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  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 24, 2013
Season #: 1, 2, 3
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Mixed or average reviews- based on 98 Ratings

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  • Summary: The dome brings new dangers in season two.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    Jun 27, 2014
    70
    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
    60
    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
    58
    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
    50
    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
    50
    There are glimmers of hope for season two.
  6. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jun 27, 2014
    50
    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
    30
    I think the story is a shambles and the concept is dumb.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 32
  2. Negative: 18 out of 32
  1. Jul 4, 2014
    10
    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 excitedI 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 1, 2014
    7
    Under the Dome's new season pilot is not quite clear on which route it is going to take, but you should look out for it, it should be asUnder the Dome's new season pilot is not quite clear on which route it is going to take, but you should look out for it, it should be as intense and entertaining as its predecessor. Expand
  3. Oct 7, 2014
    5
    I've always been a sucker for - sorry I mean fan of - Stephen King and despite the averageness of season 1, I decided to stick with CBS'I've always been a sucker for - sorry I mean fan of - Stephen King and despite the averageness of season 1, I decided to stick with CBS' adaptation of Under The Dome. Now, half way through season 2 I am seriously beginning to think that was a bad idea. Annoying new characters, ridiculous plot scenarios and some startlingly bad acting are quickly turning this show in to one of the worst of the year. I'll probably punish myself for sins in a former life by struggling to the second season finale but I secretly hope it gets cancelled. That's the only sure way I'll stop watching. Expand
  4. Jul 7, 2014
    3
    I grew up reading Stephen King novels and I think he's a great writer. This adaptation I think doesn't work well. Dean Norris was an initialI grew up reading Stephen King novels and I think he's a great writer. This adaptation I think doesn't work well. Dean Norris was an initial draw for me, however for me, I lost interest as soon as they started to delve into mini domes and hand prints and the tropic parallel story of the drug manufacturing. Funny how they put Dean into a Breaking Bad style role where he's the 'Gus' of the operation. I decided to watch the first episode of Season 2. Dean Norris nearly hangs himself because he's stuck acting in such an empty construct. Characters are flatter than the first season and they have to explain to us what the dome is thinking when they shouldn't have to. I think it would have worked better if there was more irony between us and all the characters where we know more about what's going on then they do. As it is, we have the handprint people and dead characters telling us what the dome is trying to do. Perhaps they should have filled the dome with water and big fish. At the end finale a big hand opens the top of the dome to pour in fish food. Even Stephen King couldn't save this thing. Avoid! Avert your eyes! Expand
  5. Jul 30, 2014
    2
    I came back for season two willing to forgive the bad writing, direction and acting of season one, but nothing has changed. If anything, itI 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
  6. Aug 10, 2014
    1
    'SPOILER ALERT

    This show is so terrible and it's characters are so confused and inconsistent, you have no idea what is going on with the
    'SPOILER ALERT

    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.
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  7. Jun 29, 2015
    0
    The third season sucks, and again critics reviews do not reflect realities when you check user reviews (everywhere, including facebook). AnyThe third season sucks, and again critics reviews do not reflect realities when you check user reviews (everywhere, including facebook). Any critics from news that gave more than 2 or 3 should be banned from this site. Expand

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