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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 17, 2012
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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  • Starring: Giancarlo Esposito, David Lyons, Elizabeth Mitchell
  • Summary: In a post-apocalyptic America, where all technology had ceased to work 15 years ago, people are living under the control of militias and warlords. Charlotte "Charlie" Matheson (Tracy Spiridakos) seeks out her uncle (Billy Burke) and kidnapped brother along with answers to how everything changed.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure
  • Creator: Eric Kripke
  • Show Type: Ended
  • Season 1 premiere date: Sep 17, 2012
  • Episode Length: 60
  • Air Time: 08:00 PM
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Sep 17, 2012
    The pilot, directed by co--executive producer Jon Favreau ("Iron Man"), poses numerous questions, and to the credit of everyone involved, delivers some surprising payoffs that other shows would hold for weeks, if not seasons.
  2. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Sep 14, 2012
    The mind reels with possibility, and even hope, which is why we keep coming back to stories like these.
  3. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Sep 17, 2012
    Ambitious setups like this don't always hold up, but Revolution has the potential to be a more disciplined "Lost"--not necessarily more plausible but with any luck less preposterous and pretentious.
  4. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Sep 13, 2012
    The clash between the callow and the compelling set off an ongoing debate between the hopeful part of my brain, which wants to like a sci-fi-ish show dreamed up by executive producers J.J. Abrams and Eric Kripke, and the scarred part of my brain, which has been burned dozens of times by genre-flavoroed shows that had interesting elements or cast members but also disappointing executions and annoying younger characters.
  5. Reviewed by: Rick Porter
    Sep 17, 2012
    A cool premise can only take a show so far, and there's some work to do on the character front to make the show worthy of using all available technology not to miss.
  6. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Sep 17, 2012
    Revolution is just all right, no better, no worse.
  7. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    Sep 18, 2012
    On the bright side, no one is in danger of having to watch this inert action show.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 123
  2. Negative: 58 out of 123
  1. Sep 27, 2012
    Acting needs to improve but there's too much talent working on this show for it not to be good. I'm predicting it'll become a solid show by episode five. Expand
  2. Sep 17, 2013
    i have watched every episode and can't wait until season 2. this show has really captured my attention! Eric Kripke keep up the good work and go on like NCIS. Expand
  3. Apr 15, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Ok i have read many many many of the reviews that people have posted and i want you to think about this, you compare a gun to an engine, most engines are more than just simply controlled explosions unless you are talking about the first initial style of engines like steam, which if you would watch more than 1 or 2 episodes you would see they use and obviously work, they are not so simple. Modern day engines have computers controlling every function carefully regulating the impute and output and that aside you still need to generate a spark, and your battery gives you that initial spark and alternator keeps the power flowing without that you have nothing. Now look at a gun there is NOTHING electronic in it, a bullet contains a primer powder and bullet as simply as can be put, all guns operate on the same premise a hammer strikes a firing pin that strikes the primer and that ignites the powder. Nothing electronic at all.

    As for the one militia controlling the entire united states, yet again if you would watch more than one episode you would see that there are many militias and the Monroe militia is only controlling part of the country.

    "Physics went mad" that was not an explanation this was someone who didnt understand what went wrong and was trying to put some meaning to it. The more of the show you watch the more is revealed.

    So please before you try and bash a show think about what you are saying and if you gave it a fair shake, one episode maybe two not enough shows have to develop, things that are said at the start that may not make sense to you, but later on you understand, without these plot developments there would be no buildup and without buildup and actual conflict and resolutions you cannot have a functioning form of entertainment
  4. Jun 14, 2013
    This show is slow and a cheesy poor story line. It feels overdone and forced. The original loss of power is cool, but everything else is bad. Action feels forced. And the twists and other stuff that happens feels like I already know it is coming an episode before. Expand
  5. Oct 6, 2013
    one of the stupidest shows on TV right now. first off the acting is absolutely horrible and most of the characters are extremely annoying. second the concept is retarded for a tv show and its obvious these people had no idea what they were doing. Expand
  6. Jul 13, 2013
    Poor execution of an interesting premise. I love sci-fi and dystopia, so thought this one would be a safe bet. The show starts with some promise, but wooden acting, awful dialog and increasingly unbelievable characterisation and plot lines make this one to miss. Expand
  7. Dec 18, 2012
    This show can be technically good but sometimes that's not enough, all the things happen again and again and (i think) that's cliche.Even Giancarlo Esposito couldn't save it. Expand

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