Cleverman: Season 1

Cleverman: Season 1

Cleverman: Season 1

In this Australian sci-fi series, humans and creatures from ancient Aboriginal mythology coexist but tensions are high. It is up to one powerful young man, The Cleverman, to unite this divided world.

2016Rating: TV-14New Zealand, Australia
ActionCrimeDramaMysteryScience Fiction
EPISODE 1.1

First Contact

A series of unexplained violent attacks in the city are blamed on the newly discovered 'Hairypeople', who have been living and passing amongst us, without our knowledge.

EPISODE 1.2

Containment

Koen is mystified by his strange new powers. Looking for answers, he heads into The Zone. Aunty Linda realizes there is a new Cleverman.

EPISODE 1.3

A Free Ranger

Problems at the Containment Center create further panic; while both Waruu and Koen reject Slade’s offer to help in a mysterious laboratory.

EPISODE 1.4

Sun and Moon

The Hairies are blamed for the continuing deaths. As tensions mount, Waruu demands Koen use his Cleverman powers to halt the murders.

EPISODE 1.5

A Man of Vision

Charlotte agrees to one last attempt at IVF at a clinic offering new technology. Slade offers Waruu a deal he struggles to refuse.

EPISODE 1.6

Terra Nullius

As the Containment Authority prepares to clear the city of Hairypeople, Koen must finally face his destiny as a Cleverman.

Cleverman: Season 1 / Reviews

The Guardian

The Guardian

Blair and his team stoke dramatic fires in a number of ways and keep interpersonal dynamics rollicking along at a good speed.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

The multiple, long arcs become legible, and sort themselves out satisfactorily in the end, if not in any way surprisingly.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Cleverman has a rough immediacy in its pacing and cinematography that helps to make up for its deficiencies elsewhere.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

Cleverman is too busy building a world to tell a story...

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Sight & Sound

Sight & Sound

Its mixture of mythology, violence and political critique makes it essential viewing in an age of surveillance and institutional prejudice.

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The Age

The Age

It's interesting, but it's just not that good.

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