AMC's 'Humans' Debuts To Record Audiences In The UK

Rachel Tsoumbakos

AMC debuted its new sci-fi series, Humans, last Sunday in the UK. The eight-part series is co-produced between AMC and UK's Channel 4. While it will not debut until the end of the month in the US, it is likely AMC are excited about the welcome Humans received in the UK.

Deadline reported Humans set a new record for the UK network. Four million viewers tuned in for the debut of Humans. With an 18.3 percent share, Humans became the biggest debut for Channel 4 ever. AMC should be excited by this prospect, although, with The Walking Dead and the spin-off series, Fear the Walking Dead, firmly under their belt, AMC seem to have the Midas touch when it comes to new programming of late.

The Guardian were excited by the Humans premiere, calling it a "clever, high-energy thriller" with the eerie implication Humans could really happen with the way technology is evolving. They discussed whether developing robots that could think for themselves was such a good idea -- a theme that is explored in Humans. However, the Independent thought Humans got lost in translation from its Swedish counterpart, Real Humans. The reviewer considered Real Humans "superior in every way to what we've seen so far of the remake."

AMC's Humans is adapted from the Swedish Real Humans, which is set in a near future, parallel universe where "consumer-level humanoid robot workers and servants are widespread." In Humans, the Persona Synthetics company develops humanoid robots -- or "synths" -- that can attend to your every need. Households are now purchasing these robotic servants to help make their lives less chaotic, with the androids being able to cook and clean and run tasks for their humans while they work or, alternatively, play. AMC originally released the Humans trailer as an advertisement, not indicating it was for a TV show rather than an actual a product.

Humans stars Tom Goodman-Hill, Katherine Parkinson, Lucy Carless, William Hurt, Gemma Chan, Colin Morgan, Pixie Davis, Ivanno Jeremiah, Theo Stevenson, Emily Berrington, Neil Maskell, Will Tudor, Rebecca Front, Danny Webb, and Sope Dirisu. AMC's Humans centers around Joe (Tom Goodman-Hill) and Laura Hawkins (Katherine Parkinson), who have purchased a synth called Anita (Gemma Chan) that turns out to be more than just your average android - but not in a good way. Hurt plays Dr. George Millican, one of the original synth engineers. He maintains a steady relationship with his out-of-date synth Odi, treating him more like a son than a robot. Humans is written Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley. Derek Wax and Jane Featherstone are listed as executive producers alongside producer Chris Fry.

AMC's Humans will premiere in the U.S. on Sunday, June 28 at 9/8c.

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