Our Boys: Season 1 (2019)


Season 1
Our Boys

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Challenging and thoughtful, Our Boys explores a real-world tragedy with grace and compassion.

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Critic Ratings: 15

71%

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User Ratings: 96

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Air date: Aug 12, 2019

Simon and his team look into the disappearance of three Jewish boys in 2014; Mohammed finds himself in danger; Avishai is in a crossroad.

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Air date: Aug 12, 2019

In the wake of their son's disappearance, Hussein and Suha search for answers, as Hussein faces pressure from the police. Iyad joins the violent Arab response. Simon and Mike disagree on their theories about Mohammad's murder and a new angle arises when a rumor leaks to the public about Mohammad's personal life

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Air date: Aug 19, 2019

Simon meets Mohammed's family; Suha and Hussein's neighborhood is in a riot.

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Air date: Aug 26, 2019

With the Jerusalem deputy DA looking over their shoulders, Simon and his team focus their investigation on Yosef's family and Dvora, a therapist who knows them intimately.Hussein negotiates with police to get control of Muhammad's body and is overwhelmed by the fervor surrounding his son's death. As Sabbath approaches, Avishai is burdened by his regrets, while Simon calls for a deeper look into the Adam settlement community

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Air date: Sep 2, 2019

Mike worries that Simon risks crossing a line when he goes undercover as a reserve-duty soldier in Adam to learn more about Yosef and Rabbi Yizhak Ben Shoshan. Later, Simon works to get a tortured Avishai to open up to him, as Shabak readies to make crucial arrests. Suha mourns Mohammad's death and learns more about his life, and Hussein decides to talk to the media.

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Air date: Sep 9, 2019

While investigators struggle to get confessions before lawyers come into the picture, Simon reveals his true identity to Avishai and asks for Dvora's help in getting the teen to break his vow of silence. Hussein is approached by prosecutor Uri Korb, as riots spread throughout the West Bank and Muhammad becomes a symbol of the Palestinian national struggle.

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Air date: Sep 16, 2019

Avishai takes Simon through the sequence of events that led to Muhammad's kidnapping and murder, revisiting key locations and recreating the crimes for police cameras. Desperate for atonement, a guilty Avishai slowly pieces together what happened, as Simon begins to realize the extent of his involvement in that fateful night.

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Air date: Sep 23, 2019

Avishai and Yinon spend their first days in prison in isolation out of fear of retaliation by other prisoners, and Avishai tries to get in touch with Simon, who finds that his role in the case has turned personal after he receives a visit from his brother, Rami. Dvora stands her ground against Asher Ohayun, a religious defense lawyer working to mitigate Yosef's liability by getting him declared insane.

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Air date: Sep 30, 2019

The trial begins and Yosef puts on an act of insanity, so Avishai's lawyer instructs him to set himself apart from Yinon, but when Avishai asks Yinon to support his version of events, the two get into a harsh confrontation. Simon takes the stand and is pressed about Avishai's culpability in the murder. Dvora sees the consequences of not cooperating with the rabbis in the orthodox community.

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Air date: Oct 7, 2019

Series finale. As the trial reaches its climax, a psychologist speaks to Yosef's mental state, while an emotional Avishai prepares for his testimony and a tough cross-examination. Simon finds that his good work has come at a price and, later, is confronted by Dvora when he seeks professional help. Hussein and Suha become frustrated with Uri Korb's reluctance to meet their demands, and after a verdict is handed down, they seek solace and peace.

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Tv Season Info

Cast & Crew

Jony Arbid
Hussein
Adam Gabay
Avishai
Hagai Levi
Executive Producer
Joseph Cedar
Executive Producer
Avi Nir
Executive Producer
Alon Shtruzman
Executive Producer
Karni Ziv
Executive Producer
Peter Traugott
Executive Producer
Rachel Kaplan
Executive Producer
Noah Stollman
Executive Producer
Michael Lombardo
Executive Producer
Shuki Ben Naim
Writer
Tawfik Abu Wael
Director
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Critic Reviews for Our Boys Season 1

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (7)

There's an immense level of compassion here, which should ultimately prove rewarding for anyone who digs in.

Aug 20, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The strange case of a narrative that might have been curated carefully with its investigative beats, but so little appears to happen in each episode that a necessary tension is lost.

