Halt and Catch Fire

Series Summary
It's the early 1980s, and the spirit of innovation in personal computing is about to catch fire. Hot on the trail is a renegade trio -- a visionary, an engineer and a prodigy -- who risk everything to realize their vision of building a computer that can change the future. Not long after IBM corners the market with its flagship PC, a flaw is discovered in its operation, opening the door for competition. In steps Joe MacMillan, a former IBM executive who now works for Cardiff Electric. MacMillan plans to reverse-engineer IBM's technology, putting Cardiff in the thick of the personal computer race. He enlists the help of engineer Gordon Clark, who dreams of creating a revolutionary computer, and Cameron Howe, a volatile prodigy who puts her future on the line to join MacMillan's rogue project.

Air Dates: 2014 - Present

Genres: Drama

Network: AMC

Next Episode:

Season 3, Ep. 7 : The Threshold Sep 27, 2016

Joe and Ryan face the consequences of Joe's decision; Gordon experiences a crisis of conscience; Donna and Cameron fight about the future.

  • Season 3, Ep. 6 : And She WasSep 20, 2016

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    An offer to purchase Mutiny creates tension; Gordon and Cam bond over video games while Donna has a weekend to herself; Joe faces off against the board.

  • Season 3, Ep. 5 : Yerba BuenaSep 13, 2016

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    Donna and Gordon treat themselves to a vacation at home instead of camping; Joe and Ryan have a revelation; Cameron and Bos return to Texas.

  • Season 3, Ep. 4 : Rules of Honorable PlaySep 6, 2016

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    A game of laser tag teaches Gordon the importance of teamwork; Donna and Cameron disagree on their acquisition.

  • Season 3, Ep. 3 : Flipping the SwitchAug 30, 2016

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    Gordon and Donna's personal life bleeds into work, causing tension at the office; Joe meets with the MacMillan board.

  • Season 3, Ep. 2 : One Way or AnotherAug 23, 2016

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    Cameron and Donna have a hard time finding venture capital; Joe hires a key coder and leaves the rest of the team at a loss.

ratings & reviews

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  • It’s not quite as nuanced as "Mad Men," but it could be before the end of the season. Show More

  • During the first two years, Halt and Catch Fire has smoldered, sometimes frustratingly so, but has always been engaging, often thanks to the performances of Bishé and Davis. Judging by five episodes of season three, it looks like the show is finally catching fire. Show More

  • There's a tentativeness to Halt's first hour--it doesn't end especially strongly--but overall, the drama has a mostly credible pilot and lead actors who will probably be able take the show in compelling directions. Show More

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