Normal People: Season 1 (2020)


Season 1
Normal People

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

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Air date: Apr 29, 2020

In modern, rural Ireland, Connell and Marianne, on different ends of their school's social scene, begin an intense, secret affair.

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Air date: Apr 29, 2020

Connell and Marianne's relationship continues in secret and they sleep together for the first time. At school, Connell makes excuses for why he didn't see his friends at the weekend and evades questions on his mother's job at Marianne's house. A girl in his friendship group, Rachel (Leah McNamara), gets impatient with Connell's lack of interest and tensions build for Connell. Meanwhile, Marianne must find a way to explain her unplanned absences to her prying brother Alan (Frank Blake).

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Air date: Apr 29, 2020

The night of the Debs is approaching and the girls at school have organized a fundraising event. Marianne has been asked to help and is out of her comfort zone. At the club, one of Connell's friends Karen (Niamh Lynch) does her best to show Marianne some kindness but Rachel behaves coldly towards her. The evening turns sour, when one of the boys' older friends gropes Marianne. She leaves the club, upset by the incident and Connell offers her a lift home. Marianne stays over at Connell's house and bumps into Lorraine (Sarah Greene) as she leaves the next day. Connell becomes anxious when his friends tease him about Marianne, suspecting they've guessed about their relationship. Fuelled by anxiety, Connell makes an unexpected decision that hurts Marianne and causes a rift between him and his mother, Lorraine. Marianne withdraws from school, causing Connell intense guilt.

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Air date: Apr 29, 2020

Months later, school has finished and Connell arrives at Trinity College, Dublin. He has found a room in a house-share and meets his new housemate Niall (Desmond Eastwood). Despite his efforts, he feels out of place and struggles to articulate himself when surrounded by his eloquent and wealthy peers. Connell reluctantly accepts a party invite from new classmate Gareth (Sebastian De Souza). Feeling intimidated by the fashionable crowd in attendance, Gareth offers to introduce him to someone else he knows from Sligo and so he comes face-to-face with an unexpected guest.

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Air date: Apr 29, 2020

Connell and Marianne start socializing as friends in Dublin. She introduces Connell to her group and one of her friends, Teresa (Lauryn Canny) is interested in him. Marianne is still dating Gareth, but her interest in the relationship is starting to fade. Marianne eventually finishes things with Gareth and makes a drunken pass at Connell.

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Air date: Apr 29, 2020

Connell and Marianne are back together. Connell has gained confidence in college, giving presentations in class and getting good grades, but is reluctant to show Marianne affection in front of her friends. Will the two be able to admit that they are together? Things take a negative turn when Marianne goes home and argues with her brother Alan and Connell loses the part-time restaurant job that funds his life in Dublin. Connell is torn when Marianne returns to Dublin distant and distracted, and finds himself once again unable to share his worries.

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Air date: Apr 29, 2020

Connell bumps into Marianne back in Sligo. It's the first time they have seen each other since they broke up. Connell asks Marianne how she is and tells her he has heard that she's now seeing Jamie (Fionn O'Shea). Despite the awkwardness between them, Connell offers to attend Marianne's father's anniversary mass the next day and they agree to stay friends. Back in Dublin the two study hard for the Trinity Scholarship exams. On a night out after the scholarship results are announced, Connell is mugged and turns to Marianne for help. On arriving at Marianne's house, he sees that he has interrupted a get together, which includes Jamie. The party breaks up, as the rest of the group goes out. Connell and Marianne are left alone. He reveals that he's seeing someone new and Marianne bursts into tears. They discuss the misunderstanding of their breakup, but it's too late now.

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Air date: Apr 29, 2020

It's the summer holidays and Connell and Niall arrive at Marianne's family house in Italy. The obvious chemistry between Connell and Marianne causes friction with Jamie, despite Connell's evident happiness with his girlfriend Helen, who he clearly misses. Peggy (India Mullen) cooks the group a lavish meal but tensions run high. During dinner, Jamie drinks too much and picks a fight with Marianne. Connell breaks it up and attempts to soothe Marianne. Marianne stays in Connell's room that night to get away from Jamie. They talk and almost kiss, but Marianne puts a stop to it before it goes any further.

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Air date: Apr 29, 2020

Marianne is on a student exchange program in Sweden for a year. Her breakup with Jamie has cost her some of her friends, but she is still in touch with Connell and Joanna (Eliot Salt). She is in a relationship with Lukas (Lancelot Ncube), a photographer who she meets at a college party. Back in Dublin, Connell is enjoying his relationship with Helen and continuing his studies at Trinity. Word of Marianne's sex life with Lukas makes its way back to Dublin, and when Connell bumps into Peggy at a party she asks him about the gossip and whether things were like that with him and Marianne. Connell is upset by the gossip and worries about Marianne and whether she is ok on her own in Sweden.

