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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. The Man in the High Castle explores daily life in 1962, fourteen years after the end of a longer Second World War (1939–1948 in this history). The victorious Axis Powers - Imperial Japan, Fascist Italy, and Nazi Germany - are conducting intrigues against each other in North America, specifically in the former U.S., which surrendered to them once they had conquered Eurasia and destroyed the populaces of Africa.

Episode Title: Episode 6
Airs: 2015-11-20 at 10:00 PM
  • James Poniewozik

    The character-building, unfortunately, is far weaker than the world-building. The dialogue is often B-movie grade, and Juliana and Frank, the closest thing the ensemble has to leads, are dull and dour.... That said, I finished six episodes eager to see the last four. High Castle is at least addictive as a mystery.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    The Man in the High Castle is a show that walks a fine line; it’s just intriguing enough to keep me coming back, but it doesn’t make me yearn to watch the next episode.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Justin Slaughter

    The tone is consistently thrilling, even as the story goes through predictable “everyman finds new hope to fight evil” motions.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Michael Starr

    The series, in large part, fails to deliver on its fascinating premise. Simply put, it’s plodding, moves at a glacial pace and overreaches with too many diffuse narrative strands.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Alex McCown

    For a show so saturated with angry, volatile men (and it’s almost all men, here), there’s an awful lot of brooding. But the actors are so strong, and the world they’ve created so lived-in, the show can get away with some of these early missteps.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Intriguing... but somber and slowww-moving.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Willa Paskin

    The show is yet another entrant in the fast-growing category of TV good enough to watch and enjoy, but not quite good enough to make specific time for.

    Slate Full Review
  • Kristi Turnquist

    Those are a lot of threads to knit together, and some feel looser than others.... But there are enough chilling scenes to make The Man in the High Castle genuinely disturbing.

    The Oregonian Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    Spotnitz takes his time in all things, and the slow pace of the first six episodes of The Man in the High Castle often work against the agitated drama of its imagery.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    The show’s first episode sets the scene, but only hints at the richness of detail that informs future episodes. It’s not just that we learn things about the various characters we probably didn’t suspect at the outset: The genius of the series is how Spotnitz and his creative team carefully advance the thought-provoking thematic elements through stunning attention to detail.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    This subversive dark fantasy feels too real to ignore. [9-22 Nov 2015, p.13]

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    The pacing is wobbly, and while the actors all seem period-appropriate (Davalos, whose previous series was TNT's '40s crime drama "Mob City," is a graceful acting time traveler), the only character who really comes to life as more than a functionary of the plot is one of Spotnitz's creations: Obergruppenführer John Smith (Rufus Sewell).... Still, the world itself is fascinating and fully-realized enough to compensate for the people who live there.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    Even past the halfway point (Amazon made the first six episodes available to critics), The Man in the High Castle is still refreshingly intriguing and worth the investment.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    The Man in the High Castle can be a little cluttered in terms of narrative, but it’s the kind of challenging program that we haven’t received from Amazon and rarely even receive from Netflix. Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    The Man in the High Castle has no trouble building and maintaining tension. Honestly, it gave me nightmares. Missing, or at least muted a bit in the four episodes I've seen, though, was the sense I had from the book of how life, and even personality, could be shaped by occupation over time, rendering resistance less and less likely.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    The Man in the High Castle has a solid opening episode and gains weight and heft as it goes, in part due to fantastic world-building.

    Variety Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    These shortcomings [acting by Alexa Davalos, Rupert Evans, and story continuity] don’t ruin The Man in the High Castle, even if they prevent the drama from rising to a more rarified status. It’s a compelling addition to this year’s already long list of worthwhile TV shows.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    What it delivers is something more along the lines of Boardwalk Empire, where the main draw is suspense and bursts of gunfire and torture, undergirded by the low-level dread that comes from not being able to trust most of the characters when they tell you who they are and what side they’re loyal to, and wondering when, not if, the other shoe will drop.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • David Sims

    On a macro-scale, the series is absorbing, but it takes a few episodes to settle into the smaller stories that are unfolding.

    The Atlantic Full Review
  • Bruce Miller

    Directed by David Semel, the first episode (now available on Amazon) sets a visual tone that immediately sets this apart from other thrillers.... By the second episode, you’ll want to know who’s really good and who’s bad and how the latter will meet their untimely deaths.

    Sioux City Journal Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    Although the writing and storytelling in first episode (which Amazon first shared with its Prime customers earlier this year) come off a little clumsily, overall it’s a fascinating launch for an espionage series. The Man in the High Castle is also expertly and realistically imagined.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Jeff Jensen

    It’s serious-minded sci-fi that’s stylish and strange and soulful, and only grows more rewarding over time.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Chuck Barney

    Yes, this is chilling stuff. And provocative. It makes you ponder just how precious freedom really is and what kind of sacrifices you would make to maintain it.

    San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    Much of the six hours made available for preview centers on Juliana and Joe--and at times their story can drag. But the redeeming glory of Castle is the expansive world of characters it creates.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Mark Dawidziak

    Although some liberties have been taken with the characters and plot, it is an immediately intriguing, wonderfully textured realization of Dick's challenging book.

    Cleveland Plain Dealer Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    Epic in scale, gorgeous, and beautifully acted.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Isaac Feldberg

    The first six episodes (all those provided to press ahead of release) consistently surprise in how they deepen those characters and weave their journeys together.

    We Got This Covered Full Review
  • Tim Grierson

    A compulsively compelling series that grows richer and more emotionally nuanced as it gains momentum, The Man in the High Castle milks its provocative what-if premise for plenty of smart suspense and subtle shading.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Jeff Korbelik

    This is one you will want to binge-watch. It’s a thrill ride from the onset.

    The Lincoln Journal Star Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Amazon Prime takes a big swing here, and doesn’t entirely miss. More was anticipated, though, with High Castle so far tending to buckle under the weight of some very heavy ambitions and expectations.

    Uncle Barky Full Review