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      Season 1 – Awake

      2012 Crime Drama List
      81% 31 Reviews Tomatometer 78% 50+ Ratings Audience Score After getting in a car accident with his wife and teenage son, Detective Michael Britten finds himself alternating between two different realities. One minute he is navigating a world where his son survived but his wife perished and the next he is in another reality in which his wife is the one that survived. In order to keep both loved ones alive, Britten begins living in dueling realities. To try to regain some normalcy in his life, the detective returns to solving crimes in both worlds, with a different partner in each. Read More Read Less

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      Intelligent and thought-provoking, Awake tempts audiences with an original and complex concept that keeps them guessing.

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      Previous Episode 1 Aired Mar 1, 2012 Pilot After a car accident, Detective Michael Britten experiences two dueling realities, one where his wife was killed and another in which his son's life was claimed. Details Episode 2 Aired Mar 8, 2012 The Little Guy In one world Michael tries to reconnect with his son, while in the other he tries to understand his wife's grief; a clue in a case in one life crosses over to a case in the other, confusing Bird. Details Episode 3 Aired Mar 15, 2012 Guilty Rex is kidnapped by an escaped convict Michael arrested 10 years ago; an investigation in Michael's other reality gets in the way of an event honoring his deceased son; clues from both realities lead to Michael's sanity being questioned. Details Episode 4 Aired Mar 22, 2012 Kate Is Enough Detective Britten runs into Rex's former baby sitter, Kate, during an investigation into an alleged suicide; while working a case with Bird, Kate appears again, but this time as a suspect. Details Episode 5 Aired Mar 29, 2012 Oregon When his tracking methods are questioned, Detective Britten becomes a suspect in his own case; Hannah considers moving to Oregon to continue school; the doctors think Britten could stop his dreams by moving out of Los Angeles. Details Episode 6 Aired Apr 5, 2012 That's Not My Penguin A hostage situation leads to Detective Britten unexpectedly collaborating with Dr. Lee; Bird is concerned over Britten's lack of sleep. Details Episode 7 Aired Apr 12, 2012 Ricky's Tacos Britten's interest in a tip linked to a case he was investigating before the accident worries Capt. Harper; Hannah prepares for the move. Details Episode 8 Aired Apr 19, 2012 Nightswimming Detective Britten helps reunite and prepare a couple for a new life in the witness protection program; an introduction between Detective Vega and Britten's longtime informant doesn't go smoothly. Details Episode 9 Aired Apr 26, 2012 Game Day The final play in a big football rivalry happens differently in Detective Britten's two realities; Rex's heart is broken; Vega and Hannah plan a going-away party for Britten. Details Episode 10 Aired May 3, 2012 Slack Water Bird and Britten investigate what appears to be gang violence; Hannah faces a tough situation with Rex and his girlfriend; Capt. Harper (Laura Innes) is forced to take back a promise. Details Episode 11 Aired May 10, 2012 Say Hello to My Little Friend An unusual dream disrupts Britten's ability to switch realities, and a mysterious man causes him distress; Capt. Harper becomes increasingly concerned over Britten's erratic behavior. Details Episode 12 Aired May 17, 2012 Two Birds As Britten starts to realize the truth behind the accident, a conspiracy threatens both of his realities; Britten goes after Detective Hawkins; Vega starts to question his captain's intentions. Details Episode 13 Aired May 24, 2012 Turtles All the Way Down As Britten starts to realize the truth behind the accident, a conspiracy threatens both of his realities; Britten goes after Detective Hawkins; Dr. Lee and Dr. Evans come together in a debate that forces Britten to choose a path. Details Next
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      Previous Eric Deggans Tampa Bay Times The result is a superbly acted drama that remains compelling, even when the plot gets creaky. Dec 4, 2019 Full Review Emily Nussbaum New Yorker One of the most affecting explorations of grief on TV. Mar 1, 2012 Full Review Alan Sepinwall HitFix Far and away the best pilot episode I saw for any network series this season. B+ Mar 1, 2012 Full Review Emma Dibdin The Arts Desk Both tonally and structurally, Awake throws you in at the deep end. May 21, 2018 Full Review David Bianculli NPR's Fresh Air I'm still not sure how good a show Awake is. For a while, I'll keep watching - and I'll keep hoping that it turns into something that justifies its highly unusual concept. But I'm afraid, when it's all over, I could be dreaming. May 14, 2018 Full Review Kevin Fitzpatrick ScreenCrush In a way 'Awake' could almost stand on its own as a short story, but still offers up one of the better pilots of the past year and should definitely prove worth your attention going forward. Oct 16, 2017 Full Review Read all reviews Next
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      Previous Frank P One of the best - original concept, great acting, just one season but couldn't see this storyline lasting any more than one. Strange ending to a unique show. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/26/23 Full Review razvan p relatable virtuous dude, good role model . i can only argue against the last episode which adds lhigh risk low reward nd lack of christianity among the loopholes Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review rashid w This show deserved more love and a 2nd season! So good. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member It's not intelligent no it isn't. It's alright. Not gripping and never makes me curious what might happen later. If you're bored and there's nothing else to watch, this is it. It severely lacks humour. No matter how serious a show is, you gotta make it a little funny but this is so dry… Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review Audience Member The original concept and excellent cast make this hidden gem a must-watch. Shame it only lasted one season. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review gonzalo e 12 excellent episodes ruined by an horrible finale. // 12 excelentes episodios arruinados por un final horrible. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews Next Post a review

      Season Info

      Executive Producer
      Kyle Killen, Howard Gordon, Jeffrey Reiner
      TV-14 (S|V)
      Crime, Drama
      Original Language
      Release Date
      Mar 1, 2012
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