The Witcher: Season 1 (2019)


Season 1
The Witcher

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Though the world of The Witcher at times feels only half-formed, Henry Cavill brings brawny charisma to a series teeming with subversive fantasy elements and dark humor.

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Episodes

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Air date: Dec 20, 2019
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Air date: Dec 20, 2019
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Air date: Dec 20, 2019
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Air date: Dec 20, 2019
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Air date: Dec 20, 2019
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The Witcher: Season 1 Videos

Tv Season Info

Geralt of Rivia, a mutated monster-hunter for hire, journeys toward his destiny in a turbulent world where people often prove more wicked than beasts.

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Critic Reviews for The Witcher Season 1

All Critics (85) | Top Critics (20)

It is messy, and absurd, but also -- it is fun.

Jan 2, 2020 | Full Review…

The batshit energy driving a slew of increasingly odd choices makes for a pretty entertaining spectacle.

Dec 20, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

And although "The Witcher" is more fantasy balderdash, it's also somewhat addictive fantasy balderdash. Bring on the blood-spilling, the orgies, the haunted forests and wizards: It seems we can't get enough.

Dec 26, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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Who was that character? Which group do they belong to again? What timeline are we in? The whirlwind of scarcely explained backstory turns you into your hopelessly lost parent who just can't seem to figure out how to DVR Criminal Minds.

Dec 20, 2019 | Full Review…
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When the worst thing you can say about a series is that every episode ends up being better than the one that preceded it, that leaves an exciting amount of room to grow.

Jan 14, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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The Witcher is basically Game of Thrones, if Game of Thrones took itself less seriously.

Feb 19, 2020 | Full Review…

It's a really entertaining fantasy epic with really charismatic characters and actors who make them so.

Jan 13, 2020 | Full Review…

Part GOT, LOTR and Harry Potter, The Witcher's first season is a winner. Henry Cavill is perfectly cast in this sexy, fantastical world with lots of potential. [Full review in Spanish]

Jan 25, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

When movies featured on RiffTrax do a better job of establishing a plot and characters than your TV show, you have a problem.

Jan 17, 2020 | Full Review…

For all its massive scale, The Witcher is a surprisingly small story centered around three appealing main characters.

Jan 14, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The [action] is of a kinetic and impressively top-shelf variety, Cavill's Geralt moving like a man possessed as he rends flesh from bone and engages in some surprisingly balletic bouts of swordplay.

Feb 24, 2020 | Full Review…

I wouldn't say it's the Game of Thrones killer Netflix were wishing for, but The Witcher is still worth a watch.

