Normal People: Season 1 (2020)


Season 1
Normal People

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Anchored by Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal vulnerable performances, Normal People is at once intimate and illuminating, beautifully translating the nuances of its source material.

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Critic Ratings: 74

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User Ratings: 303

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Episodes

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Air date: Apr 29, 2020
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Air date: Apr 29, 2020
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Air date: Apr 29, 2020
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Air date: Apr 29, 2020
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Air date: Apr 29, 2020
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Air date: Apr 29, 2020
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Air date: Apr 29, 2020
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Air date: Apr 29, 2020
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Cast

Daisy Edgar-Jones
as Marianne
Paul Mescal
as Connell
Eliot Salt
as Joanna
Leah McNamara
as Rachel
Frank Blake
as Alan

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Critic Reviews for Normal People Season 1

All Critics (74) | Top Critics (30)

The 12-episode adaptation... is so faithful to the letter of the novel (Rooney co-wrote the first six scripts) that it winds up being different in spirit-swoonier, not that swoony is a bad thing.

Apr 24, 2020 | Full Review…
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"Normal People" could be the first work in Rooney's "Before" trilogy, another epic and intimate romance built around an undeniable, impractical spark. After all, it may have been done before, but it hasn't been told like this.

Apr 22, 2020 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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On the surface, the show might end by suggesting a brighter future, but that one glancing note of positivity can't override the overwhelming feeling evoked by the series.

May 1, 2020 | Full Review…
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An example of a hotly anticipated show that actually has managed to live up to the hopes so many had for it, Normal People is your next very Irish, very emotional watch.

Apr 29, 2020 | Full Review…
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It's a beautifully done series about love, sex, and class in Ireland that features a pair of indelible lead performances.

Apr 29, 2020 | Full Review…

An experience tantamount to being stuck on a bad date that refuses to end.

Apr 28, 2020 | Full Review…

The transporting power of literature is transplanted here to a charming television drama that imbues that story framework with all the powerful benefits of performance and visual storytelling. It's the best of both worlds.

Jun 26, 2020 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Edgar-Jones and Mescal are so damned good, so adept at presenting characters in all their daunting complexity that viewers will find themselves utterly swept up in the Marianne-Connell relationship...

Jun 11, 2020 | Full Review…

It is moving like few other dramas achieve.

May 29, 2020 | Full Review…

An absorbing and ambitious series.

May 29, 2020 | Full Review…

I can't imagine anyone else better suited to the roles of Marianne and Connell.

May 22, 2020 | Full Review…

Powerfully demonstrates the maxim of 'show, don't tell': it translates an intensely interior story to a visual medium using mood and tone...

Apr 28, 2020 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Normal People: Season 1

  • Jun 27, 2020
    Read the book and wondered how they could get 6 hours out of it. I watched all 12 episodes. They should have made a 2-hour movie. Sooo slow. Actors are perfect for the parts and the sex scenes are many and refreshingly realistic. Not much story here.
  • Jun 18, 2020
    I wish I could watch it again for the first time, and anyone who has that chance, please do take advantage of it. I couldn't believe how beautiful this show was. I don't think I've ever encountered such raw, heartwrenching and heartwarming scenes. The actors, the script, the sets, the camerawork, it's all so beautifully done and I am breathless. I just finished the season a few minutes ago and I'm so happy with the ending, at the same time I want more. I can't recommend this enough.
  • Jun 18, 2020
    Wow! One of the best shows I've seen in years. Beautifully captures young love, maturity, understanding, misunderstanding, the entire gamut of emotions.
  • Jun 13, 2020
    Very real. A little different. A bit slow, a bit predictable. Worth a quick binge. 80%
  • Jun 13, 2020
    So beautiful in so many ways. The cinematography, the acting, the story. Made me laugh, made me cry. So charming. Love it (if you couldn't tell already, haha)
  • Jun 13, 2020
    Excellent film. Well-written, well-filmed, well-acted but sometimes confusingly directed. Some weird cuts that make no sense. And. Lots of boys. Boys everywhere. Girls too. And plenty of representation from strong women, young and old. But. Where are the men? No fathers, no grandfathers, no uncles, no teachers, no men to be found anywhere. No representation of older men to advise young Connel, who is clearly struggling. This is not realistic. Troubled young men seek and require advice from older men on how to be decent and how to be happy. Young men require validation from other men and to let them know it is going to be ok. Also. Mary Anne could have benefited from a decent father. Not all are lucky to have one. I didn't have one but as a young man, I had grandfathers and uncles and teachers and other mentors.If they were not available, I sought them out. Was this omission intentional? Without this, the film is empty.
  • Jun 13, 2020
    It felt so real and raw, the acting is so good. A must watch.
  • Jun 12, 2020
    This was awesome. I couldn't stop watching.
  • Jun 12, 2020
    Mash up of twilight and 50 shades without the sparkles and the red room. Wanted to say my safe word after episode 3....
  • Jun 10, 2020
    A quiet, romantic (sort of) drama. Sweet/awkward/painful.

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