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  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 15, 2019
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 247 Ratings

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  • Summary: Luther (Tom Hopper), Diego (David Castañeda), Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampman), Klaus (Robert Sheehan), Vanya (Ellen Page) and Number Five (Aidan Gallagher) are brought back together by the death of their adoptive father (Colm Feore) in this series based on the comics and graphic novels by MyLuther (Tom Hopper), Diego (David Castañeda), Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampman), Klaus (Robert Sheehan), Vanya (Ellen Page) and Number Five (Aidan Gallagher) are brought back together by the death of their adoptive father (Colm Feore) in this series based on the comics and graphic novels by My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way. Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Suspense, Science Fiction
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Allison Keene
    Feb 1, 2019
    100
    It’s frankly difficult to think back to how everything began in this crazy show after having buzzed through its 10 episodes, because it’s so full of layered narratives. ... The Umbrella Academy is incredibly interesting, enjoyable, quirky, and well worth your time.
  2. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Feb 14, 2019
    80
    It has flaws and excesses, but the series, whose first season is available on Friday, nonetheless lands in the sweet spot between comedy and drama, and between a plot-and-action-driven narrative and character exploration. ... By the time Mary J. Blige and Cameron Britton (he was serial killer Edmund Kemper on “Mindhunter”) show up as time-traveling assassins named Cha-Cha and Hazel, respectively, I was fully onboard, at least for this one season.
  3. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Feb 15, 2019
    75
    Umbrella looks, feels and sounds different [from other comic book TV adaptations]--music does much of the heavy lifting, and effectively so. It's a gorgeous-looking production that evokes another world, with both feet still firmly planted in this one.
  4. Reviewed by: Sam Barsanti
    Feb 1, 2019
    58
    It’s not that the writing is awful; it just veers a little too wildly between being needlessly vague and frustratingly ham-fisted. ... The Hargreeves family, though, is where the show shines its brightest. ... It’s not lacking plot, but in the end it’s just far too anxious about doling out answers to focus on the elements that could’ve made it great.
  5. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Feb 11, 2019
    50
    The Umbrella Academy never delivers on its intrinsic potential. It’s just one more half-hearted attempt to capitalize on the genre’s popularity.
  6. Reviewed by: Nick Allen
    Feb 14, 2019
    40
    [The] busy nature initially makes for a slow start, as its pilot embeds us in their grief as means of gloomy exposition, but then it creates the opposite effect by the second and third episodes and onward--the series is both slow moving and overstuffed.
  7. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Feb 14, 2019
    30
    Netflix already has A Series of Unfortunate Events and could have easily titled The Umbrella Academy, its new series, A Series of Pointless Scenes. ... It probably doesn't help that the writing is superficial and the acting suboptimal, or that the whole thing relies on an ostensible quirkiness and viewers' innate sense that they've seen echoes of this many other places.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 68
  2. Negative: 17 out of 68
  1. Feb 16, 2019
    10
    Production is top notch and great acting(IMHO), very funny too, music is awesome. really is an f-u marvel, we can do good without you. hopeProduction is top notch and great acting(IMHO), very funny too, music is awesome. really is an f-u marvel, we can do good without you. hope Netflix bet form more darkhorse ips totally worth it. Expand
  2. Feb 23, 2019
    10
    Great show! I’m waiting for the new season! Watched in 3 days really original story and well played
  3. Mar 5, 2019
    9
    Show was excellent. This is not like anything else out right now. All that needs to be said.
  4. Apr 16, 2019
    6
    Here is the deal with this film, it was entertaining but it's not great. But it did get me to watch 10 episodes. Sure it could have used a bitHere is the deal with this film, it was entertaining but it's not great. But it did get me to watch 10 episodes. Sure it could have used a bit more substance, but let me ask you this. If you don't like it, don't watch all 10. But if you do, don't bash it too hard, or I have to ask you why you stayed watching it that long. Expand
  5. Feb 17, 2019
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. why the phuuck is every show or comic trying to be the X-men? not as horrid as the turgid Marvel shows but this show wastes too much time on drama AGAIN. Everybody needs to have some dark secret. its like its the same pool of writers ripping of the same material over and over. Expand
  6. Mar 12, 2019
    4
    Just when I put my foot down and swear off superhero movies/TV, someone finds a way to entice me back in (my apologies to Al Pacino and LittleJust when I put my foot down and swear off superhero movies/TV, someone finds a way to entice me back in (my apologies to Al Pacino and Little Stevie Van Zandt for that terrible impression). This looked to be a comic version of the X-men and in the first few episodes, that's what it was. Then it got too corny for me. I gotta say that the big drawback was Ellen Page. I'm just not a fan. I think she did one thing good once and has been dining out on her performance in Juno ever since. And why not just make that character gay? Of all the unacceptable artistic freedom networks seem to be taking with source material, this is easily one that we can all get behind. Nope. I couldn't finish the season and I'm back to my boycott of superhero movies. The four stars is for getting me back on track. Expand
  7. Apr 19, 2019
    0
    The worst TV show ever... Just full of inconsistencies and nonsense wich make it a pure waste of time...

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