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Odds are high this will be a solid update on an old narrative, but there's still potential for more.
While there are shades of David Lynch and, with its sun-baked Albuquerque landscapes, the occasional feel of Breaking Bad, Briarpatch is a fresh, darkly comic whodunnit.
Characters flirt with type but finally come across as original and real and thus worth caring about, while the performances are first rate, rooted in decades of film history but individual and modern at the same time.
Briarpatch is lovely to look at and its story clicks along at an entertaining clip. The trouble is that the second you stop watching it, none of its burrs stick.
While it's no Twin Peaks, the creepy, noir-ish world of Briarpatch -- populated with colourful characters and an exotic zoo animal or two, plus random touches of surrealism -- is worth sticking around for.
Fun, pulpy detective series has sex, violence, and swearing.
If you were to feed every so-called "prestige" series to an AI, what it spit out on the other end would be a lot closer to Briarpatch than anyone's probably willing to admit.
Its faults are easy enough to forgive because Briarpatch is an easy and entertaining watch with a firecracker cast, kooky character, and funky world.
The world that Andy Greenwald has set up in Briarpatch is one that's worth visiting, despite the heavy hand on quirk.
Sometimes too stylized for its own good, as if Wes Anderson adapted a John Ridley novel, Briarpatch is a slice of naughty noir that might satiate your mystery cravings this winter.
Audience Reviews for Briarpatch: Season 1
Jan 11, 2021It was ridiculous. Sad that this show wasted a great talent like Rosario Dawson. They should have kept on working on the script before shooting.
Jul 12, 2020It's ok. I binged it (cause I wanted to discover whodunnit), but wouldn't have continued watching it on a weekly episode basis. The story had too many gaps (character pasts mainly), holes, and absurd turns for my liking.
Jun 05, 2020Some really big hits and this is ONE!
Apr 18, 2020I really enjoyed this weird neo-noir murder mystery - fun characters (especially loved Jay R. Ferguson's Spivey), great dialogue, and just crazy (in the best way possible).
Apr 18, 2020Let´s hope for a second season
Apr 18, 2020I loved this show-something about it was just right. It's a noir with some lightness to it, not in comedy but in the atmosphere. The world it creates is a little hyper-real in way I didn't know I wanted, but found this one of the few shows I would faithfully look forward to the next episode each week. I read a lot of critics comparing this to other shows but I think they miss the way Briarpatch defines a new genre all for itself. Dawson is so airtight this seems like the role she was meant to play, and the Spivey character is complexly likeable-endearing and the definition of quirk but deserving of not escaping his past. I hope there are future seasons and more shows like it. Well done.
Mar 27, 2020A suspenseful who-done-it. It'll keep you guessing!
Mar 24, 2020It started good, but it gets so SO very boring quickly. I left after episode 4.
Mar 22, 2020I saw the first two episodes in Tennessee and when I came back to California I couldn't find it on my TV here, I got Sinners but no Briarpatch. What the frick
Mar 21, 2020I came for Rosario and stayed for the plot twist. Love this show and am looking forward to seeing her in The Mandalorian.