His Dark Materials: Season 1 (2019)

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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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Critic Ratings: 114

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Episodes

Air date: Nov 3, 2019

Orphan Lyra Belacqua's world is upended by her long-absent uncle's return from the North, while the glamorous Mrs. Coulter visits Jordan College with a proposition.

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Air date: Nov 10, 2019

Lyra arrives to her new life in London, determined to find Roger with Mrs. Coulter's help; the Gyptians continue their search for the missing children and the elusive Gobblers.

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Air date: Nov 17, 2019

Following her kidnapping, Lyra falls in with a new group but struggles to know who to trust.

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Air date: Nov 24, 2019

Arriving North, Lyra seeks allies in the witches, an aeronaut and an armored bear.

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Air date: Dec 1, 2019

The alethiometer sends Lyra and Iorek on a new path, leading to a shocking but vital clue.

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Air date: Dec 8, 2019

Lyra finds what she is looking for in the far North, but needs to survive.

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Air date: Dec 15, 2019

Lyra must use her methods of deception to outwit a formidable foe.

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Air date: Dec 22, 2019

As the Magisterium closes in, Lyra learns more about Asriel's rebellion, but her assistance to him comes at great personal cost.

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Cast & Crew

Dafne Keen
Lyra Belacqua

Actor
Ruth Wilson
Marisa Coulter

Actor
Lin-Manuel Miranda
Lee Scoresby

Actor
James McAvoy
Lord Asriel

Actor
James Cosmo
Farder Coram

Actor
Anne-Marie Duff
Ma Costa

Actor
Daniel Frogson
Tony Costa

Actor
Will Keen
Father MacPhail

Actor
Ariyon Bakare
Lord Boreal

Actor
Amir Wilson
Will Parry

Actor
Tyler Howitt
Billy Costa

Actor
Joe Tandberg
Iorek Byrnison

Actor
Ian Peck
Cardinal Sturrock

Actor
Ruta Gedmintas
Serafina Pekkala

Actor
Kate Rutter
Sister Betty

Actor
Jamie Wilkes
The Pale-Faced Man

Actor
Lewin Lloyd
Roger

Guest Star
Cristela Alonzo
Hester (Dæmon Voice)

Voice
Kit Connor
Pantalaimon (Dæmon Voice)

Voice
Robert Emms
Thomas

Actor
Dan McCulloch
Executive Producer
Jane Tranter
Executive Producer
Joel Collins
Executive Producer
Euros Lyn
Director
Julie Gardner
Executive Producer
Philip Pullman
Executive Producer
Jack Thorne
Executive Producer
Tom Hooper
Executive Producer
Otto Bathurst
Executive Producer
Deborah A. Forte
Executive Producer
Toby Emmerich
Executive Producer
Carolyn Blackwood
Executive Producer
Ben Irving
Executive Producer
Piers Wenger
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Critic Reviews for His Dark Materials: Season 1

Audience Reviews for His Dark Materials: Season 1

  • 5d ago
    I wanted so badly to enjoy this show, but unfortunately "technically book accurate" is the most praise I can give to this adaption. While this first season does hit all major book points, in roughly the correct order, it trudges through them in such a soulless and empty manner that it misses everything that made the original story so powerful. From the start, the choice to reframe the series to a more typical, multi-perspective style undermines the core of the central message of the books. Seeing the world through Lyra's eyes was crucial to the story, and by instead showing us so many adult perspectives (especially so early) it loses the weight of her journey. The audience repeatedly learns crucial things before Lyra does, and so her later reactions to the news are given less focus and feel hollow. Aside from Ruth Wilson as Mrs Coulter and Ariyon Bakare as Lord Boreal (who have an excellent rapport on screen- I lived for their scenes), and a few of Lucian Msamati's scenes as John Faa, most characters feel flat at best. This is not so much the fault of the actors, but of writing that relies on clunky dialogue and forced exposition to move the plot forward. Additionally, there are many small changes to characterizations to (presumably) make them better fit more typical archetypes, which takes away quite a bit from the narrative. Pantalaimon, Ma Costa, and Serafina especially - all significant characters - are notably less dynamic than their book counterparts (again, the acting is solid enough, they are just given little to work with). But none is more severely hollowed out than Lin-Manuel Miranda's Lee Scoresby- who seems to be characterized more according to Miranda's own public persona than the character he is meant to play, and features one of the worst attempts at a southern accent I have every heard in a major media production. Overall, the high production value and solid acting makes this a tolerable watch for a casual viewer, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone looking to be engaged, and certainly not to fans of the books. The show simply falls short of capturing even a shadow of the magic from the original story, let alone its powerful meaning, and for me that makes it an utter failure.
  • Apr 19, 2022
    Overall it's good. The worse thing about it is Lin Manuel Miranda's pathetic version of a cowboy adventurer. He sucks. His accent is unbearable and his smug acting is annoying. Every time he comes on screen it completely ruins it and takes me out of the show.
  • Jan 25, 2022
    As an adaptation it's better than I expected and far better than the 2007 movie. Looks great; high production value. The key cast members do an excellent job, mostly. As a TV series it feels a little bit sanitized where violence is offscreen and profanity doesn't exist. This doesn't fit with the plot.
  • Jan 08, 2022
    Compared to the disastrous film, this is refreshing. The characters are more authentic and less filtered.
  • Aug 11, 2021
    Fantastic visuals & cinematography and actings are top tier love everything about it has the potential to be a one of the biggest tv series ever made
  • Jul 27, 2021
    I am a big fan of the books and they did a really good job of adapting it. Its not a 100% book accurate but thats ok. Nice cast.
  • Jun 23, 2021
    Nothing special but has potential
  • Jun 13, 2021
    Horrid version of a good series. The acting is weak and the writing, despite having excellent source material, is atrocious. Clearly they think CGI is all it takes. Hint, that hasn't been true since the 70s. Star Wars was the last time excellent special effects was sufficient to carry a story.
  • Jun 10, 2021
    Although I will defend the movie, these eight episodes get the mystique and the depth of the Northern Lights book just right, with really good pacing and superb casting choices.
  • May 13, 2021
    They do a good job world building without just spewing exposition. The acting was good, I was especially impressed with the child actors. The story is good and keeps the watcher engaged but the B plot seemed kind of pointless in the first season so I'm hoping they expand on that in the second season. They have a tell me anything I will ever need to know device but use it sparingly and in situations that make sense, a lot of movies and shows mess this up. I wasn't restless to get to the next episode like I am for some shows but still very much enjoyed watching it.

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