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Underground: Season 1 (2016)




Critic Consensus: Underground blends credible terror with enough compelling thrills to overcome the storyline's occasional cliches.


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The epic escape story of the Underground Railroad is told through the point of view of a group of plantation slaves who band together for the fight of their lives.


Jessica De Gouw
as Elizabeth
Amirah Vann
as Ernestine
Marc Blucas
as John Hawkes
Adina Porter
as Pearly Mae
Reed Diamond
as Tom Macon
Chris Chalk
as William Still
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"Underground" celebrates the small, exceptional group of black and white heroes who risked it all for the sake of freedom. It's that story, the amazing cast and the accurate writing behind the drama that make this series worth the investment.

August 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Underground occasionally clunks through these proceedings but usually not for too long. Vivid, strong performances by Hodge and Meloni help to keep the story on its toes... The attention to detail can be gruesome at times -- as it must be.

March 9, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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The characters of the slaves are sharply drawn, the action riveting and the mood not always grim. Hodge and Smollett-Bell are magical together. All that makes Underground an important series that doesn't feel like medicine going down.

March 10, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It is hard to imagine a more inherently gripping premise than escaping slaves, but Underground tosses in pop music, lurid sex scenes, and a breakneck pace, undermining its own ambition.

March 9, 2016 | Full Review…
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The essence of Underground is both wrenching and eye-opening.

March 9, 2016 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

It's an escape drama... with all the tension and action-show drama that comes with it. But it's also about the lives of African-American slaves in the antebellum American South...

August 16, 2016 | Full Review…

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