Home Before Dark: Season 1 (2020)

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Home Before Dark

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Home Before Dark's central mystery is more intriguing than its mawkish writing lets on, but Brooklyn Prince's fiercely dedicated performance more than makes up for any narrative shortcomings.

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Critic Ratings: 32

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User Ratings: 143

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Episodes

Air date: Apr 3, 2020

Young reporter Hilde Lisko and her family adjust to life in a new town, until a startling situation rocks their world.

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Air date: Apr 3, 2020

Hilde discovers more about Erie Harbor's past. Her father, Matt, comes to terms with his own past. He gets in touch with his father.

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Air date: Apr 3, 2020

The pursuit of a dangerous clue brings Hilde in close contact with a suspect. Matt's encounter with a former friend falls apart.

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Air date: Apr 3, 2020

Hilde, Donny, and Spoon locate the mysterious Birdman. He is believed to hold the key to the Richie Fife case.

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Air date: Apr 3, 2020

Hilde embarks on a mission to prove that the wrong person was found guilty almost 30 years prior.

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Air date: Apr 3, 2020

Hilde and Matt discover an important clue as the '80s dance approaches. Frank breaks the rules in order to get answers.

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Air date: Apr 3, 2020

Hilde vanishes, leaving Matt to come to terms with his worst nightmare.

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Air date: Apr 3, 2020

Hilde starts a movement to reduce local corruption. Matt and Bridget attempt to repair their relationship.

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Air date: Apr 3, 2020

An arrest is made in the Richie Fife case. Matt and Hilde go on a road trip to discover more about the accused.

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Air date: Apr 3, 2020

Damning evidence is uncovered from the depths of a nearby lake. Hilde learns it is just the tip of the iceberg.

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Home Before Dark: Season 1 Videos

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A dramatic mystery series inspired by the reporting of young investigative journalist Hilde Lysiak, and directed and executive produced by Jon M. Chu. "Home Before Dark" follows a young girl who moves from Brooklyn to the small lakeside town her father left behind. While there, her dogged pursuit of the truth leads her to unearth a cold case that everyone in town, including her own father, tried hard to bury.

Cast & Crew

Brooklynn Prince
Hilde Lisko
Jim Sturgess
Matt Lisko
Abby Miller
Bridget Jensen
Kylie Rogers
Izzy Lisko
Michael Weston
Lt. Frank Briggs, Jr.
Joelle Carter
Principal Kim Collins
Aziza Scott
Deputy Mackenzie 'Trip' Johnson III
Louis Herthum
Sheriff Frank Briggs, Sr.
Adrian Hough
Mayor Jack Fife
Deric McCabe
Wesley 'Spoon' Witherspoon
Joy Gorman Wettels
Executive Producer
Rosemary Rodriguez
Executive Producer
Garrett Lerner
Executive Producer
Russel Friend
Executive Producer
Sharlene Martin
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Home Before Dark Season 1

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (12)

Home Before Dark has all the hallmarks of excellent family entertainment.

Mar 31, 2020 | Full Review…

Hilde and the mystery of Richie Fife is, unsurprisingly, what keeps "Home Before Dark" such a compelling watch. Brooklyn Prince's passion for the role is evident, especially in the moments she has to stand up to the town sheriff.

Apr 3, 2020 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

The main attraction, from start to finish, is the insouciance and conviction that Prince brings to her portrayal of a child who suffers for being an outsider but refuses to give into pressure from family, schoolmates, teachers and police to just go along.

Apr 2, 2020 | Full Review…

The contrast between this precious girl and the dark story she's reporting can at times feel out of whack... But as anyone knows if they experienced The Florida Project with Prince as their guide, she's a compulsively watchable actor.

Mar 31, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Considering that Home Before Dark is, for the most part, terribly written on a scene-to-scene level, its central mystery does offer a compelling baseline for the season.

Mar 31, 2020 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

This is a family show that makes every member of the family think about their place in the world, and what they can do about it.

