7.6
5,297 votes
The OA

The OA

Netflix 2016

Prairie Johnson, blind as a child, comes home to the community she grew up in with her sight restored. Some hail her a miracle, others a dangerous mystery, but Prairie wonโ€™t talk with the FBI or her parents about the seven years she went missing.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The OA

The OA - S2E8

#1 - Chapter 8: Overview

8.17

Season 2 - Episode 8

While BBA and the others converge on the clinic, Nina persuades Hap to show her his research, and Karim unlocks one of the house's final secrets.

The episode was rated from 799 votes.

The OA - S1E5

#2 - Chapter 5: Paradise

7.95

Season 1 - Episode 5

While Hap zeroes in on a new test subject in Cuba, Homer and OA work to perfect their escape plan. Scott reaches his breaking point.

The episode was rated from 3457 votes.

The OA - S2E4

#3 - Chapter 4: SYZYGY

7.87

Season 2 - Episode 4

Karim visits Nina at the clinic for help finding the secret entrance to the house. Meanwhile, Hap meets a fellow traveler, and Homer goes on a date.

The episode was rated from 803 votes.

The OA - S2E1

#4 - Chapter 1: Angel of Death

7.85

Season 2 - Episode 1

While private eye Karim Washington scours San Francisco for a missing teen who was involved in a cryptic game, OA wakes up in unfamiliar surroundings.

The episode was rated from 975 votes.

The OA - S1E8

#5 - Chapter 8: Invisible Self

7.82

Season 1 - Episode 8

After OA recounts a dramatic final night at Hap's, the others begin to see her story in a new light. The fragments of the dream click into place.

The episode was rated from 3406 votes.

The OA - S2E5
#6 - Chapter 5: The Medium & the Engineer
7.81
Season 2 - Episode 5

After a harrowing ordeal, OA and Karim find themselves locked inside a labyrinth of puzzles. Nagging doubts prompt Homer to snoop on Dr. Percy.

The episode was rated from 791 votes.
The OA - S1E3
#7 - Chapter 3: Champion
7.79
Season 1 - Episode 3

A journalist approaches the family with an offer. At Hap's, a bond is forged with Homer and the others as they hatch a desperate plan.

The episode was rated from 3746 votes.
The OA - S2E7
#8 - Chapter 7: Nina Azarova
7.78
Season 2 - Episode 7

Karim returns to the house with reinforcements, OA tries to access Nina's memories, and Hap offers to discharge Scott โ€” after one last experiment.

The episode was rated from 739 votes.
The OA - S1E4
#9 - Chapter 4: Away
7.76
Season 1 - Episode 4

An agonizing dilemma gives OA a new perspective on the group's plight. Homer resolves to find out what Hap's experiments are really about.

The episode was rated from 3612 votes.
The OA - S1E2
#10 - Chapter 2: New Colossus
7.74
Season 1 - Episode 2

The OA retraces the dramatic twists and turns in her life after a childhood accident, leading up to a fateful encounter far from home many years later.

The episode was rated from 4192 votes.

Last updated: may 30, 2021

Comments

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The writing is shit, the acting is shit, plot is kinda intriguing but turns to shit.

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9 stars from me. I loved this series much more than the first episodes had me expecting. Some people seem to be fairly confused as to what the point of this series was. Without saying too much, I'll say this, which might steer you in the right direction: if you were to force a label on me, I'd have to say I'm "agnostic", and yet this show was still great for me.

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Pretty good, especially early on. Seems like the story was padded to achieve 8 episodes, could've easily been fully executed in 6 or less. Some really good concepts between all the filler. Towards the end of the final episode there was a random 'group-dance' scene that didn't make a whole lot of sense -- like the dancing could impart the antagonist with sudden mental health, but they forgot to tell us about that side effect in all those episodes before. An assumption on my part, as there wasn't a clear explanation of the purpose of the flashdance. Extensive use of a dual-timeline, more than I would've liked. My favorite parts by far were everything with Phyllis Smith from "The Office (US)"... ;-)

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Great series, absolutely loved it from start to finish.

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Amazing show. Goosebumps at the end. If you feel the need to lash out negatively perhaps it was just too confusing for you. I'm sure there's a Real Housewives of Orange County episode calling out to you and will calm you right down.

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wooow season two blow up .... pretty well made loved it :heart_eyes::heart_eyes:

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**_Spoiler free review_** Do yourself a favour, don't waste your time on this. It's a perfect example of all sizzle no steak. The show starts off weak then eventually hints at a decent mystery which you expect will come to some satisfying conclusion, but as the season reaches its crescendo it turns into one of the biggest let downs ever. Admittedly it has some pretty moments but is mostly shot in drab, uninteresting settings, which doesn't really feel intentional. All the characters apart from the OA are wildly predictable, but she eventually falls into this category once you learn more about her. Any character relationships that are built up don't feel at all worth investing in, and any semblance of a subplot is swept under the rug quickly. Despite being eight episodes the show feels heavily padded, yet they decided to barely dedicate any time to develop side characters, because Brit Marling has to dominate every scene she's in, and the result of which feels massively self-indulgent. If there's one thing I have to warn anyone watching The OA is that it completely cons viewers with a vague, nonsensical ending. I can only assume that they thought they were a shoe-in for a second season from Netflix and left it completely open, or they were trying to create an ending that was open for interpretation - which this show definitely didn't have the smarts to accomplish. The ending literally makes no sense, and only serves to add another gaping space to a plot already filled with holes; after seeing it I thought "wait, is that it? What the hell was that?" It's honestly like they reached the deadline for the script and figured "screw it, we'll make it vague, I'm sure Netflix will throw cash at us next year, we'll pretend to explain it then". The OA is a interesting but lazy and frustrating mess. If you can put aside common sense and a desire for a decent plot and story for eight hours, then by all means go for it. The ending was such a huge "screw you" to the viewer that I refuse to return for resolution should they get another season. Oh, and this show shouldn't be called sci-fi at all, it couldn't be any further from it, if anything it's profoundly anti-science and unashamed of it.

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This was awesome and held me spellbound. With her story Prairie helped 5 other people become better persons and make them realize they and their actions matter. By doing the dance at the end the chosen 5 worked together and saved many lives.

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For me, the main idea seems to be a parallel with religions. The cafeteria scene shows how strong a ritual can be in order to encourage people to do brave things while linked to brothers in faith. The whole series kind of play with the start of a religion, with followers, miracles (sight recovery and men coming back to life), fantasy stories mixed with real facts, rituals to reach a higher sphere (be it a Lord's prayer or any other collective ritual), and how this can change people lives, even when they get to be challenged by the reason or science. Very refreshing subject!

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If the last episode didn't exist The OA would be awesome. The end really destroyed it for me...

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