The Fall: Season 1 (2013)


Season 1
The Fall

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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


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User Ratings: 695

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Air date: May 28, 2015

In the series premiere, a murder in Belfast remains unsolved after 28 days so DSI Stella Gibson is called in to review the case.

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Air date: May 28, 2013

DSI Stella Gibson's worst fears are realised as Spector's murder spree in Belfast continues and she faces very real consequences after a reckless decision.

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Air date: May 27, 2013

DSI Gibson takes control of the hunt for Belfast's serial killer while Spector realizes that his perfect kill is tainted and must look for his next victim.

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Air date: Jun 3, 2013

After a complaint from Liz Tyler's husband, Paul Spector finds himself under the microscope at work but manages to convince Liz to go into a shelter while the police arrest her husband who has been beating her. Meanwhile, Paul is lining his next kill which turns out to be none other than Liz herself but events do not go to plan and things begin to unravel before his eyes.

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Air date: Jun 10, 2013

DSI Gibson realises that the crime scene of Annie Brawley is the work of the serial killer. Spector asks Sally Ann to provide him with an alibi and makes a final play with Gibson which brings the two closer than previously imagined.

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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.

Cast & Crew

Sarah Beattie
Olivia Spector
Niamh McGrady
Danielle Ferrington
John Lynch
Jim Burns
Bronagh Waugh
Sally Ann Spector
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Critic Reviews for The Fall Season 1

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (8)

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

  • Dec 02, 2020
    Familiar faces Gillian Anderson (The Crown) and Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey), A similar vibe to Discovery's Manhunt and Hulu's Looming Tower, but this takes place in Belfast. You have the parallel storytelling of both the killer and the police, all their struggles, and people in their life. A bit dragged on S2 but still interesting.
  • Aug 30, 2020
    Good, but not great. Very provocative and dark at times, however I feel that it is just that a lot of the time and episodes seem slow for my taste. But some good acting in from the leadshelp steer the season through.
  • Aug 19, 2020
    In a dark, sexy and psychological thriller, The Fall delivers on all fronts for me. Gillian Anderson is sublime in her role and her co-actors help raise the intensity of a well-written script. The first season left me hanging for season two. Without doubt, this is the best series I have seen on Netflix.
  • Aug 14, 2020
    Poor, variable acting, bad directing, slow, underwealming. Don't get sucked in and waste your life!
  • Aug 06, 2020
    Brilliant. BBC Belfast have done themselves proud. Lot of hype with Jamie these days but I didn't think the guy could act. Now I know he deserved his award as best actor. A very good series with brilliant performances from both Gillian Anderson and Jamie.
  • Jun 03, 2020
    Compelling crime drama with great atmosphere and extraordinary performances creates suspense, but this first season very disappointingly ends in mid-air, although the conclusion is clearly at hand.
  • May 31, 2020
    As the tough but emotionally stunted detective, I like Gillian Anderson in this role even more than the X-Files.
  • May 08, 2020
    Fantastic! I wish there was more! I love the character Gillian plays.
  • May 01, 2020
    Very well constructed show. For a procedural-thriller, the writing is very unique, especially coupled with the backdrop of Belfast (and all of the city's complexities), creating a wonderful mixture of beauty and devastation. It is a slow but good burn and being only five episodes means quality is favoured over quantity. Acting is subtle and strong from both Anderson & Dornan. My favourite television series of all time.
  • Sep 07, 2019
    Griping series. Terrific acting/editing.

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