing to be.

Oct 2, 2020 | Full Review…

Laws, who also wrote multiple episodes, assembled a Murderers' Row of talent on and off-screen.

Oct 22, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

I enjoyed the series, and did still have the, "It was nice to be included" feeling by the end but reckon we have to have a bucket between "good representation" and "bad representation" called "technically representation but it's complicated."

Oct 6, 2020 | Full Review…

Monsterland ends up as a missed opportunity that will leave audiences underwhelmed and more disturbed than scared.

Oct 26, 2020 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

This is a series that begs to be enjoyed slowly and wants to creep deep into your brain. Monsterland does not want to deliver momentary scares; it wants to deliver lasting existential panic.

Oct 22, 2020 | Full Review…

The opening foray into Monsterland isn't quite exemplary, although it has its share of strong moments. Here's hoping its thematic ambition, not its narrative sloppiness, is an indicator of episodes to come.

Oct 22, 2020 | Full Review…

The main characters aren't always likeable and don't necessarily get happy endings-which is fairly typical for short horror films and prose fiction, but less so for mainstream movies.

Oct 22, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Those who enjoy the darker stories of The Twilight Zone's earlier era will have plenty of praise for Monsterland, but they shouldn't expect to be entertained in a traditional sense, even as that term applies to the horror genre.

Oct 22, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Monsterland is frequently emotional, often cerebral, and favors an insidious sense of dread over the cheap-and-easy jump-scare-type tactics.

Oct 22, 2020 | Full Review…

Monsterland is a triumph from start to finish for numerous reasons, one of which is a conscious creative decision to never give its audience a way out

Oct 21, 2020 | Full Review…

Monster anthology light on monsters, heavy on sex, violence.

Oct 19, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Monsterland: Season 1

  • Apr 18, 2021
    First episode is a strong start to the series. Well written, directed and acted.
  • Feb 04, 2021
    Very disappointed with Monsterland. It starts off slow and while it occasionally seems like it's going to veer into a coherent multi-episode plot, it continually disappoints. In the first episode they could have had a compelling and interesting take on identity in general and the trans experience in particular, but instead they went with cheap jump cuts to weird quasi-anti-abortion propaganda. Which really should have been a clue that the later episodes were only going to double down and get worse with that particular odd "Christian" focus. More than anything else it reminds me of the first Omen movie that was made by weirdo evangelicals as a warning against the Anti-Christ and failed at that messaging spectacularly. In brief if you enjoy thoughtful horror-tinged short stories, AVOID Monsterland.
  • Dec 20, 2020
    There were a few episodes with promising ideas, but mostly a let down in the end. Many moments of WTF I can only assume are for shock value. Many episodes sounded interesting in theory but poorly executed most of the time. The title also was a pretty poor choice, I understand they were trying to make it kind of themed as "humans are the real monsters" but it wasn't done well and ended up making people just wish they wanted to see actual monsters.
  • Oct 24, 2020
    Contrived, aimed, pandering, convoluted, trying too hard, symbolically/cohesively/syntactically challenged... It's like people cobbled this together with the mantra, "Let's make a show and have these episodes that almost make sense but not really, since we don't really have any good writing." Got through the third episode when I KNEW it wasn't going to get any better. It wasn't the worst stuff I've ever seen, but it didn't warrant any more time.
  • Oct 20, 2020
    The series has some great ideas. The acting is on point. Outside of two episodes, every other episode just drops at the end with no finish. It's like they have every part planned for an episode, but the ending.
  • Oct 19, 2020
    Monsterland is rotten. Whoever convinced Hulu to stream this show can probably sell anything.
  • Oct 15, 2020
    I'm assuming when someone at Hulu greenlit this show as a favor to their cousin they were not sure what genre to place it in. They put all the genres on little pieces of paper, placed them in a basket, and horror was drawn. This show is someones attempt at a highbrow take on abstract social commentary, but they forgot t.v. is supposed to be entertaining. I suppose it wouldn't be so dissapointing if there were actually some horror elements to the show and not just sprinkles of horror tropes. So buyer beware.
  • Oct 14, 2020
    Seriously? Skin suits? Is that the best screenwriters can do these days? Sorry. Was out after that. Genuinely don't care where it goes from there. Under the impression this was a serial killer/horror series and I've got no desire to climb into some SyFy network level writing with a series where the plot can go absolutely anywhere just because it can and the audience is supposed to dumb themselves down enough to buy into it. Thanks but no thanks. Started out solid, good acting. Decent first 35 minutes. Shame it went into unbelievable SyFy budget land.
  • Oct 13, 2020
    You feel like you need to shower after this series.
  • Oct 12, 2020
    Surprisingly better than the CBS's reboot of The Twilight Zone. Obviously better than the Creepshow series on Shudder. At this point it is refreshing that Hulu, Netflix and Amazon are free to have cursing, sexual content, and allows gore.

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