Dublin Murders: Season 1 (2019)


Season 1
Dublin Murders

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Thrilling, but a bit tired, Dublin Murders's grim subject matter is no doubt gripping, but for some it may feel a little like djvu.

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Critic Ratings: 28

80%

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User Ratings: 49

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Episodes

1
Air date: Nov 10, 2019
2
Air date: Nov 17, 2019
3
Air date: Nov 24, 2019
4
Air date: Dec 1, 2019
5
Air date: Dec 8, 2019
6
Air date: Dec 15, 2019
7
Air date: Dec 22, 2019
8
Air date: Dec 29, 2019

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Critic Reviews for Dublin Murders Season 1

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (12)

Dublin Murders might have made for a pleasingly mopey whodunnit along the lines of Shetland or Broadchurch if Phelps weren't so obviously unsure of her source material.

Nov 11, 2019 | Full Review…
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Lucky for us, "Dublin Murders" revels in characters that can both sink and swim.

Nov 11, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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Dublin Murders might not be one for the craic addicts, but I find it hoary nevertheless. I feel, somehow, that I've seen it all before.

Oct 17, 2019 | Full Review…

Some crime series captivate because the mystery itself is so maddeningly mysterious, while the lure of others is largely the frisson between the leading detectives. This Irish drama of tragedy and intrigue has both in spades.

Apr 14, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The storytelling is crisp and connective, but it's always accentuated by a disconcerting mood that feels connected to the sense that everyone is being drawn into something they can't control.

Feb 12, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Remember that if you're drawn to what is an unusually ethereal mystery, one that is tricky and sometimes off-kilter. You've been warned. The cast is excellent, by the way.

Dec 18, 2019 | Full Review…

The psychological mystery takes many twists and turns as it winds its way to an almost inevitable conclusion, and at times it takes modest but bizarre detours.

Nov 8, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's a refreshing if unsettling reminder that life is full of unanswered and haunting questions.

Nov 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Dublin Murders is very good indeed.

Nov 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Despite the intriguing, emotional world that the series builds through a deeply atmospheric setting and compelling narrative ideas, Dublin Murders lurches through its final hours and comes out murky, confused, and unnecessarily rushed.

Nov 7, 2019 | Rating: 6.5/10 | Full Review…

It all helped to build the haunting ambiguity of the piece...melancholy landscape shots, claustrophobic interiors and Volker Bertelmann's disturbing soundtrack intensified the effect.

Nov 6, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Wait until the run is over and binge this show so you're not exhausted by all the twists and turns.

Nov 12, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dublin Murders: Season 1

  • May 31, 2020
    There are about three plots in this show. I think it could have lost one of them (the most tangential one) and the show would have been better. But the ending makes the wait worthwhile, although loose strings remain...
  • May 07, 2020
    Based on the Into the Woods and The Likeness novels by Tana French and set in 2006 Ireland, two detectives are investing the murder of a girl in the outskirts of Dublin. Hauntingly, the same location is notorious for a number of unsolved crimes that took place in 1985 where three children entered the woods but only one returned. Which begs the question, are these events interlinked? Weaved in are personal stories from the characters as the town's secrets begin to unravel. The characterisation was key to the success of executing this plotline. Morally grey characters and intricate backstories in their relationships ensured we were sufficiently distracted to any clues placed regarding the core murder. Killian Scott and Sarah Greene had intense chemistry, their partnership was ideal in carrying the show through its 8 episode run and it was great to see Scott lead a police procedural after his supporting role in Strike, also as a detective. An underdog of the series was Tom Vaughan-Lawlor. Upon first encountering his character Frank I didn't anticipate him changing the dynamic of the show so drastically, as a rather impudent character, Frank brings an almost dangerous attitude towards his work and often operating in the grey. You can expect lots of questionable undercover work to pique your interest. While some episodes required forcing your attention to truly focus as the twists slowed down, it was all worth it for that finale. As secrets become unravelled, landing our characters in quite deep water, my imagination was running rampant. It is so satisfying to feel as though there is true pay-off from a twist. The setting of Dublin adds to the fantasy as being able to experience a police procedural though a different culture to the usual London set was a treat. Creepy towns with a history are always bound to be entertaining but they require unique depth to stray from other productions in the genre and Dublin Murders is sure to keep you addicted to the very end with its constant intrigue with plenty of stones left unturned for a possible sequel. I am now quite desperate to pick up the novels, so props to Sarah Phelps for creating an adaptation that can stand on its own yet is bound to attract readers to the books the show is based on.
  • Apr 25, 2020
    Was really enjoying the first rate script, acting, story....everything, until suddenly there is a totally inexplicable segue midway to a secondary plot involving Cassie going through what seems like an awful lot of trouble to find the killer of her doppelganger -- a member of cult-ish houselhold. Suddenly becomes mix of Mission Impossible and Young and Restless soap opera, and gets away from the intriguing initial plot of the unexplained Dublin murders. With the advent of binge watching, it seems that writers feel the need to stretch out what would have been a taught feature film into multiple episodes, with many "filler" moments.
  • Mar 22, 2020
    A bit slow, with good and ok acting performances, but it picks up towards the end.
  • Mar 14, 2020
    I think this is an excellent show! I'm so tired of American shows! The casting is marvelous; this is not the same old thing. Very true to the novels, and very good! I am reading every Tana French novel I can get my hands on. Love it!
  • Feb 23, 2020
    Watched the first episode and was hooked. And then...... it was all down hill from there. Stuck with it until the end hoping for redemption but, alas, it was not to be. At the end of the last episode we looked at each other and said 'that's it???". What a disappointment. I believe I saw an ad for a second season and we have zero interest in watching any additional seasons. Watching this made me appreciate how well done season 1 of True Detective. Demand better quality writing. Don't waste your time
  • Jan 15, 2020
    Two series recently have both come from Ripper Street, the male detective from this and the lead female witch from The Witcher. This was very interesting, great performances, I will definitely look for the actors again...story had a good amount of twists however the over arching story wasn't resolved.
  • Jan 12, 2020
    I didn't know the books and I didn't like the series anyway. It's all over the place and the characters are very badly written, especially Rob/Adam. They turned him into a pathetic joke. The ending was the worst I've seen in a long time. Frustrating that I wasted time on this.
  • Jan 08, 2020
    I love Tana French's books and unfortunately this series didn't come close to the magic she wrote. Especially episode 7 when it completely turns from the books--THE LIKENESS in particular—it ruins everything. It turns Daniel into an unhinged psychopath and the rest have no personalities at all. I'm so disappointed! Not only that, the writers turned Rob Reilly into an unmitigated ass with nothing likable about him. I like the moody atmosphere, but that's about it. Unfortunately, the writer missed it almost completely.
  • Jan 06, 2020
    Really hoping for a season 2

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