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A glimpse into an alternate history of North America. What life after WWII may have been like if the Nazis had won the war.

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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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 Juliana Crain (21 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Frank Frink (21 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Joe Blake (21 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Ed McCarthy (21 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Inspector Kido (21 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Nobusuke Tagomi (21 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Obergruppenführer John Smith (21 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Sergeant Yoshida / ... (18 episodes, 2015-2016)
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 Helen Smith (16 episodes, 2015-2016)
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 Kotomichi (15 episodes, 2015-2016)
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 Robert Childan (15 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Thomas Smith (13 episodes, 2015-2016)
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 Lem Washington / ... (12 episodes, 2015-2016)
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 Amy Smith (12 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Erich Raeder / ... (11 episodes, 2015-2016)
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 Jennifer Smith (11 episodes, 2015-2016)
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 Gary Connell (10 episodes, 2016)
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 Arnold Walker (10 episodes, 2015-2016)
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 Rudolph Wegener / ... (9 episodes, 2015)
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What would it be like if the Allied Powers had lost WWII, and Japan and Germany ruled the United States? Written by Amazon Studios

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Freedom is under control (Season 1) See more »

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15 January 2015 (USA)  »

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O Homem do Castelo Alto  »

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Hohenwerfen Castle, in Austria, was used for the Führerhauptquartier (Führer Headquarters), Hitler's personal castle and command center. The castle had previously been used as a Nazi stronghold in Where Eagles Dare (1968). See more »

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The Japanese sign in the aikido dojo says Habu Yakkyoku in Japanese which means Lance-Head Snake Pharmacy. See more »

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Mark Sampson: I don't plan on dying, Frank. But you can't live your life in fear. I was back east at the end of the war, in Boston.
Frank Frink: Oh, Jesus.
Mark Sampson: Yeah. You had to see it to believe it, Frank. Overnight, lynch mobs were murdering Jews because suddenly we were less than human.
Frank Frink: And what did you do?
Mark Sampson: Well, those of us who came out in one piece. We buried service weapons underground, well wrapped in oil, and we vowed revenge. I got a life to lead, got kids to raise. And Hitler and the Nazis - I mean, I don't care how...
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The copyright warning at the end of every episode is written in German and Japanese as well as English. See more »

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References Blade Runner (1982) See more »

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Hell I'm Livin' In
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Written by Michael J. Wolf
Performed by Mississippi Mike
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Intriguing Premise with Room for Growth
15 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What is ostensibly Amazon's attempt at developing its own 'House of Cards' provides an intriguing backdrop with a promising but somewhat- shaky implementation. The show, based on the novel by Philip K. Dick, is one of five pilots that Amazon is promoting for a potential run at a full 2015 season.

Right from the start, the show stays close to its source material in both plot and setting. While following the book certainly has its merits, the script so far lacks in its portrayal of the characters' psychological intricacies— and in several cases comes across as heavy-handed. For example, in this episode we learn (and are reminded of) how evil the Nazis are through generic torture scenes and murder-- typical "bad guy" stuff. I don't recall the text depicting any accounts of Nazi violence to this extent, but rather their presence loomed on all characters due to the claustrophobic effects of their propaganda and fascist scheming.

The acting was competent but the script felt oddly-paced, in particular it seemed that not much thought had been given to the character Joe Blake (he did not exist in the book) as he didn't really convey any emotional or logical motivation for wanting to become a political dissident besides hoping to "do the right thing". That being said, the characters Nobusuke Tagomi and Juliana Crain were especially brought to life in this adaptation.

Based on the direction of the pilot, I fear that the show may attempt to play-up the "American resistance" theme which is irrelevant and antithetical to one of the major messages of the book. What was intended as a commentary on paranoid diplomacy in a totalitarian world could all too easily become a trite Star Wars- style action/adventure series. On the other hand, one cannot expect fully fleshed-out characters in the pilot episode so it will take some more time to fairly judge the writing quality.

I am cautiously optimistic about this show's future-- for a pilot it certainly succeeded in establishing an alluring setting, and I was not surprised to learn that Ridley Scott was involved as the set- design and ambiance was superb. Overall, I am excited to see if this will manage to thrive alongside both the classic novel and other contemporary political-drama TV shows.


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