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Low Winter Sun: Season 1 (2013)




Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 30
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 17

Mark Strong makes for a compelling lead, but Low Winter Sun is too serious for its own good, sagging under the weight of its bleak, brooding tone.


Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 20
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 13

Mark Strong makes for a compelling lead, but Low Winter Sun is too serious for its own good, sagging under the weight of its bleak, brooding tone.



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User Ratings: 10

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Season Info

Police officers Frank Agnew and Joe Geddes murder Joe's former partner and after internal affairs get called in and Agnew gets put in charge of finding the killer, the pair do all that they can to keep the truth hidden.

Network: AMC

Premiere Date: Aug 11, 2013


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Air date: Aug 11, 2013


Detectives Frank Agnew and Joe Geddes murder a fellow Detroit police officer in the opener of this crime drama based on a British miniseries. As internal affairs investigates the case, crime lord Damon Callis and his wife Maya discuss future plans.

Air date: Aug 18, 2013

The Goat Rodeo

A police search of McCann's house turns up evidence that could alter the case; Geddes becomes the focal point of Det. Boyd's investigation; and Maya and Damon are forced to reevaluate their plans.

Air date: Aug 25, 2013

No Rounds

Frank and Geddes work to cover up evidence in McCann's murder; Damon's crew prepares for the Blind Pig opening.

Air date: Sep 1, 2013


Frank obsesses over finding Katia, whlle Geddes fears that her return will ruin him.

Air date: Sep 8, 2013

Cake on the Way

The DPD's investigation intensifies when a low-level murder is linked to McCann. Damon has to pay the cost of his ambitions. -- (C) AMC

Air date: Sep 15, 2013

The Way Things Are

Frank navigates through unfamiliar territory in his search for Katia. Damon is forced to ask for help from an enemy, while Nick proves his worth. -- (C) AMC

Air date: Sep 22, 2013

There Was a Girl

The DPD catches a break on the McCann case. Damon and Maya's freedom is threatened. Lies from the past bring Geddes and Frank to a confrontation. -- (C) AMC

Air date: Sep 29, 2013


"Revelations" Due to the BIG Breaking Bad finale night Low Winter Sun will be seen at a special time 11:15/10:15c Sunday but you can see the episode on Demand NOW. AMC Original

Air date: Oct 6, 2013

Ann Arbor

The Season 1 finale finds Frank grappling with his sanity as his actions begin to take their toll. Meanwhile, the DPD catches a major break in the McCann case.

Air date: Oct 6, 2013


In the Season 1 finale, Frank is forced to make a critical decision as the DPD gets close to solving McCann's murder. Meanwhile, Damon makes a bold move.

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All Critics (30) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (17)

It gets too caught up trying to be a Very Serious Television Drama, rather than an intriguing story told well.

August 18, 2014 Full Review Source: PopMatters

Sadly, Low Winter Sun lacks the lean snap of classic noir.

October 8, 2013 Full Review Source: TheWrap

It's a swaggering, snarling mess so rife with clichés that one has to believe the majority of them are intentional.

September 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Grantland

The ensemble is well-cast and believable, but most impressive is London-born leading man Strong, who's reprising the role he played in the original series, this time swapping his character's Scottish accent for an American one.

September 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

For those looking for yet another quality show for their Sunday nights, "Low Winter Sun" soars high.

September 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

Low Winter Sun's cast is top-notch all the way around, especially the actors playing the detective partners-in-crimes. Lennie James.

September 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald

Low Winter Sun is a good show with the potential to grow into a very good show.

September 3, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

If any further evidence were needed that the rugged, anti-heroic white-dude drama is played out, AMC's latest could be Exhibit A.

September 3, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture

The crime and the characters it involves are compelling, and viewers will be hooked early.

August 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Media Life
Media Life

It's a fascinating visual ride. But without heroes worth rooting for or a victim worth avenging, the rubble heaps of an imploded metropolis can only do so much heavy lifting.

August 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

The performances really are good, almost good enough to make the hokey dialogue believable, but not quite good enough to make Low Winter Sun a must-see.

August 14, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle

What elevates Low Winter Sun into the category of must-see-if-you-care-about-quality-TV-drama are its vision and sensibility, largely articulated through its depiction of Detroit.

August 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

AMC should have another hit on it's character driven hands.

August 12, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Fanatic
TV Fanatic

For the moment, all that is brimming here is the evidence of an ill-advised faith in the drawing power of depressive police dramas.

August 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal

Based on a British series, Sun is yet another entrant in what appears to be some cable death match to see which service can offer the dreariest hour. It's too early to declare a winner, but this drama certainly keeps AMC in the race.

August 12, 2013 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today

Low Winter Sun does feel so far like a missed, or at least not-yet-realized, opportunity.

August 12, 2013 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine

Low Winter Sun is just the latest quality drama to disappoint by capturing the surface of shows like The Shield or Breaking Bad but missing the exquisitely hewn souls that make those shows tick.

August 12, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club

For fans of complicated, gritty drama, it's worth keeping an eye on.

August 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The performances are terrific and Dickerson shoots the Detroit locations in a fashion that captures both the beauty of the architecture and the absolute bleakness of the setting.

August 12, 2013 Full Review Source: HitFix

It is delivering, yes, a pretentious speech about morality by way of introducing itself, one that sounds self-aware, but is just nonsense.

August 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Slate

Low Winter Sun too often lingers on Detroit's colorless evil more than its spirited righteousness, resulting in an overwhelmingly bleak narrative that feels as cold and lifeless as a corpse.

August 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Low Winter Sun is so clotted with bleak cityscapes, shadowy interiors and brooding portent that the narrative sags under the weight of all that mood-setting.

August 9, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

It comes off as a straining, overly serious wannabe.

August 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe

Low on initial appeal and likewise short on originality, it's a bleak 'n' grim undertaking that just doesn't seem built for the long haul.

August 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Uncle Barky
Uncle Barky

The drama, which is an adaptation of a U.K. series of the same name, tries way too hard to be a Serious Cable Drama. The strain almost turns it into a parody of the genre.

August 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Huffington Post
Huffington Post

Low Winter Sun makes you want to watch for the potential, but a little more sun (or dark humor) to offset the This Is Serious tone would go a long way in encouraging that potential to be realized.

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

Terrifically hard to love, but some superb performances indicate that at least it's worth the effort to try.

August 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Newsday

The series merits a look, certainly, but the first two episodes mostly live down to the title -- throwing off limited heat, and even less light.

August 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety

The pacing of the first two episodes could be better, but English actors Mark Strong and Lennie James deliver spot-on performances.

August 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times

Veteran actor Mark Strong is absolutely riveting.

August 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer

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