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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 26, 2018
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 108 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: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. Apr 21, 2018
    10
    Best show in years! This show has excellent production value, interesting well developed characters, and treats the period, and situation withBest show in years! This show has excellent production value, interesting well developed characters, and treats the period, and situation with the respect it deserves. As the show progresses it demonstrates that every event is happening for a purpose. It does not censor, or coddle the audience, and treats them like intelligent viewers as opposed to mindless, fragile stupids. There is deep meaning in every scene from first to last. All the characters actions are respectable even if you don’t like who they are, it’s clear each individual has their own unique plans, weaknesses and strengths. The cinématographe is more than beautiful, with great use of juxtaposition, and again, everything has a specific purpose. It has a soundtrack that is a pleasure to hear instead of distracting. This show encourages thought, and even at times intensely provokes it. This show serves the audience, and therefore expects them to engage. I recommend this show! Expand
  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. Apr 9, 2018
    9
    The show is brilliantly done. The visuals are spectacular. The novelty value of a setting (arctic) rarely seen in TV shows helps. The sort-ofThe show is brilliantly done. The visuals are spectacular. The novelty value of a setting (arctic) rarely seen in TV shows helps. The sort-of inside look at the Royal Navy is a great hook. Overall, the shows does a great job of making the viewer truly feel the thrill of exploring an uncharted territory. Expand
  5. Apr 11, 2018
    7
    Ótima atmosfera, boa fotografia, o piloto e o segundo episódio prendem a atenção do espectador com suspense e uma ótima história. Dei nota 7Ótima atmosfera, boa fotografia, o piloto e o segundo episódio prendem a atenção do espectador com suspense e uma ótima história. Dei nota 7 por ser começo da temporada. Veremos mais adiante. Expand
  6. Apr 10, 2018
    5
    Entirely skippable fare from AMC, billed as a premium series without anything other than cinematography and a few individual performances toEntirely skippable fare from AMC, billed as a premium series without anything other than cinematography and a few individual performances to pull it out of pure mediocrity.

    Billing this as historical is disingenuous, and calling it a thriller is even worse. The Antarctic has never had an indigenous people (Inuit/Eskimo) living there. No one even travelled there before the 1700s, and even then it was a relatively brief stay due to the inhospitable conditions.

    The story is one of a mysterious animal/spirit/thing that transitions into something far more mundane. Both are quite boring, yet equally adept at slowly killing the crew and our interest. The story gives up the pretension of trying to make sense by the end of episode six, and does little to redeem itself after that point. I can only imagine it was trying to induce the same mental state in the viewer as those suffering on the screen.
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  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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