Harper's Island: Season 1 (2009)


Season 1
Harper's Island

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

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Critic Ratings: 25

73%

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User Ratings: 63

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Episodes

Air date: Apr 9, 2009

A group of friends and family who meet to celebrate a wedding on an island.

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Air date: Apr 16, 2009

The wedding party heads out on a scavenger hunt. While out, Trish meets up with an old flame, Henry talks to the locals, and Abby runs into a friend who has been haunted by John Wakefield.

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Air date: Apr 23, 2009

Abby isn't sure the ruling of girl's death is right. Also Trish is on the fence about Hunter.

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Air date: May 2, 2009

Henry and the groomsmen go fishing and discover something shocking while Trish and her bridesmaids hang out with a psychic.

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Air date: May 9, 2009

Some interesting facts are unveiled during a bike ride between a father and his daughter. Trish and Henry have an eventful wedding rehearsal.

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Air date: May 23, 2009

After the deadly events at the rehearsal and the wedding so close, Abby, Henry and J.D. try and solve the murder by themselves.

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Air date: May 30, 2009

The wedding guests begin preparing to leave the island but the Sheriff suspects that one of them is the killer. Some new information reveals an eerie connection between Abby and Wakefield.

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Air date: Jun 6, 2009

A wedding party guest disappears while everyone else prepares to leave the island. Abby then receives a phone call and is told that if anyone departs from the island, the missing person will be killed.

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Air date: Jun 13, 2009

As night falls and the Island goes dark, the Killer's motives begin to come to light, as the survivors realize they must find Madison and the Killer, before more people die.

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Air date: Jun 20, 2009

A big explosion destroys the marina forcing the group to retreat to safety and a secret is revealed leaving everyone horrified.

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Critic Reviews for Harper's Island Season 1

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (16)

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…

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…

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…

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

Jan 11, 2019 | Full Review…

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

Jan 11, 2019 | 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…

There are a few decent scares before bedtime, but the plot twists aren't anything to write home about at the start. Style-wise, we're not talking "Twin Peaks" here.

Feb 14, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | 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…

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…

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

Oct 9, 2018 | 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…

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…

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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