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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 14, 2019
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7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 39 Ratings

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  • Summary: A secret government-funded medical facility creates a new virus that could end all diseases but could also end mankind. Believing a young child is the key, FBI Agent Brad Wolgast (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) is tasked to bring in Amy Bellafonte (Saniyya Sidney) to the facility, but he begins toA secret government-funded medical facility creates a new virus that could end all diseases but could also end mankind. Believing a young child is the key, FBI Agent Brad Wolgast (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) is tasked to bring in Amy Bellafonte (Saniyya Sidney) to the facility, but he begins to have second thoughts and they go on the run in this series based on Justin Cronin's trilogy of book of the same name. Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Horror, Suspense, Science Fiction
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. 91
    The true star of the show is Saniyya Sidney. The 12-year-old actress performs with a maturity well beyond her years. Sidney is funny, sarcastic and tough. She and Gosselaar have an authentic father/daughter chemistry.
  2. Reviewed by: Lorraine Ali
    Jan 14, 2019
    80
    Overall, it’s a series with the promise to intrigue, terrify and bring nuanced tales of fanged villains back into the weekly fold (it’s been a long time since “True Blood.”) Just don’t call them vampires.
  3. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Jan 11, 2019
    75
    To the extent that The Passage is political, it's the age-old horror/sci-fi skepticism about science empowered by government but untempered by moral considerations, the same perspective that's driven everything from the big ants of Them! to the relentless microbes of The Andromeda Strain.
  4. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Jan 10, 2019
    60
    The Passage is a solid example of adequate network television. ... The problem with The Passage is one that plagues practically every network TV drama: a need to keep exposition and plot development flowing at all costs, particularly at the cost of nuance. ... That said, in the second and third episodes, The Passage does a better job of slowing down and exploring the dynamics between its characters.
  5. Reviewed by: Vinnie Mancuso
    Jan 14, 2019
    60
    It’s an incredibly game, consistently charming ensemble for a show that, overall, is brimming with potential. The opening chapters aren’t exactly love at first bite, but there’s something to this show’s wonky pseudo-science and earnestly beating heart that kept me enthralled all the same.
  6. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    Jan 14, 2019
    50
    Much of The Passage feels like [...] a placeholder waiting for the sharper, crisper second draft. Sidney and Gosselaar’s bond is charming--and proof that Gosselaar, despite bad luck with recent projects, has become a reliable player on television. But it’s reliant, too, on a dynamic that feels lazily overmotivated.
  7. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jan 13, 2019
    40
    It’s not that great.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Jan 15, 2019
    10
    A série é ótima. Grandes personagens, uma trama amarrada e curiosa, uma premissa intrigante que faz querer ver cada vez mais. simplesmente genial
  2. Feb 2, 2019
    10
    Cool plot, nice drama, good actors play, but small locations. Interesting what should be next
  3. Feb 11, 2019
    10
    This is a great show. Keeps your attention the entire hour it is on
    and can't wait till the next episode..
  4. Jan 22, 2019
    8
    Hey, this show isn't bad. At least the kid isn't annoying. Yet. And once you get over Zack being in it there's some pretty entertaining stuffHey, this show isn't bad. At least the kid isn't annoying. Yet. And once you get over Zack being in it there's some pretty entertaining stuff to watch. I like how they're portraying the 'vampires'. Let's hope it doesn't get too mushy. Expand
  5. Feb 3, 2019
    6
    My thoughts after 3 episodes watched. Well I read the book many years ago (a hefty read at that) and right away I was turned off to the seriesMy thoughts after 3 episodes watched. Well I read the book many years ago (a hefty read at that) and right away I was turned off to the series due to the fact the show creators changed races and genders of key characters. In the book Amy is white, Dr. Sykes is a man who is a Colonel and Babcock is a man. Why must these shows change genders and races of characters in a book? Oh, wait. I forgot. Diversity.

    That being said I do like the chemistry between Mark-Paul's Brad and Saniyya's Amy. That is the only reason I'm still watching this show. That and I want to see how far they deviate from the book regarding certain characters (particularly Babcock considering he is now a she). I liked the book and I want to like the show. Hopefully it will allow me to.
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  6. Mar 14, 2019
    5
    Pros:
    - Superior acting from the whole cast especially the little black girl. She's perfect. Only Emmanuelle Chiquiri is totally overacting
    Pros:
    - Superior acting from the whole cast especially the little black girl. She's perfect. Only Emmanuelle Chiquiri is totally overacting in a very annoying fashion.
    - Professional editing, story pacing is very engaging. Gripping suspense.

    Cons:
    - Ridiculous plot holes and character decisions that demand suspension of logic insult the intelligence of the audience

    Verdict:
    a little guilty pleasure to get your mind off things.
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  7. Feb 13, 2019
    1
    The books are a solid 10, while the TV adaptation is a 1. The reasons ? Political correctness and TV writers. The homeless guy became a loveThe books are a solid 10, while the TV adaptation is a 1. The reasons ? Political correctness and TV writers. The homeless guy became a love story, the villain Babcock became a beautiful blonde lady with sexual appetites, the little girl with the special abilities, became just a simple sweet little girl, etc, etc. One more failed TV adaptation of a great book. If you've read the book, stay away. If not, I guess you can watch it. Expand

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