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  • Series Premiere Date: May 14, 2015
Season #: 1, 2
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 242 Ratings

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  • Summary: Secret Service agent Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon) search for two missing federal agents in a small Idaho town uncovers his ex-partner (Carla Gugino); nurse Pam (Melissa Leo), who turns out to be more dangerous than she first appeared; psychiatrist Dr. Jenkins (Toby Jones); Sheriff PopeSecret Service agent Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon) search for two missing federal agents in a small Idaho town uncovers his ex-partner (Carla Gugino); nurse Pam (Melissa Leo), who turns out to be more dangerous than she first appeared; psychiatrist Dr. Jenkins (Toby Jones); Sheriff Pope (Terrence Howard); toymaker Harold Ballinger (Reed Diamond); and bartender Beverly (Juliette Lewis), who has her own suspicions of the town, in this series based on the Blake Crouch's book trilogy. Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama, Fantasy, Suspense, Science Fiction

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. Reviewed by: Joshua Alston
    May 14, 2015
    83
    Pines is certainly weird, but it’s never predictable.
  2. Reviewed by: Sonia Saraiya
    May 13, 2015
    80
    Wayward Pines is a splashy, melodramatic thriller: smart enough to stay ahead of itself, well-made enough to keep the audience engaged; creepy enough to be delightful.
  3. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    May 14, 2015
    75
    Wayward Pines doesn’t require note-taking or study groups. The story simply unfolds, letting us follow along until we’re so firmly hooked, we couldn’t stop watching if we tried.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    May 12, 2015
    70
    At first, Wayward Pines doesn’t quite have the visual personality to match its narrative oddity.... Be patient. The repetition fades away as writer Chad Hodge (who adapted his books) starts working more with answers than questions, and even the already-strong cast improves.
  5. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    May 12, 2015
    67
    Enjoy the atmospherics. They're good. Just don't expect them to lead to a satisfying payoff. It might never come.
  6. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    May 13, 2015
    60
    Suspense-building requires walking a line, though. If you spend too long getting to the point, the bubble you’ve inflated starts to lose air. That’s close to happening a couple of times, which is too bad, because when we get to the reveals, we’d like to still really care.
  7. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    May 13, 2015
    30
    The characters are thinner than cardboard cutouts, and I could see every “twist” coming from a mile away.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 45
  2. Negative: 8 out of 45
  1. May 15, 2015
    10
    Hitchcock meets "The Golden Age of TV". M Night Shyamalan has been influenced by Alfred Hitchcock in the way how he creates atmospheres andHitchcock meets "The Golden Age of TV". M Night Shyamalan has been influenced by Alfred Hitchcock in the way how he creates atmospheres and suspense. I understand why people hates Shyamalan, and I don't blame them, but I believe in come backs and new opportunities. What we are calling "The Golden Age of TV" today, has been a master class for everybody, including famous films directors. I think is very interesting to see how Shyamalan creativity will work on TV, maybe it is the right place for him (I liked the homage to LOST and other tv shows with some shots) After watching many new pilots lately, this one worked pretty good. It gave enough information without creating a cheap drama or giving away many answers. The premise of the story is intriguing, even if it might sound familiar like a Twilight Zone episode. The acting and productions values as cinematography and production design are great and so the music. I liked that there are 2 points of views, inside Wayward Pines and outside of it. I believe Wayward Pines is a tv show that it could take us anywhere. Shyamalan's work also has had a social criticism; it would be interesting to see the meaning behind the mystery town. Expand
  2. May 31, 2015
    10
    On the edge of my seat when I watch this! I love the director Zal Batmanglij who directs episodes 3 and 4. Creepy and fast-paced, By the endOn the edge of my seat when I watch this! I love the director Zal Batmanglij who directs episodes 3 and 4. Creepy and fast-paced, By the end of episode 3, we are starting to get answers to the numerous questions the first 2 episodes posed. Expand
  3. May 20, 2015
    9
    I'm not sure you guys posting the low reviews realize that this show is based on a trilogy written by Blake Crouch, so it's not like ShyamalanI'm not sure you guys posting the low reviews realize that this show is based on a trilogy written by Blake Crouch, so it's not like Shyamalan is making it up as he goes. If you think it's predictable then you must be clairvoyant because when the truth was revealed in the books I was totally shocked. I think it's well made so far and captures the mood very well, I highly recommend reading the books though! Expand
  4. May 30, 2015
    7
    Three episodes in (out of 10) and, I've gotta say, you have me sucked in "Wayward Pines". Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke is searching forThree episodes in (out of 10) and, I've gotta say, you have me sucked in "Wayward Pines". Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke is searching for two missing coworkers. He has a car wreck and wakes up in the strange town of Wayward Pines, Idaho. But this is no ordinary town. They have no contact with the outside world. There is no internet or TV. No phone calls get through to anyone beyond the city limits.

    The town is filled with bizarre inhabitants. Nurse Pam is super menacing (and so far is my favorite character). My second favorite is Pope (the ice cream eating sheriff). There are also rules that all citizens obey OR ELSE. They include (and I'm paraphrasing here): 1. Dont Talk About Your Past; 2. Dont Try To Leave; 3. Always Answer The Phone; 4. Enjoy Your Time In Wayward Pines.

    I dont want to go into detail since that would reveal the plot but all sorts of strangeness is going on. I have no idea what it all means. I'm also not sure who (if anyone) Ethan can trust in this town.

    Matt Dillon is excellent in the lead role of Ethan Burke. The rest of the cast is also great. The other standouts for me are Melissa Leo (Nurse Pam) and Terrence Howard (Sheriff Pope).

    So far, I'm really liking "Wayward Pines". It's living up to it's tag line of "expect the unexpected". However, I reserve the right to change my mind later. I've been burned far too many times by M Night Shyamalan. And yes I'm still upset about "The Village".
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  5. Jun 11, 2015
    6
    Nice diversion with a lot of plot twist. The premise is the standard big government, evil corporation gone wild for some sinister reason.Nice diversion with a lot of plot twist. The premise is the standard big government, evil corporation gone wild for some sinister reason. However as stated Wayward pines is a great way to spend an hour with my wife. Expand
  6. May 31, 2015
    4
    Insheeption add wickerman add a dome, Ehhh Darma?

    Dystopia requiring the funding it would take to run a small country if indeed it is not
    Insheeption add wickerman add a dome, Ehhh Darma?

    Dystopia requiring the funding it would take to run a small country if indeed it is not somekind of virtual hook up

    Everything feels strained, I give it a season. The plot is developing quickly, not quite horrorific or mysterious enough, rather convenient, becoming, what will be thrown in their next. They might as well add in some dinosaurs, aliens and transformers before we get to any ending. All because he is a top agent's secret in wonderland.
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  7. Dec 27, 2016
    0
    this show is the most pathetic tv series ever in tv history, it is an insult to the mind of a good tv show lover.
    i can not imagine anyone
    this show is the most pathetic tv series ever in tv history, it is an insult to the mind of a good tv show lover.
    i can not imagine anyone watch it . it lacks void , logic and depth, the most uninteresting series ever to air on tv. am full of disgust and disdain of the whole concept.
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