Low Winter Sun: Season 1 (2013)

Season 1
Low Winter Sun

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Mark Strong makes for a compelling lead, but Low Winter Sun is too serious for its own good, sagging under the weight of its bleak, brooding tone.



Critic Ratings: 32


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User Ratings: 26

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Air date: Aug 11, 2013

Detectives Frank Agnew and Joe Geddes murder a fellow Detroit police officer in the opener of this crime drama based on a British miniseries. As internal affairs investigates the case, crime lord Damon Callis and his wife Maya discuss future plans.

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Air date: Aug 18, 2013

A police search of McCann's house turns up evidence that could alter the case; Geddes becomes the focal point of Det. Boyd's investigation; and Maya and Damon are forced to reevaluate their plans.

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Air date: Aug 25, 2013

Frank and Geddes work to cover up evidence in McCann's murder; Damon's crew prepares for the Blind Pig opening.

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Air date: Sep 1, 2013

Frank obsesses over finding Katia, whlle Geddes fears that her return will ruin him.

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Air date: Sep 8, 2013

The DPD's investigation intensifies when a low-level murder is linked to McCann. Meanwhile, Damon has to pay the cost of his ambitions.

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Air date: Sep 15, 2013

Frank's search for Katia takes him through unfamiliar territory. Meanwhile, Damon is forced to seek help from an enemy; and Nick proves his worth.

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Air date: Sep 22, 2013

The DPD catches a break on the McCann case. Damon and Maya's freedom is threatened. Lies from the past bring Geddes and Frank to a confrontation. -- (C) AMC

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Air date: Sep 29, 2013

Frank testifies in court, and Geddes takes his family on a trip. Meanwhile, Damon and Maya start their new lives under Skelos.

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Air date: Oct 6, 2013

Frank grapples with his sanity as his actions begin to take their toll. Meanwhile, the DPD catches a major break in the McCann case.

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Air date: Oct 6, 2013

In the series 1 finale, Frank is forced to make a critical decision as the DPD gets close to solving McCann's murder. Meanwhile, Damon makes a bold move.

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Police officers Frank Agnew and Joe Geddes murder Joe's former partner and after internal affairs get called in and Agnew gets put in charge of finding the killer, the pair do all that they can to keep the truth hidden.

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Critic Reviews for Low Winter Sun Season 1

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (20)

Terrifically hard to love, but some superb performances indicate that at least it's worth the effort to try.

Aug 8, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Veteran actor Mark Strong is absolutely riveting.

Aug 8, 2013 | Full Review…

Sadly, Low Winter Sun lacks the lean snap of classic noir.

Oct 8, 2013 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's a swaggering, snarling mess so rife with clichés that one has to believe the majority of them are intentional.

Sep 16, 2013 | Full Review…

Low Winter Sun's cast is top-notch all the way around, especially the actors playing the detective partners-in-crimes. Lennie James.

Sep 3, 2013 | Full Review…

Low Winter Sun is a good show with the potential to grow into a very good show.

Sep 3, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The opening credits have a dog with a rat in its mouth, which is pretty much the happiest moment in the whole show. At least the dog is winning.

Oct 19, 2018 | Full Review…

This series, adapted by executive producer Chris Mundy of Criminal Minds and Cold Case, starts out feeling as unexceptional, and as forced, as those CBS crime series

May 14, 2018 | Full Review…

It gets too caught up trying to be a Very Serious Television Drama, rather than an intriguing story told well.

Aug 18, 2014 | Rating: 3/10 | Full Review…

The ensemble is well-cast and believable, but most impressive is London-born leading man Strong, who's reprising the role he played in the original series, this time swapping his character's Scottish accent for an American one.

Sep 6, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

For those looking for yet another quality show for their Sunday nights, "Low Winter Sun" soars high.

Sep 6, 2013 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

It's a fascinating visual ride. But without heroes worth rooting for or a victim worth avenging, the rubble heaps of an imploded metropolis can only do so much heavy lifting.

Aug 30, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Low Winter Sun: Season 1

  • Jun 09, 2020
    Tries to be gritty with rundown Detroit backdrop but characters are just not believable. Lots of yelling and posturing but no content. Never found out why dirty cop was killed in the first place.
  • May 18, 2019
    Excellent cast. Dark story. Reminds me of the wire
  • Aug 31, 2016
    Not the most original plot, however the acting is good and the gripping violence is similar to other corrupt police shows. Nothing special though.
  • Jun 19, 2016
    Every smug, self-inflating critic who panned this show is an oblivious cunt who knows words but not entertainment. Thanks for canceling a great show, morons.
  • Jan 17, 2015
    To the one review that said the dialog was weak..... I was surprised at the authentic urban street slang that was used that the casual observer wouldn't understand.... Obviously the critics who don't understand the streets and how cold and raw certain areas are, would say that the series is , bleak and brooding. Well there's always the sitcom Friends they can watch.
  • Sep 09, 2014
    Like True Detective (not trying to compare the two shows, very different) it may benefit artistically from an unintended cut off of storyline. It has a story arc that I just have not seen from movies or television. Cormac McCarthy esch in its grim, no holds barred, depiction of tragic genre. I am frankly unsurprised at how lowly it has been rated. Unfortunate, I really love Mark Strong's performance. That said, while the result may be unique, the ground covered to get there will feel old for a lot of people. It lacks rich side character to support the story. It feels like a show focused on Strong's character, Frank Agnew. That focus has some trade offs, you won't feel a lot for what happens to other characters.
  • Aug 02, 2014
    Disgraceful. With Breaking Bad off the air and Mad Men coming to a close, AMC better think fast with new shows. Walking Dead wont be on forever.
  • Jan 21, 2014
    While there sadly will not be a second season, Low Winter Sun's gritty lone season offered many more ups than downs, thanks to fantastic performances from Mark Strong and Lennie James

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