7.9
3,155 votes
Humans

Humans

Channel 4 2015

In a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a 'Synth' - a highly-developed robotic servant that's so similar to a real human it's transforming the way we live.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Humans

Humans - S2E8

#1 - Episode 8

8.19

Season 2 - Episode 8

The acclaimed drama concludes. In the aftermath of the Silo tragedy Karen feels she and Sam have no future and takes matters into her own hands. Niska and Astrid prepare to return to Berlin, but can Niska really walk away from her family? Joe leaves Laura shell-shocked with a frank admission. Hester seeks revenge and will stop at nothing to hurt Leo.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Humans from 2229 votes.

Humans - S3E8

#2 - Episode 8

8.17

Season 3 - Episode 8

In a dramatic showdown, Mia, Max and the synths go into battle with humans; Laura, Niska and Mattie face monumental and life-changing decisions.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Humans from 850 votes.

Humans - S2E7

#3 - Episode 7

8.01

Season 2 - Episode 7

When Mattie reveals that the Synths are planning to break into the Silo, Laura is determined to find Niska and ask for her help. Mattie asks Max to help save Leo from Hester's influence. Toby receives a disturbing message from Renie. Karen seeks out Athena's expertise and makes a life-altering decision. Mia and Hester break into the Silo, but things don't go according to plan.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Humans from 2314 votes.

Humans - S1E7

#4 - Episode 7

8.00

Season 1 - Episode 7

Rejected and alone, Karen sets out to George's house in search of Niska. Meanwhile, Pete is determined to find out who Karen really is, but his enquiries reveal a truth stranger than he could ever have imagined. The hunted synths gather at the Hawkins, grateful to Laura and family for providing refuge. As humans and synths live alongside each other in peace, could this be the harmonious future that Leo and co have longed for? But as Hobb gets closer, it may be too late for them to find out.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Humans from 2403 votes.

Humans - S1E8

#5 - Episode 8

7.96

Season 1 - Episode 8

With the Synths now in captivity, Hobb attempts to extract Elster’s consciousness programming from their brains. There ends up being one final piece of the puzzle missing that nobody, including Leo could ever have imagined though. The devastated Hawkins family come to realise much Mia mean to them and their courage is put to the test as they take on Hobb and his forces in an effort to save the Synths from their imprisonment.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Humans from 2390 votes.

Humans - S3E6

#6 - Episode 6

7.93

Season 3 - Episode 6

Stanley and Anatole's true colours put Laura and her family directly in harm's way. With Mia speaking at the commission, Laura must do everything in her power to stop an awful attack. Leo and Mattie return to the Elster house where Leo comes to understand a painful truth, but Mattie has a secret that could knock their fledging relationship off course. Niska continues her mysterious journey that takes her to Wales, where she must defy all her instincts to survive.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Humans from 898 votes.

Humans - S1E6

#7 - Episode 6

7.92

Season 1 - Episode 6

The fractured Hawkins family reaches its lowest ebb, with dad Joe in exile, and Mattie, Toby and Sophie tired of their parents' lies. As the situation reaches breaking point, Laura decides it is time to tell the truth, and her confessions has incredible consequences for household synth Anita. Meanwhile, Karen finally discovers `killer synth' Niska's whereabouts, and a joyful reunion for the runaways is cut tragically short when a brutal betrayal forces one of their number to make the ultimate sacrifice.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Humans from 2430 votes.

Humans - S3E7

#8 - Episode 7

7.91

Season 3 - Episode 7

Max must confront a friend turned foe. Laura reels from her heartbreaking decision, but when Mattie reveals her secret, she is spurred back into action. Niska's journey takes an unexpected turn, while Leo races to be by Max's side, but walks into danger.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Humans from 877 votes.

Humans - S1E4

#9 - Episode 4

7.89

Season 1 - Episode 4

Laura feels vindicated when Mattie tells her that she has seen Anita acting strangely. Laura insists that the family take Anita for testing and they're shocked to discover she's 14 years old. After meeting Leo through the Headcracker forum, Mattie thinks she might have an idea. Pete becomes stir crazy, stuck in the house with Simon.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Humans from 2568 votes.

