River: Season 1 - Rotten Tomatoes

River: Season 1 (2015)



Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.


Tv Season Info

Series 1 follows John River, a brilliant detective whose fractured mind traps him between the living and the dead.


Nicola Walker
as Jackie 'Stevie' Stevenson
Lesley Manville
as Chrissie Read
Eddie Marsan
as Thomas Cream
Adeel Akhtar
as Ira King
Georgina Rich
as Rosa Fallows
Owen Teale
as Marcus McDonald
Turlough Convery
as Frankie Stevenson
Sorcha Cusack
as Bridie Stevenson
Steve Nicolson
as Jimmy Stevenson
Josef Altin
as Christopher Riley
Peter Bankolé
as Haider Jamal Abdi
Lydia Leonard
as Marianne King
Stefan Kalipha
as Omari Tadros
Shannon Tarbet
as Erin Fielding
Franz Drameh
as Bruno Marconi
Souleiman Bock
as Khaalid Mohamoud
Adjoa Andoh
as Sunday Akentola
Fady Elsayed
as Aten Olama
Amelia Lowdell
as Pauline Merton
Cathy Murphy
as Marlena Fielding
Julian Lewis Jones
as Jordy Merton
Alec Utgoff
as Sasha Mischenko
Jon House
as Police Officer
Ali Craig
as Banker
Soo Drouet
as Loud-Mouthed Woman
Andy Rashleigh
as Pub Landlord
View All

Critic Reviews for River: Season 1

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

(Skarsgård's) performance here was a revelation, switching in seconds from remoteness to fury, from twinkling avuncularity to withering scorn.

November 17, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Better not to know more and enjoy the beauty, pain and intensity of River. [Full Review in Spanish]

July 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Intelligent and eerie, River manages to push past its deflated premise to become a captivating exploration of mental illness and the widespread effects of trauma.

November 23, 2015 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

[The premise] might sound hokey, but this series, created and written by Abi Morgan, is anything but that, growing deeper, darker and more intricate with each episode.

December 30, 2015 | Full Review…

It's more than just crime drama - it's about personal tragedy, demons; it's a study of loss and grief (which it shares with the greatest Nordic noir of them all: the first series of The Killing). It's also a study of that - killing - and why people do it.

November 17, 2015 | Full Review…

I like the way it's branded like a traditional cop show but then pulls the rug out from under you quite suddenly.

November 17, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for River: Season 1

There are no featured audience reviews yet. Click the link below to see what others say about River: Season 1!

Discussion Forum

Discuss River on our TV talk forum!

News & Features