Jun 11, 2021 | Rating: 4.0/5.0 | Full Review…

The series has the ability to ensnare us despite its changes in tone. [Full review in Spanish]

Apr 26, 2021 | Full Review…

Home Before Dark feels like a Nickelodeon series with prestige drama aspirations. There are few pleasures to be found here for adults.

Jul 24, 2020 | Full Review…

Home Before Dark really needed to make a better case for itself to stay outdoors.

Apr 2, 2020 | Full Review…

Too dark to be a family show, even though it has a family at the core, "Home Before Dark" offers a dark mystery plot instead.

Apr 1, 2020 | Full Review…

A satisfying mix of Harriet the Spy and Making a Murderer.

Apr 1, 2020 | Full Review…

Prince does an admirable job of embodying the young Hilde though she treads a very fine line between inspirational youngster and irritating know-it-all.

Mar 30, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Home Before Dark: Season 1

  • Jun 08, 2021
    I loved it.. dunno why.. just caught me out of the blue, I do love myself a nice old fashioned mystery
  • May 31, 2021
    Couldn't decide if the girl in the series was endearing or annoying, so skipped from episode 3 to 9 and 10. The idea of a black female police officer taking a 9-year-old white girl with her to investigate the house of a would-be murderer, without her parent's knowledge, and in a town that is so racist that they already sent an innocent Native American to prison, and .....she not only doesn't get into trouble but becomes Sheriff....all too ridiculous, among many other things. After looking up the real Hilde Lysiak, I realized there really was an incredible story to tell here, and a good mystery, but it all get bogged down in the mawkish, embarrassing script, as incredibly stupid adults bare their souls to this preternaturally whip-smart and smart-ass girl. Waiting for a good documentary on Lysiak.
  • Feb 25, 2021
    More 1980s nostalgia. The plot goes beyond ridiculous as the show drags on. Just watch the first, ninth, and tenth episodes.
  • Jan 25, 2021
    This show wasa great one on all levels. It has heart, sense of adventure and tears.
  • Nov 17, 2020
    This show is bit cheesy and has those corny one liners. I kinda felt connected to the characters — which is critical for a show like this. I did not get the fulfillment I was craving for.
  • Nov 07, 2020
    This series delivers the intrigue of a murder mystery within a drama complete with trauma and relationship stress. It includes families as an audience, which I appreciate. I was unsure what to make of the protagonist, the fourth-grader Hilde Lisko (acted by Brooklynn Prince), who identifies herself as a journalist. Nevertheless, the performances of the characters of all ages kept me interested. I found the performances of Jim Sturgess and Abby Miller as parents Bridget Jensen and Matthew Lisko were the bedrock of the acting. Aziza Scott, as Deputy Mackenzie "Trip" Johnson III, is an adult embodiment of the way adults dismiss Hilde's abilities. I recommend this series for lovers of mysteries, dramas, and fine performances.
  • Aug 23, 2020
    I watched this with my 12yo and 15yo and believe we were the show's prefect demographic. Home Before Dark avoid avoids a cheesy "family programming" aesthetic and instead gives us strong characters, a good soundtrack, and twists that made us all want to keep watching. At the same time, it avoided any sex or gore that would have made it a problematic mystery series for kids. Highly recommended.
  • Aug 20, 2020
    Probably the most annoying child lead in a long time. Every single adult is a complete and utter moron. Except the villain, who is an evil moron. And apparently journalism is the highest calling a human being can have.
  • Aug 17, 2020
    Best I have seen in a long time! It combines mystery, suspense, & comedy in an art from I thought lost until now. The acting quality is so good, it really supports great writing. I had to watch the entire season straight through because it was so compelling. Yet when it was over, it didn't seem like a large amount of time had past & left me looking forward to more!
  • Jul 31, 2020
    I'd watched Olive Kitteridge and wasn't impressed. This story hooked me at the first episode. I'm closer to 70 than 65 and loved the plot. As an author of mystery and true crime. I looked for plot holes. None. I wondered how there could be another season? The question about Richies abuse had me wondering why it wasn't addressed more. Now I understand. I loved the characters. I loved the arc and the fallacies of them. Your writers have created a story that appeals to both YA and adults. Great Job and I hope the next season will come soon Tina

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