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  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 28, 2015
Season #: 1, 2, 3
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  • Summary: The drama depicts the 1980s Medellin cocaine cartel run by Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura) and the efforts of DEA agents Steve Murphy (Boyd Holbrook) and Javier Peña (Pedro Pascal) to capture Escobar.
  • Genre(s): Drama

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Tirdad Derakhshani
    Aug 31, 2015
    100
    Intense, enlightening, brilliant, unnerving, and addictive, Narcos is high-concept drama at its finest.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Rorke
    Aug 28, 2015
    88
    Catching Escobar then becomes an exciting and suspenseful story arc, and makes Narcos the first cool show of the new season.
  3. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Aug 31, 2015
    83
    Moura as Escobar doesn’t bring the overall manic and sometimes comic intensity of Al Pacino’s Tony Montana in Scarface. He’s never dull, though, giving Narcos a thoroughly sinister presence who’s capable of anything and will stop at nothing.
  4. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Aug 19, 2015
    80
    The series begins to find its pacing not long after, and we see the strength of Moura’s acting, which to his credit never races, in the early going, toward over-the-top menace or the drug-lord cliches we're all used to at this point. Credit also the fact that Padilha brings a documentary feel to Narcos.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Aug 28, 2015
    75
    The new Netflix drama is burdened with so much annoying voice-over narration, the series at times falls somewhere between an audiobook and one of the more grittier Investigation Discovery crime shows. This dramatization of the rise of Pablo Escobar into the most notorious and lethal drug kingpin of South America is nonetheless compelling, and the story moves briskly, making it a great bingeworthy treat.
  6. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Aug 25, 2015
    75
    Virtually every performance is equal to the quality of the script, but Moura is especially compelling as he manipulates the seeming incongruities of Escobar’s character to heighten his aura of unpredictable menace.... Brancato does make one significant misstep by having the entire series heavily narrated by Murphy.
  7. Reviewed by: Josh Bell
    Aug 27, 2015
    50
    Mostly the show is a breezy tour through history, sometimes informative but rarely affecting.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 67 out of 74
  2. Negative: 2 out of 74
  1. Aug 30, 2015
    10
    Narcos is very good and well done. I am actually from MEDELLIN. I am 30 years old and I grew up with that environment of violence in theNarcos is very good and well done. I am actually from MEDELLIN. I am 30 years old and I grew up with that environment of violence in the streets and TV. The research is very accurate. There is something special and epic about this series. Many things work on many levels. In fact, I have seen it like a kind of “docu-drama”. I find very clever the mix between fictional and real facts with the use of real footage. According to it, it keeps you watching and wondering what’s next. It is like a kind of class history of the drug-war. I like the beginning when it makes reference to the MAGIC REALISM. Just that in this case, all that really happened. All the things about being close to a policeman was true, you didn’t want to be around them because you could die with a lost bullet or something. Shootings in the night in your own street (even if it was a “good neighbourhood”) and If there was a Car-Bomb and you were at home, you would look around the house thinking and counting : ”are we all here?” “where is my brother”… not cell phones then by the way…Every single person you know from Medellin was touched or was a victim of that war. For a long long time we didn’t have Colombian movies or TV shows with that topic, because people were tired of all that; like a kind of “mediatic” trauma. That war was all the time in TV, in the radio, in our streets and sometimes in our homes. In film and TV things have changed with new filmmakers and screenwriters who are bold to tell those stories. Yeah, it’s a sad history, but it is what we have, we can’t hide it or change it. I am glad something very well done like NARCOS was made to the “world” thanks to NETFLIX. Because people can understand the stigma all the Colombians have thanks to Pablo Escobar. If you are a “gringo” who makes fun of a Colombian asking him for cocaine, that “joke” is for us a reference and a memory of blood, violence and lost. NOT FUNNY. Expand
  2. Nov 13, 2017
    10
    Narcos, Season 3 is one of the most suspenseful show I have ever seen on TV. I enjoyed the first two seasons, and I was skeptical about theNarcos, Season 3 is one of the most suspenseful show I have ever seen on TV. I enjoyed the first two seasons, and I was skeptical about the third installment, since it seemed unnecessary and artificial to continue the show after the closure in Season 2. Even though Season 3 started a bit slow and uneven, after a few episodes it evolved into a masterpiece of tension and anxiety. The character of Jorge Salcedo is fantastic. It is impossible not to root for him. Warning to all: you will binge if you start watching. Expand
  3. Sep 5, 2015
    10
    I didn't think I was in the mood to start watching a show about a drug lord, but after the first ten minutes I was hooked. Watched sixI didn't think I was in the mood to start watching a show about a drug lord, but after the first ten minutes I was hooked. Watched six episodes on the first night, had to stop due to the sun starting to rise and finished the rest the next day.
    The story is entertaining and addictive. The long and often complicated story of Pablo Escobar is portrayed simple and effective for viewers not to get lost in what is going on.
    Great acting all around. Great casting.
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  4. Nov 23, 2015
    9
    Great fun, great acting and I love the sort behind the scenes look of the Colombian drug industry. Really like that the dalogue is in spanishGreat fun, great acting and I love the sort behind the scenes look of the Colombian drug industry. Really like that the dalogue is in spanish and English. Expand
  5. Apr 23, 2018
    9
    Amazing actors, amazing story telling, empowered by the real images, and very well captured.
  6. Sep 24, 2017
    8
    The cast did a great job portraying their real life counterparts. The show itself does a great job at re-telling the history behind Pablo andThe cast did a great job portraying their real life counterparts. The show itself does a great job at re-telling the history behind Pablo and his rise to power. It was very entertaining to watch and I quickly grind watch it just to get to season 2. Expand
  7. Sep 15, 2015
    0
    This series is a cheap copy of a Colombian series called "El Patrón del mal". Narcos story line is so compressed that it became bad americanThis series is a cheap copy of a Colombian series called "El Patrón del mal". Narcos story line is so compressed that it became bad american action action non-stop action style.....booooooring....to add insult to injury Pablo speaks with a Brazilian accent, maybe in season 2 they can have an US embassador with a Russian accent, what a joke! Expand

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