HBO, TV-MA, Germany: 12 7 episodes à 58–76 min
Original release April 18 –May 30, 2021
First, I like thrillers, secondly, I like female detectives, third reason is Kate Winslet (main character & exec producer here) -then all those positive reviews, therefore this one was a Must. Moreover, an exciting delivery on the very opposite end of “vanity” or “Hollywood”…
Summary what to expect: In the suburbs of Philadelphia, a detective named Mare Sheehan (Kate Winslet) investigates the recent murder of a teenage mother while trying to keep her own life from falling apart. Mare is a local hero, having been the star of a high-school basketball championship game 25 years ago. Her personal troubles include a divorce, a son lost to suicide, and an ex-heroin addict ex-daughter-in-law battling for custody of Mare’s grandson. Does she still manage to find out who’s behind the murders and teenagers vanishing mysteriously?
First I had problems to accept that one single family can be faced with so much pain, tragedy and drama, but slowly you get sucked into the story for binge-watching. Admittedly, because of all this bad luck, any kind of positive development is met with some paranoia, expectations of evil twists coming up… anyway, at some point you forget that it’s fiction and not a documentary – because the characters feel so “real”. A huge compliment to the creators!
By the way, according to entertainment media, there’s already a season 2 being talked about… Recommended, a great way to spend rainy summer weekends!
Created & written by Brad Ingelsby, directed by Craig Zobel
Starring Kate Winslet, Julianne Nicholson, Jean Smart, Angourie Rice, David Denman, Neal Huff, Guy Pearce, Cailee Spaeny, John Douglas Thompson, Joe Tippett, Evan Peters etc.