Jan 17, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Witcher: Season 1

  • 17h ago
    'The Witcher: Season 1' (2019) "The Witcher Geralt, a mutated monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world in which people often prove more wicked than beasts." I am a sucker for good fantasy, and thankfully this first season of 'The Witcher' didn't disappoint in the slightest. I wasn't extremely familiar with all of the lore going in, I've only played some of the 'Witcher 3: Wild Hunt' video-game, but that was still enough to get me interested and motivated to start the show. Also, despite the surprising amount of Henry Cavill criticizers on the internet (believe me, they're out there), then I still remain a supporter of Cavill and like it to see him in good roles. This was a very entertaining show, really from start to finish. The visuals and cinematography remained gorgeous throughout, they did a decent job at world-building, and the entire season I found to look stunning. The acting was very good from everyone, although I especially enjoyed watching Henry Cavill and Joey Batey, I loved their chemistry whenever they were on-screen together. Geralt of Rivia's serious, brooding and stern nature, while he also sprinkled in some great one-liners throughout the show creates a lot of nice dry humor, and I found contrasted well with Jaskier's outgoing and comical personality. This show was surprisingly funny, and executed its comic-relief perfectly. There are many strange and difficult situations that the characters are put in throughout this season, and that really opened the door for some hilarious moments. Despite much of its hilarity, this also delved into some powerful themes and pretty dramatic territory; such as transformation, accepting who you are, accepting fate, etc. Its pacing was excellent, never dragging on any dramatic slow-burning, or pummeling us with action-scene after action-scene. Rather, it spreads the events well out from each-other, giving us some great character development and then treating us to some intense action to keep the viewer energized. Speaking of its action, it's choreographed near-flawlessly. They get pretty creative during these scenes, and any time one of these sequences bursted onto the screen, I was fully locked in. Another great aspect in general was simply the characters themselves. I found them all to be likable, and that was either due to some of their excellent development, or the fact that they were just likable right off the bat. I loved Geralt and Jaskier pretty much from the get-go, and they were definitely my favorite part of the show. It really allows us to sympathize with our leads, and that also includes Yennefer and Ciri. The journey these characters have to go through never felt very stale, thankfully. The writing was also great, I never found myself scratching my head or cringing at the script; it was simple, yet smart and well-written. I'd also like to acknowledge the amazing song this show includes: "Toss A Coin To Your Witcher". I've had it stuck in my head for days, it's insanely catchy and I love it. As for any negatives, I wasn't a huge fan of how they structured this first season. Imagine the whole season as a puzzle, and then all of the pieces got moved around and placed out-of-order. It didn't detract too much from my enjoyment of the show, but I definitely just prefer a more traditional approach, and having the episodes in chronological order. It's not a style I'm unfamiliar with though, some of my favorite movies of all time like 'Memento' and 'Pulp Fiction' are structured this way, but this is the first time I've seen a TV series do it, and I just wasn't a big fan. It made it feel a bit more convoluted and harder to follow than it needed to be. Also, and this is just a little nitpick, but some of the humor and dialogue felt a bit too modern for what its era seemed to be. I still didn't really mind it, but it's just a little logical inconsistency I guess. Nevertheless, it was a really great first season. I may even find myself rewatching it again sometime, and I certainly can't wait for the second season. If you're a fan of anything fantasy, you'll love this. My Rating - 8/10
  • 1d ago
    Henry Cavill is fantastic. The show is great. Sure I could nitpick things but all in all this is a very solid first season.
  • 1d ago
    Great show! I am a big fan of the books and games, i enjoyed watching
  • 2d ago
    Very good screening of amazing books.
  • 2d ago
    Overall this first season of the series is a well chosen collection of the most iconic tales about Geralt of Rivia adapted rather safely, but with a hint of distinctness that builds its own identity, separate from the books and, most notably, video games. Contrary to popular opinion I think also that narration and timelines are handed rather well here, I was, however, quite disappointed with special effects (Platige Image did not work that hard this time apparently) and while the very first fight will surely be counted as one of the most important moments in television this year, the rest of them does nothing to aspire to this level of craftsmanship. In summary, this TV shows serves mostly as a confirmation of the status of the Witcher as a worldwide pop-cultural icon, and as a Pole I for one am proud that character that came to be in my homeland achieved that kind of recognition.
  • 3d ago
    Best show i've seen in a long time. I have only played the games a bit, but even so it's definitely not hard to follow the story. Henry does an amazing job as the witcher. Hopefully the next seasons will have more episodes :)
  • 4d ago
    There is certainly more here for fans of the source material than the average viewer and the writers may have tried a bit too hard to fill the hole left by Game of Thrones, Cavill's performance and the action choreography make this an entertaining addition to the canon of fantasy adaptations.
  • 4d ago
    Finally! Something I enjoy watching Henry Cavill in! He's an excellent Geralt, carrying both the action sequences and the wry banter equally well. The supporting characters are all played well, and the actors fit their roles. Very enjoyable, and I can't wait for the second season!
  • 4d ago
    The first episode was crap but I told myself to stick it out and I'm glad I did. Stays true to the feel of the game and Henry Cavill is perfect for this role! I am a big fan of his now thanks to this show. Good work all around. The writing, effects, cgi are all beautiful. This is how you make a show based on a video game based on a book!
  • 5d ago
    The only thing they got right in this story is Geralt. Bravo, Henry Cavill! The writing was terrible, the nudity was so over the top it was comical, the cast was sub-par compared to Henry, the costumes were just.. not there at all, and the music wasn't nearly as epic as the game. The novels and the game blow this show away. Keep Henry - and try again with different writers, directors and staff.

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