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Broadchurch: Series One (2013)

Seasons:
1

tomatometer

90

Average Rating: 8.9/10
Reviews Counted: 30
Fresh: 27 | Rotten: 3

Well written and beautifully shot, Broadchurch is a deliberate, slowly unfolding mystery procedural with terrific performances from a fine cast.

94

Average Rating: 9.4/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 1

Well written and beautifully shot, Broadchurch is a deliberate, slowly unfolding mystery procedural with terrific performances from a fine cast.

audience

96

liked it
Average Rating: 4.6/5
User Ratings: 79

My Rating

Season Info

Detectives investigate the murder of a boy in a sleepy seaside town.

Network: BBC America

Premiere Date: Aug 7, 2013

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Episodes

1
Air date: Aug 7, 2013

Episode One

The body of 11 year old Danny Latimer is found on the beach in Broadchurch - local police officers DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller are called to investigate a case that will change the town forever... (C) BBC

2
Air date: Aug 14, 2013

Episode Two

As the mystery around Danny Latimer's death deepens, DI Hardy and DS Miller must work fast to identify the key suspects. -- (C) BBC

3
Air date: Aug 21, 2013

Episode Three

The discovery of the murder scene leads DI Hardy and DS Miller to arrest a startling suspect in Danny's murder. -- (C) BBC

4
Air date: Aug 28, 2013

Episode Four

The aftershocks of Danny's murder continue to ripple through the town, as friends and neighbors' lives come under scrutiny. -- (C) BBC

5
Air date: Sep 4, 2013

Episode Five

As Hardy and Ellie come under fire, the people of Broadchurch start to turn against each other. -- (C) BBC

6
Air date: Sep 11, 2013

Episode Six

The town of Broadchurch comes together to mourn. In doing so, a new suspect in the murder of Danny Latimer comes to light. -- (C) BBC

7
Air date: Sep 18, 2013

Episode Seven

Time is running out to solve Danny's murder. Will the discovery of a vital clue finally unlock the case? -- (C) BBC

8
Air date: Sep 25, 2013

Episode 8

As the town comes together to mourn Danny, the final piece of the puzzle falls into place, and Danny's killer is revealed.

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All Critics (30) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (27) | Rotten (3)

Broadchurch is based on a generic premise, but nothing feels stale. With depth and passion, Colman brings her character's profound questioning to vibrant life.

September 24, 2013 Full Review Source: James on screenS
James on screenS

It's just a thing of beauty all the way around.

August 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter

Broadchurch doesn't come with many stylistic flourishes -- it's a pretty straightforward crime story. But the care given to its characters and the damage the crime inflicts on the town make it one of the best scripted series of the summer.

August 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Zap2it.com
Zap2it.com

Most viewers will probably tune in to see Tennant in a dark and unfamiliar role, but as great as he is in the role, the real standout performance comes from Olivia Colman.

August 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Under the Radar
Under the Radar

It's beautifully filmed with an exceptional score and an extraordinary company of players.

August 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

This is grim subject matter, and the show doesn't often pull back from its essential sadness, but this is also a show about people who are determined to fight back.

August 8, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club

It's everything great drama should be -- riveting, raw, heartbreaking, funny and very, very smart.

August 8, 2013 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

There's something fundamentally unsatisfying about the whole thing. We've just been to this particular narrative well too many times in 2013, to the point where the "murder in a small town" template feels played out.

August 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Vulture

Simply a well-written, well-produced and well-acted murder mystery that's a pleasure to watch.

August 8, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

Broadchurch is a police procedural, and an effective one, but what renders it special is the way it tracks the ways that physical and emotional violence haunts everyone in the town.

August 7, 2013 Full Review Source: HitFix

Broadchurch isn't melodramatic-if anything, it has a stylized, moody, sea-breeze chill-but it leaves its heart exposed all the same.

August 7, 2013 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine

I can't recall a mystery series moving me as frequently and profoundly as Broadchurch's masterful and sensitively rendered study of poisonous suspicion that infects an otherwise peaceful, deceptively sunny British seaside village.

August 7, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

Broadchurch... is the only show about the murder of a child that I have ever found spiritually salubrious.

August 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com

Broadchurch manages to be both a finely crafted piece of suspenseful entertainment and also an emotionally resonant examination of grief, loss and moral confusion.

August 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Huffington Post
Huffington Post

Broadchurch, with its recurring crashing waves wiping some slates clean, is thoroughly captivating from start to finish.

August 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Uncle Barky
Uncle Barky

It's among the best detective shows - and perhaps even among the best dramas - in several years. It will break your heart and keep you guessing all the way through.

August 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

Broadchurch is simply a knockout.

August 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel

There's more to this than meets the eye.

August 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday

A little patience is required but rewarded.

August 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Media Life
Media Life

Despite some flaws, Broadchurch is beautifully filmed, sharply directed and intensely acted.

August 6, 2013 Full Review Source: RedEye
RedEye

As always, execution matters. Broadchurch's is practically note-perfect.

August 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

With each sharply written episode, we learn more and more about Danny, his parents, his 15-year-old sister, his friends, and other members of the close-knit town.

August 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe

While Mr. Tennant is the marquee name, Broadchurch really belongs to Olivia Colman.

August 6, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

This gripping whodunit is further proof that the Brits have a special talent for murder mysteries.

August 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times

The cinematography is as stellar as the cast.

August 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post

When Broadchurch dangles a possible suspect, it's earned that by letting viewers get to know the characters better.

August 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

[It's] visually striking, from the mesmerizing rows of identical housing to the sweeping coastal views. It's only too bad the series doesn't have more flair in terms of its narrative properties.

August 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety

Broadchurch is a gripping portrait of small-town paranoia.

July 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly

You're...effectively hooked, thanks to thoughtful pacing and an intriguing ensemble of characters who make for a high-quality whodunit.

July 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Murder most foul, TV most fabulous. That's Broadchurch.

July 27, 2013 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today

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