Marcella: Season 1 (2016)


Season 1

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



Critic Ratings: 15


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User Ratings: 209

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Air date: Jul 1, 2016

Tv Season Info

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 (15) | Top Critics (8)

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…
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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…

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

Jul 7, 2016 | Full Review…

Marcella is portrayed as both an excellent detective and a basket case in a way that doesn't add up (despite the past traumas that are introduced as explanations), and her blackouts feel like plot devices, there just to keep things mysterious.

Jul 5, 2016 | Full Review…

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

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

Not only is the basic premise of this crime thriller duller than we'd hoped, the acting is too.

Jul 3, 2019 | 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…

Audience Reviews for Marcella: Season 1

  • Jul 10, 2020
    The people are sullen and two-dimensional. There is not one drop of joy anywhere to be found, past or present. Fine that it's dark, but can't anyone even have a personality? Marcella is not likable. Her children are just awful. The only person who is at all likable is the step son of the cold bitch owner of the building business—and then he, too, turns out to be a sicko. Typical Nordic, but certainly not even close to a Wallander!
  • Jun 30, 2020
    Laughable, really bad. It takes more for a dark drama then ominous music and numerous plot-twists and characters.
  • Jun 24, 2020
    season 1 is good. season 2 has plot holes. but is worth watching. season 3 is garbage.
  • Jun 19, 2020
    Almost good, The cast was all cream of the craft but unfortunately, the Marcella role ruined the storyline being brain-damaged is ok but being a dumb bitch as an investigator is a lot to take in. despite the fact that I gave 2 stars I am still looking forward to watching the next season.
  • Jun 18, 2020
    If I could give minus stars I would. The lead character Marcella is a dumb bitch. Her behaviour as a supposed experienced police detective investigating a series of murders is absolute rubbish!!!!!!!
  • Jun 15, 2020
    Grief porn. No character development. Just a bunch of people grieving because grief is cool to the filmmakers I guess. No one to root for. If I watch three episodes in a row, I sort of understand what's going on, but if I take a walk for two hours and come back to it? There are no clues as to what happened in the previous episode and I have to go back to square one. I've done this a number of times, especially whenever I get a notification that a new season is coming on. Finally, I realized today that it's not worth it. This show can go to hell for all I care.
  • Jun 14, 2020
    So tired of watching this bad acting, included the overdone botox face of actress Anna Friel...
  • Apr 23, 2020
    I recommend it, very intriguing. Keeps you on your toes. Anna Friel's detective is a nutcase! Brilliant.
  • Apr 22, 2020
    Pity about the story line, because the acting and directing were riveting. Sulky, retired cop with multiple mental health issues is accepted back as sergeant, rejects orders, has blackouts and takes no action - how silly can it get? Episode 1 series 1 was so silly I can not watch another.
  • Mar 26, 2020
    Friel e misto, restul asa si asa

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