Panic: Season 1

Panic: Season 1

Panic: Season 1

In a small rural town, teenagers compete in a dangerous game where they risk their lives to win life-changing money in this teen drama from Amazon Prime. Written and created by Lauren Oliver (based on her bestselling novel).

Every summer the graduating seniors compete in a series of challenges, winner takes all, which they believe is their best chance to escape smalltown life and make their lives better. But this year, the rules have changed — the pot of money is larger than ever and the game has become more dangerous. The players will come face to face with their deepest, darkest fears and be forced to decide how much they are willing to risk in order to win.

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EPISODE 1.1
28 May 2021

Panic

The newly graduated seniors await the kickoff signal from this year's judges, and tensions build as old friends become new competitors. Heather has sworn she will never play the game, but she may not have... MORE a choice.

EPISODE 1.2
28 May 2021

Heights

Twenty-three players are in, and the stakes are high--literally. Panic's second challenge takes the players sky-high, even as the game attracts the attention of the sheriff and his deputies who are dead set on stopping... MORE it. The new kid's odds are looking up until a bit of surprise sabotage.

EPISODE 1.3
28 May 2021

Traps

The town celebrates the fourth of July with a parade, but one float carries an old ghost, and coded instructions that call the players to a third challenge. A nighttime raid on a dangerous property... MORE and some surprise alliances mean Heather will have to seriously watch her step.

EPISODE 1.4
28 May 2021

Escape

Narrow escapes take on literal meaning as a disastrous series of events at the third challenge puts all the players' lives in danger. Luckily, the players get a short break at the annual Player's Ball,... MORE where sparks fly unexpectedly between competitors, and old trouble returns to cause new problems.

EPISODE 1.5
28 May 2021

Phantoms

The players brave a night at the local haunted house, where ghosts new and old make themselves known. The answer to a riddle reveals the game's troubled legacy, Heather's goals almost go up in smoke,... MORE and we learn that one of Panic's loudest detractors has a secret connection to the game.

EPISODE 1.6
28 May 2021

Dead End

The annual demolition derby provides some much-needed distraction from the troubling revelations of the previous episode. With the cops closing in on the judges, no one is sure the game can continue. Heather repairs one... MORE relationship, and ruptures another, in a dramatic ending that proves the game must go on...but not for everyone.

EPISODE 1.7
28 May 2021

Trust

Trust falls get literal meaning in the game's fifth challenge, where an abandoned train bridge forms the backdrop for revealing footage of our players-and the unintentional outcome of their secrets, and their lies. This challenge... MORE will determine who goes onto Final Four. The truth may set our players free...but not before it returns to haunt them.

EPISODE 1.8
28 May 2021

Returns

The judges get personal when they announce the first of the four individual challenges that will establish the game's finalists. Past and present collide in the unexpected exposure of our player's motivations--and enmities. The sheriff... MORE gets closer to making an arrest, and Heather has her heart broken.

EPISODE 1.9
28 May 2021

Cages

One of our Final Four players is disqualified, opening the door for a surprise upset, and a dramatic showdown. As outside pressure on the game escalates, the consequences are wild...literally. Our players learn the hard... MORE way what's really at risk when you gamble it all on a game.

EPISODE 1.10
28 May 2021

Joust

Someone is dead set on making sure that Joust, the final challenge, ends with the right winner-and Heather realizes that for at least one person, Panic isn't a game anymore. An explosive conclusion brings the... MORE game to a permanent end...or so, at least, it seems. This year's players may be finished with the game. But it may not be finished with them.

Panic: Season 1 / Reviews

A.V. Club

A.V. Club

(Panic) succeeds through the twists of the game and the strength of Olivia Welch’s multifaceted portrayal of Heather...

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The Guardian

The Guardian

(Panic) places small-town teens in a life-or-death game with zero dramatic tension...

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Paste

Paste

For a series that is supposed to be a suspenseful thriller and all about stakes, it rarely feels like there are any...

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IndieWire

IndieWire

All the inconsistencies and jagged pacing and disjointed plot threads are... an indication of a show spreading itself too thin...

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Brain-dead, and not a bit of fun.

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Decider

Decider

We'll give it a recommendation because we were actually rooting for its main character by the end of the first episode, and we were surprised that we were doing so.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

There was a time when Oliver's book would have made for an intense, entertaining 100-minute movie, but it strains under the pressure of a 10-episode season.

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