The Killing: Season 1 (2011)


Season 1
The Killing

Critics Consensus

The Killing is a slow burning mystery with an eerie, mutli-dimensional story propelled by thoughtful writing, believable characters, and realistic horror, even if its season finale was unsatisfying.



Critic Ratings: 34


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User Ratings: 638
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Air date: Apr 3, 2011
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Air date: May 1, 2011
Air date: May 8, 2011
Air date: May 15, 2011
Air date: May 22, 2011
Air date: May 29, 2011
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This adaptation of a Danish-TV hit crime drama brings an addictive brand of whodunit from Scandinavia all the way to Seattle, where workaholic homicide detective Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) is assigned to the murder of teenager Rosie Larsen (Katie Findlay). As evidence slowly turns up, Linden drifts further and further from a plan to retire to California with her fiancé, while the grief felt by Rosie's parents and family is shown at heartbreaking length. Entering the fray are a street-wise partner for Linden named Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman), and politician Darren Richmond (Billy Campbell), whose mention of the case in his mayoral campaign proves to be just the beginning of the race's involvement in the investigation. The first season covers a two-week period in which rain is constant and red herring is the never-ending fish of the day, as suspects and evidence are presented with an ambiguous brilliance leaving viewers as puzzled as Linden and Holder.

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Critic Reviews for The Killing Season 1

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (22)

The disparate detectives of The Killing may have their own means and methods of getting to the bottom of this. But the overall air of believability is palpable from the start. All the better for taking a deep breath and diving right in.

Apr 3, 2011 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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The Killing marks another bull's-eye for AMC in presenting complex, literate, well-crafted television.

Apr 3, 2011 | Full Review…

The prologue practically functions as a schematic diagram of all the police procedurals - with their virtuous investigators and their quasi-necrophiliac tone - that The Killing seems to deconstruct and reassemble on a higher plain.

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The Killing is emotionally spare and atmospherically dank.

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The Killing is your basic Law & Order murder mystery - the step-by-step investigation, the list of perps that expands with each new piece of evidence, the "aha!'' and "really?'' twists.

Apr 3, 2011 | Full Review…

The Killing is the least prepossessing, an eerily quiet, yet compelling and complex, tale of the way the murder of a teenager affects the lives of many people.

Apr 3, 2011 | Full Review…

The Killing is intentionally slow, and doesn't provide any of the usual staples of the genre as high-octane relief. No gun battles, no car chases - just cops doing their duty, politicians looking for ways to spin things.

May 15, 2018 | Full Review…

From the start of the pilot episode, we can see that The Killing is no ordinary crime drama.

Nov 19, 2015 | Full Review…

The fact that The Killing is nothing like other crime dramas on American television is a welcome relief. After all, between multi-city franchises and tired formulas, they are beginning to blend woefully together.

Nov 19, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's more televised crime novel than traditional TV cop show.

Apr 3, 2011 | Full Review…

The best reason for tuning in to The Killing is that it might re-sensitize those who've seen one too many episodes of Criminal Minds - or overdosed on local news.

Apr 3, 2011 | Full Review…

The Killing is deliberately paced, but creepily engrossing in a way that may take the audience by surprise.

Apr 3, 2011 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Killing: Season 1

  • 4h ago
    Loved it! Pulled me in and kept me binging all the way through!
  • Jul 25, 2019
    THE KILLING left me breathless after I watched all four seasons . Based in Seattle, the series revolves around Detectives Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) and Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman) , two police officers with personal baggage. They are driven and obsessed when confronted with ugly, dark crimes.The production is nearly flawless. Everything from the haunting background music to the use of weather as metaphor is perfection. The acting is superb. The topics are timely and relevant. This is nitty gritty policework performed by many flawed characters. It makes you wallow in the mud with the characters, encouraging you to feel all the frustration and confusion that they feel. The stories are so complex that I had to pay close attention. I was emotionally exhausted by the end. I highly recommend it.
  • Apr 10, 2019
    This is one of the great shows no one has ever heard of. Brilliant and amazing.
  • Dec 27, 2018
    The Killing season 1 immediately hooked me in, through good acting and thrilling scenes. The eerie gruesome plot was very interesting to follow and the characters pulled it together, The only problem was continuously falling back to square 1, again and again after crossing off each suspect. The season finale was slightly disappointing, but if you continue with season 2 it completely makes up for it. Overall a great show if you can stand a slow build up.
  • Oct 09, 2018
    This season, it's the best of the four. I cried, I got frustrated, it left me in shock, I cried again, it was sad. It has an unexpected ending. You have to see it. I became obsessed with the series. I thought about it during the day. I longed to get home to see it. It's a serie that makes you doubt everyone.
  • Jun 14, 2018
    Attention grabbing show, incredible suspense in a dark world masterfully crafted with excellent writing and acting.
  • Mar 28, 2018
    Exquisita. El ritmo que maneja te mantiene atrapado.
  • Feb 16, 2018
    This is definitely a slow burner! I gave it the benefit of the doubt to start with, and stayed the course. However I felt it lacking in emotional connection for me. Definitely a lot of great production went into this, but I felt, overall, it was lacking in though-provoking and believable dialogue. The writing was not my 'cup of tea'. Harsh rating, but just felt myself scrubbing through the family moments as they felt a bit disingenuous.
  • Jan 14, 2018
    Such a dark but addictive series demonstrating the destructive effects of a murder on a community, family, and individuals in contact with the murdered girl.
  • Dec 30, 2017
    Season 1 great. On to season 2 with high hopes.

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