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Foundation (2021)

Popularity 123
Rayting:   8.0/10 8.2K votes
Country: USA
Language: English

A complex saga of humans scattered on planets throughout the galaxy all living under the rule of the Galactic Empire.

Episode Guide

Best Foundation Episodes

Top 20 (Ranked)

September 23, 2021star8.3 1893 votesS1E1 The Emperor’s Peace
September 23, 2021star7.2 1401 votesS1E2 Preparing to Live
November 11, 2021star0.0 0 votesS1E9 The First Crisis
November 4, 2021star0.0 0 votesS1E8 The Missing Piece
October 29, 2021star0.0 0 votesS1E7 Mysteries and Martyrs
October 21, 2021star0.0 0 votesS1E6 Death and the Maiden
October 14, 2021star0.0 0 votesS1E5 Upon Awakening
October 8, 2021star0.0 0 votesS1E4 Barbarians at the Gate
October 1, 2021star0.0 0 votesS1E3 The Mathematician’s Ghost
November 18, 2021star0.0 0 votesS1E10 The Leap

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User Reviews

crsunblast 24 September 2021

This is yet another example of someone borrowing a title and character names from one story and making up a completely different story using those names. This show bears very little resemblance to the Asimov books, so if that's what you're expecting, you will be disappointed.

With that said, the first two episodes aren't bad in their own right, and this could end up being an interesting story of its own. I just wish producers would quit ripping off the names and titles of well-known works in a cheap attempt to grab a large audience.

gaspyy 24 September 2021

While I love the Foundation series by Isaac Asimov(and the Empire and Robots series), I admit it may be a bit dated. The novels were written during the '50s and Asimov never described the visuals in detail.

It was therefore expected that any adaptation would diverge from the source material. And I don't mind it. A faithful adaptation would not be possible because we wouldn't know how the ships are supposed to look like, for example. I don't mind the gender swap in itself.

But the creators take too many liberties with the source materials to the point the story doesn't make sense for any science fiction fan. If Terminus is 55,000 light years away from Trantor and the colonists don't have jump ships, how do they travel? Why does it take 900 days to get there? That would mean they are travelling at 22,300 times the speed of light. This kind of oversight may be OK for a Marvel show, not for a show where math plays a central role.

I was also disheartened by changing Demerzel's gender. Not because of itself, but because in the books Eto Dermerzel is a very special character with a deep backstory. Changing his gender sends ripples everywhere. It's like making Han Solo or Ron Weasley a woman.

Hari's relationship with Raych is also changed for the worse, presumably to make room for Gaal. Sigh.

All these changes leave us with really impressive visuals and a weakened story. Not the Foundation I expected.

phukhard 24 September 2021

Stunning CGI, great visuals. Totally lacks the depth of the source material.


dominisdei 24 September 2021

Apple really butchered the story. If Asimov name was not attached to this It wouldn't bothered me this much. Gender swaps are also disheartening This is not Foundation, it's another story that vaguely is inspired by Asimov writings.

For someone who never heard of Asimov and Foundation, this could be watchable. Great visual effects, though.

michalklebs 24 September 2021

So far it has very little to do with its source material... It is barely "inspired" by Asimov novels, definitely not based on them. It has ambition to be a new Game of Thrones in space, but it is not as epic nor as intelligent. Good production value but it focuses on random stuff. A shame...

cqfkbv 24 September 2021

Its beautiful and have good actors, but its has awful story telling and direction. By the first episode you are so utterly indifferent to what happens to the characters that it is unbearable to watch anymore even though it is very beautiful.

How does someone so bad at directing get to use this much money?

How can anyone have watched this on the "cutting table" and not decided to reshoot it all?

It is so obviously poor story telling, that it hurts to know someone did not stop wasting money in time. What where they thinking?

endalayng 24 September 2021

I read the Asimov books many years ago , and still have them. Fantastic books and premise.

This bears very little resemblance to those books.

I'd imagine Isaac is turning in his grave! His name should not be attached to this at all.

For people who never heard of Asimov and his writing this is probably okay.

I am so disappointed.

fagzal 24 September 2021

Based on the trailers, which were suspect at least, and the fact that Apple did this, I did not have high hopes. However, it's worse than I could have ever imagined.

The first episode felt like a guy got high, and told the story of Foundation to his roommate in five sentences, who made a movie out of it the next morning, including 2 ideas out of the 5 he vaguely remembered. (He did not get the gender of the main characters right, but what do you expect after that much weed...) It was all over the place, but at least resembling the original.

But the second episode....

What were they even thinking??

Even if you are not familiar with the original story, you will realize this is just a mess. And I would not mind that - there are many bad series out there, this is just another one - but why drag Asimov's name into it?

This is not "based on", and not even "inspired by" the books - it's defecating on them. One of the greatest sci-fi novels of all time, in the hands of those who just wanted to use the name to bring in some viewers. What a shame!

Probably the least engaging series I have seen in a long time. And revealing in episode two who Demerzel is? Oh come on!!! Have you even read the books??

Two stars because they've tried.

twittkamp 24 September 2021

Good visuals and effects but sadly pulled down by the main in my opinion. If you want to add "diversity", add roles, don't race,- and genderswap characters from the source material. And if you absolutely have to to get funding in current year +6, at least cast good actors that can act and are pleasing to look at.

amaya_bi 24 September 2021

I love Asimov´s Foundation and Robots series and I have watched only the firt two episodes of the show released for premiere.

Good, atonishing visuals. Good CGI. Good cast in the sense of being competent actors and actress.


Too much change from the novels. They took the frame, kind of, and inserted in it a lot of actual woke agenda not related with the spirit of the stories.


This might be a good show per se (too early to say), but it is clear just now that is NOT a good Foundation series show.

elijahbahley 24 September 2021

As a great fan of the books from Isaac Asimov is was looking forward to this series.

But for it being based up on the books of Isaac Asimov it probably means the manuscript was probably by accident put on top of one of his books by accident for a second.

This peace of woke trash has nothing to do with his foundation book series.

Read the books!!

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