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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 26, 2018
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 142 Ratings

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  • Summary: The fictional account of the Royal Navy's expedition led by Sir John Franklin (Ciaran Hinds) in 1847 to locate the Northwest Passage is based on Dan Simmons's 2007 novel of the same name where the crew on the HMS Terror are trapped in the ice and attacked by an unknown entity.
  • Genre(s): Drama

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Todd VanDerWerff
    Mar 26, 2018
    100
    The storytelling here, from a team led by David Kajganich and Soo Hugh, gains strength from its slow burn. The utter desolation and horror of the series’ back half is made more potent by how relatively normal things are for the first few episodes, before reality starts to buck and heave like the ever-shifting ice.
  2. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Mar 26, 2018
    91
    The Terror is an exceptional series of surviving in the face of real yet unimaginable horrors.
  3. Reviewed by: Darren Franich
    Mar 23, 2018
    83
    AMC's well-acted series recalls John Carpenter's snowy monster freak-out, though it's less interested in creatures than the shifting power dynamics of desperate men. [30 March 2018, p.50]
  4. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Feb 22, 2018
    80
    There's an impressive confidence to the storytelling that will grab viewers with a taste for sophisticated horror. All-round terrific acting is a huge part of it, notably from Harris in his best role since Mad Men.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Mar 23, 2018
    70
    The Terror takes its time a bit too leisurely on occasion and likely would have been stronger at eight episodes, or maybe even six, but it’s a solid addition to this new trend of TV literary adaptations.
  6. Reviewed by: Terry Terrones
    Mar 23, 2018
    67
    While it can be tough to watch, this series tells a compelling story with the help of a stellar cast and stunning visuals.
  7. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Mar 26, 2018
    58
    Harris is especially terrific as a man growing into his own heroism even as forces mortal and not so mortal conspire against him. But as the 10 episodes unspool and the body count mounts, the only dread you may experience watching The Terror is that feeling you are wasting your time.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 23
  2. Negative: 4 out of 23
  1. May 3, 2018
    10
    The acting is superb, the photography is amazing and the story is interesting.
    You can´t go wrong by watching this series at night in the
    The acting is superb, the photography is amazing and the story is interesting.
    You can´t go wrong by watching this series at night in the dark with high speakers.
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  2. Apr 6, 2018
    10
    so far after 3 episodes this is one great show. love the acting and storyline. very suspenseful and well written. I was a big fan of Mad Menso far after 3 episodes this is one great show. love the acting and storyline. very suspenseful and well written. I was a big fan of Mad Men and also am a fan of Game of Thrones and nice to see important cast members from both shows in high profiles roles here. Expand
  3. Mar 29, 2018
    10
    The show draws you in immediately. It feels a lot like the first Alien movie with its atmosphere and general sense of dread (it even steals aThe show draws you in immediately. It feels a lot like the first Alien movie with its atmosphere and general sense of dread (it even steals a scene from the movie). After only two episodes it's the only thing on right now, for me, that's a must-watch. The characters are well-written and multi-dimensional. The story is intriguing. Really looking forward to see how it plays out. Expand
  4. Sep 24, 2018
    8
    These series are intended to viewing to a narrow circle of people. There is no romanticism of travel. Instead there is a lot of dirt,These series are intended to viewing to a narrow circle of people. There is no romanticism of travel. Instead there is a lot of dirt, treachery and severe real life. For 10 series of a lot of things occurs, but action of development of characters doesn't develop characters in any way. The series don't pull on a horror, on the historical drama. Screenwriters have run for 2 hares, and as a result have received that not another. In a plot and in historical reliability the great cast can't even save sag. Too already just the polar expedition when travelers are too easily dressed looks, and at the subzero temperature of air from mouths there are no couples. And though the strongest part of series - art granting and a soundtrack look perfectly, the understanding that everything could be better in respect of the scenario causes disappointment. In general if screenwriters have more taken would be got at the fountain-head even better. And so it is just good series with an unsolved potential. Waiting for the 2nd season. Expand
  5. Apr 27, 2018
    7
