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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 4, 2018
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  • Summary: The TV series based on the movie franchise is set in a small town in a totalitarian America where every year there is a 12-hour period when any crime is legal, including murder.

    The premiere and finale episodes will also air on SYFY.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Horror, Suspense
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Alex McLevy
    Sep 5, 2018
    75
    The Purge has an admirable commitment to old-fashioned storytelling, establishing some relatable characters and then simply setting them loose in an exciting, larger-than-life scenario.
  2. Reviewed by: Malcolm Venable
    Aug 28, 2018
    70
    The Purge works, but it works only if you take its warped commentary at face value.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael Ordona
    Sep 4, 2018
    50
    The series isn’t exactly a thrill ride, at least so far, and isn’t likely to scare many viewers. Instead, it settles into a creepy, occasionally absurdly funny dystopian drama with some chase scenes and twists, which is a pretty smart way for the franchise to evolve.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Sep 3, 2018
    45
    The USA series brings an anthological element to the concept -- think "Tales From the Purge" -- that has its moments, without quite making this "Purge" binge-worthy.
  5. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Aug 31, 2018
    42
    At best, The Purge is a generic, broadly appealing thriller with enough obvious socio-political commentary to act as a welcome guide to the better, more incisive movies. At worst, it’s yet another example of filmmakers treating TV like a garbage dump for rejected movie ideas unworthy of fleshing out for the big screen.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Sep 4, 2018
    40
    In a generous mood one might take all this state-encouraged violence as a metaphor for the way the poor have been systemically kept down by government inaction. But such occasional resonances feel more accidental and inconsistent, or at least beside the sanguinary point. The series rarely rises above the level of cliché. The production is nothing to speak of.
  7. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Sep 22, 2018
    0
    The Purge remains essentially a snuff film. Call me crazy, but it just may turn out that 10 hours of gory slaughter unconstrained by even the vaguest intellectual or moral framework is going to be irredeemable crap no matter how many pretty sociopolitical ribbons you put on it. Call it, I dunno, grade-Z nihilism.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 2 out of 3
  1. Sep 16, 2018
    10
    The show has a lot of potential and I am looking forward to see where it goes. There are slow parts but the story-lines are still unfolding.The show has a lot of potential and I am looking forward to see where it goes. There are slow parts but the story-lines are still unfolding. The three-way sexual tension at the party is just plain stupid and is really one of the slowest, boring parts of the story-lines. Expand
  2. Sep 7, 2018
    2
    i waited half an hour for something to happen, guess what nothing happened
    absolutely horrid acting too
  3. Sep 7, 2018
    0
    this sucker is off to a ROUGH start. Not sure I'll be able to finish this one out.