Critic Consensus: While Bloodline's tricky timeline detracts from the potency of the story and its characters, the show remains an addictive, tightly drawn brainteaser framed on a believable canvas.
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as Danny Rayburn
as Chelsea O'Bannon
as Marco Diaz
as Diana Rayburn
as Eric O'Bannon
as Belle Rayburn
as John Rayburn
as Meg Rayburn
as Kevin Rayburn
as Robert Rayburn
as Sally Rayburn
as Major Eckhardt
as Alec Wolos
News & Interviews for Bloodline: Season 1
Chandler's John Rayburn may not be able to see what's coming next, but binge-happy Netflix subscribers certainly can. A lighter touch is needed when the space between episodes is seven seconds, not seven days.
A certain amount of trust has to go with Bloodline. The team behind it is first-rate, the actors too. And because this is a project designed for binge-watching, maybe the pace will work in its favor.
The premiere left me a little concerned that the overheated dialogue and drawn-out mysteries of Bloodline would frustrate me too much in the long run. By the end of the third episode, I would have dropped my plans for the day to watch at least one more.
Rarely do we escape the distinctly depressed insular universe of the Reynolds' family, making for an experience both intoxicating and claustrophobic.
That noir family dynamic is what makes this show tick. The flashbacks smartly give the audience access to those magic mirrors. We get to understand what the Rayburns see when they look at each other. And like them, we have no idea who can we trust.
Buoyed by a bravura performance from Australian Ben Mendelsohn... as prodigal son Danny Rayburn, Bloodline is an absorbing, fractious family drama that captivates despite giving away Season 1's major development in the very first hour.
Audience Reviews for Bloodline: Season 1
Bloodline focuses on a simple premise of a family's dark past while each member navigates through a tragic accident of the death of the father. Everyone began mistrusting each other and more drama was ensured. The acting was superb but the characters were extremely unlikeable. The pace was also too slow and tangled with meaningless sub-plots.
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