Happy Valley: Season 1 (2014)

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Happy Valley

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Dark, edgy, and surprisingly suspenseful, Happy Valley dispenses some of the more oddly liberating violence on television.

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Critic Ratings: 26

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Air date: Apr 29, 2014

Sergeant Catherine Cawood's world stops when the man who drove her daughter to suicide is released from prison.

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Air date: May 6, 2014

Catherine's search for Tommy gains momentum when she receives a tip-off regarding his whereabouts; Helen absorbs the shock of hearing that Ann has been abducted.

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Air date: May 13, 2014

Tommy brutally takes control of a situation when PC Kirsten McAskill pulls him and Lewis over; his actions devastate Catherine and the entire Yorkshire police force.

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Air date: May 20, 2014

Catherine and Tommy finally come face-to-face when he discovers he's a father; a more sinister discovery leaves Catherine fighting for her life.

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Air date: May 27, 2014

Catherine sinks into a deep depression as she learns that Tommy is still at large; the net finally closes in on Kevin.

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Air date: Jun 3, 2014

Things get tense at Catherine's birthday party when a drunk Daniel reveals a different version of past events with Becky; Catherine's fears grow when she learns that Tommy has been spending time with Ryan.

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Cast & Crew

Sarah Lancashire
Catherine Cawood

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Steve Pemberton
Kevin Weatherill

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James Norton
Tommy Lee Royce

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Adam Long
Lewis Whippey

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Joe Armstrong
Ashley Cowgill

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George Costigan
Nevison Gallagher

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Euros Lyn
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Sally Wainwright
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Audience Reviews for Happy Valley: Season 1

  • Feb 13, 2020
    Started off slow the first few times I viewed it. Then it caught on. Hooked. Bingeing .... bingeing.......
  • Feb 02, 2020
    I absolutely love Catherine. The story and the lives of the characters are so detailed. You get to know their personalities. I love both seasons and I am waiting for season 3 please.
  • Dec 05, 2019
    I love this so much there were parts of the show I stood up out of excitement! The acting is "clever" and the plot suspenseful.
  • Jul 29, 2019
    i love this it is amazing smartly written everything connects the intensity increases it is hard to watch in all the right ways
  • Feb 14, 2019
    Sarah Lancashire's performance was just crazy good. Never took a false step in the fast, fluid and intense twists and turns. Great series.
  • Oct 23, 2018
    one of the best shows I've seen. draws you immediately; truly captivating.
  • Oct 08, 2018
    Happy Valley is anything but cheerful. This fantastic crime drama, TV series stars Sarah Lancashire is now available on Netflix Streaming. The Brits may have once terrorized us Americans with their monarchy, but, hands down excel in gripping, crime drama television. After the initial giggle over Cawood's sergeant hat (played by Lancashire), one will quickly realize that Lancashire is a tough as nails law enforcer who is mourning after her daughter's suicide. Nonetheless, there is a kidnapper on the loose! For those of you who wonder if a series can be gruesome enough with its lead headed up by a British female, this series may convince you. Having said that, so much of the action happens off screen but it's the follow up scenes that stay with you and add to this suspenseful show. Deep into the series Lancashire is brutalized and much of it isn't seen; however, the scenes after that show Cawood's eye clearly bloodied up. I can still see it. Yes, it's worth the couch time.
  • Sep 18, 2018
    Sarah Lancashire is the bomb. So wonderful to see a strong women detective as the star of a suspenseful, edgy series.
  • Jul 13, 2018
    SPOILER SPOILER: what ruined a compelling and fairly complex story for me is the lazily written final episode in which Sgt, Cawood gives permission to her grandson to come home alone from school. Is this likely, given what she knows about the brutal Tommy, and in particular given that he has met the child and knows himself to be the father. Surely this could have been written better. Frankly, it infuriated me.
  • Jun 23, 2018
    Great writing and grat cast.

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