Humans - S3E4

#10 - Episode 4

7.83

Season 3 - Episode 4

Laura leads a tense Dryden Commission on a visit to the Railyard, but will Agnes' anger threaten its success? Mia comes face to face with Ed forcing her to confront her past, while an evening out for Karen, Sam and Joe turns to tragedy.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Humans from 958 votes.

Humans - S2E6
#11 - Episode 6
7.82
Season 2 - Episode 6

Athena challenges Milo's ethics and is shocked when he reveals his real plan. Mia's surprise return has ramifications for the Hawkins family. Mattie finds Leo but can she trust him with her secret? Max resolves to begin a new community of Synths; when he learns how far Leo is prepared to go to complete his mission, he takes matters into his own hands.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Humans from 2347 votes.

Humans - S2E4
#12 - Episode 4
7.80
Season 2 - Episode 4

Mia and Ed get closer but their relationship is thrown into jeopardy when their secret is discovered. Toby gets closer to Renie but offends her when he breaks through her synthie mask. Things look bleak for Niska until Laura brings in a surprise witness. When Milo confronts Athena about her secret agenda, she persuades him her research could be mutually beneficial. Karen and Pete delve deeper into the mysterious 'seraphim' investigation. As Hester's influence over Leo becomes clear, cracks appear between him and Max.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Humans from 2458 votes.

Humans - S2E5
#13 - Episode 5
7.76
Season 2 - Episode 5

When Mia risks falling into the hands of a mysterious organisation, she is forced to take drastic action. Odi struggles to find meaning, while Sophie is awestruck by Renie's 'Synthie' lifestyle. As Pete recovers from his assault, Karen makes an admission that rocks their relationship. Hester and Leo stake out the Silo and track down the sniper who killed Ten. Hester agrees to deal with her peacefully, but can she be trusted? Mattie leaves home to reconnect with Leo.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Humans from 2453 votes.

Humans - S2E2
#14 - Episode 2
7.74
Season 2 - Episode 2

Laura must decide whether to accept Niska's request, while Karen and Pete learn about a special Synth being sold for unprecedented amounts on the black market. Hester uses questionable means to gain information from her prisoner, and Leo faces a new mission. Mia takes a risk to help Ed but is her secret now in jeopardy?

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Humans from 2747 votes.

Humans - S1E5
#15 - Episode 5
7.74
Season 1 - Episode 5

News of the `Killer Synth' finds its way into the media, causing widespread panic, and placing Karen under even more pressure to track down the alluring fugitive Niska. However, it seems there may be an ulterior motive to her hunt for the murderous synth. Meanwhile, the Hawkins debate whether to keep Anita in light of their recent discovery that she is not quite as `new' as she seemed, and while Joe worries his domestic synth might inadvertently reveal his secret, Mattie's decision to place her trust in Leo could put an end to the family's arguments.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Humans from 2493 votes.

Humans - S1E3
#16 - Episode 3
7.72
Season 1 - Episode 3

Laura finds herself at odds with her family when she tries to return Anita to the shop, but Laura is begrudgingly forced to keep her when Anita saves Toby from a near-fatal road accident. Joe suggests that Laura is imagining Anita's strange behaviour, but he can't help noticing how human Anita appears when he has to check her for damage. George seems to have submitted to Vera's joyless routine, but he is actually hatching a daring plan to escape with Odi. Pete and Karen investigate a murder at a brothel, but after Pete's hot temper earns him a suspension, he finds himself stuck at home with Simon.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Humans from 2557 votes.

Humans - S1E2
#17 - Episode 2
7.71
Season 1 - Episode 2

Laura is suspicious of Anita, and feels threatened by her presence. Hobb holds Fred prisoner in his facility, but while Hobb's superiors marvel at this unique specimen, Fred voices his fears about what this means to humanity. After a violent incident, Niska escapes her brothel prison, pursued by Karen and Pete. Leo's quest for information takes him to increasingly dangerous places. George's worst fears are realised when the health service give him a new Synth, Vera, who he immediately despises.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Humans from 2783 votes.

