Godless: Miniseries (2017)


Critics Consensus

Vistas and violence root Godless firmly in traditional Western territory, but its female-driven ensemble sets it apart in a male-dominated genre.



Critic Ratings: 77


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User Ratings: 1627
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Air date: Nov 22, 2017
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Notorious criminal Frank Griffin (Jeff Daniels) and his gang of outlaws are on a mission of revenge against Roy Goode (Jack O'Connell), a son-like protégé who betrayed the brotherhood. While on the run, Roy seeks refuge with hardened widow Alice Fletcher (Michelle Dockery), an outcast herself, in a worn-down, isolated mining town of La Belle, NM--governed mainly by women. When word reaches La Belle that Griffin is headed their way, the town bands together to defend against the murderous gang in a lawless western frontier.


Jeff Daniels
as Frank Griffin
Jack O'Connell
as Roy Goode
Michelle Dockery
as Alice Fletcher
Scoot McNairy
as Bill McNue
Merritt Wever
as Mary-Agnes McNue
Thomas Sangster
as Whitey Winn
Kim Coates
as Ed Logan
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Critic Reviews for Godless Miniseries

All Critics (77) | Top Critics (23)

Scoot McNairy brings aching vulnerability to the role of emotionally tortured sheriff Bill McNue.

May 15, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

There's great acting to be found, and some thoughtful writing-and if you like sweeping panoramas of the sun setting across an untamed wild, then you're in excellent, if heavy, hands.

Nov 21, 2017 | Full Review…

Every moment counts, making for an overall experience as to-the-point as Mary Agnes herself. Even when it appears to be taking some extra time for itself, "Godless" isn't wasting a second.

Nov 21, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

... it proves that truer stories can be told-ones that capture the allure of what brought so many westward in the the first place, while more honestly portraying history.

Nov 27, 2017 | Full Review…

No Netflix drama has been this lyrical and yet crisply understated: expect it to triumph at next year's Emmys.

Nov 22, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

I'm a sucker for the stories of justice and revenge at the heart of most good Westerns. And I love it even more when those stories recognize the social realities of the time. Godless does all that and more.

Nov 22, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It shows, in a bad way, that the original material was designed for a short film format, and you can tell that there was no script to fill the more than seven hours that the miniseries lasts. [Full Review in Spanish]

Aug 5, 2019 | Full Review…

Godless reveals there are still plenty of ways to make the Western seem fresh and exciting.

May 15, 2019 | Full Review…

Godless is a work of confident artistry, casting well-worn clichés and archetypes in a fresh, illuminating light.

May 15, 2019 | Full Review…

Godless is an almighty letdown. The narrative is as expansive as the vast New Mexico plains that form its backdrop, but there's too much creative tumbleweed.

May 15, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Godless: Miniseries

  • Aug 16, 2019
    Great mini series...hoping for a season 2!!!
  • Aug 13, 2019
    Best series on Netflix. Period.
  • Jun 24, 2019
    A taut, well-acted, well-written western that had me looking forward to every episode. Oh, yeah!
  • Jun 18, 2019
    Dockery owns the gun with the most convincing stance just as her smile, Frank is a good choreographer. Godless Scott Frank, the creator, of this western drama has got style. Not the Clint Eastwood kind. There is no hat-tilting or tobacco-chewing or loud guns fired in a bar; I would say, this is another achievement of the series, since it never has any drunk bar fights, no matter how tempting. It has presumably the panache of being in some James Bond-ish film. The spy like figurines float about or ride about in this series and sexiness is what oozes from them. To be fair, it is also gorgeous to look at; despite of few cringe worthy images, lately it looks like, these artists are working aplenty in details, just for the authenticity. But the locations are easy on the eyes for sure. Also it grounds the field impeccably on screen. The live locations are pitched to us just as the ideas are, you don't need 3d glasses to feel like you are in it. Another advantage is how Frank is obsessed with stealing moments on one frame, that glorifies and celebrates this tale from all directions. Among many well spread out and three dimensional characters, Jeff Daniels ought to feel pretty with a juicy role like such. And it is not just the generosity and cruelty of his character- such opposite sides of the coin is displayed in all the other characters too- but the philosophy he has in his pocket. He enters the room and he owns it and he leaves the room with whistle-blowing smile-plastering magnetic one-liners, you ought to feel happy like a four year old boy. Scott Frank has had a fair share of his moments in Godless, but what I love about the most, is how smoothly he transitions time in narration. Those very elements that helps him drive safe home, were trailed right in front of you, that went unnoticed by.
  • May 20, 2019
    astonishingly well written & acted, though brutally violent.
  • May 04, 2019
    Excellent actors, story, sets, costumes, soundtrack! It is really well-produced and well-filmed. Love it1
  • Apr 21, 2019
    at first, the series is a bit slow but closer to the end of the series it gets gripping. some amazing acting as well. would suggest to anyone
  • Mar 11, 2019
    Enjoyed this series from start to finish. I disagree with The Variety that the characters were not developed. There is always room for improvement, but I feel this show hit the mark on many levels. Well done Netflix!
  • Jan 08, 2019
    Absolutely loved everything about this miniseries. Wish for Season 2 so bad.
  • Dec 19, 2018
    Before I started watching this out of broedom I did not enjoy watching western movies all that much. Men saving the poor defenseless women from other men just does not do it from. This one doesn't change the generall story a whole lot. Just excactly when it matters. Women who can kick ass and man that can't. Characters written so well you could believe that they were real at some point. Without judgement And it is fricking great!

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