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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 1, 2012
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: After a car accident, police detective Michael Britten (Jason Isaacs) wakes up to discover his son has also survived the crash, but his wife has died. A few days later, he wakes up to see his wife is alive but finds his son had died in the crash instead. Living in the two realities, he sees two different therapists and works with two different partners. Expand
  • Genre(s): Suspense
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Feb 28, 2012
    Awake grabs you, unnerves you, breaks your heart and even makes you work a little.
  2. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Mar 1, 2012
    After watching four episodes, I can say that Awake has an addictive quality to it.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Feb 24, 2012
    Creator Kyle Killen has set up a provocative, appealing puzzler, full of knottiness for the intellect and emotion for the heart. [2 Mar 2012, p.70]
  4. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Feb 29, 2012
    I'd be happy enough with this cast and this concept to simply wander along for a bit, ignoring the trail of bread crumbs and focusing on the lengths one man might go to hold onto those he loves.
  5. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Feb 28, 2012
    It packs some punch, though. And Isaacs certainly doesn't sleepwalker through a decidedly distinctive role.
  6. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Feb 29, 2012
    The good news is that the unusually ambitious Awake succeeds at several of the things it's attempting, and star Jason Isaacs grounds the drama with a charismatic yet subtle performance.
  7. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Feb 29, 2012
    Viewers who don't regularly contemplate alternative-reality issues probably should tape the show as well as watch it, because the non-expert may have to watch it twice just to figure out what's going on, or even to understand what parts we don't understand.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 33
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 33
  3. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. May 20, 2012
    Everything is amazing about this show. Jason Isaacs is acting awesome. The plot is extraordinary. The colors are very artistic. Brilliant job NBC! I hope the show will continue. Because its one of the most original TV show. Expand
  2. Mar 22, 2012
    Very original and interesting plot, very good acting and compelling viewing. Subtle changes in colours and characters allow you to follow which reality you are following at any one time. Check out this show if you like shows such as Homeland or Dexter. Expand
  3. Mar 1, 2012
    Seriously good performance from Jason Isaacs makes this an exceptional drama, beautifully shot and edited and with an exciting central premise. Even the procedural aspect seems relevant in this setting, well done NBC! Expand
  4. Apr 9, 2012
    Very intriguing concept and plot-line, good acting and characters, the shrinks in particular are an interesting dichotomy. The only question is whether or not this show will last, if it plot-line has enough stamina to survive multiple seasons without stretching itself thin. I give it a nine until the season finale, then we will know better if it would survive a second season. Expand
  5. Mar 1, 2012
    From Gordon I expected nothing short of a stellar pilot. And Isaacs is great. This Act 1 seems painstakingly difficult to hold on to, though. So, it will be interesting to see the direction the characters we met on the pilot take and their opinions (or lack thereof) of Isaacs 'issue'--that is, of course, unless this is some Vanilla Sky dream altogether. NBC could do great things with the core actors. If it has the guts to introduce a few new people, this show might just be worth following 'til the end. Expand
  6. Mar 6, 2012
    The show is absolutely brilliant. The concept is genius and the story is engaging. However, the scenes in which this story is portrayed are too short. I wished they were lengthened instead of switching in between realities about 3 times between commercials. The fact that the main character is also a cop who connects clues between realities sounds good, but is poorly executed. The story would be much more engaging if the main character was not a detective. The scenes about his workplace take up too much time so there isn't enough for the story. Plus, the story starts in the middle and not the beginning, starting the viewer a little time after his traumatic accident instead of right at the accident. On the bright side, when the story is involved, we can see the main character interact with his son and his wife. We see how he is struggling to solve which reality is real. I hope this show lasts, but I don't think it will. Expand
  7. Mar 5, 2012
    I could tell just minutes into the pilot of the show that it's doomed to fail. The writers/produces deprived us of the most satisfying moments. Where was the scene when the lead character FIRST awakes to a new/alternate existence. Where was that look of terror or joy the first time he sets eyes on his wife and son, brought back to life. Instead, we are fast forwarded through the accident and his first days living out these two existences. BBC TV would have mined this for episodes worth of great drama... I get it, they want to keep us guessing which reality is the real one. But guess what, I don't care. Expand

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