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
    After the first episodes i was about to leave it aside because i thought it was too complex. Then, as the episodes advance, it becomes clear that the complexity behind it deserves a high mark only for the complexity of the writing. Deserved.
  • 5d ago
    Best show of all time
  • 6d ago
    It is not how I imagined it would be – and that is a good thing. You see, I thought it to be a dark (no pun intended), gritty sci-fi horror that will have mainly lots of scares and tiring exposition to it (this is also how I imagine "Stranger Things" since I still have not watched it...), while in actuality it is mostly a marriage between small town crime thriller (but think "Prisoners" rather than anything close to "Twin Peaks") and a show about unfolding a bigger, out-of-this-world mystery (it reminded me of "Lost", actually...). The combination of this two is strong here: the movie gets its meticulously crafted complicated (yet perfectly logical) story from the latter, but its strong sense of dense, down-to-earth action comes from the former. Its a slow-going merger, to be sure, and the end of the first season is not in the least satisfactory, but I believe it will get to that point in the two next season which I will gladly watch. Oh, and one more thing: it was for me a great surprise how this show is not at all focused on its teenage protagonists, but prefers to treat all main characters (and different versions of them) equally. Good decision, if you ask me.
  • Sep 15, 2020
    One of the best sci-fi shows
  • Sep 10, 2020
    This is the best science fiction series out there in Netflix. If you are fascinated by the concept of time travel, this is the show to watch.
  • Sep 08, 2020
    A very beautiful, smart, chilling and mind-bending series, this is one of the best shows in history in my opinion. A true masterpiece.
  • Sep 08, 2020
    Dark is one of the best television series I´ve ever seen. This is the kind of series you just can't stop watching because at the end of each episode you are really intrigued about what's going to happen. I like this series a lot because is very original, I think I've never watch something like this before. While watching this TV series you will experience a lot of different emotions, from terror and suspense,to emotion and excitedness. Also, a thing I found very unusual in this TV series is that most of the characters take a very important role. The thing of this series is that is kind of confusing, that's what makes it intriguing, because at some point you don't know if you are understanding it correctly, so if you would like to see this TV series you will have to put a lot of attention.
  • Sep 06, 2020
    Saw all three seasons once through. Watching again and it's even better.
  • Aug 30, 2020
    Season 1 is worth a watch. The story is what drives this show. Otherwise, the cinematography is well done, the acting is okay, but the dialogue falls short. Some of this may be due to translation, though. It's not a complete winner, but well worth the watch. (Season 2 & 3 fall short of this, so if you're planning on watching this as a series, be aware...neither subsequent season is as good as this one.)
  • Aug 23, 2020
    This show is fenomenal, who ever written this is a genius...

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