Godless: Miniseries (2017)


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Godless

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

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Episodes

Air date: Nov 22, 2017

After a wounded fugitive appears at her ranch, a willful widow realizes her life -- and the lives of her loved ones -- are forever changed.

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Air date: Nov 22, 2017

La Belle debates an unyielding proposal. Desperate to establish himself, Bill gets caught up in danger. Frank tells a story to an enthralled crowd.

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Air date: Nov 22, 2017

Bill foresees Roy's momentous stand; a hesitant Truckee takes horseback riding lessons; Whitey attempts to make music; John scatters the news.

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Air date: Nov 22, 2017

Bill hears some upsetting information. Frank experiences a whole new kind of jeopardy. Pieces of Alice's gloomy past are brought forward.

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Air date: Nov 22, 2017

Bill recruits the Army to help him learn the whereabouts of Frank and his crew. Meanwhile, Roy and Alice come into wealth; and Whitey confides in Mary-Agnes.

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Air date: Nov 22, 2017

Mary-Agnes attempts to help the unassuming Martha break free from her past. Grigg guarantees to keep Frank updated. Roy grapples with his emotions for Alice.

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Air date: Nov 22, 2017

As La Belle's citizens get ready for Frank's attack, Whitey asks a surprising associate for assistance. Frank and Roy reach an agreement.

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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.

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Critic Reviews for Godless Miniseries

All Critics (78) | Top Critics (25)

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…
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... 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…

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…
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As events unfold across seven hours certain storylines might proceed a little languidly for some tastes, but things are anchored by some terrific performances, particularly from Wever and from McNairy.

May 15, 2019 | Full Review…

I can definitely appreciate Scott Frank and Steven Soderberg tackling this particular untouched (in terms of Hollywood) subject matter.

Sep 18, 2019 | Full Review…

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…

Gritty, grimy and, at times, pretty grim, Godless is nevertheless filled with some terrific performances, a luscious T Bone Burnett soundtrack, gripping tension and some memorable dialogue.

May 15, 2019 | Full Review…

It's a great series: An old-fashioned Western revenge flick drawn out over seven splendid hours. The cinematography is gorgeous, it's well-plotted, and the actressin' is phenomenal all around

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Audience Reviews for Godless: Miniseries

  • Sep 23, 2020
    It is good, but waaaaay to slow at the middle, takes forever for things to happen.
  • Sep 08, 2020
    Godless is a Netflix limited series western seven episode event based set in 1880's in New Mexico territory. Scott Frank wrote and directed this sensational show about an ex-protege Roy Goode played by Jack O'Donnell, who steals his boss's money and runs away with it. The murderous outlaw gang leader is played by Jeff Daniels with a great supporting cast that also included Emmy award winner Merritt Wever. The main character, Roy Goode, finds himself in a town that was devastated by a mining disaster that killed all the town men and we find Wever in charge in lieu because her husband was the town mayor. Daniels is on a vengeance to capture Goode and find his stolen money. The town prepares for an all out attack from over thirty cowboy villains. Each storyline is layered with a backstory which developed the characters we cared to love and to root for them. Overall it was a great series that I loved, it is definitely worth your time.
  • Sep 05, 2020
    Godless is one of the best western drama in the last decade
  • Aug 01, 2020
    Definitely am a fan of Godless. Jeff Daniels was excellent as the bad guy you love to hate. With this being a limited episodic western I was allowed the chance to learn more about the characters.
  • Jul 18, 2020
    It is not the best western series but it is also not the worst. In general it is a good series !!!
  • Jun 21, 2020
    WOW! Amazing. I had kind of lost hope that I wouldn't see any good writing and story telling for a long time. Especially on Netflix. But Godless is amazing all the way through. Inspirational how good it is. Characters are great and everyone acted superb. Action is great, directing, cinematography, sound, everything !
  • Jun 21, 2020
    interesting view on Wild West, scenario and actress/actor play
  • May 19, 2020
    An old West story with a new twist. Well worth the watch.
  • May 13, 2020
    Western is a movie category from which we don't really expect much anymore, considering the exhaustion of cowboy stories in the last century. However, Godless manages to lure the viewer into a story of outlaws and a town full of women in the wild west and does not disappoint. Sure, the script is noticeably written for a movie and not a 1 hour per episode, 7 episode mini-series, and therefore the storytelling can sometimes feel dragged. Nevertheless a good watch!
  • Apr 29, 2020
    Absolutely superb tv. Not all action but what it lacks for in that department, it makes up for in storytelling and character development. The climax of season 1 (praying theres a second!) is jaw droppingly good. Fantastic series that is comparable to Deadwood in its Premier season. There was a couple of "gone too soon" characters but the ones left will be more than enough to keep this series in high regard. Brilliant.

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