Prodigal Son: Season 1 (2019)

Season 1
Prodigal Son

Critics Consensus

Though it shows promise, Prodigal Son sidelines a spectacular Michael Sheen in favor of a more pedestrian procedural that often drifts too deeply into the grotesque.



Critic Ratings: 21


Audience Score

User Ratings: 147
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Air date: Sep 23, 2019
Air date: Sep 30, 2019
Air date: Oct 7, 2019
Air date: Oct 14, 2019
Air date: Oct 21, 2019

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Tom Payne
as Malcolm Bright
Michael Sheen
as Dr. Martin Whitly
Bellamy Young
as Jessica Whitly
Halston Sage
as Ainsley Whitly
Frank Harts
as JT Tarmel
Keiko Agena
as Edrisa Tanaka
Charlayne Woodard
as Dr. Gabrielle Le Deux
Kasjan Wilson
as Young Bright
Sakina Jaffrey
as Dr. Elaine Brown
Esau Pritchett
as Mr. David
Michael Esper
as Jon Littman
Frank Wood
as Dr. Carl Mitchell
Molly Griggs
as Eve Blanchard
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Critic Reviews for Prodigal Son Season 1

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (7)

Some tonal tweaks could turn this eagerly outrageous crime drama into something enjoyably out there, but for now, it's just the craziest "Silence of the Lambs" knock-off yet.

Sep 23, 2019 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Prodigal Son is more than several cuts below that Oscar-lauded classic. Still, it's better than chopped liver, of which Dr. Martin Whitly has shown he knows a thing or two.

Sep 23, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Prodigal Son is taking important steps forward without sacrificing any excitement or drama in the process.

Sep 25, 2019 | Rating: 3.2/5 | Full Review…

Dark drama has OK plot, weak characters, lots of violence.

Oct 2, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Sheen seems to be having an especially good time in his deliciously menacing role.

Sep 27, 2019 | Full Review…

Thanks in large part to the cast and some slightly obvious but well-executed twists, the pilot was a helluva fun ride. The question, of course, is how Prodigal Son will maintain this momentum over the course of the season.

Sep 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Michael Sheen is dancing with light feet in this role, clearly having a blast playing a serial killer who is at once a duplicitous menace and a charming conversationalist.

Sep 20, 2019 | Rating: 85/100 | Full Review…

The pilot works as a neat little intro, perhaps a little too neat, and certainly too tidy, to the family and procedural dynamic.

Sep 16, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's a standard-issue, formulaic drama that never quite kicks into gear, and I can't help but think that Prodigal Son could have been much more riveting, given its subject matter and the presence of [Michael] Sheen.

Sep 20, 2019 | Full Review…

Prodigal Son is, at the outset, a dark show that doesn't take its darkness seriously enough.

Sep 20, 2019 | Full Review…

Prodigal Son is a sinister, slick, and sometimes silly serial killer saga punctuated by a fun Michael Sheen performance.

Sep 24, 2019 | Rating: 7.8/10 | Full Review…

Sometimes a series tries to be too many things at once, but even though Prodigal Son Season 1 Episode 1 juggled a lot, the series may pull it off. It's dark, twisted, horrific, and fun.

Sep 24, 2019 | Rating: 4.2/5.0 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Prodigal Son: Season 1

  • 3h ago
    This show is different, which makes it refreshing. I look forward to watching it.
  • 5h ago
    Occasionally falls into the genre's conventional tropes, but switches it up just enough to feel fresh and new. With electrifying performances from Michael Sheen and Bellamy Young, this is a great recommendation for people who like classic procedurals with a twist.
  • 7h ago
    I didn't expect to like this show but first viewing kept me glued to my seat. Complex characters and very good acting. Only knock is over the top level of grotesque murder methods. Would not recommend binging or the viewer is likely to be the one having nightmares.
  • 16h ago
    Great storyline wish this show was on cable or a streaming service. Love the story of a serial killer son who becomes a criminal profiler, I like there's a story line that continues through each episode. I feel if this show was on FX, A&E or Netflix the show can be a lot more gritty, like Dexter or Breaking Bad, I feel that being on network TV hold it back, Prodigal Son feels like it's forced to be PG 13, but really want to be Rated R??
  • Oct 14, 2019
    Love it! Superb job!
  • 2d ago
    One of the best I've seen on TV in the past few years. The story is funny and the characters are riveting.
  • 3d ago
    What a shame. I was really hoping this would be a good series. Unfortunately, it's only episode 3 and the writing has become unbearably silly. They're using storylines that were disproven in the 60s, (like LSD causing people to jump out of windows & shoot people.) The dialogue is so overly dramatic, it's impossible for the otherwise talented actors to pull off. Another good idea bites the dust.
  • 4d ago
    From the WALking Dead to this. Jesus lol.. has slammed dunked his way into another must see tv hit series.
  • 5d ago
    Smart, funny, wittty. Best thing on tv right now
  • 6d ago
    I REALLY wanted to like this show, but Tom Payne's acting is well...ACTING. Every time he opens his mouth all I see is a memorized script instead of a fully developed character. The rest of the cast is absolutely stellar and Michael Sheen is completely captivating. The show would be so much better if it had half the writing talent of Hannibal!

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