The Kettering Incident: Season 1 (2016)


Season 1
The Kettering Incident

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The Kettering Incident pushes the boundaries of high-stakes, gripping mystery, albeit occasionally at the expense of deeper character development.

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Critic Ratings: 15

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User Ratings: 128

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In the Series 1 premiere, Dr Anna Macy returns to her hometown of Kettering after a 15 year absence. She left as a teenager, shortly after her best friend Gillian mysteriously disappeared.

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Dr Anna Macy returns to her hometown of Kettering after a 15 year absence.

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Chloe's destroyed phone is found; tensions grow between the loggers and the Greenies.

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Dutch reveals the truth of Anna and Gillian's relationship, prompting Anna to try and leave Kettering. When she visits her mother, she finds her in a vegetative state.

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Anna discovers Kade's blood test is missing; Dutch accuses Roy of corruption and keeping secrets.

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Wendy's blood type has changed; Fergus reports Dutch over the drugs.

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A local is implicated in Gillian's disappearance after a fingerprint is found; Dutch finds a bloody weapon in Anna's car. Meanwhile, it is discovered Kettering's toxic water is coming from the ridge.

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In the Season 1 finale, Anna faces the truth of what really happened the night Gillian disappeared.

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When two girls disappear 15 years apart under identical circumstances, Dr Anna Macy (Elizabeth Debicki) discovers she is linked to both cases. To clear her name, Anna must delve into her past, face truths about herself and uncover the mysterious nature of the Tasmanian wilds. Matthew Le Nevez, Henry Nixon, Anthony Phelan and Damon Gameau also star.

Cast & Crew

Matthew Le Nevez
Detective Brian Dutch
Neil Pigot
Dominic Harrold
Henry Nixon
Officer Fergus McFadden
Alison Whyte
Deb Russell
Damon Gameau
Jens Jorgenssen
Anthony Phelan
Roy Macy
Sacha Horler
Barbara Holloway
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Critic Reviews for The Kettering Incident Season 1

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (8)

Debicki's muted shock is fine-tuned, and she resists the ripeness that such an out-there character as Anna might invite. It's a great role.

Aug 7, 2018 | Full Review…

We know the drill. It's unnerving, eerie happenings as played out against a vast landscape.

Aug 30, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

This ponderous, derivative show is what happens when a writer sacrifices character on the altar of plot. The more the plot thickens, the more jaw-achingly tedious it becomes.

Mar 1, 2017 | Full Review…

With a terrific cast, a dark central mystery and an atmosphere thick with foreboding, this new Australian drama is off to an enthralling start.

Sep 26, 2016 | Full Review…

It's the extraordinary -- and entirely unique -- landscape of southern Tasmania that is The Kettering Show's most potent feature.

Sep 25, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Mostly it feels like a wannabe Twin Peaks, only without much plot, dialogue or characterization. Debicki is forced to mope through the episodes like a sleep walker.

Jan 31, 2018 | Full Review…

Debicki makes for an intriguing lead, it's certainly atmospheric and, in spite of some major flaws and lulls in the storytelling, this is worth a look for anyone wanting something a little stranger from their murder mysteries.

Apr 13, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This is TV made by stupid people - dunces who don't read, chuckle-headed clowns who derive their feeble inspiration from the moving image.

Apr 4, 2017 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

The real mystery is how many genres a single show can keep in play, before a globetrotting audience decides it would rather escape elsewhere.

Mar 20, 2017 | Full Review…

I'm hooked, but I don't know if the suspense can be sustained. We'll see.

Mar 13, 2017 | Full Review…

It revels in its location, and in the frustrations of those stuck in the back end of nowhere.

Feb 21, 2017 | Full Review…

The prestige of the Australian mini-series is back, it's just that the rest of the world has caught up. The Kettering Incident is one of the very best yet and a must watch.

Sep 25, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Kettering Incident: Season 1

