Dark: Season 1 (2017)

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Dark's central mystery unfolds slowly, both tense and terrifying, culminating in a creepy, cinematic triumph of sci-fi noir.

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Air date: Dec 1, 2017

In 2019, a local boy's disappearance stokes fear in the residents of Winden, a small German town with a strange and tragic history.

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When a grim discovery leaves the police baffled, Ulrich seeks a search warrant for the power plant. A mysterious stranger checks into the hotel.

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It's 1986, and Ulrich's brother, Mads, has been missing for a month. Confusion reigns as past and present intertwine.

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Bizarre occurrences give Charlotte a sense of déjà vu, and she suspects Peter is hiding something. Franziska snaps when Magnus confronts her.

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Hannah takes her obsession with Ulrich too far. The stranger asks Regina to deliver an important package. Martha is torn between Jonas and Bartosz.

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Ulrich looks to the past for answers and dredges up disturbing family secrets. Armed with new tools, Jonas probes the cave's murky depths.

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Ulrich questions a frail and frightened Helge in the nursing home. Jonas searches for Mikkel, but the stranger warns him about meddling with the past.

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In 1953, the disfigured bodies of two boys are exhumed at a construction site, the future location of Winden's nuclear power plant.

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Ulrich runs afoul of the law, Helge tries to dodge Egon Tiedemann, Claudia harnesses the cave's powers, and Katharina lashes out at Hannah.

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Peter gets a shock. Jonas learns the truth about his family, but there are more surprises still to come. Helge makes a sacrifice.

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In ten, hour-long episodes, the story takes on a supernatural twist that ties back to the same town in 1986.

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Critic Reviews for Dark Season 1

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (11)

The time travel conceit does more than give us a window into how these families have evolved over many decades - it's brings a whole new meaning to "things are not quite what they seem here."

Dec 1, 2017 | Full Review…
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Even if some of the "You may like this..." seams still show in the making of Dark, its biggest selling point is as a story about a community haunted by something it refuses to talk about.

Sep 15, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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Yes, it's tough to keep track of who, what and when but this is a seriously exciting series with twists and reveals to send you into a whirl.

Jun 5, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The beginning of 'Dark' is very worth watching, both for the excellent atmosphere achieved and for the ideas it plays with. [Full Review in Spanish]

Aug 6, 2019 | Full Review…

Having Stranger Things withdrawals? Tune in to the eerie supernatural German Netflix show that will make you think twice about stepping into caves.

May 30, 2019 | Full Review…

With Dark, Netflix related a complex world of time travel with the intricate symbolism of alchemy and the foundational principles of greek tragedy. [Full review in Spanish]

Mar 25, 2019 | Rating: 8.7/10 | Full Review…

This could be because it's very complicated, following three different time lines involving multiple characters at different ages, but take it from us, there are serious rewards for the patient.

Dec 3, 2018 | Full Review…

Dark is a masterfully filmed series that slowly and grippingly explores the labyrinth of secrets in a deeply troubled town.

Feb 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Its historical vision is distinctive, a past and present filled with angst and cynicism triggered by unsolved disappearances and public corruption.

Oct 18, 2018 | Full Review…

The Netflix series plays with temporary trips and their paradoxes to effectively tell the mysteries and secrets of a small town. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Dark feels like a version of Lost folded in on itself, in which the action on the magical, spacetime-traveling Island and the secret-revealing, surprise-laden, character-driven backstory flashbacks all occur simultaneously.

Jun 21, 2018 | Full Review…

The sci-fi series is deeper and far more evocative of Twin Peaks, weaving a twisty tale that revolves around four interconnected families in a small German town.

