The Lottery : Season 1

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  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 20, 2014
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60

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6.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 39 Ratings

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  • Summary: Set in the year 2025, where women have mysteriously been unable to bear children, Dr. Alison Lennon (Shelton) and her team successfully fertilize 100 embryos. The government seizes the embryos and decide to holds a lottery on who will carry the children to term.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Science Fiction
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jul 21, 2014
    83
    If The Lottery can keep up the promise of its premiere, it will punch a winning ticket.
  2. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jul 21, 2014
    80
    Creator Timothy Sexton has woven this story with a master’s touch, making us care about the characters even as we fear for their lives. Or, for that matter, all our lives.
  3. Reviewed by: Jeff Korbelik
    Jul 21, 2014
    75
    The pilot is a little uneven. There’s a villain (played by Martin Donovan) within the government, but his agenda is extremely unclear, and the story of the recovering alcoholic dad seems to have little connection to the lottery. Still, the premise is intriguing--a “what if” kind of science fiction story that makes you think.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jul 18, 2014
    60
    Ultimately, there’s more ambition in the concept than ingenuity in the execution.
  5. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Jul 21, 2014
    60
    The premise is actually more promising than the one in HBO's The Leftovers, in which a portion of Earth's population just vanishes. But The Lottery is not as well-cast or -produced as that other 10-episode series.
  6. Reviewed by: Jeff Jensen
    Jul 14, 2014
    58
    It's a brazenly cloned Children of Men, raised dull. [18 Jul 2014, p.61]
  7. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Jul 18, 2014
    25
    It’s a pretty lame ending to a fairly odious premise.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Jul 23, 2014
    8
    Interesting lets see how it goes. A lot of shows about the planet in another century, revolution,extant,falling skies, last ship. All sameInteresting lets see how it goes. A lot of shows about the planet in another century, revolution,extant,falling skies, last ship. All same idea different take. Hopping this one give a more human side. Expand
  2. Jul 28, 2014
    8
    the pace on this show reminds me one of those z movies... it's kind of bad that it turns to be sooooo god damn good... and i dont know if itthe pace on this show reminds me one of those z movies... it's kind of bad that it turns to be sooooo god damn good... and i dont know if it was supposed to be like that, maybe its Marley Shelton since her character in Planet Terror... this is a slightly upgrade version of the doctor she played in robert rodriguez grindhouse part... i can only say i'm addicted... Expand
  3. Jul 22, 2014
    5
    Interesting story concept with very uneven development. The villain -- a government official not getting his way and going off rogue. TheInteresting story concept with very uneven development. The villain -- a government official not getting his way and going off rogue. The heroine: A master scientist who loses control of her discovery resulting in her going off rogue. The President: A smarmy looking guy whose speech about the lottery is worthy of being read into the Congressional Record.

    It's another summer show, scoring somewhere in the bottom half of all of the summer shows.
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  4. Jul 23, 2014
    5
    I like the actors and have followed the Marley Shelton for a long time. This show has promise if it is taken back to the drawing board. ThereI like the actors and have followed the Marley Shelton for a long time. This show has promise if it is taken back to the drawing board. There is on logic in the actions taken by the people in charge. One main question is what happens if any of these children get sick in the future and need blood relative intervention. Why kill the egg donor makes no sense. Why, Why, Why. I don't mind the questions if the decisions are based on some kind of logic. I say take it back to the writers work out some logical decisions. Expand
  5. Jul 28, 2014
    4
    I really want to like this tv show and again another good idea with bad execution. The most important things in the whole country but getI really want to like this tv show and again another good idea with bad execution. The most important things in the whole country but get deleted which doesn't make sense. Too many holes. Expand
  6. Jul 25, 2014
    3
    Good start but then builds the series greatly. Marley Shelton does her job really well but the weak script make the good ideas of the seriesGood start but then builds the series greatly. Marley Shelton does her job really well but the weak script make the good ideas of the series naught.
    The weak evaluation is unfortunately justified.
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  7. Sep 23, 2014
    3
    When i first saw the preview of The Lottery, i was dying to watch it. I do understand that embryo will "change" the world but COME ON!!!!!When i first saw the preview of The Lottery, i was dying to watch it. I do understand that embryo will "change" the world but COME ON!!!!! WHERE IS THE SUSPENSE!!?? why whenever i watch an episode i'm not eager to watch the next one.
    This is Boring show.
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