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


  • Season 2, Ep. 10 : Heaven Is a Place Aug 2, 2015

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    When the Clark family descends into crisis, Gordon helps Joe; Cameron envisions a new future for Mutiny.

  • Season 2, Ep. 9 : Kali Jul 26, 2015

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    Reeling after a rival's launch, Mutiny takes measures to ensure survival; Gordon pays a price to quell his paranoia.

  • Season 2, Ep. 8 : Limbo Jul 19, 2015

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    Cameron and Tom try to come to terms at Mutiny's user picnic; Gordon searches for answers; Joe and Sara leave Dallas.

  • Season 2, Ep. 7 : Working for the Clampdown Jul 12, 2015

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    Gordon and Donna keep secrets from each other; Gordon launches a new venture; Cameron's principles are tested.

  • Season 2, Ep. 6 : 10Broad36 Jul 5, 2015

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    Gordon returns to California, in hopes of reconnecting with his brother; Joe uses his leverage to change Wheeler's thinking.

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Based on 8 Critics
Critic Reviews ( 3 )
Fan Reviews ( 0 )
  • As with the first season, the actors all do their best, and the loving but challenging relationship between Donna and Gordon remains the show's most appealing, layered element. But Halt and Catch Fire still lacks a point of view that would make this trip back to the '80s feel relevant. Show More

  • AMC's computer-industry period drama, Halt and Catch Fire, returns for its second season a fresher, better, stronger series. Show More

  • AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire, a series about tech entrepreneurs, albeit ones in 1980s Dallas, begins its much-improved second season having undergone a pivot of its own.... The adjustment may sound slight, but as successful pivoters--billionaires on paper, anyway--would surely be happy to explain, the right pivot can make all the difference. Show More

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