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      Season 1 – John From Cincinnati

      2007 Drama List
      58% 38 Reviews Tomatometer 100% Fewer than 50 Ratings Audience Score In the small coastal town of Imperial Beach, Calif., the Yost surfing dynasty seems to be suffering a karmic wipeout. Grandfather Mitch Yost has held the sport in cynical disregard ever since he nearly destroyed his knee in a surfing accident years ago, and both he and his wife, Cissy, have watched their son, Butchie, surrender his own promise to a life of hardcore drugs. Over Mitch's objections, Cissy hopes their teenaged grandson, Shaun, may be able to use his own prowess on the waves to shake off the curse that seems to hang over the family. And the sense that something miraculous may be in the offing is only intensified by the arrival of an enigmatic young stranger who seems to be from another planet altogether. To anyone who asks, however, this eccentric visitor insists he's simply John from Cincinnati. Read More Read Less Watch on Vudu Premiered Apr 09 Buy Now

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      John From Cincinnati aims for mysticism, but the end result is too vague to be sufficiently deep.

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      Episode 1 Aired Jun 10, 2007 His Visit: Day One Mitch Yost thinks he has had an hallucination; a stranger arrives at the Snug Harbor Motel; police arrest Cissy; Shaun and Bill take a detour on the way to a surfing event. Details Episode 2 Aired Jun 17, 2007 His Visit: Day Two Linc tries to infiltrate the Yost inner circle; Barry has a change of heart about the fate of the motel; Shaun has unexpected results when he takes part in a surfing competition. Details Episode 3 Aired Jun 24, 2007 His Visit: Day Two Continued Dr. Smith believes a paranormal phenomenon has occurred within the Yost family; Kai takes John to her trailer; Cass comforts Mitch. Details Episode 4 Aired Jul 1, 2007 His Visit: Day Three Some thugs rough up John; Kai connects with Butchie; Dr. Smith gets a new patient; Shaun's mother arrives in Imperial Beach. Details Episode 5 Aired Jul 8, 2007 His Visit: Day Four Bill gets a strange mandate from Zippy; Tina lets the Yost family know that she is back in town. Details Episode 6 Aired Jul 15, 2007 His Visit: Day Five Butchie orchestrates a reunion between Shaun and Tina; John helps Bill and Cissy face their pasts. Details Episode 7 Aired Jul 22, 2007 His Visit: Day Six Someone challenges Linc's reign; Dwayne considers Shaun's online future; Dr. Smith tends to ailing Palaka. Details Episode 8 Aired Jul 29, 2007 His Visit: Day Seven The citizens of Imperial Beach fear for Shaun's safety after John gives them an ominous message. Details Episode 9 Aired Aug 5, 2007 His Visit: Day Eight Mitch tracks down a reclusive chemist in Mexico; Cissy heads up a search team; Bill loses his feathered medium. Details Episode 10 Aired Aug 12, 2007 His Visit: Day Nine Butchie and Kai have a joyous revelation; Imperial Beach plays host to a makeshift parade. Details

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      Ellen Gray Philadelphia Inquirer It sometimes takes an ear accustomed to Milchian dialogue to appreciate the language in "John," which, after four episodes, is growing on me in the insidious way Deadwood did. Feb 19, 2020 Full Review Mike McDaniel Houston Chronicle David Milch loves to play with heads. His gritty look inside the disturbed minds of such social misfits as Andy Sipowicz and Al Swearengen have proven him one of television's greatest auteurs. John From Cincinnati could be his best work yet. Feb 19, 2020 Full Review Belinda Acosta Austin Chronicle John From Cincinnati has a broody tone that takes some time to digest. Fortunately, performances by an assemblage of engrossing satellite characters keep interest piqued. Feb 18, 2020 Full Review Marc D. Allan NUVO Newsweekly In the hands of lesser actors, this material would be too bleak to watch. But the three leads are captivating. Feb 19, 2020 Full Review Barrett Hooper NOW Toronto Milch's concoction is an oddly textured, oddly paced, oddly moving experiment in small-box storytelling. It's a trip. And one worth taking. Rated: 5/5 Feb 19, 2020 Full Review Roger Catlin Hartford Courant For the fascinating and engaging new series, Milch has traded in the muddy earth tones of 19th-century South Dakota for the aqua blues of contemporary Imperial Beach, Calif. Feb 19, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Cecilie B Refreshing, fun, great script, some day season two will arrive. John says so too😉 Rated 5 out of 5 stars 12/30/22 Full Review Audience Member One of the best pilot episodes ever written/produced. Amazing writing by Kem Nunn and co and the cast is amazing. Real surfers, many of them. You would do well to watch this great single season series. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review Audience Member Not sure why True Blood got to live and this show had to die. This was so much better Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review Audience Member A masterpiece from TV's greatest writer. The rewards are in rewatching as topics such as spirituality, art, technology, language, and business are viewed in such a strange and beautiful way. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review Post a review

      Season Info

      Executive Producer
      David Milch, Gregg Fienberg, Howard Rosenman, Mark Tinker, Kem Nunn, Peter Spears, Scott Stephens
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      Release Date
      Jun 10, 2007