The Sandman

The Sandman
Released: 5th August, 2022

About The Sandman

The Sandman is an American fantasy drama television series based on the 1989–1996 comic book written by Neil Gaiman and published by DC Comics. The series was developed by Gaiman, David S. Goyer, and Allan Heinberg for the streaming service Netflix, and is being produced by DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television. Like the comic, The Sandman tells the story of Dream, the titular Sandman. It stars Tom Sturridge as Dream, with Gwendoline Christie, Vivienne Acheampong, Boyd Holbrook, Charles Dance, Asim Chaudhry, and Sanjeev Bhaskar in supporting roles.


Upon escaping after decades of imprisonment by a mortal wizard, Dream, the personification of dreams, sets about to reclaim his lost equipment.

Critic Reviews

  • It’s so good, so thought provoking and so wildly entertaining that I’ve already started watching it again.

    Rating: 100/100
  • Some things have been changed from the page here, but a singular quality remains constant: The idea that the waking world can be just as odd as whatever our unconscious minds cook up.

    Rating: 83/100
  • The first season of this Netflix adaptation is extremely faithful to the source material – from delirious diners to "cereal" conventions – bringing the world of the esteemed comic book into live-action with appropriate visual flair. Any imperfections, of which there are several, are easily forgiven when the show gets so much right.

    Rating: 80/100
    Radio Times
  • There’s a LOT going on here, and yet at the end of the 10-episode arc, they’re clearing amping up for more mystical pyrotechnics. We’ll be there.

    Rating: 75/100
    Chicago Sun Times
  • It follows the comic closely and hits all of the good stuff from the comic, so it is at least a pretty good version of that story—because, again, that story on its own is good. But the transition to live-action doesn’t really reveal anything new about Morpheus or his siblings or their shifting perspectives on the lives of mortals or why we should watch, not read, this all unfold.

    Rating: 67/100
    The Av Club
  • It doesn’t help “The Sandman” for so many of its best ideas to feel like echoes of a story that’s already been told. And it doesn’t help that the show seems surprisingly afraid to get truly grisly. This should be a very adult show in terms of violent visions, but it seems toned down to appeal to a wider audience like so much product in the Content Era tends to be. So what does work about “The Sandman”? After some early season uncertainty, Sturridge settles into his role nicely.

    Rating: 58/100
    The Playlist
  • There’s no evidence that any care or consideration was given to appealing to people who aren’t already diehard fans of the source material. And as for those diehards. ... more than a few of them will grow weary of just how unimaginative—how sadly undreamt about—this series of dreams really is.

    Rating: 40/100