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Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 6
Original channel AMC
Original run August 23, 2015 (2015-08-23) – October 4, 2015 (2015-10-04)
List of Fear the Walking Dead episodes

The first season of Fear the Walking Dead, an American horror-drama television series on AMC, premiered on August 23, 2015, and concluded on October 4, 2015, consisting of six episodes. The series is a companion series and prequel to The Walking Dead,[1] which is based on the comic book series of the same name by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard. On March 9, 2015, AMC announced it had ordered Fear the Walking Dead to series, with a two-season commitment. The second season, comprising 15 episodes, premiered on April 10, 2016.[2][3]

The season follows a dysfunctional, blended family composed of Madison Clark (Kim Dickens), her fiancé Travis Manawa (Cliff Curtis), her daughter Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey), her drug-addicted son Nick (Frank Dillane) and Travis' son Chris (Lorenzo James Henrie) from a previous marriage to Liza Ortiz (Elizabeth Rodriguez). At the onset of the zombie apocalypse, their group is joined by Daniel Salazar (Rubén Blades), his wife Griselda (Patricia Reyes Spíndola), and their daughter Ofelia (Mercedes Mason). The families navigate through Los Angeles in search of a safe haven.



In September 2013, AMC announced they were developing a companion series to The Walking Dead, which follows a different set of characters created by Robert Kirkman.[4] In September 2014, AMC ordered a pilot, which was written by Kirkman and Dave Erickson, and directed by Adam Davidson,[5] and is executive produced by Kirkman, Erickson, Gale Anne Hurd, and David Alpert, with Erickson serving as showrunner.[6] The project was originally known as Cobalt.[7]


In December 2014, the first four starring roles were cast: Kim Dickens as Madison, the female lead; Cliff Curtis as Travis Manawa, the male lead; Frank Dillane as Nick; and Alycia Debnam-Carey as Alicia.[8][9][10] In April and May, 2015, Elizabeth Rodriguez and Mercedes Mason were announced as series regulars, both in unknown roles.[11][12]


Production of the pilot episode began in early 2015 and ended on February 6, 2015.[13][14] The pilot episode was filmed in Los Angeles; the remaining first-season episodes were filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[15][16] Production on the remaining five first-season episodes began on May 11, 2015.[17] Adam Davidson, who directed the pilot, also directed the series' second and third episodes.[17]


Main article: List of Fear the Walking Dead characters

Main cast

The first season features eight actors receiving main cast billing status:

Supporting cast

  • Patricia Reyes Spíndola as Griselda Salazar: Ofelia's mother, who emigrated from El Salvador with her husband Daniel to escape political unrest.
  • Scott Lawrence as Art "Artie" Costa, the principal at the high school where Madison and Travis work.
  • Lincoln A. Castellanos as Tobias: A wise-beyond-his-years high school senior.
  • Maestro Harrell as Matt Sale: Alicia's boyfriend.
  • Shawn Hatosy as Cpl. Andrew Adams: A well-intentioned military man with a soulful disposition, who is out of his element.
  • Jamie McShane as Lt. Moyers: The leader of the National Guard contingent in charge of protecting Madison's neighborhood. He does not take the complaints of the citizens too seriously and is a loose cannon.
  • Sandrine Holt as Dr. Bethany Exner: A confident and skilled doctor.
  • Colman Domingo as Victor Strand: A smart and sophisticated businessman with a mysterious past.

Guest cast

  • Keith Powers as Calvin: Nick's best friend and drug dealer.


No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
11"Pilot"Adam DavidsonRobert Kirkman & Dave EricksonAugust 23, 2015 (2015-08-23)10.13[18]
22"So Close, Yet So Far"Adam DavidsonMarco RamirezAugust 30, 2015 (2015-08-30)8.18[19]
33"The Dog"Adam DavidsonJack LoGiudiceSeptember 13, 2015 (2015-09-13)7.19[20]
44"Not Fade Away"Kari SkoglandMeaghan OppenheimerSeptember 20, 2015 (2015-09-20)6.62[21]
55"Cobalt"Kari SkoglandDavid WienerSeptember 27, 2015 (2015-09-27)6.66[22]
66"The Good Man"Stefan SchwartzRobert Kirkman & Dave EricksonOctober 4, 2015 (2015-10-04)6.86[23]


Critical response

On Rotten Tomatoes, the season has a rating of 77%, based on 62 reviews, whose average rating is 6.76/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Fear the Walking Dead recycles elements of its predecessor, but it's still moody and engrossing enough to compete with the original."[24] On Metacritic, the season has a score of 66 out of 100, based on 33 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[25]

Elisabeth Vincentelli of the New York Post rated the first two episodes three out of four stars, stating that "[They] are creepily suspenseful–they're great examples of how effective a slow pace and a moody atmosphere can be."[26] Another positive review of the first episode came from Ken Tucker of Yahoo TV, who wrote, "Fear the Walking Dead is a mood piece, more artful than the original series" and that the cast is "terrific".[27] Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter gave an average review, writing, "The 90-minute first episode and the hour-long second episode are, while not actually boring, certainly less magnetic than the original."[28]

One of the harshest negative reviews came from HitFix, on Daniel Fienberg and Alan Sepinwall's podcast, where Fienberg called the premiere episode "awful, just horrible ... as bad as The Walking Dead has ever gotten at its very worst. This is that bad. I've been kind of stunned to see people being generous to it. ... I thought this was almost unwatchably bad." Sepinwall called his B- review "slightly generous".[29][30]

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The U.S. series premiere attracted 10.1 million total viewers, with 6.3 million in the advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-old demographic, both cable television records for a series premiere.[31][32] Numerous international debuts of the pilot also set ratings records.[33] The first season averaged 11.2 million viewers in "live plus-3" ratings (includes VOD and DVR viewing within three days after initial telecast) to become the highest-rated first season of any series in cable history.[34]

No. Title Air date Rating
DVR viewers
Total viewers
1 "Pilot" August 23, 2015 4.9 10.13[18] 2.1 3.83 7.0 13.96[35]
2 "So Close, Yet So Far" August 30, 2015 4.1 8.18[19] 2.2 4.06 6.3 12.24[36]
3 "The Dog" September 13, 2015 3.6 7.19[20] 2.4 3.40 6.0 10.59[37]
4 "Not Fade Away" September 20, 2015 3.3 6.62[21] 2.0 3.75 5.3 10.37[38]
5 "Cobalt" September 27, 2015 3.4 6.66[22] 1.8 3.37 5.3 10.03[39]
6 "The Good Man" October 4, 2015 3.4 6.86[23] N/A N/A N/A N/A

Home media

The first season was released on Blu-ray and DVD on December 1, 2015.[40] A special edition version of the first season was released on Blu-ray and DVD on March 22, 2016, with new bonus features, including deleted scenes, seven featurettes, and audio commentaries by cast and crew, on all six episodes.[41]


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