The Sinner: Season 1 (2017)


Season 1
The Sinner

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Smartly unpredictable and led by powerful performances from a talented cast, the darkly compelling The Sinner sinks its hooks in fast and doesn't let go.



Critic Ratings: 41


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User Ratings: 2187

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Air date: Aug 2, 2017

In the premiere, an unassuming housewife violently stabs a beachgoer to death, sparking an investigation by local police and sudden confusion in a small town.

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Air date: Aug 9, 2017

Cora tries to block Ambrose's continuing investigation, while Mason struggles to come to terms with secrets from Cora's past.

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Air date: Aug 16, 2017

Ambrose unearths a startling secret about Cora that changes the course of the investigation; Mason takes matters into his own hands.

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Air date: Aug 23, 2017

With Ambrose's help, Cora struggles to recover missing memories, which lead Ambrose to a new suspect.

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Air date: Aug 30, 2017

The discovery of a body in the woods leads to more questions for everyone.

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Air date: Sep 6, 2017

As Ambrose begins to waver, Cora convinces him to take his greatest risk yet for the case.

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Air date: Sep 13, 2017

Cora journeys into the past, finally remembering the night in question.

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Air date: Sep 20, 2017

In the series finale, Cora's fate is determined.

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Season 1 of the drama series opens with Cora Tannetti (Jessica Biel), a young mother, stabbing a man to death with no apparent motive and without later being able to remember committing the crime. Detectives Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) and Dan Leroy (Dohn Norwood) are assigned to the case, but while Dan considers it open-and-shut due to several people witnessing the murder, Harry is convinced there must be something more going on and decides to continue the investigation on his own.

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Critic Reviews for The Sinner Season 1

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (17)

The television version of a page-turner, as you inch forward in your seat, waiting to see where it goes next.

Jul 31, 2017 | Full Review…

It's anything but breezy entertainment on a network where ill winds now blow. Even so, Pullman and Biel are solidly in charge of their pivotal roles.

Jul 21, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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[Given] Biel's committed, evocative turn, and the sure-handed direction of Antonio Campos, our interest is piqued enough to dig deeper.

Apr 28, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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But the joy of The Sinner is getting to watch Biel do everything in her power to just get the ordeal over with.

Nov 9, 2017 | Full Review…

My beef is that no matter how watchable it is -- and it is: slickly shot, nicely edgy ambient score, all manner of unexpected twists and turns -- you do feel a bit sullied and exploited afterwards.

Dec 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Crucially, this first season wasn't very good, its intriguing storyline gradually undone by revelations and plot twists that, for me anyway, became increasingly far-fetched.

Dec 12, 2018 | Full Review…

The Sinner played the sneaky but satisfying trick of leading the viewer towards what they thought were obvious answers, only to open up a new path at the last minute.

Dec 10, 2018 | Full Review…

This first season is essential viewing for crime fans who like their horses dark and their waters still.

Dec 3, 2018 | Full Review…

Really, it's only so damn good because of Biel. You won't see her in the same light again.

Nov 16, 2018 | Full Review…

In eight episodes, what the show did well was to establish a running sense of dread, set up questions that got answered -- sort of -- but set up new questions, until even the finest mystery buffs had to be scratching their heads in confusion.

Aug 13, 2018 | Full Review…

After one episode, you'll happily want to skip the beach to stay home and watch the show you can't help but become obsessed with.

Dec 19, 2017 | Full Review…

A woman's dark past leads to a sudden, bloody murder.

Aug 8, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Sinner: Season 1

  • Sep 07, 2020
    It started pretty good but then I think it got a bit silly. All in all it's still ok, I'll give the second season a chance.
  • Sep 07, 2020
    Loved the style and format of how the story evolved. Remember being infuriated at how many unprofessional and downright wrong circumstances Ambrose got himself in to... But, enjoyed the story and the twists to it
  • Aug 29, 2020
    Fine, not a bad cop show, detective lets the case solves itself
  • Aug 23, 2020
    I couldn't stop watching. Excellent.
  • Aug 19, 2020
    Bill Pullman makes you feel uncomfortable through his awkward acting as character Harry Ambrose, but his intelligence makes the series very addictive. Unsure where it might take you, the show ensures you binge-watch the lot in one go. It is too hard to leave midway through the series.
  • Jul 10, 2020
    Keeps you guessing and ends with a satisfying finale.
  • Jul 09, 2020
    I normally like detective shows but this was unable to maintain the suspension of my disbelief. The ice was getting thinner and thinner until at episode 6 it finally broke and I couldn't continue watching: The script/ plot became totally nonsensical.
  • Jul 09, 2020
    The acting, the plot, the twists, the suspense and emotional rollercoaster. This is up there with the greats!
  • Jul 08, 2020
    I cannot find the words - everything from script to directing to acting, this show is fantastic.
  • Jul 07, 2020
    Outstanding TV series, reminds me of "True Detective". Great performances.

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