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Air date: Apr 29, 2020

Connell and Helen are out celebrating New Year's Eve in Dublin. Late that night, Connell receives a group text questioning the whereabouts of Rob (Eanna Hardwicke). The next morning news comes through that Rob has died. Connell struggles with the emotional fallout of Rob's death. After the funeral he is distant with Helen only showing signs of responsiveness when reunited with Marianne. His mental health deteriorates when he returns to college, struggling to drag himself to lectures and he ends his relationship with Helen. Eventually, at Niall's suggestion he begins counselling. Marianne is still in Sweden and attempts to reassure him over Skype. Through the counselling and Marianne's friendship Connell begins to see a way forward.

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  • Jul 06, 2021
    2 lead performances will take your breath away. The ending was a little disappointing-and cliche-but otherwise flawless
  • May 13, 2021
    Normal people takes an incredible dive into the hard world of young love. The two leading actors are freshing and exciting. The film makes you feel, relate and crave love and all of its downsides. Amazing writing, directing and acting, you won't be dissapointed.
  • Apr 15, 2021
    After 3 episodes it goes from romance to "My Brilliant Friend" where every relationship is toxic, offers no emotional satisfaction, and also abusive. It's in fact not realistic because real life is not even as bleak and depressing as this awful show. Just awful, the characters are flat and boring, one dimensional. There's not really anything to this show that makes it unique. If anything, it should send a strong message about leaving toxic relationships for what they are, not to go back to one where there is "feeling" but EXTREME commitment issues that would cause any relationship counselor groan out loud. Save your time and your emotions for a better show.
  • Apr 09, 2021
    Im not into romantic series... but this....
  • Apr 05, 2021
    Brilliant, heartbreaking, ultimately optimistic viewing experience. Give yourself over to this wonderful story and be ready for a genuine rollercoaster. The two leads are the definition of unforgettable.
  • Mar 08, 2021
    That's Anne Hathaway's daughter. Don't care what anyone says lol. Kidding aside, she was amazing and great show deserving of nominations. Just couldn't give the full 5 stars because the relationship is maddening. I understand that's the point but there's a couple of decisions that didn't make sense. Minor gripe for a very realistic portrayal of this type of relationship. I could relate to it very much.
  • Mar 03, 2021
    Awesome!!! I didnt thought it is so interesting
  • Mar 03, 2021
    Graphic intimacy in many movies and tv series often seems gratuitous and difficult to watch. I was immediately and pleasantly surprised, therefore, by this story which explores the sexual awakening and ultimate love story between two young people. The scenes of their lovemaking are both graphic and beautifully choreographed . My only criticism is that the side stories and supporting characters lengthen the plot but don't, in my opinion, add to what is essentially a tale of true, heartbreaking, gut wrenching love - in all it's forms.
  • Mar 01, 2021
    This show is oddly addicting. I binged the whole thing in one sitting. The characters and story really pull you in and make you want to follow their story. Lovely!
  • Feb 15, 2021
    This adaptation of the novel of the same name, mainly written by the novel author, Sally Rooney and playwright Alice Birch, is the perfect example of an adaptation that truly understands and brings to light the essence of its source material. It follows the intertwined destinies of Connell and Marianne (Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones), two Irish young adults who inevitably and irreversibly stumble upon each other in their journeys time and again throughout childhood, teenage and college years. The first six episodes are directed by Lenny Abrahamson, the man who directed Brie Larson's Oscar winning performance in 2015's Room, a filmmaker with exquisite and very specific sensibilities, especially when it comes to highly intimate cinema, and Normal People proves to be the perfect playground for his beautiful shots of two people perpetually connecting on many personal levels. Same goes for the director or the latter six episodes, Hettie Macdonald, who cleverly moves the camera a nudge away from the two of them in order to capture the bigger picture of their eternally and sometimes tragically tethered lives. The series' vision grows up just as they do, encapsulating a staggering range of realistic and relatable emotions of the young age. Abrahamson's and Macdonalds' careful and emotionally complex direction, together with some realistic writing that wisely takes its time with the story make up for a near flawless romance. However, this would have never worked without two performances for the ages. Both Mescal and Edgar-Jones bring their characters to life with fearless vulnerability and lots of nuance. They actually allow you not merely to observe Connell and Marianne, but instead to really know them. Rarely do you get to see performances that indicate complete and utter dedication such as these ones.

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