Dark Winds: Season 1 (2022)


Season 1
Dark Winds

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Zahn McClarnon is riveting as a coiled cop in Dark Winds, a solid procedural that derives much of its texture from an underrepresented cultural milieu.

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Critic Ratings: 27

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Air date: Jun 12, 2022

Navajo Tribal Policeman Joe Leaphorn must solve a series of crimes; he partners with new deputy, Jim Chee, who is back on the reservation for the first time since he was a child; together they face down evil forces, both earthly and supernatural.

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Air date: Jun 19, 2022

Leaphorn and Chee interview the surviving witness to the Big Rock Motel murders; Chee meets with the coroner; the cause of death remains a mystery; Sgt. Manuelito makes a chilling discovery of her own.

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Air date: Jun 26, 2022

Leaphorn's niece celebrates her Kinaaldá as Leaphorn retrieves the bodies of the murder victims; Manuelito and Chee investigate the whereabouts of the missing Mormon family.

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Air date: Jul 3, 2022

Leaphorn suspects all of the crimes on the reservation are related; there is a big break in the case; Leaphorn invites Chee over for dinner; Manuelito makes a discovery of her own.

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Air date: Jul 10, 2022

With a major suspect in custody, Leaphorn discovers that there is more to this crime than he would have ever imagined; Manuelito faces her worst fears; Chee must make a choice between his career and his people.

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Air date: Jul 17, 2022

Leaphorn, Chee and Manuelito descend on the hiding place of the Buffalo Society, only to be confronted with hard decisions that could change the outcome of the rest of their lives.

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Cast & Crew

Zahn McClarnon
Joe Leaphorn

Actor
Kiowa Gordon
Jim Chee

Actor
Jessica Matten
Bernadette Manuelito

Actor
Deanna Allison
Emma Leaphorn

Actor
Rainn Wilson
Devoted Dan

Actor
Elva Guerra
Sally Growing Thunder

Actor
Eugene Brave Rock
Frank Nakai

Actor
Noah Emmerich
Whitover

Actor
Chris Eyre
Executive Producer
George R.R. Martin
Executive Producer
Graham Roland
Executive Producer
Robert Redford
Executive Producer
Tina Elmo
Executive Producer
Vince Calandra
Executive Producer
Vince Gerardis
Executive Producer
Zahn McClarnon
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Dark Winds: Season 1

Audience Reviews for Dark Winds: Season 1

  • 2d ago
    I almost passed this show by because I wasn't really interested in another cop show. I'm glad I decided to give it a try. This is a really good series. The plot is multifaceted, the characters have depth and the acting is great. Also, the writers are weaving Navajo traditions into the story which gives the series a flavor that's different from the typical cop show. Additionally, they are bringing awareness to the conditions of the Indians in the U.S. which I think is a situation we as a country should address. There is so much garbage on TV now days it's really nice to find something worth watching.
  • 5d ago
    Zahn McClarnon leads an excellent cast in a well written murder mystery. Add in the wonderful Navajo culture and great landscape and you have an hit series
  • Jun 21, 2022
    SLOW....... Another native American movie bashing the Government. White People. And whoever else destroyed native life......
  • Jun 21, 2022
    So far so fantastic!! Devout fans of Tony Hillerman's novels will notice that the characters' backstories are somewhat different, but Zahn McClarnon and Kiowa Gordon are just phenomenal! I think they capture the overall contrast of the Leaphorn and Chee characters that Hillerman created. Plus, the writer's room is all Native, so I trust that all of the characters have real and authentic backstories, which the entire cast is bringing to life most beautifully. Seriously, the cast is amazing! Filmed in New Mexico, the scenery, settings, and photography are just stunning. I cannot recommend this show highly enough!
  • Jun 20, 2022
    The show is quite good but not great. The plot is engaging and worthwhile, acting is good, seeing the West is awesome, the Native American slant is interesting. The reason I dinged it 2 stars is--as seems to be the rule more than exception the past 5 years--heavy-handed hatred against people according to their ethnic group...literally the only group on the planet right now where that is not only acceptable but wins awards for doing so. LISTEN: if the messaging were more subtle I wouldn't care because it would mean the writers were intelligent and thoughtful, and trusted that their viewers weren't morons (meaning people or color, including Native Americans, as well as white people). As is, there is such frenzied, berserk, out of control with rage, fury in the writing that it's insulting to all viewers' intelligence. Certainly, everyone but the most politically motivated people hellbent on their own sort of ambitions toward "supremacy" would ever honestly believe that all white people are--or ever, at any point in history, were---stupid, idiotic, thoughtless, mean-spirited, shambling, clown-like, low-intellect ignoramuses. This show portrays all people of color being good, kind, mindful, spiritual. kind-hearted, oppressed, and pooed upon by white people and all the POC are in alliance with each other--shooting knowing glances, eye-rolls, and making sniping asides to one another as the white people cluelessly strew their ignorance hither and thither with aplomb. I know the book upon which this series was based. It is smart, subtle, nuanced, and so well-written. The writers of this series all appear to have out of control axes to grind to take down The White People. Furthermore--and this is the part that's actually unforgivable--the writers have manufactured history. A relatively small number of Native women, in a small number of tribes, for a period of 8-9 years (late '60s to mid-'70s) were sterilized through coercion or without their consent---that TRUE fact is absolutely horrific, and is indeed a reality. That reality can stand on its own--as an abomination. But this series disingenuously pretends (and 99% of viewers won't know the truth) this practice was widespread and going on throughout all tribes, for decades and decades. What could have been a 5-star series becomes mediocre due to ham-handed manipulation of viewers and of history--revealing true history is enough--it is bad enough. But to create fiction from history to try to force people to believe something that isn't true is of the exact same ilk of "lies" that writers like these are purportedly trying to rail against regarding "evil white people."
  • Jun 18, 2022
    I am a few episodes in and am hooked already. If I were able to binge watch, I definitely would have finished it already. The story is engaging from the start; a detective drama elevated by inclusion of a Native American perspective on several levels. The cast is fantastic, and it is especially wonderful to see Zahn McClarnon taking the lead - he is always so good at balancing emotional drama with quiet restraint which is perfect for this role. I particularly appreciate a show where all of the characters are interesting and well written because I like to know details about all of them and not just the lead. The show does a great job establishing realistic and three-dimensional people so that every scene keeps my interest. I very much hope this series continues for additional seasons.
  • Jun 17, 2022
    Zahn is on top of his game, beautifully shot cultural drama
  • Jun 16, 2022
    Honestly, with such a great cast, I was looking forward to it. Zahn McLarnon and Elva Guerra are both in one of my favorite surprise shows: Reservation Dogs. Rez Dogs has a great cast, is well-written, is entertaining, and doesn't get all PC. Too bad Dark Winds can't say the same—we get it...indigenous peoples are good and white people are bad. It's such a shame that a show can't have a mostly indigenous cast who get to stand out for their actual acting ability without being overshadowed by a script with the same, tired message. How great would that be? Elva: you're wonderful. I can't wait to see where your career leads.
  • Jun 16, 2022
    Is that Bradley Cooper as The artifacts thief in Ep 1 ?
  • Jun 14, 2022
    Great cast. Great story. Majestic vistas. Zahn McClarnon nails the lead.

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