Safe: Season 1 (2018)

Season 1

Critics Consensus

Pulpy and fun, Safe boasts a superb cast -- albeit with some questionable accents -- who carry its soapy, mystery-laden drama just well enough to offer an entertaining diversion.



Critic Ratings: 22


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User Ratings: 408
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Air date: May 10, 2018
Air date: May 10, 2018
Air date: May 10, 2018
Air date: May 10, 2018
Air date: May 10, 2018
Air date: May 10, 2018
Air date: May 10, 2018
Air date: May 10, 2018

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Critic Reviews for Safe Season 1

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (8)

With committed performances (some of which are clearly aware of the ludicrous story they're in) and a brisk pace, Safe earns its status as a soapy pleasure and should entertain Netflix viewers craving engaging distraction.

May 11, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

Almost everything about Safe, from the acting to the dialogue, is pulpy with a vengeance.

May 10, 2018 | Full Review…

There's nothing particularly fresh about it, but it does what it sets out to do - to keep the viewer guessing who dunit and why - with assurance and flair.

May 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Boasts a quality cast and slick script [and] brings a tone of nightmarish slapstick.

May 4, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The ensemble cast makes it all click. There are plenty of moments in Safe where the story and its twists threaten to derail the tightly wound mayhem, but the cast saves it from ever tipping over.

Jun 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Still, this is a British mystery made for TV, and the form is a winner, despite some overwrought music that supplies more tension than the script calls for.

Jun 1, 2018 | Full Review…

Safe isn't without its ticking clock grittiness and compelling riddles but there's also unintended comedy involved with a story where everyone somehow unwittingly contributes to someone's dire demise.

May 29, 2018 | Rating: 6.5/10 | Full Review…

We have to talk about that accent.

May 29, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

All in all, it's good, soapy fun. If you're willing to suspend your disbelief, you're likely to get swept up in its current, and once that happens, I'd wager that all eight episodes will safely disappear in a flash.

May 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Safe does promise plenty of twists and turns for loyal mystery lovers, and the supporting cast, including Sherlock's Amanda Abbington, is extremely capable.

May 15, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Cliche-free British crime drama is great grown-up mystery.

May 15, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It can whirr on, in its mechanical way, without me.

May 14, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Safe: Season 1

  • Jul 09, 2019
    Excellent, keeps you guessing. Love it !!!! Another great binge worthy series I couldn't get enough of!!!
  • Mar 25, 2019
    I truly enjoyed it. Words cannot describe how amazing this was for me. I saw something fresh and new about it, so many secrets with consequences coming to life. Absolutely enjoyed it.
  • Mar 08, 2019
    This had me , really wondering who the killer was.
  • Feb 24, 2019
    So much like an Agatha Christie/Sir Conan Doyle mystery they get Mrs. Watson to star and quote the Dame in the script. A little too many secrets for such a small town that it made Twin Peaks look subtle by comparison, but without the supernatural element. I say Hall's accent is revenge for all the Australian/English actors thinking they can come to Hollywood and put on some weird Southern accent and they will be safe. Did anyone not know Hugh Laurie wasn't English? Maybe. I would have killed my daughter for what she did not Hall in this, but then again, spying on her was crossing the line. Don't worry, no spoilers, it happens in the first episode. Awesome binge series, now just leave it alone.
  • Jan 06, 2019
    No one is safe in this gated community. Safe has the pacing of a typical BBC mystery but has splashes of comedy intertwined in the plot line. I especially enjoyed the take on the proper English accent. Best for a rainy day binge.
  • Jan 05, 2019
    What a fantastic suspenseful crime drama! This series keeps you wondering what’s going to happen next! I don’t see how there will be a second season, but so far it’s worth the watch. Just get through the slow moving 1st episode, you won’t be disappointed!
  • Jan 05, 2019
    Terrific! Highly recommend.
  • Jan 04, 2019
    Great story with lots of plots and twists (admittedly im a big fan of Harlan Coben’s vioks), a good example of its genre, makes you want to keep watching. But ..... I’m not sure why rhe critical reviews praise the cast (no one i know) and rhe acting- IMO the acting is quite wooden with only a couple of exceptions (mainly Amanda Abbington as Sophie) and the dialogue is EXTREMELY pedestrian.
  • Dec 29, 2018
    Interesting enough that I sat and binged it overnight. Enjoyed the cast and the story which kept me guessing until the final episode.
  • Oct 25, 2018
    I have just watched this. I was quite gripped after the first episode but as it went on, it became more and more ludicrous. Unrealistic characters who have no dimension to them and I did wonder at one point if it was meant to be a comedy and I hadn't realised?! I love Michael C Hall but he was so wrong for this role, it was a complete waste of his talent. It became totally ludicrous towards the end. Very disappointing. Loved the fact it was filmed in Manchester and Cheshire though - that's the one good thing I can say about it.

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