The Night Of: Miniseries (2016)

The Night Of

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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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Air date: Jul 10, 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 (38)

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…
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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…
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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…

This is the best thing I've ever seen Turturro do, and that's saying something.

Jun 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Draining. Ambitious. And so darn good.

Jun 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Night Of: Miniseries

  • May 22, 2020
    GREAT SHOW! MUST SEE... sit at the edge of your seat the entire show. Great Binge Show for a day.
  • May 21, 2020
    That was a rather lazy ending....unfinished like the title itself
  • May 18, 2020
    Brilliant show, amazing cast and performances! John Turturro's performance is perfection!
  • Apr 23, 2020
    A fair and thorough comment on the limita tations of the justice systeem, limited because it is run by broken, tainted people, who no longer believe in the system and are waiting for their pension check.
  • Apr 18, 2020
    Dark and anxiety inducing, The Night of is brilliantly crafted and will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final episode.
  • Mar 28, 2020
    This was a great miniseries, much watch.
  • Mar 25, 2020
    Saw it a while ago and thought it was one the best miniseries on the ever impressive HBO catalogue.
  • Dec 05, 2019
    The beginning of my love affair with the HBO miniseries. Have never loved a character more. Bring you to your knees TV.
  • Sep 25, 2019
    Super intense show ! From start to finish! Wow! one of the best shows I've seen in a while. All the performances were great. You go through a rollercoaster ride on this show. The emotional swings are very heavy and each episode keeps you on the edge of your seat. Every scene is pivotal, there are no scenes that drag or have nothing to do with the plot. Very impressed by how well the show is done, from production, to casting, to performances and to the writers. Riz Ahmed is the real stand out here, he really delivers in every scene and you feel the emotions that hes going through. Very powerful performance. It will keep you on the edge of your seat with your jaw dropped to the floor second guessing everything till the very end! Beautiful ending and payoff and very unpredictable. I highly recommend this show, it is a MUST watch!
  • Feb 16, 2019
    Brilliant acting all around. Gripping and suspenseful all the way through.

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