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


Season 1
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

Critics Consensus

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



Critic Ratings: 28


Audience Score

User Ratings: 922
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Air date: Oct 22, 2016
Air date: Oct 29, 2016
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Air date: Nov 12, 2016
Air date: Nov 19, 2016
Air date: Nov 26, 2016
Air date: Dec 3, 2016
Air date: Dec 10, 2016

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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.


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 (12)

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'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…
Top Critic

[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…

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

  • 14h ago
    Weird, original and entertaining.
  • 3d ago
    One of the best shows I have ever seen
  • Aug 14, 2019
    This adaptation deviates so far from the original plot, you can hardly recognise it. Even Dirk Gently himself is quite a different character in the books. The series is often cruel and rarely funny.
  • Aug 03, 2019
    Read the book. Skip this pretentious show.
  • Jul 01, 2019
    I really like the concept. It has everything..suspense, comedy, bromance, sci-fi
  • Mar 23, 2019
    It very crazy and not perfect in some scenes but it funny, weird and interesting same time. I liked it)
  • Mar 11, 2019
    Original, rare nowadays
  • Nov 29, 2018
    This is the typical investigator that you would not expect. The plot, storyline will all make sense like a puzzle as you see the episodes. The character are described with their own strengths and weaknesses
  • Oct 11, 2018
    Witty, charismatic mad genius that sets the senses abuzz like wildfire up a ridge on a blustery, bright sunny day, then sate the fire with a glorious downpour followed by obligatory rainbow, unicorns included. To a point, this series is amazing. 10/5 stars Thank you Max Landis and all involved <3
  • Oct 06, 2018
    2nd season is better

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