Harper's Island: Season 1 (2009)


Season 1
Harper's Island

Critics Consensus

Grisly horror trumps amateurish dialogue, making Harper's Island a thrill to watch.

63%

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Critic Ratings: 24

74%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 61
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Episodes

1
Air date: Apr 9, 2009
2
Air date: Apr 16, 2009
3
Air date: Apr 23, 2009
4
Air date: May 2, 2009
5
Air date: May 9, 2009
6
Air date: May 23, 2009
7
Air date: May 30, 2009
8
Air date: Jun 6, 2009
9
Air date: Jun 13, 2009
10
Air date: Jun 20, 2009
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Cast

Elaine Cassidy
as Abby Mills
Katie Cassidy
as Trish Wellington
Christopher Gorham
as Henry Dunn
Cassandra Sawtell
as Madison Allen
David Lewis
as Richard Allen
Gina Holden
as Shea Allen
Amber Borycki
as Beth Barrington
Ali Liebert
as Nikki Bolton
Sean Rogerson
as Joel Booth
Sarah Smyth
as Lucy Daramour
Harry Hamlin
as Uncle Marty Dunn
Victor Webster
as Hunter Jennings
Beverley Elliott
as Maggie Krell
C.J. Thomason
as Jimmy Mance
Jim Beaver
as Sheriff Charlie Mills
Ben Cotton
as Shane Pierce
Chris Gauthier
as Malcolm Ross
Matt Barr
as Christopher Sullivan
Adam Campbell
as Cal Vandeusen
Claudette Mink
as Katherine Wellington
Richard Burgi
as Thomas Wellington
Callum Keith Rennie
as John Wakefield
Nicholas Carella
as Deputy Lillis
Alex Ferris
as Young Henry
Ava Hughes
as Young Abby
Ryan Grantham
as Young J.D.
Adrian Hough
as Joseph Dunn
Nadine Wright
as Cheryl Dunn
Kwesi Ameyaw
as FBI Agent Hanson
Barbara Kottmeier
as Agent Ana Perez
Peter Ciuffa
as Man in Seattle
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Critic Reviews for Harper's Island Season 1

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (15)

To prevent piracy, CBS imprinted each TV critic's name on his or her DVDs of Harper's Island. Seeing my name on screen throughout this lame series was the only thing that succeeded in sending shivers up my spine.

Feb 12, 2014 | Full Review…

All of the by-the-numbers soap-opera plot points felt stale and uninteresting because they came across like treading water-listless character beats intended to string people along until the show became a locked-room horror chase.

Jan 11, 2019 | Full Review…
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Based on tonight's premiere, all [the] subplots give Harper's Island enough dramatic heft to appeal to fans of classic murder mysteries as well as those who simply enjoy great showers of blood.

Jan 31, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's like every horror film ever made - and it really doesn't skimp on the gore.

Jan 11, 2019 | Full Review…

At its best, the CBS thriller was a throw-away summer diversion.

Jan 11, 2019 | Full Review…

What a hoot. What a ridiculous, soap-operatic cutup of a series. But if you can stop giggling long enough, as I managed to - quite a feat, let me tell you - Harper's Island is also hugely enjoyable.

Feb 12, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

The whodunit set-up in its first showing is more than enough to keep viewers engaged to the end.

Oct 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Sure, it may have skewed towards a typical slasher flick at some points towards the end, but it was entertaining and that is all you can really ask for in the end.

Feb 12, 2014 | Rating: 8.8/10 | Full Review…

I'm not the biggest slasher movie fan and don't like the formula. So I was pleasantly surprised that I got a kick out of the show.

Feb 12, 2014 | Full Review…

A rewatch will prove that clues were established from the first episode, but these are so organically constructed into the narrative that you'll never even notice the first time around.

Jan 11, 2019 | Full Review…

It's an entertaining enough diversion that may grow more intriguing as other series end their season-long runs next month and viewers become more desperate for fresh entertainment.

Jan 11, 2019 | Full Review…

Caught in a crossfire between licence-payers and rival media groups, the BBC has reached the frankly surreal conclusion that the answer is to cut down on imported programmes.

Jun 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Harper's Island: Season 1

  • Feb 13, 2019
    It's a teen network "horror". Terrible to say the least.
  • Sep 13, 2018
    It gives a lot of thrills and chills, not only because of its dark atmosphere that will seem heavier episode after episode but also because of its great cast that will seem clumsy at the first episode but that will improve a lot in the next ones. It has a slow start but after the 5th episode you will not be capable of stop watching it.
  • May 30, 2016
    One of my favorite guilty pleasures. Nothing spectacular about the dialogue, or plot, but it moves at a good pace, a bunch of characters to guess the whodunnit, and a bunch of fun kills. As the cast does drop, you do get a bit more character as well, to give the show a bit of character.
  • Jul 16, 2014
    8/10 Really surprised me. This Series got an original concept, and it was very well done. Every week someone was eliminated, every episode guessing who the killer was, loved that thrill.

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