• Network: Netflix
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 24, 2019
Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Steve Greene
    Oct 24, 2019
    83
    “Daybreak” wears its influences while marrying them to something distinct and of the present moment. ... “Daybreak” may telegraph a few of its biggest surprises, but the path getting to those revelations includes some wild left-field swings that its cast pulls off with glee.
  2. Reviewed by: Alexis Gunderson
    Oct 25, 2019
    79
    Demonstrate a high degree of un-self-seriousness and a keen sense of how to reinforce a tired narrative that does elevate the show beyond simple bloody silliness.
  3. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Oct 23, 2019
    70
    Daybreak glosses over the realities of such a catastrophic event with a thick coat of knowing humor, breakneck shifts from flashbacks to the present, and POV shifts. Often, that approach works pretty well. But at times, the series cops an attitude so aggressively that it becomes exhausting. ... Just when Daybreak stretches your patience, it has a way of rebounding with a clever touch or a strong performance that makes you give it more chances.
  4. Reviewed by: Niv M. Sultan
    Oct 22, 2019
    63
    Throughout the series, Josh often breaks the fourth wall by introducing flashbacks, cuing montages, and contextualizing the apocalypse for the audience. These meta moments are less charming than lazy, rejecting subtle world-building in favor of information dumps. Much of the Daybreak’s comedy is similarly uninspired. ... Insipid comedy aside, Daybreak offers evocative reflections on the premature death of a generation’s childhood.
  5. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Oct 23, 2019
    50
    Nothing in Daybreak is designed to stick with you for very long and certainly nothing is designed to leave you meaningfully disturbed or provoked. In lieu of going for actual impact, Daybreak is a show that throws a lot of things against the wall, aiming for cleverness of wildly varying degrees.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Oct 21, 2019
    50
    It is, by any measure, a pretty tepid addition to an already saturated genre.
  7. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    Oct 17, 2019
    50
    It’s the show’s action and social commentary that falls short. The latter is represented in part by Angelica, too forcefully written by half, and in part by a burned-out-hellscape-as-social-scene metaphor that feels overdetermined. The show’s rules don’t really make sense: Most adults were vaporized, but some became zombies, and some were actually fine-ish. It was in flashbacks and in moments where Josh and Wesley were figuring out how to carry on that I saw the show “Daybreak” wants to be, one of fine and granular understanding of the roiling emotions of teen life filtered through the lens of popular art.
  8. Reviewed by: Shannon Miller
    Oct 24, 2019
    42
    Peyton and Coleite’s vision is a hokey, desperately snarky zombie tale that churns out an entirely new crop of characters, only to center on the least interesting of the bunch.
  9. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Oct 23, 2019
    40
    “Daybreak” is a show I wanted to like—I would accept the “Ferris” meets Romero pitch in a heartbeat—but I found myself alternately frustrated and bored way too often. It hits so many of the same beats over and over again, and often has the pretentious air of something that thinks it’s much smarter than it actually is.
User Score
5.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 26
  2. Negative: 8 out of 26
  1. Oct 29, 2019
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. A fun little post apocalyptic teen drama with some comedy, drama, action, and romance. All the main characters are pretty likeable overall. My biggest beef with it is the woke commentary. At times its clearly jokes, but other times the character is completely serious and it takes you out of the show. A show that does a ton of 4th wall breaking. When they need to figure out how to stop a nuke, I don't need randomly inserted woke commentary about how the nuke is a penis and men used it to **** the world from a 10 year old girl. Overall I'd have given this a higher rating if not for that. You might wonder why I take off so many points for that, well it happened at crucial times and really takes you out of it. If they do a season 2 then I'll watch, but please tone the woke commentary down. Full Review »
  2. Oct 27, 2019
    3
    A faint teenage series that is nothing more than a love story. Enveloped with some zombie feeling.
    I don't know if something like this is
    A faint teenage series that is nothing more than a love story. Enveloped with some zombie feeling.
    I don't know if something like this is still up-to-date today.
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  3. Oct 28, 2019
    9
    Energetic coming of age story set in a post apocalypse. Part Lord of the Flies, part Farris Bueller's Day off, part Mad Max. End of the worldEnergetic coming of age story set in a post apocalypse. Part Lord of the Flies, part Farris Bueller's Day off, part Mad Max. End of the world has never been so lit. Full Review »