Dead Set : Season 1

  • Network: IFC , E4
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 27, 2008
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Barry Garron
    Oct 25, 2010
    40
    For all its gore, Dead Set has a frightening lack of suspense. Then again, except for Kelly (Jaime Winstone), a "Big Brother" producer with a dysfunctional love life, most of the characters are so lacking in humanity that the transition to zombie isn't much of a leap.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Oct 29, 2016
    8
    The Brits nail the zombie apocalypse and manage to mock pop-culture in the process. Dead Set's skewering of reality television is both brutalThe Brits nail the zombie apocalypse and manage to mock pop-culture in the process. Dead Set's skewering of reality television is both brutal and hilarious. If the show has any problem, it's that it's too darn short.

    It's five episodes are over in a breeze. While the first gets off to a slower start due to it's extended running time, once the dead start rising it doesn't let up. With it's strong characters, brutal violence. excellent setting, and much appreciated sense of humor this isn't a show you'll want to see end.

    However the mini-series angle is also a strength of it. You may want to keep following these characters, but at least we don't get to see any sort of dive in quality brought on by the need to churn out more seasons and stories. It does what it sets out to do and it does it well.

    Very well in fact. Nearly every aspect is spot on. The zombies are menacing, the gore and deaths are brutal, and it can be genuinely funny. Mix that with a cast you actually give a crap about and you are sure to be (dead) set with an excellent dose on undead excellence.

    Dead Set is simply some of the best zombie content I've ever experienced. This is a must for undead lovers, horror enthusiasts, or just people who love some good social satire. When it comes horror-comedy, Dead Set nails both with unflinching brutality.
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  2. WJS
    Apr 11, 2015
    8
    A new twist on the Zombie Apocalypse idea wherein a Zombie horde attacks the Big Brother house. “Dead Set” is grim and grisly with some decentA new twist on the Zombie Apocalypse idea wherein a Zombie horde attacks the Big Brother house. “Dead Set” is grim and grisly with some decent acting and direction and lots of blood and gore. It’s fairly short (I was able to binge watch the whole thing in one afternoon), but it still packs a wallop. Apparently some of the stars were actually a part of the original Big Brothers series in Britain, which probably made it seem even more satiric. It will be inevitably compared to “The Walking Dead”, but that’s not a bad thing. Full Review »
  3. Nov 29, 2013
    10
    I Have to say. Dead Set is the best Zombie series ever, and it came off big brother the most hated Reality TV Series ever but i like it. TheI Have to say. Dead Set is the best Zombie series ever, and it came off big brother the most hated Reality TV Series ever but i like it. The Characters were just funny and so epic, the plot is amazing 10/10 and the attack scenes were topnougche scary 10/10. Full Review »