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'Humans': EW review

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Des Willie/Kudos/AMC

Humans

type:
TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
seasons:
1
performer:
Eva-Jane Willis, Emily Berrington, Gemma Chan
broadcaster:
AMC
genre:
Drama, Sci-fi

We gave it a B-

Appreciating Humans hinges on agreeing with an assumption that the show treats as a given: that our romance with technology will inevitably lead to a workforce of androids so sophisticated they would develop sentient personhood and fight for autonomy. I don’t accept this; ergo, I struggled with Humans. Some beats are poignant. An overextended family buys a nanny bot (Gemma Chan) that moons for freedom. A lonely man (William Hurt) clings to the buggy boy bot (Will Tudor) he loves like a son. But there’s nothing here that Blade Runner; I, Robot; Black Mirror; and many more haven’t done before and done better. Humans hurts for the very innovation it so cynically fears. B–

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