Jun 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dark: Season 1

  • 3d ago
    This is an incredible show that I, admittedly, kept putting off because I've not watched a ton of things in my life that are entirely in a language other than English. I'm so glad I decided to start this show. It's honestly one of the very best shows I've seen in any language and, if you're looking to expand your horizons into foreign shows and films this is a great place to start. I hate to put it in a box and try to categorize it by comparing it to other shows but it's got a darker (no pun intended) Lost & Stranger Things vibe to it in my opinion. You find yourself so wrapped up in the incredible story, acting, and cinematography that you forget the show is in German very quickly. If you do not speak German, I highly recommend going subtitles rather than English Audio as I feel the latter detracts from the great performances by the actors. This show is fantastic so far!
  • 6d ago
    The cast members in this series are so superb at their characters that they hold this confusing script in place. If you've ever went on a blind date with an ugly guy but found something about him magnetic and appealing, so you kept dating him anyway. That's what DARK is like .... Next thing you know you're married with children. Well this is definitely that kind of show you'll find yourself committed to but not understand why. But that won't matter because you'll keep on watching it. It is beyond confusing due to the many characters and their relationship to one another in the plot. But I hung in there and things became more familiar, allowing me to connect to the characters a bit more. Still, I'm well into season 2 and I've only been able to connect to 2 characters because of the intensity of constant change. It is an excellent plot though - moving through time and space to end up 33 years from now - and they demonstrate this well. Since I can't change this complicated story, I'd like to take those ridiculous soundtracks out. They play this same loud progressive sound all throughout each show. I can't tell you how many times it put me to sleep while reading subtitles since the entire series in German. The things we do for entertainment.
  • 6d ago
    It changed my expectation from tv shows Its a complete show in many ways. One of the best shows considering the Plots, Background score, Casting obviously, and Kudos to the creative team. Loved it. Sic mundus creatus est!
  • Aug 04, 2020
    Gripping and brilliantly casted
  • Aug 01, 2020
    Great! Honestly, probably the best show I've ever watched. And I've seen them all. The trick is, you have to turn your brain on while watching it. Much better than "Twin Peaks" or " Stranger Things". People seem to compare these 3 but "Dark" is simply much deeper. The details, the never-ending uncertainty, the atmosphere, the depth if you can see it...Amazing! Whoever created it deserves high praise. It's not for everyone tho. Just like anything else in life. You can't be a "Dark" fan and a regular superficial, explosions and fast cars, TV shows fan at the same time IMO.
  • Jul 30, 2020
    just got finished binge-watching dark. And I loved it. I've always been a Sci-Fi geek/Agatha Christie type Thriller enjoey. But this is more like 12 Monkeys with a far higher IQ which doesn't rely on the Mellow dramatic romanticism to pull us in. And the writers do not insult our intelligence as viewers ingauge us with challenges to pop the plots wide open. While there is a love interests the show doesn't make it apparent that it's the primary subtext moving the characters. Honestly and there are a lot of sacrifices made and this series for love. And those sacrifices are made in a realistic high intensity stressful life situations. There are so many other subplots going on and well written with arcs to them it's really hard to decipher watch is the prominent plot to follow. As I said this is 12 Monkeys mixed with lost and two or three other television shows and are movie's merged together to create a very very outstanding piece of work. I also think because it's not produced in America it escapes the need to have everything wrapped up nice and pretty and is not afraid of emotionally extorting and or blackmailing the viewer to invest in protagonists that are disposable. Thanks 4 the great acting and awesome script that was not plagued with deodorized discourse
  • Jul 28, 2020
    Together with Expanse, this is some of the best we have ever seen on (streaming) TV. Like Expanse, this is not a "turn your brain off and enjoy" series, and though seemingly a much smaller universe than Expanse, Dark gets even more complicated. If if you thought family relations got entangled in Game of Thrones, well, "thats cute". Dark is some of the most amazingly written time travel, though time travel stories can never be realistic, Dark sure does an amazing job at appearing to be. Another nice thing about Dark is that it is not set in the US. Nothing wrong with shows set in the US, but is nice top see life portrayed in a different country. We know a lot about how life is in the US, time to see how things are in Europe. If you are used to light hearted, brain dead TV, this is not the show for you.
  • Jul 28, 2020
    Dark has turned my favorite series ever. It is so sad that some people don´t even care to watch it because you actually have to think to understand it. It has a wonderful cast, soundtrack and everything is just simply amazing about it.
  • Jul 28, 2020
    A brilliant show that combines mysteries and secrets with some family drama in a very good way. When they start the time travel topics, then it gets complicated to a point where I had to watching some parts again to remember who is related to who. One of the best shows in recent years
  • Jul 28, 2020
    It's easier to solve complex math problems than watch this show, 10/10 worth it to watch.

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