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11 22 63 - S01E06

Drama . Sci-Fi & Fantasy . Mystery . Sci-Fi . Thriller

It's October 1962, and the gathering storm of threats in Dallas continues to build. Jake must take drastic action to establish the full dimensions of the threat to Kennedy. And amidst it all, he's hit with an unexpected death and a bitter betrayal from one of those closest to him.

Episode Title: Happy Birthday, Lee Harvey Oswald
Airs: 2016-03-21 at 00:01
  • Mark Peikert

    That the limited series squeaks by as just entertaining enough is a disappointment considering the pedigree of everyone involved and the reputation of its source material.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Daniel D'Addario

    Eight episodes, here, is too many; the series goes down several blind alleys before it gets to Dealey Plaza. But its best moments thrum with tension, as when the past rebels against our hero, trying to repel him.

    Time Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Despite its flaws, 11.22.63 ends up closing the deal in a way that for the most part makes it a long, strange time travel worth taking.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Aaron Passman

    There's enough substance to the novel that what's left in the miniseries ends up feeling less like a truly successful adaptation and more like a sketch of a great one.

    Under The Radar Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    While the construction of 11.22.63 holds it back from greatness, Franco deserves credit for really committing to the high concept of it all. Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    Pretty much all of the success in 11.22.63 comes from Franco being able to take the concept from bizarre to believable, with a major assist from Cooper, who combines with Franco in the early episodes (and flashbacks) to give this series its much-needed dramatic believability.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    11.22.63 is a satisfying and smartly developed work that marks yet another step forward for streamer Hulu, which has been featuring increasingly notable series including “Casual” and “Difficult People.”

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    Most of all, there's the road-not-taken poignance that underlies 11.22.63. Whether you buy the Camelot version of history or not, 11.22.63 channels our collective longing for a moment when everything could have been changed for the better, a sense that so much wrong and hurt could be erased if we could just alter the flow of time for a split second. Full Review
  • Dorothy Rabinowitz

    Much about this eight-part series, based on a novel by Stephen King and adapted for television by Bridget Carpenter, is, in addition, fraught with both little and not-so-little comprehension problems.... But there is much here that has undeniable appeal, most of it having to do with the impressive period detail of the early ’60s.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    A capable adaptation of Mr. King’s 2011 best seller, appealing enough to snag a general audience and yet different enough from the book to give hard-core King fans plenty to grouse about.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    The story does meander from time to time, especially in the early episodes, but 11.22.63 eventually finds its way.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Scott Von Doviak

    Without giving anything away, the series has subtly tweaked King’s ending while still delivering on its emotional impact. 11.22.63 is sometimes a bumpy ride, but the destination is ultimately worth the journey.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    Even without enough of the Jodie scenes to provide emotional support to the thriller plot, the miniseries' concluding hour is very strong, and actually improves on a few aspects of the book.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    JFK assassination conspiracy theorists won’t be disappointed with King’s whodunit premise in “11/22/63,” although they might argue with it. Likewise, the miniseries has something for fans of science fiction, romance and thrillers in general.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    King’s work doesn’t always happily travel through the portal connecting the page to the TV screen, but Hulu scores with an impressively stout-hearted, eight-part adaptation of “11/22/63.”

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Allison Keene

    11.22.63's aesthetics are tantalizing, the acting compelling, and the twists and supernatural elements are genuinely shocking.

    Collider Full Review
  • Jeff Jensen

    11.22.63 reaches some thoughtful, moving conclusions, but oh, what coulda been with a more engaged star. If only there were a time machine to fix that mistake.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Isaac Feldberg

    Masterfully textured and compellingly told, 11.22.63 is a smart and stylish take on Stephen King's sprawling novel.

    We Got This Covered Full Review
  • Kristi Turnquist

    It's totally far-fetched, but the roles are so well-cast and the 1960s texture so evocatively re-created (Jake goes from starry-eyed nostalgia to shock when he sees segregated bathroom signs) that 11.22.63 makes the trip back in time both suspenseful and enjoyable.

    The Oregonian Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    An absorbing eight-episode show based on King's best-selling 11/22/63 and produced by J.J. Abrams.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Rob Lowman

    The series has an impressive feel and period look to it. The first episode directed by Kevin Macdonald (“The Last King of Scotland”) deftly opens up mysteries and invites you into the strangeness. Adapted by Bridget Carpenter, 11.22.63 isn’t for everyone. You have to like what-if fantasy stories. But like many of King’s stories, once you’re in, you’re in. Enjoy the trip.

    Los Angeles Daily News Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    Featuring fine supporting performances by an evil Josh Duhamel, a perverse T. R. Knight, and a sly Cherry Jones in addition to the aforementioned Cooper and Gadon, 11.22.63 is the kind of fantasy realism that any sort of viewer can latch onto and find something to be intrigued and moved by.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    11.22.63 is sprawling and rather leisurely, to an extent that might prove a deal-breaker for some.... But the net effect is ultimately intoxicating if you accept that the digressions are the point of the story, and are in fact inevitable given the sort of person Jake is.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    The pursuit of answers feels both rewarding and enjoyable.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Justin Slaughter

    If the moral of the series, at once trite and completely undeniable, is that we must accept the things we can not change, it's one that it vividly brings to life by looking beyond the clichés of genre and at the ways life's smallest disruptions test our faith.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Vicki Hyman

    Franco dials down his signature smarm, and as Sadie Dunhill, the vibrant small-town librarian whom Epping courts in the small Texas town in which he waits outs Oswald, Sarah Gadon is a real find. Their stirring romance carries with it the same whiff of doom as Epping's visits to Dealey Plaza, and gives what could be merely an interesting and handsomely-made take on the conspiracy thriller genre more texture and depth, resonating across the ages.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Willa Paskin

    There is so much original programming out there that famous names, shiny plots, and a solid twist may be enough to keep a show from getting trampled, but they are not enough to keep it from getting lost in the fray--especially when a show, as with 11.22.63, is awkward and flat, never matching the promise of its premise.

    Slate Full Review
  • Caroline Framke

    It moves at a steady clip, is stuffed with cheese, and remains compelling enough to fill an afternoon. But it's also easy enough to leave behind once you have to get back to the real world. Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    If it never rises above the artificial, it is not entirely without entertainment value--artificiality itself has its pleasures. It may not be worth the price of the subscription, if you don't already have one, but that is a decision you will have to make for yourself, viewer.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    Intentionally or not, what you end up with is two movies that don’t always happily coexist: A fantasy version of 24, complete with that series' sometimes annoying time-wasting obstacles, paired with a star-crossed romance. And to make matters worse, Franco is only convincing in the love story, where he does his best work.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    King's immersive page-turner is condensed in such a way, including an ill-considered two-year time jump in the '60s, that it feels both rushed and draggy when Jake keeps confronting obstacles in his crusade to stop Lee Harvey Oswald. [15-28 Feb 2016, p.17]

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Josh Bell

    Although there are moments of suspense when Jake gets close to major historical events, nothing (including the obligatory twist ending) is quite enough to shake the feeling that the series is just a really, really long Twilight Zone episode.

    Las Vegas Weekly Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    The resulting eight-part miniseries is an uneven affair, at times feeling as if it’s meandering through history en route to its frantic closing kick--a “Twilight Zone” episode, stretched and kneaded to wring more out of it, while making up the rules as it goes along.

    Variety Full Review