    Everything about this show was great except that a lot of it could have been cut. The production, acting, story, action and effects allEverything about this show was great except that a lot of it could have been cut. The production, acting, story, action and effects all worked. Some of the actors were really good and the plot tension was nice. But there was a lot of inert exposition that just seemed to add needless minutes. The whole series could be edited down to five episodes and nothing would be lost. Still worth seeing though. Expand
  6. Jul 31, 2018
    6
    I think any show that starts with a really good book, setting and premise is definitely on its way to being a classic, in whatever sense ofI think any show that starts with a really good book, setting and premise is definitely on its way to being a classic, in whatever sense of the word you see fit. The problem is I have major hangups with the plot being no more than, "two ships got stuck in the ice once," and then things begin to play out like a soap opera as they essentially build a poorly adapted framework- story that is leagues different then the book in both pacing and character development. First, the actual setting and premise, as I mentioned before, is fantastic. The cold winter wastes, the ice moving along the ocean current, the ships having a bizarrely stupid captain that thinks weather conditions can't stop boats, all a really good setup for a show. However, they really dropped the ball in my opinion when it came to actually developing some of these characters. I felt the strongest characters were in fact the same that were the central characters in the book, but then their are minor characters, and other characters that I feel just weren't given enough time on-screen. Lets be frank, these episodes are nearly fifty minutes long, and though the early episodes worked by building tension, building plot, building up some of the horror elements, some of the last three episodes were adversely effected and just started to feel bloated by the long running time. Especially when it was pretty obvious how things were going to play out by the end of it and once again- things started to feel like filler. This show is no doubt a very good one, with strong performances, great effects, an interesting story fairly early on, but I felt like it was running out of steam about six or so episodes in. For one the "monster" is a supernatural element that works earlier in the series, but starts looking sillier the longer you have it on-screen. You see those early episodes worked, because their was a mysterious monster (massive, but still able to sneak up on the crew members) and this kind of realization that "we're not alone out here," works, but it has a literal shelf-life in terms of how long you can keep that atmosphere going. In the book, the monster is there, but theirs also, starvation, mutiny, murder, sickness, etc. Its not the worst thing out there after awhile and to be honest it got less "spooky" after those initial episodes since once you get a good look at it, you kind of start to wonder what was ever scary about it visually. I really pushed myself to finish those last few episodes, they just went on and on. Visually, things looked great, but I did have some issues with the soundtrack, their were some pretty strange pieces of music playing throughout, especially some of the more Psychologically disturbing sequences. Its obvious that someone was allowed quite a bit of creativity to match more the mood of a scene rather than score period accurate music throughout. This can work in many mediums, but I feel like a period piece that is loosely based on a real historical event, its a little inappropriate to have western music or harmonicas or bizarre electronic noise for your shows musical backdrop. These are a bunch of English sailors in the 1840's and you're telling me that they didn't sing more than one song the entire time? What? What about references to actually compositions? They just didn't feel like including them I guess. So ultimately what you get is something that might've worked better as a two hour film and quite simply just doesn't have enough meat to sink your teeth into after those first three or so episodes. Once again, its like if they turned John Carpenters "Thing" into a TV show. It would have great dialogue, a good soundtrack, but if they ever stopped to explain the monster- it would just all fall apart. I was very dissatisfied with the conclusion to the show, I thought it had just run out of ideas when it started contradicting things that happened at the end in the book. I felt the books ending was just better than the this stale, long, drawn out, depressing ending. I didn't really care about these characters enough by the end of it. The only person I wanted to see happy was Captain Crozier, and even he gets kind of a banal end to his character arc. Expand
  7. Apr 9, 2018
    0
    Great show indeed! But why on earth in episode 3 where Mr.Goodsir takes a photo of the group and is measuring the time of the exposition, weGreat show indeed! But why on earth in episode 3 where Mr.Goodsir takes a photo of the group and is measuring the time of the exposition, we clearly see on the chronometer a sign "Сделано в СССР" - Made in USSR !!!??? USSR was founded in 1922...the story of Terror used to happen in 1847:) Expand

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