The Night Of: Miniseries (2016)

The Night Of

Critics Consensus

The Night Of is a richly crafted, exquisitely performed mystery that will keep viewers enthralled and leave them devastated.



Critic Ratings: 86


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User Ratings: 2412
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Air date: Jul 10, 2016
Air date: Jul 17, 2016
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Air date: Aug 14, 2016
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Air date: Aug 28, 2016

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The crime-drama series delves deeply into the intricate story of a murder case, its investigation and the subsequent trial. Naz (Riz Ahmed) is a college student living in New York who, after a night of sex and drugs, wakes up next to a dead woman with no recollection of what happened. The police later find the murder weapon in his pocket, so he is arrested and sent to Rikers Island. The rest of the first season follows several plot lines all linked to the murder case: Naz's life in prison isn't easy, but he gains the friendship and protection of an influential inmate, Freddy (Michael Kenneth Williams); John Stone (John Turturro) is appointed as Naz's lawyer, and he encounters several roadblocks in his pursuit of the truth; Detective Box (Bill Camp) is in charge of the investigation, and soon finds out that the case is not as open-and-shut as he thought.

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Critic Reviews for The Night Of Miniseries

All Critics (86) | Top Critics (37)

The Night Of is certainly HBO's most electrifying series since the original True Detective, and one of the biggest and most intricate.

Aug 5, 2016 | Full Review…

A show like this one is so busy saying something about the justice system and the prison-industrial complex that it rarely has a moment to consider that one of the injustices here is that a person was killed.

Jul 25, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Forgive the misdemeanors and focus on the knowing minutiae and stellar performances, both of which are enough to make "Night" another must-see program.

Jul 8, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Familiarity doesn't make The Night Of any less involving, though, in large part because of Ahmed's charismatic and sympathetic performance as Naz.

Jul 8, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A gripping collision of race, religion, justice, incarceration and violence wrapped into a modern-day murder mystery, The Night Of may be the best limited series HBO has pulled off since the first season of True Detective.

Jul 8, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

This is HBO's best "limited series" since Angels in America, which in 2004 won all of the major Emmy awards in its category.

Jul 8, 2016 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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It reveals itself as a story about the difficulty -- and the danger -- of being sure... The Night of is so keen to reject the grammar of the whodunnit that it sets itself at an ironic distance from fiction.

Nov 6, 2018 | Full Review…

The Night Of didn't invent anthologies, but it's fair to credit its success with helping propel the form to its current heights.

Aug 7, 2018 | Full Review…

The storytelling is suspenseful and cinematic; the characters complex and layered, with plot twists and turns that will keep viewers guessing throughout each of the eight episodes.

Jun 25, 2018 | Full Review…

From start to finish, The Night Of thrived on the strength of its actors, particularly Ahmed and Turturro.

Jun 25, 2018 | Rating: 8.9/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Night Of: Miniseries

  • Feb 16, 2019
    Brilliant acting all around. Gripping and suspenseful all the way through.
  • Jul 11, 2018
    It's not often that I find an American remake of an English series/movie that meets the bar set by the original. 'The Night Of' is based on the English series 'Criminal Justice', and as much as Criminal Justice is done well, The Night Of has a grittiness and realism that shocks more, saddens deeper, pisses you off at the thought that this could happen all too easily. John Turturro and Riz Ahmed are stunning in this series - their characters are forgivably flawed and they garner sympathy effortlessly. I don't know if a sequel is in the pipeline, but I'd see it with high anticipation.
  • Mar 29, 2018
    The Night Of!!! wow! what a fantastic show! Please HBO we need a Season 2-10!
  • Dec 16, 2017
    Puntaje Original: 7.1 HBO nos trae una magistral serie llena de misterio, con un estilo urbano que conecta al espectador cada capítulo con una encrucijada de memoria y perspectivas, ideal para aquellos amantes de los thrillers criminales.
  • Oct 05, 2017
    One of the most realistic and heart-wrenching TV series currently. The Night Of exemplifies all the advantages of a miniseries format. Featuring a straightforward situation, a series of unpredictable events told patiently, and a closed ending that will start audience discussions and leave them satisfied. The writers and cast successfully create the atmosphere of confinement both for characters in and out of prison. The progression of the story is told through meaningful short dialogues that the cast delivers effectively with nuanced expressions and carefully crafted silences, leaving room for audience imagination and opinions. Ultimately, The Night Of achieved the challenge of telling a highly intense fictional story that relates to the real world in eight episodes.
  • Sep 28, 2017
    Realistic, enthralling, and heartbreaking, The Night Of is a prime example of a superb miniseries that focuses on many different and relevant issues of life, racism, and the criminal justice system, thanks to outstanding direction and writing along with two spectacular performances from Riz Ahmed and John Turturro.
  • Sep 03, 2017
    Intriguing, great acting .... I really enjoyed watching this series
  • Aug 07, 2017
    With a well-crafted narrative, sharp direction and impeccable performances - particularly from John Turturro and Riz Ahmed - The Night Of succeeds in delivering a engaging crime drama.
  • Aug 02, 2017
    Puntaje Original: 7.1 HBO nos trae una magistral serie llena de misterio, con un estilo urbano que conecta al espectador cada capítulo con una encrucijada de memoria y perspectivas, ideal para aquellos amantes de los thrillers criminales.
  • Jul 21, 2017
    The deep character development, setting and story make this one of the most utterly compelling shows I have seen in a long time. Hugely recommend it!

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