  • Apr 17, 2020
    This was a slooooooooowwww moving train. Couldn't finish. The Dr. was unbearable to watch. It sucked!
  • Jul 31, 2017
    i had a theory when i finished it a couple of weeks ago and honestly i can't even remember what it was. The series kept me on the edge of my seat, i was even looking online for the ending because i couldnt wait any longer(btw i couldnt find any spoilers) It kept me interested and frankly it was better than most of the stuff i find on tv. Netflix has been the place where i have found some of the best whodunit and detective shows.
  • Jan 10, 2017
    The show moves at a very slow pace until the last two episodes. The main character is very hard to have sympathy for. Almost all of the characters lack any reason to care for them. You get stuck watching because of the hopes that something is going to happen or you will finally find out what the heck is going on. The first five episodes could have been done as two. The entire season could have...should have been four episodes. Probably will not watch season 2. Shame, because it has a good story line, and they sure took time to develop some of the characters, just took too long to develop and some very important characters were not developed at all, but simply and suddenly placed near the end of the season.
  • Jan 02, 2017
    And utterly baffling mystery from Down Under that borrows most of its notes from the other side of the world -- Scandinavian Noir. Impossible to tell the characters apart or understand their motivations, but it looks nice, and Elizabeth Dibecki gives an interesting performance that tilts between icy reserve and mania.
  • Dec 31, 2016
    Eight wasted hours. Of note is the fact that there's always a full moon in Tasmania.
  • Nov 24, 2016
    Oh me oh my what an incredible little find I stumbled upon in the Amazon Prime Video catalogue. Where do I start? How about with this, "The less you know going into this series, the better. Not sure if you want to watch it? Easy. Did you like Twin Peaks? You did? Good, everyone else does too - me included. 'The Kettering Incident' is the Austrailian equilvilent of Twin Peaks in every sense of weird, bizarre, dark, funny, and over the top with surrealism. Do yourself a favor and start watching now." The Tasmanian Gothic spin on the (commonly-used in less effective ways) story of a missing/dead teenage girl in a small community surrounded by a barrage of spooky forests & DESPERATELY cut off from the "real world" is a MUCH WELCOME entry to the genre by Austrailia's Foxtel TV network. Even if it is (literally) over 25+ years late to the game since Lynch carved his name in television history, that doesn't matter because the fact that Networks and Studios are STILL trying (but often failing) to regenerate even one percent of what David Lynch's first season of Twin Peaks generated tells us two things: that audiences want more of these stories until we get them done well/efficiently, and that Networks want to throw out as many attempts as possible in hopes they hit the nail on the head. The Kettering Incident actually hits that nail, and just in time, too. Seriously. The news over the past 1.5-2 years for any fan of Twin Peaks has been the widely-circulated buzz and promos/ads for the 2017 Showtime production of (What is very likely the most highly-anticipated TV Series continuation-season of all time) 3rd Season of the early 90's cult TV series & film centered on the town of "Twin Peaks." The Kettering Incident makes no apologies - and good on them for being so confident out of the gate - for early and often homages/references to a handful of obvious Lynch-isms. HBO's first season of "True Detective" captured an interesting spin of occultism in a Southern Gothic setting that absolutely luminated what we've mostly been missing from great TV drama since ABC's callous decision to not renew Twin Peaks for a third season in 1992 after ABC had literally forced Lynch to tell everyone who killed Laura Palmer when he never wanted to answer that question at all. So judging by the obvious inspirations The Kettering Incident draws from, the Tasmaniam Gothic-spun story is definitely in DAMN FINE hands. DAMN FINE! Special Agent Cooper gives The Kettering Incident two over-caffeinated thumbs up. (Need more? Google, "Tasmanian Gothic Literature," it's totally a thing - and oh my god why has this never reached American Society? Doesn't matter now that we've found it, I suppose, and stories this Lovecraftian usually come to you when you seek them out I suppose...)
  • Aug 18, 2016
    As I watched each Monday night's episode I got more and more excited about how things were going to pan out in the finale and boy was I disappointed in it. Just when I thought it was going to be explosive it ended up leaving me feeling like I had invested so much time into it but ended up being robbed of a satisfying ending. Such a shame because it was very well cast and the location landscape was beautiful. The storyline was eerie and it had some pretty spooky moments. At this point in time it would seem as though a Series 2 may be on the cards but if this doesn't happen I certainly feel like I have wasted my time!
  • Aug 16, 2016
    Anna Macy (played by Elizabeth Debicki) is a highly-regarded doctor, working at a hospital in London. Suffering from frequent headaches and other ill-health, she returns to her home town of Kettering, Tasmania. She left the town under a cloud 15 years earlier after her best friend Gillian disappeared. Back now, she finds that the old animosities remain. Moreover, the strange phenomena that accompanied Gillian's disappearance remain and another girl has disappeared. Started very intriguingly. There was a slow-burning intensity about the main plot with some interesting sub-plots. Elizabeth Debicki put in a solid performance in the lead role and the supporting cast were fairly good too. The series did seem padded, however, but I figured that it would soon ramp up the pace and the payoff would be worth all the effort. Sadly, no. The pace never quickens. The whole thing just drifts throughout. As for a payoff, the conclusion is convoluted, random, confusing and anticlimactic. It all seems set up for a second season, though apparently this is a mini-series. Disappointing.

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