Humans - S2E1
#18 - Episode 1
7.71
Season 2 - Episode 1

Niska is living as a fugitive in Berlin where an unexpected romantic encounter leads her to a huge decision with far reaching consequences. In the UK, Leo, Max and Mia are laying low in a coastal hideout while Mia works in a local cafe as 'Anita' to pay for their supplies and stay connected to the human world. Leo and Max come to the aid of Hester, a very special Synth, but when a mysterious organisation begins to pursue them, there's a tragic outcome. The Hawkins family are struggling to put past events behind them as they settle into a new home. In San Francisco, Athena Morrow, a fiercely-driven scientist researching AI is recruited by charismatic Milo Khoury, the entrepreneurial force behind tech company Qualia, for a top-secret project to create conscious Synths for the mass market.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Humans from 3141 votes.

Humans - S3E5
#19 - Episode 5
7.71
Season 3 - Episode 5

While Sam reels from the events of Waltringham and Joe struggles to help him through it, truths are revealed and dangerous plans put into action at the Railyard.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Humans from 906 votes.

Humans - S3E1
#20 - Episode 1
7.71
Season 3 - Episode 1

When fractures within the Synth community start to appear, all hope of stability comes under threat, and both families are brought back to fight for the Green-Eyes' survival.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Humans from 1143 votes.

Last updated: feb 07, 2021

Comments

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It's OK -- they bought the rights to the concept and butchered the original 2012 Swedish version, appropriately titled 'Real' Humans ( https://trakt.tv/shows/real-humans ) - "Äkta Människor". It wasn't adapted from a book, the creator (Lars Lundström) developed it as an original screenplay for Swedish television: www.svt.se/akta-manniskor/ The original was outstanding, both seasons -- by the end of the 1st season of the remake, there isn't anything from the original plot -- it's been simplified and homogenized. The original, with English subtitles, can be found on Vimeo. As they've completely changed the story, no need to worry about spoilers... ;-) "Real Humans" trailer: https://vimeo.com/35140857

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Well not having seen the Swedish series, I can say that I am really enjoying this show so far. Really can't see a lot of use comparing the two shows, as I'm sure they are both great shows in their own way. When this series is over, I'm sure if I take a look at the Swedish show I'll find it missing some of the things that I like in this version. Anyway, I'm really looking forward to the next episode and it's definitely on my watch list!

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This show is so eerie but in an excellent way. I could totally see having these human droid bots in the future as part of everyday families. Looking forward to seeing how this season turns out!

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When I started watching Humans, I was a bit worried. We all know that most films and series that try to tackle Artificial Intelligence are far fetched, too male-oriented; too experimental; or just downright boring. Would Humans be yet another failure? My answer to that question is: Absolutely not! Humans is an exciting series that succeeds on all fronts: a dramatic storyline that makes you beg for answers, that, once given, do not disappoint; realistic developments; what it means to be human; and the most intriguing thing known to mankind: life itself. Humans goes beyond superficial ideas, tacky characters. They have managed to revive the many philosophical dilemma's our species might face one day. But beyond all of this, it's also just a great TV series with a well written, exciting plot. If you're considering to watch this series, I say, go for it. It's well worth your time, and it will leave you with a lot of new food for thought — perhaps resulting in some good conversations around the dinner table.

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Not sure what I had expected from this. Some cool scifi I guess. What I did not expect was a drama about a dysfunctional family and a lovesick cyborg (?) looking for his girlfriend. It all sounded very intriguing at first and while watching the first episodes it reminded me of Westworld or BSG. You know how AI developes conciousness. And it raises some interesting points that are well worth thinking about. But the show carries to much unnessessary baggage around. By episode six when the wife of the cop slept with her synth I was done. The only positive thing was Gemma Chan who was great and very convincing in her portrayal of Anita.

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HEADS UP: They killed this show without an ending... So if that ruins it take a pass. I think it's still worth a watch just go in with the expectation that things a bit open ended w/o a finale or conclusion. It may not be the original SWE series, but it is good.

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I've seen the swedish original and this remake and I find them both very good, interesting and thought provoking. They go into different directions and have different key points so if you are interested in the genre you don't have to choose either one of them and can just watch it all.

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Boring for a sci-fi geek.

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it's pretty good; much better than i expected

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Great start to the series, and one that has been worth every second of my time. It has me constantly questioning my own beliefs, and I never could actually think of a situation where I would side with a robot/synth/etc before I saw this. I know it's just a show at the end of the day, but it's interesting to contemplate the decisions that I might make in that sort of world.

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