River: Season 1 (2015)


Season 1
River

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River is a richly rewarding mystery that finds Stellan Skarsgård at the peak of his powers, ably rising to the nuances of Abi Morgan's pathos-laden teleplay.

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Critic Ratings: 16

96%

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User Ratings: 330

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Air date: Oct 13, 2015

Struggling to come to terms with the loss of a colleague, John River chases a potential suspect across London; meanwhile, the mother of a murdered teenager grows desperate and blames River for failing to make good on his promise to find her daughter.

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Air date: Nov 18, 2015

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Air date: Oct 20, 2015

Still wracked with grief at the death of his colleague, River's mental fragility is further strained as he begins to suspect that the man he chased to his death was innocent.

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Air date: Oct 27, 2015

With his career and access to the Stevie case resting on the outcome of his psychiatric report, River must keep his unofficial investigations into Stevie's death to himself, creating tension with his new partner Ira.

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Air date: Nov 3, 2015

The investigation into Stevie's murder changes direction when CCTV footage shows her to be closely involved with an illegal immigrant who owned the car that was used in her murder; the police launch a manhunt to track him down.

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Air date: Nov 10, 2015

Following the murder in the public library, River and Ira must track down the killer; their journey takes them deep into the world of the undocumented migrant community in London, a world of international hostels and immigration lawyers.

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Air date: Nov 17, 2015

As the fractured events of Stevie's murder start to swim into focus for River, the awful truth places more pressure than ever on his worsening state of mind.

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Critic Reviews for River: Season 1

Audience Reviews for River: Season 1

  • Aug 21, 2021
    I absolutely love a good UK detective thriller and this is one of the better ones, with good acting and character development and interesting story lines.
  • Feb 07, 2021
    The story is heartbreaking, the cast are brilliant. It is not an easy viewing, it's rough and brutal. The opening scenes drag you into the world of John River, a detective with issues. Not atypical for a British crime show, true, but Skarsgard is excellent in his role. As is Nicola Walker. The story does meander a bit too much, even for such a short series, but ultimately that does not matter. The ending is absolutely sad, yet not entirely so. It cannot be explained without spoiling anything, so watch it, it is worth it.
  • Jan 23, 2021
    sensational - taut, complex, beautifully realized - and with nicola walker and lesley manville, among many, not for a moment neglecting a stunning Stellan Skarsgard, it is a must.
  • Sep 01, 2020
    This 2015 series called River is an enthralling procedural with the twist of having the detective played by Stellan Skarsgard talking to and visualizing dead murderers and their victims. He's searching for the killer of his detective partner Stevie. This goes way beyond the psychic tricks of Sixth Sense or Ghost. Despite the complexity of the mystery, creator and writer Abi Morgan keeps the plot on track with immense clarity. Leslie Manville as Stellan's boss is a master class of brilliant acting. And Skarsgard rips your heart out with his inability to deal with the death of Stevie and being haunted by the dead. I roared through the six part series hungry for more of these characters I fell in love with. A definite must see for those on Amazon Prime. And for those of you without Amazon prime here is the entire series for your viewing pleasure.
  • Apr 28, 2020
    Completely riveting and utterly devastating at the same time. Stellan and Nicola had fantastic chemistry which made it even more painful in a realistic way. I'm totally obsessed with this show. I love cop chemistry dramas, but this is on a whole other level.
  • Apr 26, 2020
    Slow and gripping, River flows as the waves takes us along with him.
  • Oct 01, 2019
    Excellent drama. Hope for second!
  • Sep 22, 2019
    6 episodes of emotion, suspense, and superb acting by the entire cast. Stellan's constant fluctuation of emotion and inner turmoil was riveting. Did not see the ending coming and it broke my heart.
  • Sep 02, 2019
    Absolutely captivating !
  • Aug 17, 2019
    Loved it. Stellan is captivating and it's a beautiful love story.

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