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  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 24, 2013
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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  • Summary: The dome brings new dangers in season two.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Suspense, Science Fiction
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    Jun 27, 2014
    If not top-tier TV terror fare, Under the Dome certainly is solid second-level stuff. And given the state of horror on television these days, that's a bloody good compliment. Even while acknowledging the occasional misstep, give Under the Dome credit for getting a lot of things right.
  2. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jun 30, 2014
    No one in Chester’s Mill should ever get too confident, however, and in the first episode there’s some character transition.
  3. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jun 27, 2014
    Some excellent special effects are in Monday night's episode, but nothing particularly shocking because it's become abundantly clear by now that The Dome can do any damn thing The Dome--or the writers--want.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jun 26, 2014
    Another Stephen King adaptation that started with considerable promise but, as packaged for TV, lacked the necessary cohesion to go the distance.
  5. Reviewed by: Sarah Rodman
    Jun 30, 2014
    There are glimmers of hope for season two.
  6. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jun 27, 2014
    Under the Dome won’t be confused with good TV--and often last season it was borderline bad TV--but depending on where the writers take it this year, it might be empty-headed, summer fun.
  7. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Jun 30, 2014
    I think the story is a shambles and the concept is dumb.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 24
  2. Negative: 14 out of 24
  1. Jul 4, 2014
    I thought the series to incredible so far! Lots of suspense mystery and decent acting. The show works like the book does and I'm very excited to see what they do with it and how they make everything work Expand
  2. Jul 10, 2014
    "Under the Dome" is getting more and more bizarre--and I love it. Viewers Beware! Big Jim is apparently being deified by some of the citizens of Chester's Mill. Stephen King's stories generally have a theological undertone: "God vs. Satan" or simply "Good vs. Evil." ("God" and "Good" generally win out.) Watch and listen closely. King often manages to inject a "morality message" before we realize what's happening. This series may not be an all-time great, but don't sell it short. Expand
  3. Jul 20, 2014
    I tried so hard to like Under the Dome. Really, I did, but I just can't hold it in any longer. The show is a mess, as it looks like the writers wait until the last moment before shooting to come up with dialog and storyline. Big Jim is irritating and it broke my heart when they did not go through with his hanging. Oh well. I suppose it could redeem itself with a string of strong shows, but they need to do it fast. I just don't see it being around for a third season if the episodes don't improve. Expand
  4. Jul 30, 2014
    I came back for season two willing to forgive the bad writing, direction and acting of season one, but nothing has changed. If anything, it seems to be getting worse by the episode. Under the Dome will go down as one of the worst television shows in living memory. Expand
  5. Jul 23, 2014
    I agree with the view that this show would have been better as a mini-series. Overall, the plot feels very forced and the social dynamics between the many disparate character types seem lacking considering the perceived "danger" that the dome presents. Once again Dean Norris is wasted in his role, he looks lost among the incessant pandemonium and it doesn't surprise me his character was ready to call it quits and leave this joke of an "epic" TV drama. Loved the novel so regrettably it ends for me after this lacklustre start to Season 2. I gave it too many chances to redeem itself in the end... Expand
  6. Aug 10, 2014

    This show is so terrible and it's characters are so confused and inconsistent, you have no idea what is going on with the
    characters and the acting is so bad that it makes them seem bipolar they are good one minute and then they make a ridiculously illogical decision the next all in the same attitude. u just cant get a read off of them u cant really get familiar with the character as to actually decide whether u like them or not which is really bad for a show!
    first whats up with angie?! someone who locks her up and chains her after what? not even a day she later offers him a sandwich all smiley??!!!!! what? oh and a minute later she gets back to being angry (BIPOLAR)
    Also the dialogue is just AWEFUL. it really tries its best to be interesting but to no avail.
    whats up with joe and norrie when they were getting out of jail and barbie was there? "Dont tell them anything" about WHAT??? his character didnt know anything yet they accidentally met at jail. he hadnt even seen the weird egg thingy yet except what julia had claimed that he never got proof of. ive watched too much already cant bring myself to watch more nonsense which is what this show is.
  7. Sep 30, 2014
    really really bad. getting worse with each episode. just don't begin this tv show it's a waste of time.
    the first season had still some
    interest, second season is just a nonsense series of uninteresting inconsistances Expand

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