The Fall: Season 1 (2013)


Season 1
The Fall

Critics Consensus

Less sensationalistic and more provocative than most police procedurals, The Fall is unapologetically sexy with pressure-building tension driven by plausible characters and motifs.



Critic Ratings: 20


Audience Score

User Ratings: 643
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Air date: May 28, 2015
Air date: May 28, 2013
Air date: May 27, 2013
Air date: Jun 3, 2013
Air date: Jun 10, 2013

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"The Fall" is a crime drama that follows an investigation into a series of murders involving young business women in Belfast, Ireland. Season 1 begins with Metro Police Superintendent Detective Stella Gibson (played by Gillian Anderson) heading up a group of local detectives determined to track down a serial killer by the name of Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan) before he has a chance to strike again.

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Critic Reviews for The Fall Season 1

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (5)

It was very slick, very knowing and Anderson and Dornan were actually very good. But if there is a more Athena version of a serial killer out there, I'm yet to see it.

Apr 3, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Skin-crawling intensity.

Apr 3, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

This show is binge watching at its best; it's at once compulsively watchable and intelligent, well-written and beautifully acted with compelling performances to boot.

Apr 3, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Appreciating we're only a fifth of the way through, the pity is that The Fall thinks by revealing its killer from the off, it's reinvigorating the genre, when all it's done is undo the valves and let the tension guff out.

Apr 3, 2019 | Full Review…

The Fall is a top-flight mystery that taps into political tensions in Northern Ireland and the troubling undercurrent of violence against women.

Apr 3, 2019 | Full Review…

You want this monster caught, and yet every time he trips up, you wince. With only five episodes, The Fall makes for a perfect, not-too-long marathon.

Apr 3, 2019 | Full Review…

The Fall has been fabulous telly in every sense, and this ending should not leave fans unsatisfied.

Apr 3, 2019 | Full Review…

Stella Gibson is an incredibly fascinating character - crummy accent by Gillian Anderson aside.

Aug 20, 2018 | Full Review…

The Fall presents voyeurism both as a mode of entertainment and as a transgression, but I am not sure, in the end, that the show is not part of the problem it diagnoses

Sep 12, 2017 | Full Review…

Anderson is fantastic as an updated version of DI Jane Tennison, Helen Mirren's detective in Prime Suspect : in her head she's the boss but in reality she isn't.

Aug 14, 2017 | Full Review…

The Fall's intention of revealing the dangerous connection between sex and death isn't only audacious, but also endlessly seductive.

Dec 17, 2013 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

It's not as groundbreaking as Prime Suspect, but a reminder of just how addictive the procedural format can be when it's executed just right.

Oct 15, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Fall: Season 1

  • Sep 07, 2019
    Griping series. Terrific acting/editing.
  • Jun 27, 2019
    To the audience reviewers who say "oh this is TV- telly-ish" I'd have to agree. It is, in fact, a series, thus it's on TV. As for those bleating that the women are not strong, not independent, I don't believe this either. From the very first episode, in the first 20 minutes actually, we're witness to some exacting female characters, some who know exactly want they want, others who are exploring that and if Gibson likes likes to "go with the flow" then that's more evidence, not of experiential uncertainty, but that it's part of her personality. I find audience comments about the perpetrator being "a Jew and that's a surprise" incredibly naive and plain wrong. Many characters in series from House to The West Wing, to Janet King, Vera, Miss Fisher and Doctor Blake have used Jewish characters portrayed as suspicious without the audience gasping with shock and secretly thrilled. This isn't a "heavy" thriller nor is it a particularly new take on the crime procedural but it controls its pace delicately, & it's directed in a subtle manner and elegant manner. Perfect for a binge watch and a good chat afterwards.
  • Apr 14, 2019
    Here's my take. A fairly palatable crime/serial murderer film. Anderson needs to tip her plastic guys huge as she nearly looks half her age. That's incredible to begin with. The story is just OK. Very T.V.-ish. Easy to fade away from it. Here is what disturbed me most about this film. Anderson plays this balls-against-the-wall feminist cop where is later revealed some daddy issues drives her. We see her acting inviting the young meat cop to her room for a tryst. We later see her kiss the pathologist in the bar indicating she'll do any gender for the "flow." This movie is trying to promote strong females challenging the male roles and it falls flat on it's ass. The young teen engages with Spectre like some 1940's naive school girl. I wasn't this stupid in the 70's. Powerful intelligent women ? I don't see it. Step into the 21st century say a female cop to her male partner. Really ? I observe agenda selling cliches for an audience who doesn't see past the crime selling narrative. The whole underbelly of this film is stupid and predictable. I enjoyed one small point int this film. Almost always you will never see a Jew doing anything deviant or murderous in films. That's a huge no no. I was pleasantly surprise that out killer was. Got nothing better to do on a rainy afternoon this will do. Could have been outstanding. At best mediocre entertainment.
  • Nov 23, 2018
    A crime show like no other, the protagonist and antagonist are fascinating, the mood the show creates is mysterious and dark, and the subtle social commentary perfectly blends with the show's narrative?.
  • Mar 23, 2018
    Love this SHow! it is a little slow after the first few episodes but after that it draws you in and you wont be able to stop watching. YOu will not be able to predict what happens next.
  • Jan 02, 2018
    It’s a good show. I would not said it is great tough. Can’t believe that it has a 100% on rotten tomatoes. Ok. The show is very very precise and thorough , builds up slowly, shows very detailed and realistic police work , probably best I’ve seen in terms of realism. I like Gillian Anderson and I like Jamie Dornan. They are both Americans though , trying to put a not very great English and Irish accents. I just started series 2 and I hope it will win me over. I will review it once finished watching :)
  • Oct 11, 2017
    Exceptional character development, must watch it from the 1st season. You immediately recognize the incredible accuracy of the storyline, the character background and the psychoanalysis. It's a must watch for anyone wanting to have their idea of a psychopath or serial murderer challenged.
  • Sep 26, 2017
    Was hooked and watched the season over the course of 2 nights. Seemed every episode was better than the last. Character development was so strong that I found myself liking them all whether they're supposed to be liked or not.
  • Aug 31, 2017
    Excellent plot, very "believable" with true characters, original setting with local Northern politics intruding.
  • Jun 12, 2017
    Slow start, but starts to take off with episode 3.

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