I'll Be Gone in the Dark: Season 1 (2020)


Season 1
I'll Be Gone in the Dark

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Director Liz Garbus smartly centers I'll Be Gone in the Dark around the late Michelle McNamara's passionate efforts, weaving together a heavy, but important tapestry of trauma, obsession, and survival.

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Critic Ratings: 40

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User Ratings: 16

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Episodes

1
Air date: Jun 28, 2020
2
Air date: Jul 5, 2020
3
Air date: Jul 12, 2020
4
Air date: Jul 19, 2020
5
Air date: Jul 26, 2020
6
Air date: Aug 2, 2020

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Cast

Amy Ryan
as Michelle McNamara

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Critic Reviews for I'll Be Gone in the Dark Season 1

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (20)

These details might seem superfluous, but as many of the series' interview subjects observe, the killer seemed possessed by a desire to desecrate and ruin the domestic solidarity of couples like Oswalt and McNamara.

Jul 1, 2020 | Full Review…
Top Critic

"I'll Be Gone in the Dark" is a compelling, flawed story of true crime and obsession - and its flaws are part of what make it so intriguing.

Jun 30, 2020 | Full Review…

"I'll Be Gone in the Dark" is more than a true crime documentary, although it succeeds in a terrifyingly brilliant way.

Jun 29, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

It doesn't have all the answers - no one does - but it asks the right questions in the right way.

Jun 26, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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A series that keeps its human core in a way that true crime offerings often don't.

Jun 26, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The more procedural parts of "I'll Be Gone in the Dark" are fascinating.

Jun 25, 2020 | Full Review…

I'll Be Gone in the Dark as an account of a true-crime blogger's pursuit of a serial killer is a confused, confusing, and yet compelling piece of work.

Jul 6, 2020 | Full Review…

I'll Be Gone in the Dark easily proves to be more striking and powerful than any fictional crime movie.

Jul 1, 2020 | Full Review…

Director Liz Garbus has adapted the book into the year's most fascinating murder documentary series.

Jun 30, 2020 | Full Review…

Not only shows how McNamara put the pieces together to catch the Golden State Killer, but it paints a fascinating portrait of McNamara herself.

Jun 30, 2020 | Full Review…

But its examination of McNamara's life, relationships, burgeoning popularity, and untimely death two years before the publication of the book are what give this new show its specific power.

Jun 30, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It pulls you in, yes, but it also reminds you of the ghoulishness at the heart of these fixations on true crime.

Jun 29, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for I'll Be Gone in the Dark: Season 1

  • 3d ago
    A truly horrific story, ineptly told. Way too much emphasis on the pontificating widower of the late author.
  • 4d ago
    Watching this in the dark !!!
  • 6d ago
    If the first episode of this series is any indication of what is to come then I won't watch the rest of the episodes. There is a moment about three-quarters of the way through this episode where a woman describes being attacked and raped as a 15-year-old. It is truly compelling and terrifying all at the time. Nothing about it is manufactured. The vast majority of this episode is about McNamara and others' obsession with true crime. I don't have a problem with that so long as you don't exploit the victims in order to sell a documentary about obsession. The attempts to read parts of the books aloud to induce suspense and tension fall flat in my opinion, especially after the compelling description of being attacked and raped by a victim. I cannot imagine how this woman feels watching this documentary and finding out that what was done to her was less important than a person's obsession with what was done to her. In my opinion, the movie Zodiac does a far better job of showing this obsession in the form of Robert Graysmith, but it does so as part of the overall story. My fault findings are with Garbus and not with the late Michelle McNamara or Oswald Patton.
  • 6d ago
    Even a non-true crime fan will enjoy this thrilling and suspenseful HBO series.

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