Aug 12, 2019 | Full Review…

The show is unusually fearless about letting moral discomfort linger, and manages to be stirring without ever offering false hope, a rarity for even the best-made dramas.

Sep 18, 2019 | Full Review…

Our Boys is paced with a punishing slowness... But it rewards with tough insight.

Aug 14, 2019 | Full Review…

This 10-episode HBO series puts faces on a conflict often seen -- especially in the U.S. -- from a distant aerial view, bringing the loss, pain and senseless circle of violence achingly home.

Aug 13, 2019 | Full Review…

The 10 chapters of Our Boys are essential to know, at least partially, the Israeli society. [Full Review in Spanish]

May 5, 2020 | Full Review…

Watching Our Boys is like looking at a Google Earth shot of Jerusalem and then following along as the camera zooms in on certain apartments, houses, dormitories and parks, and examines their inhabitants as if they were specimens under a microscope...

Jan 8, 2020 | Full Review…

Complicated drama centers on West Bank murders.

Aug 28, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Harrowing, heartbreaking, and hard to turn away from.

Aug 23, 2019 | Full Review…

The first two episodes at least suggest the series will be rewarding in the sense that it will provide a better understanding of the complexities at play without Our Boys itself serving any political agenda beyond the truth.

Aug 16, 2019 | Full Review…

Trying to portray the intricacies of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a TV show is always difficult, but Our Boys is a compelling fictionalization of a very complicated story.

Aug 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Our Boys puts a human face on an age-old conflict, asking if justice is ever possible in a world where young boys are used as tragic pawns.

Aug 12, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Our Boys: Season 1

  • Oct 12, 2020
    Never before have I seen a series that depicted Israel so intelligently and I was so unsure where it would go; I am by no means "very well-read" on these events and my own knowledge of these events is superficial at best but the depiction of this nation was in some way the most interesting "character" at all and made up for the occasional times where I wasnt entirely sure where it was going or of an unsteady focus. It was fascinating and heartbreaking and enlightening.
  • Jun 06, 2020
    Best tv series everybody should watch
  • May 04, 2020
    An excellent, fearless, amazing-made tv drama.
  • Nov 05, 2019
    Excellent show. I don't want to get into the whole political side of things given the fact that I don't live in Israel, and I leave that to the Israeli populus to decide. The makers have spun a very moving narrative of the incidents that led to the 2014 conflict. What they have accomplished in comparison to other movies/shows of the same kind is that they have humanized everyone in the cast, regardless of the actions they commit and the turns their lives take. Shlomi Elkabetz as Shimon Cohen was a great choice; his interactions with Avishai Elbaz (Omri Gabay), who is manipulated into the murder by his uncle, Yosef Haim Ben David have such a pure nature it just cannot be ignored. Same goes to the riveting personal trauma that Hussein and Suha go through, after having lost their kid to the senseless violence in spite of the fact that they are not really political themselves. This show portrays an extremely fractured society and the complexities associated with it, so watching it with an unbiased eye would be a pre-requisite.
  • Oct 10, 2019
    Brilliant show that highlights the extremism of the ultra-orthodox Jews in Israel and their terrorism against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.
  • Oct 08, 2019
    The immense complexities of life in Israel where the government, not only has to deal with the ongoing mistrust and hate, between Israeli Arab and Jewish citizens, Palestinians and Jewish Israelis, but also the same mistrust between the Orthodox and Secular as well as the Sephardim, Mizrachim and Ashkenazim. The whole situation there has turned from the miracle of the Jews returning to their ancient homeland to a modern day tragedy. Illuminating and sad..
  • Oct 07, 2019
    It's realistic. I know because I lived in Israel at the time of the events. A very unique insight to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
  • Oct 07, 2019
    It's soo good and sad that all this can happen .. and sheds light on how rhetoric is so threatening ...
  • Oct 02, 2019
    The show does a remarkable job of portraying Arab-Israelis and Palestinians as flawed and complicated human beings. Their perspective is presented and challenged on a number of occasions, but you are left with the notion that they are not evil people. It's a very impressive handling of a difficult issue. So it's a shame that the same care is not shown to the Jews in the show. They gleefully cackle about wanting to murder babies and burn villages to the ground. It's cartoonish, and offensive.
  • Sep 27, 2019
    representing one murder case instead of the all four, and focuses only on palestinian side of things, the israeli side is not shown with much will.

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