His Dark Materials: Season 1 (2019)


Season 1
His Dark Materials

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The daemon is in the details and while His Dark Materials visual splendor and exceptional performances deftly capture the essence of Philip Pullman's seminal novels, it could use a little more magic.

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Episodes

1
Air date: Nov 4, 2019
2
Air date: Nov 11, 2019
3
Air date: Nov 18, 2019
4
Air date: Nov 25, 2019
5
Air date: Dec 2, 2019
6
Air date: Dec 9, 2019
7
Air date: Dec 16, 2019
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Air date: Dec 23, 2019

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An adaptation of Philip Pullman's acclaimed trilogy "His Dark Materials," considered a modern masterpiece of imaginative fiction. The first series follows Lyra Belacqua (Dafne Keen), a seemingly ordinary but brave young woman from another world. Lyra's search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children?and becomes a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust. As she journeys through the worlds, including our own, Lyra meets a determined and courageous boy called Will. Together they encounter extraordinary beings and dangerous secrets, with the fate of both the living?and the dead?in their hands. A star-studded cast consists of James McAvoy as Lord Asriel Belacqua, Ruth Wilson as Mrs. Coulter, Lin-Manuel Miranda as Lee Scoresby and Clarke Peters as The Master of Jordan College.

Cast

Dafne Keen
as Lyra Belacqua
James McAvoy
as Lord Asriel Belacqua
Ruth Wilson
as Mrs. Coulter
Lin-Manuel Miranda
as Lee Scoresby
Anne-Marie Duff
as Ma Costa
Clarke Peters
as The Master of Jordan College
Ariyon Bakare
as Carlo Boreal
Will Keen
as Father MacPhail
Ian Gelder
as Charles the Librarian
Georgina Campbell
as Adèle Starminster
Lewin Lloyd
as Roger Parslow
James Cosmo
as Farder Coram
Daniel Frogson
as Tony Costa
Tyler Howitt
as Billy Costa
Ruta Gedmintas
as Serafina Pekkala
Mat Fraser
as Raymond van Gerrit
Geoff Bell
as Jack Verhoeven
Simon Manyonda
as Benjamin de Ruyter
Kit Connor
as Pantalaimon
Brian Fisher
as A Golden Monkey
Joe Tandberg
as Iorek Byrnison
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Critic Reviews for His Dark Materials Season 1

All Critics (91) | Top Critics (28)

For every exceptional scene, another is either too familiar or too meh.

Dec 6, 2019 | Full Review…

It's a series that's not perfect and it isn't the adaptation of the books that we deserve, but it's good, and that's a start.

Nov 5, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

His Dark Materials remains a world worth exploring, but whether you're comparing it to the source material or coming to it fresh, this series is weak tea.

Nov 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Proof that TV is now the best medium for bringing epic literary fantasy to the screen.

Nov 1, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

[Ruth] Wilson is one of those actors who can make you shiver even as she smiles. Plus, there's no one on this earth who looks better in a belted trench coat.

Dec 6, 2019 | Full Review…

Much of the first hour of His Dark Materials is given over to world-building, and what a feast for the eyes this world is.

Jan 20, 2020 | Full Review…

The show balances the wins and the losses against the enemy, and so while there is joy at this moment, it may not last.

Nov 5, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Finally, after seven episodes, they give the people what they need.

Nov 5, 2019 | Full Review…

His Dark Materials started and ended strong, but suffered a little in the middle to keep our attention.

Dec 27, 2019 | Full Review…

We might have to wait until season two to see if the series can dust off its rough edges, but I have faith we can turn things around.

Dec 27, 2019 | Full Review…

The story takes on alternate universes, fascist religious orders, witches, armored polar bears and the very essence of love. Take a look.

Dec 23, 2019 | Full Review…

It also lays the sentimentality on thick, finally using daemons correctly.

Nov 5, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for His Dark Materials: Season 1

  • 15h ago
    This is a marvelous series for those who love fantastic adventures. Spectacular cast. Wonderful performances. Dafne Keen was a revelation in LOGAN and, now, she has matured into a multi-dimensional actor. Ruth Wilson is brilliant, as always. An intriguing premise and storytelling. Convincing special effects. I give this series a 10 (wonderful) out of 10. This has already been renewed and my hope is that they take on the whole series of books. {Fantasy Adventure}
  • 16h ago
    With splendid visuals, great direction of episodes by Tom Hooper, Dawn Shadforth, Otto Bathurst, Euros Lyn and Jamie Childs, an exceptional script by Jack Thorne, charismatic and engaging characters and exceptional performances by Dafne Keen, Ruth Wilson, Anne-Marie Duff, James Cosmo, Ariyon Bakare, Lucian Msamati, Lewin Lloyd, James McAvoy, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ruta Gedmintas and Amir Wilson, the first season of His Dark Materials shows the enormous potential that the series can have in the future, at the same time that manages to be one of the best series of 2019
  • 4d ago
    The only reason I'm not giving this series all 5 stars is because of a few "slower" episodes in the beginning with long dialogues where the director could have used "flashback shots" or other techniques to make it more appealing. Everything else was better than I expected. The "daemon" creatures is done exceptionally good and for the next season my only wish is to see more of them in scenes.
  • 6d ago
    About two episodes longer than it should have been. Not very compelling, and kind of ugly. Accurate to the books though. Polar bear battle was a huge disappointment.
  • Feb 09, 2020
    Good long form TV adaptation, excellent casting and acting, and outstanding score by composer Lorne Balfe. Just needs more daemons!
  • Feb 08, 2020
    I was disappointed. It lacked the spirit and magic of Phillip Pullman's books. The acting was great but it didn't make me believe.
  • Feb 06, 2020
    For those who read the books , it has many mistakes . And you are supposed to have a daemon a person ? Why do they keep forgetting that !!!!
  • Jan 31, 2020
    It's good, and it's great to see again that novel on tv
  • Jan 29, 2020
    A series that has evolved a lot with each episode, has an "energy" and a good feeling, as if it were part of you, following Lyra's plot, characters that were very well developed, there are some mistakes, but nothing too much, yet , a well-crafted and incredible story!
  • Jan 26, 2020
    What a relief this series is. The movie was a severe set back but this series comes back at full force. Every episode feels like a movie. It flows well from scene to scene to episode to episode. I love the cast, the script, and that Phillip Pullman is an Executive Producer. The series follows the books very well and I love how the Subtle Knife is interwoven in the story of the Golden Compass. Absolutely well done. Daphne Keene is epic in her role. All of the cast was magnificent.

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