We're excited to watch Upload online, and it's finally arrived! This Amazon Prime Video comedy show is anticipated because of its excellent pedigree, coming from Greg Daniels, whose credits include The Office, SNL, The Simpsons, Parks and Recreation and King of the Hill.
So, now that your expectations are set high, let's get into what exactly Upload is. Early promotional material and reviews suggests it's going to be a slightly darker The Good Place, with parts of Black Mirror's San Junipero episode.
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The series takes place in 2033, where technology advances to the point where you can simply upload your consciousness into an afterlife of your choice. Oh, and that afterlife is a digital realm, like you're sending your mind to live on an Animal Crossing island of your choice.
Upload season 1 is now on Amazon Prime, as it arrived on Friday, May 1.
The series stars Robbie Amell as Nathan, a programmer who was working his butt off to sell a big project, only to meet a near-fatal end in a car accident. And because this show is on the satire end of the spectrum that car was -- you guessed it -- automated.
Nathan picks death, however, when his girlfriend Ingrid (Allegra Edwards) offers him the opportunity for his soul to move into Lakeview, the country club of afterlives. And therein lies the series, when Lakeview isn't the ideal world he wanted it to be.
How to watch Upload online anywhere, with a VPN
If you're away from home, in one of the few areas that doesn't get Amazon Prime, you don't need to miss this new series. Watching the final season along with the rest of the internet can be pretty easy with the right VPN (virtual private network), you can stream the show from wherever you go.
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How to watch Upload online in the US and the UK (and most other countries too)
This is even easier than uploading to Dropbox. Practically everyone has access to Amazon Prime Video, and can watch Upload online starting on May 1. Prime Video is included with Amazon Prime, which has a 30-day free trial. If you're traveling and Prime Video isn't available in your neck of the woods, we suggest you check out the above section on how to use a VPN to stream Upload.
Amazon Prime Video has more than just Upload. You'll also want to watch Fleabag, and recent critically beloved films including The Farewell and Lady Bird, the jaw-dropping horror film Midsommar and many Amazon originals including Hunters and Good Omens.
Upload review roundup
The Hollywood Reporter critic Daniel Fienberg sees Upload as we do, comparing it to The Good Place throughout. But while he thinks it's "probably not as good as The Good Place," he admits "it's got plenty of laughs and ideas to make you think."
Over at Rolling Stone, Alan Sepinwall rated Upload with 3 out of 5 stars, with mixed notes. He comments "Once you get past the exposition-laden 45-minute premiere episode, the rest of it is a quick and mostly likable binge," and says "there are periodic moments of inspiration."
William Hughes at AV Club writes "The show’s biggest flaw is that it’s trying to be three series, of widely varying quality, all at once: An excellent and imaginative sci-fi satire, an adequately sweet romantic comedy, and a fairly flat myth-arc thriller. The latter isn’t enough to drag the show down entirely, but it definitely distracts from the pitch-black belly laughs that show it at its best."
- Robbie Amell as Nathan Brown
- Andy Allo as Nora Antony
- Zainab Johnson as Aleesha
- Kevin Bigley as Luke
- Allegra Edwards as Ingrid Kannerman
- Owen Daniels as A.I. GUY
- Andrea Rosen as Lucy
- Jordan Johnson-Hinds as Jamie
- Josh Banday as Ivan
- William B. Davis as David Choak
- Elizabeth Bowen as Fran Booth
- Chris Williams as Dave Antony
- Jessica Tuck as Viv
- Matt Ward as Byron