Roar Season 1 review – will the anthology series live up to other successes?

By Jordan Lyon
Published: April 14, 2022
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Roar Season 1 review - will the anthology series live up to other successes?


The show isn’t without its fault. But the warm, quirky, deep, and funny storytelling makes for one hell of a show. With each episode featuring a new cast, characters, and stories, it’s hard to be bored whilst watching Roar. Sure, some episodes are clearly better, but that’s part of the fun whilst watching the female-driven series.

This review of Apple TV’s series Roar season one does not contain any spoilers.

First and foremost, Roar features an excellent cast. As each episode features a new cast for each story, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the talent in the eight-part series. However, as the talented cast members own the screen, the quirky storylines come to life and instantly feel so believable! With too many to count, the highlights of the series include Meera Syal, Nicole Kidman, Alison Brie, Issa Rae, and Cynthia Erivo. 

With the episodes only running 30 minutes in length, which I feel is kinda perfect for drama shows right now, it doesn’t take long for audiences to earn that well-deserved conclusion behind each episode. The anthology series will result in a mixture of emotions from the audience. This is largely due to the kooky storylines that have elements of drama, comedy, romance, and thriller. Bringing these genres into the mix means that there’s a wide mixture of episode styles, which could mean audiences may not be able to decide on what their favorite episodes are.

With most types of anthology shows, there’s always a risk of hit and miss happening. And, sure enough, that’s exactly what happens with Roar. It starts strong before dipping and then has a series of grand episodes, before ending with a whimper. (Even so, that’s just my opinion, and you may find that you like/dislike episodes for many different reasons). 

As each episode has a female lead, the series claims to tell the story of what women face in today’s society. It’s a great idea, but one that isn’t always clear within each episode. Even so, it’s a show that many should watch just as a way to understand the struggles that others can face daily. If anything can be said about Roar, it is that it’s a female-driven version of Black Mirror blended with the sometimes kookiness of American Horror Story.

To conclude, Roar is generally one of the weirdest shows that the year 2022 has seen. Not only do we see wives returning their husbands (episode seven), we see mothers swallow photographs (episode two), whilst the weirdest storyline comes in episode five when we see a lonely woman fall in love with a duck. P.S there’s a particular scene in that episode that audiences will go mad over on social media. (I can only imagine the memes that could come from it). It’s weird and it’s wonderful, and despite the faults, you’d be missing out if you didn’t watch Roar.

What did you think of the Apple TV series Roar Season 1? Comment below.

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