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Bloodline: Season 1 (2015)




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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Season 1 of this drama series about a wealthy family who run a successful beachside hotel in the Florida Keys begins as Danny Rayburn (Ben Mendelsohn), the prodigal oldest brother and black sheep of the clan, shows up . The Rayburns are forced to decide Danny's role in the family when his reappearance triggers a return to his long history of illicit behavior and illegal business ventures . John Rayburn (Kyle Chandler), the deputy sheriff of the county, and his younger siblings, Meg and Kevin (Linda Cardellini, Norbert Leo Butz), attempt to keep their brother under control while preventing dark secrets from the family's past from being revealed. The cast also features Sissy Spacek, Sam Shepard and Jacinda Barrett.


Ben Mendelsohn
as Danny Rayburn
Chloë Sevigny
as Chelsea O'Bannon
Jacinda Barrett
as Diana Rayburn
Jamie McShane
as Eric O'Bannon
Katie Finneran
as Belle Rayburn
Kyle Chandler
as John Rayburn
Linda Cardellini
as Meg Rayburn
Norbert Leo Butz
as Kevin Rayburn
Sam Shepard
as Robert Rayburn
Sissy Spacek
as Sally Rayburn
Waleed Zuaiter
as Major Eckhardt
Steven Pasquale
as Alec Wolos
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Critic Reviews for Bloodline: Season 1

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (32)

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.

March 19, 2015 | Full Review…

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.

March 19, 2015 | Full Review…
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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.

March 17, 2015 | Full Review…

Rarely do we escape the distinctly depressed insular universe of the Reynolds' family, making for an experience both intoxicating and claustrophobic.

March 4, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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.

November 11, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

April 15, 2015 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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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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