In the Dark: Season 1 (2019)


Season 1
In the Dark

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Perry Mattfeld is compelling as an amateur sleuth In the Dark, although the series' recycling of mystery tropes and questionable treatment of physical handicaps may leave some viewers with a dim impression.



Critic Ratings: 15


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User Ratings: 132

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Air date: Apr 4, 2019

The series premiere. Murphy is a hard-living, hard-drinking, disaffected twenty-something with a penchant for cigarettes and casual sex. She's also blind. Murphy lives with her best friend, Jess, and—more reluctantly—her guide dog, Pretzel, whose presence she resents. Her parents, Hank and Joy, own a guide dog school, a venture they opened hoping it would give Murphy a job with some purpose. Murphy's closest friend is a teen named Tyson, whose kindness and intelligence are going to waste.

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Air date: Apr 11, 2019

After Murphy's latest one-night stand calls her "Mommy," she develops a rather unexpected lead in Tyson's case: Tyson's mother. Her lead provides rather daunting results so she tracks down Tyson's cousin Darnell and encounters his "business associate" Max, who is immediately smitten with her. Meanwhile, Chloe thinks it's time for her father Dean to start a dating profile. Lastly, Murphy helps Jess pick out a special gift for her girlfriend Vanessa

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Air date: Apr 18, 2019

Murphy enlists an unwitting Felix to help her organize an outreach presentation at Fairview High so she can do some digging around to try and locate Tyson's girlfriend, Kira. When the presentation goes awry, Murphy and Felix take a smoke break under the bleachers and have their first heart-to-heart. Meanwhile, Dean does his best to be there for Chloe as she experiences a rite of passage.

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Air date: Apr 25, 2019

Murphy discovers she may not have known Tyson as well as she thought she did. Meanwhile, it's puppy graduation day at Guiding Hope, and one of the fosters is having a hard time letting go.

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Air date: May 2, 2019

Jess reluctantly agrees to let Murphy go alone with Max on a day trip. While traveling, Murphy has flashback of memories of Tyson. Meanwhile, Jess and Joy realize they may have more in common than they thought.

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Air date: May 9, 2019

Murphy, unable to deal with things, begins to push everyone away, including Max. Meanwhile, Murphy and Jess have a heart-to-heart.

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Air date: May 16, 2019

While hanging out with Max in his food truck, Murphy is shocked to hear a familiar voice screaming outside. Meanwhile, Murphy offers to watch Chloe so Dean can go on a date, but things get a little crazy after she does the one thing he asks her not to do. Lastly, Murphy's worlds of Max and Darnell (Keston John) and Guiding Hope begin to collide.

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Air date: May 23, 2019

Murphy finally starts opening up to Max. Meanwhile, Murphy, Max and Darnell step up to help Jess. Lastly, Felix makes an interesting decision.

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Air date: May 30, 2019

With Jess focusing all of her attention on Vanessa, Murphy begins to feel neglected. To make matters worse, tensions begin to rise between her and Max. Meanwhile, Jules is forced to make a quick decision.

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Air date: Jun 6, 2019

Murphy and Jess are both going through similar situations, but they are handling things very differently. Meanwhile, Felix and Jess share a beautiful moment together.

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Critic Reviews for In the Dark Season 1

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (3)

It remains to be seen, so to speak, whether In the Dark will play itself out in a single season or find other ways to extend beyond that. The show's creative team, so far have put together a show that's surprisingly and bracingly watchable.

Apr 4, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

The show's entire treatment of blindness comes across as a regressive curiosity made all the more frustrating by the amount of time the show spends humiliating Murphy in the early episodes.

Apr 4, 2019 | Full Review…

So crushing, and shocking, when the show reveals...the person who killed Murphy...

Jul 19, 2019 | Full Review…

Good actors like these can only do so much with muddled, unsatisfying plots and thin characterisation.

Jul 13, 2019 | Full Review…

It's welcome to see a blind person who is not a saint.

Jul 13, 2019 | Full Review…

A crime and a detective that both need to be solved.

Jul 13, 2019 | Full Review…

The drama is not without its merits, with an intriguing sub-plot that is actually quite gripping.

Jul 13, 2019 | Full Review…

To be honest, it's a bullet well missed as there isn't anything to see here to begin with.

Apr 5, 2019 | Full Review…

Sex, booze, and smoking in appealing but uneven dramedy.

Apr 9, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This is the best new pilot that The CW has offered in awhile, but it's still a mess tonally. Hopefully it'll find its stride in future episodes.

Apr 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Among a slew of superhero shows, soapy dramas, and supernatural flair, In The Dark is the most grounded in reality of the network's entire roster of dramas.

Apr 5, 2019 | Rating: 4.25/5 | Full Review…

In the Dark is a good show with a lot of promise, and it deserves to be seen and not buried, burned off, or overlooked.

Apr 3, 2019 | Rating: 83/100 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for In the Dark: Season 1

  • Sep 25, 2020
    I love this show. Although, Season 2 was much better than the first. For people complaining that Murphy is not a believable person based on her rudeness and personality traits: My sister was exactly like Murphy. Yes, she was miserable. Yes, she was self destructive and disrespectful. Just like some people struggle to like Murphy as a character, my family and I had to feel this same struggle with my sister. If you can't get past that, I get it. But don't naively state that she is "unrealistic".
  • Sep 05, 2020
    I absolutely love this show! Yes it has it's flaws, most shows do, but I enjoyed nearly every minute of it. Looking forward to season 3, and if they don't ruin it, more seasons after!
  • Aug 15, 2020
    I binge watched this series and love it. Murphy cracks me up. She's my new hero!
  • Aug 13, 2020
    While only a few episodes into the first season, I'm hooked! Perhaps not "PC", regarding the treatment of physical handicaps (according to the critics), the show offers viewers something fresh to the table and multi-faceted characters that are relatable. While Perry Mattfeld's character takes the lead, the supporting roles in the series really play a significant part in making this a great watch! I find myself laughing out loud one minute and tearing up the next (Ok, tears of plenty), this CW Crime "Dramedy" deserves a watch, and better reviews.
  • Aug 11, 2020
    What a disaster. This could be so good, as it has a unique plot but the acting is a mish-mash (even Pretzel the dog is stiff!) and the plot lines are very unbelievable. Murphy Mason is the most unlikable character since Piper in Orange is the New Black. And not very convincing as a blind person. If you want a great show about money laundering, watch Ozark, it blows this show away.
  • Aug 06, 2020
    I have to say, this is my second favorite show of all time... and I've watched a LOT of shows. Much like Ozark, In the Dark is jam-packed with action and cliffhangers, making it incredibly binge-worthy. Max and Murphy's relationship is full of chemistry and drama. Many of the supporting characters, namely Felix and Jess, are lovable and entertaining. I am addicted and cannot wait for season 3!
  • Aug 05, 2020
    Brooke Markham is perfect as a sort of Daredevil meets Jessica Jones with a great mystery and entertaining characters.
  • Jul 30, 2020
    Terrible 'blind person' acting. She was literally staring directly at anyone talking to her. It was so irritating that she was not even trying to do justice to a blind person's traits and ways.
  • Jul 23, 2020
    The show is watchable but honestly the main character does not pull off being blind in any way. Especially season 2. Is she meant to be blind? Does she gain her vision at some point I missed? She makes eye contact and convincingly "sees" people when she speaks with them and notices items and pathways. Not convincing at all.
  • Jun 26, 2020
    I really like this show! Can't wait to see what's next!

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