Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency: Season 1 (2016)

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Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

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Odd and ambitious, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency sometimes overdoses on pure weirdness but offers absurdist rewards to those who stick with it.

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Critic Ratings: 28

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User Ratings: 963

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Air date: Oct 22, 2016

In the series premiere, eccentric self-proclaimed detective Dirk Gently investigates the death of an isolated millionaire and inadvertently teams up with struggling musician Todd Brotzman to do so.

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Air date: Oct 29, 2016

Todd is drawn further into the case as they learn more about the fiends who captured Patrick Spring's daughter, Lydia. Mysterious characters take a step closer to a collision, culminating in an absurd hostage exchange. -- (C) BBCA

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Air date: Nov 5, 2016

Farah and Dirk unearth a big clue after searching through Patrick Spring's past. Elsewhere: Tood learns he has no safe harbor after trying to go to the police and Amanda encounters a looming presence.

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Air date: Nov 12, 2016

Dirk and Todd face danger that Patrick Spring left behind and Amanda and Farah encounter an FBI agent as police start putting together the results of their case.

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Air date: Nov 19, 2016

Todd reveals a secret during a search for dark enigmas. Elsewhere: Estevez and Zimmerfield take big risks as they come closer to concluding their missing person's case.

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Air date: Nov 26, 2016

All conflicts intertwine and come to a head.

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Air date: Dec 3, 2016

A terrible discovery is made as the duo travel back in time and try to solve the case before the crime ever happens.

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Air date: Dec 10, 2016

The team face a final battle to save Lydia Spring.

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This science fiction detective show is based on the novel series of the same name written by Douglas Adams and takes place after the events narrated in the books. Todd Brotzman (Elijah Wood) is a bellhop who finds the murdered body of a multimillionaire while on the job; this leads to him meeting Dirk Gently (Samuel Barnett), a holistic detective who believes in the supernatural, being slightly psychic himself. The detective convinces Todd to work at his side, promising to pay him enough to be able to help his sister Amanda (Hanna Marks), who has a terrible illness that gives her hallucinations. Season 1 follows the duo as they investigate crimes and navigate a world where time travel, psychic vampires and government conspiracies are all real.

Cast

Samuel Barnett
as Dirk Gently
Hannah Marks
as Amanda Brotzman
Jade Eshete
as Farah Black
Fiona Dourif
as Bart Curlish
Dustin Milligan
as Sgt. Hugo Friedkin
Miguel Sandoval
as Col. Scott Riggins
Richard Schiff
as Zimmerfield
Aaron Douglas
as Gordon Rimmer
Alison Thornton
as Lydia Spring
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Critic Reviews for Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency Season 1

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (13)

It's dark and funny and appalling and sad and silly, and very much its own thing.

Oct 24, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Dirk Gently is gorgeous, ambitious, pre-meditated chaos, a firework shot into a crowded room, or a child drawing with lipstick on the good wallpaper, grounded only by subtle performances by Elijah Wood, and Samuel Barnett as the titular detective.

Oct 24, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Those who have devoured the swervy, same-named Douglas Adams books could very well find themselves immensely entertained. Those who haven't... can at least can admire the energy, cheekiness and slick production values.

Oct 21, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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Bonkers? Very much so - but with an internal coherence that begins to reveal itself just as the viewer might begin to doubt its very existence.

Mar 28, 2018 | Full Review…

All in all, Dirk Gently tries to be about half a dozen shows at once, and none of them rise to the level of adequate.

Oct 19, 2016 | Full Review…
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It's a compulsively watchable show, but its breathless, urgent tone brings it closer to E4's Misfits than to anything Adams wrote.

Dec 12, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

[It] comes off as an odd but fun distraction. But to appreciate it, you better like weird shows that seem uninterested in providing answers. [It] doesn't just set up weirdness and then explain it; it just keeps getting stranger and stranger as it goes.

Oct 19, 2016 | Full Review…

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency inhales and says hey, maybe we're all just pawns in some giant cosmic scheme of which we're unaware and for which we are - at best - incidental.

Aug 28, 2017 | Full Review…

It is, by virtue of its pacing, entertaining. But at the end of the episode, you can't figure out why you watched it.

Mar 14, 2017 | Full Review…

As a freewheeling comedy-thriller, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency is agreeably daft entertainment even if it doesn't crib heavily from Douglas Adams' novels, serving as an incredibly loose adaptation.

Dec 15, 2016 | Full Review…

Quirky sci-fi comedy is fun but can be violent.

Dec 6, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It amounts to a scattershot narrative that only really works because of creator/writer Max Landis's wit. Beneath all the details is a cutting humor that, in a rare move, is actually humorous.

Nov 4, 2016 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency: Season 1

  • 3d ago
    Best time travel series ever? WAtch it and figure it out.
  • Aug 16, 2020
    Totally irrelevant to the original books, only names have been borrowed and after watching s1 I don't understand why they did it. The "hollistic" feels more like an excuse to cash in on the similarities since there's really no connection to the original stories. It's still a fun entertaining story, even if a bit too complicated at times that you may enjoy and the acting was mostly good.. but what ruins it for me is Dirk Gently himself who's an unlikeable annoying obnoxious twat and I think the actor is partially to blame for it because he's over-acting most of the season. I may watch s2 but I lowered my expectations. Score: Okay-ish
  • Jul 24, 2020
    It was weird and confusing in the beginning but it all fit together so so well in the end! I loved the characters, they were perfect!
  • Jan 31, 2020
    Please do whatever it takes to get more seasons.
  • Jan 15, 2020
    Weird, in a good way!
  • Jan 12, 2020
    Brings it all from the beginig to the end. Pure wilderness.
  • Nov 26, 2019
    Amazing. Douglas Adams at his finest.
  • Oct 23, 2019
    Weird, hilarious and amazing.
  • Sep 17, 2019
    Weird, original and entertaining.
  • Sep 15, 2019
    One of the best shows I have ever seen

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