Marcella: Season 1 (2016)



Critic Consensus: Buoyed by Anna Friel, Marcella will satisfy any fan of dark crime drama.


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Air date: Jul 1, 2016

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Series 1 sees DS Marcella Backland back with the police force after 11 years as the Grove Park Killer returns. The case began in 2005 and with Marcella's previous suspect out of prison, she is led to him once again.


Nicholas Pinnock
as Jason Backland
Ray Panthaki
as DI Rav Sangha
Sinead Cusack
as Sylvie Gibson
Nina Sosanya
as DCI Laura Porter
Harry Lloyd
as Henry Gibson
Charlie Covell
as DC Alex Dier
Jack Doolan
as DC Mark Travis
Anna Friel
as DS Marcella Backland
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Critic Reviews for Marcella Season 1

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (7)

When the protagonist is female, as she is in Netflix's binge-worthy crime noir Marcella, the drama at home can be nearly as intense as the murder mystery.

Sep 6, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Complex, ultradark, and filled with more red herrings than an Agatha Christie novel, Marcella is a unique, powerful crime drama.

Aug 5, 2016 | Full Review…

If it sometimes stumbled into cliché, there was ample compensation elsewhere.

Jun 29, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Rosenfeldt likes his dramas long, complex and tortured and you get the feeling that the Swede will make good on his promise to cram in more "hooks, twists and red herrings" (his words) before our time is up.

Jan 28, 2019 | Full Review…

Marcella starts off well, but pretty soon its pace is impeded by a number of subplots and the abrupt introductions of characters whose role in the overall plot is either unclear or irrelevant.

Jan 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Marcella stands out as a show that allows its central strong female character to have flaws.

Sep 7, 2018 | Full Review…

n the meantime, all we know for sure is that when it comes to the least capable cop on television, it's now a straight fight between Marcella and Chief Wiggum from The Simpsons.

Sep 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Series one bashed its way screaming through several plotlines, scattering fistfuls of red herrings into the air as it went and leaving behind a series of structural integrity-threatening holes that left the whole thing teetering.

Jun 12, 2018 | Full Review…

British detective show is violent, complex.

Aug 1, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

For lovers of British crime drama, it's a very pleasant puzzle.

Jul 7, 2016 | Full Review…

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