Paranoid: Season 1 (2016)

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Air date: Nov 17, 2016
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Air date: Nov 17, 2016
3
Air date: Nov 17, 2016
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Air date: Nov 17, 2016
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Air date: Nov 17, 2016
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Air date: Nov 17, 2016
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Air date: Nov 17, 2016
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Air date: Nov 17, 2016

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Crime-drama that follows the investigation triggered when a GP is murdered in a children's playground. Detectives Bobby Day, Nina Suresh and Alec Wayfield hope it's going to be simple, but there's more to her death than they expected.

Cast

Indira Varma
as Nina Suresh
Robert Glenister
as Bobby Day
Neil Stuke
as Michael Niles
Lesley Sharp
as Lucy Canonbury
Kevin Doyle
as Ghost Detective
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Critic Reviews for Paranoid Season 1

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (3)

There's ample dysfunction among the plainclothes detectives. And that doesn't even get to the villains!

Jan 10, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Could be the most unconvincing police drama ever made.

Jul 20, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

This character-driven conspiracy drama from Bill Gallagher (Lark Rise to Candleford) quickly becomes engrossing viewing.

Mar 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Paranoid is good, not brilliant, but it's an excellent distraction.

Nov 28, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Paranoid: Season 1

A "character driven" conspiracy drama, this show somewhat goes out of its way to make all it's female characters seem unhinged, inept and dysfunctional. Of the two lead female detectives one seems to be a parody of an "ageing" 30-something "crazy girlfriend". the other seems completely inept at her job not least because she's more concerned with trying French pastries from a suspect than than solving a cross-border murder case. Besides this, the pace drags unnecessarily for the 8 episode run. Don't bother.

it was fine to have on in the background while knitting, but what was up with everyone saying 'Bobby' while talking to him? over and over, especially by Lucy. people don't generally use one's name while they're talking directly to them - it was super annoying. Bobby, Bobby, Bobby, Bobby, Bobby ... omg the cinematographer was not kind - very unflattering for the actresses.

What a waste of great talent. Many of these actors are veterans of fine film and tv. I started watching particularly for Indira Varma because she was so great in Luther and What Remains. But what a disappointment because her character is extremely annoying! She's supposed to very mercurial and capricious but the writing is so bad that she comes off as too emotional, almost insultingly stereotypical, and rather stupid. The pharma conspiracy is weak and contrived. The psychiatrist's gaslighting is so transparent and not subtle. One of the few sympathetic characters is Alec, who is smart, empathetic, and kind. But it's overkill to have him quote Shakespeare! It's as if the writers were trying to make him deep like Morse, but it is utter failure on their part. The chief contributes very little and he comes off as dumb. Bobby's tortured soul is shallow and unconvincing. Even Lucy, played by the brilliant Lesley Sharp from Mike Leigh films, is overplayed. Her "I'm at peace with the world" act is so overdone that she actually struck me as suspicious. There were so many opportunities where this could have been deep and genuinely intriguing but all it left me was embarrassed for these fine actors. The two starts are for them.

Amazing show with great characters. I got reeled in and couldn't stop watching.

W S

With all of the stigma against seeking mental healthcare, this show crosses the line into irresponsibly worsening that stigma I would say. I like the actors and I like a lot of the crime drama, but the underlying plot plays on fears of psychiatry, pharmaceutical treatment and and the medical profession in general. I think there are many viewers out there who could be on the fence about whether or not to seek treatment they need and this show does nothing to help them; it makes matters worse by increasing the likelihood that the people around them - or they themselves - will look down on reaching out for help. It presents rosey characters who can just wish they’re mental health challenges away with a sunny walk, were fictitious victims of malevolent therapists, all up against evil pharmaceutical companies that have no souls. This show takes the life-saving benefits of mental health care and tosses them out the window for easy plot devices, when all the while there can be real world consequences for those who need to decide when to seek help and usually are at their most vulnerable. The show should not be renewed.

M B

Not that great. If the whole show was based around the two German detectives I probably would have enjoyed it a lot more. there was one English detective that was particularly annoying. I just can't imagine this guy working for any police department, much less not get fired at some point during this show.

Just finished season one; hope there's more in the future.

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