Tales from the Loop

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Tales from the Loop
Tales from the Loop logo.svg
Science fiction
Based on
Developed byNathaniel Halpern
Written byNathaniel Halpern
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Executive producer(s)
  • Matt Reeves
  • Adam Kassan
  • Rafi Crohn
  • Nathaniel Halpern
  • Mark Romanek
  • Mattias Montero
  • Johan Lindström
  • Samantha Taylor Pickett
Running time50–57 min
Production company(s)Indio Film
6th & Idaho Moving Picture Company
21st Television
Amazon Studios
DistributorDisney-ABC Domestic Television
Original networkPrime Video
Picture format4K (UHDTV)
Original releaseApril 3, 2020 (2020-04-03) –
present (present)
External links
Official website

Tales from the Loop is an American science fiction drama web television series based on the eponymous art book by Swedish artist Simon Stålenhag. The series premiered on Amazon Prime Video on April 3, 2020.[1] All eight episodes of the first season were released simultaneously.

Series overview[edit]

Tales from the Loop follows the interconnected lives of the residents in the fictional town of Mercer, Ohio. Mercer is home to the Mercer Center for Experimental Physics, an underground facility known as the Loop. It is there where researchers attempt to "make the impossible possible".

Cast and characters[edit]


No.TitleDirected byWritten by [5]Original release date [6]
1"Loop"Mark Romanek[7]Nathaniel HalpernApril 3, 2020 (2020-04-03)
2"Transpose"So Yong KimNathaniel HalpernApril 3, 2020 (2020-04-03)
3"Stasis"Dearbhla WalshNathaniel HalpernApril 3, 2020 (2020-04-03)
4"Echo Sphere"Andrew StantonNathaniel HalpernApril 3, 2020 (2020-04-03)
5"Control"Tim MielantsNathaniel HalpernApril 3, 2020 (2020-04-03)
6"Parallel"Charlie McDowellNathaniel HalpernApril 3, 2020 (2020-04-03)
7"Enemies"Ti WestNathaniel HalpernApril 3, 2020 (2020-04-03)
8"Home"Jodie FosterNathaniel HalpernApril 3, 2020 (2020-04-03)


On July 17, 2018, it was announced that Amazon had given the production, based on the 2014 narrative art book with the same title by Simon Stålenhag, a series order for a first season consisting of eight episodes. Executive producers include Matt Reeves, Adam Kassan, Rafi Crohn, Nathaniel Halpern, Mark Romanek, Mattias Montero, Johan Lindström, and Samantha Taylor Pickett. Halpern serves as showrunner and Romanek directed the pilot episode. Production companies involved with the series include 6th & Idaho, Indio, Amazon Studios, and Fox 21 Television Studios.[8][7][9]


As of May 2020, Rotten Tomatoes rates the first season "Fresh", with an approval rating of 83% based on 53 reviews, and an average rating of 7.3/10.[10]

David Baird from the B.C. Catholic characterizes the series as "a set of loosely interrelated meditations upon ephemerality, the impact of technology, and human vulnerability infused with a mild science fiction savour" and considers it "a beguiling fusion of forward-looking nostalgia".[11] Joshua Thomas from The Michigan Daily simply considers it "superb sci-fi"; "exactly what good sci-fi should look like."[12] Writing for Firstpost, Prahlad Srihari thinks its "wide shots, the symmetrical frames, and the play of light and space all do justice to Stålenhag's retrofuturistic vision".[13] According to The Verge's Joshua Rivera, "Tales from the Loop is so pretty it breaks your heart."[14] Writing for Slashfilm, Hoai-Tran Bui thinks the show explores "universal elements of grief, aging, parenthood, loneliness, and love" but also that it "often toes the line between beguiling and boring".[15] Polygon's Charlie Hall meanwhile, was left "feeling uneasy and confused."[16]


  1. ^ "Video: "Tales from the Loop" - Official Trailer". The Futon Critic. February 27, 2020.
  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Petski, Denise (March 1, 2019). "'Tales From The Loop': Rebecca Hall To Star In Amazon Series Based On Simon Stålenhag Art". Deadline. Retrieved March 3, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c D'Addario, Daniel (April 2, 2020). "'Tales From The Loop': TV Review". Variety. Retrieved April 4, 2020.
  4. ^ Mitchell, Molli (October 8, 2019). "13 Reasons Why cast: Who plays Charlie St. George? Who is Tyler Barnhardt?". Express.
  5. ^ "Tales From The Loop". Writers Guild of America West. Retrieved March 3, 2020. Episodes with a credit date in 2019.
  6. ^ "Tales from the Loop – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved March 5, 2020.
  7. ^ a b Goldberg, Lesley (July 17, 2018). "'Tales From the Loop' TV Series Set at Amazon". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (July 17, 2018). "'Tales From The Loop': Amazon Studios Orders Genre Series Based On Simon Stålenhag Art From Matt Reeves & Fox 21". Deadline. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  9. ^ Holloway, Daniel (July 17, 2018). "Amazon Orders Sci-Fi Series 'Tales From the Loop'". Variety. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  10. ^ "Tales From the Loop: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  11. ^ "Tales from the Loop: perennial questions in a retrofuturism setting". The B.C. Catholic.
  12. ^ Writer, Joshua Thomas Daily Arts. "'Tales from the Loop' is superb sci-fi". The Michigan Daily.
  13. ^ "Tales from the Loop review: Amazon's quasi-anthology series is low on sci-fi spectacle, high on introspective drama- Entertainment News, Firstpost". Firstpost. April 6, 2020.
  14. ^ Rivera, Joshua (April 6, 2020). "Tales from the Loop turns small-town America into a sci-fi feelings machine". The Verge.
  15. ^ "'Tales From the Loop' Review: Amazon's Striking New Sci-Fi Series is a Serene Ode to Humanity". /Film. March 27, 2020.
  16. ^ Hall, Charlie (April 3, 2020). "Tales from the Loop tries to adapt a series of mysterious paintings". Polygon.

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