The Sinner: Season 1 (2017)


Season 1
The Sinner

Critics Consensus

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


Audience Score

User Ratings: 1977
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Air date: Aug 2, 2017
Air date: Aug 9, 2017
Air date: Aug 16, 2017
Air date: Aug 23, 2017
Air date: Aug 30, 2017
Air date: Sep 6, 2017
Air date: Sep 13, 2017
Air date: Sep 20, 2017

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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…
Top Critic

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…

Audience Reviews for The Sinner: Season 1

  • Sep 01, 2019
    It was really difficult for me to get through the first episode. I gave up about 2 minutes before the MAJOR scene that begins the story. After a quick search online I turned the show back on. I wound up watching the entire series in one night. It is a really good series that keeps you glued. The last episode in no way leaves you satisfied. Bill Pullman is exceptional in this first season. The show is worthy of watching. It has some twists for certain.
  • Aug 31, 2019
    An oddly gripping story which keeps your attention all the way through
  • Aug 31, 2019
    Unpredictable and intense. A great cast and story.
  • Aug 21, 2019
    This is the best show I've ever watched, it's intense dramatic and capturing. I couldn't stop watching it until I knew what happened. If you like horror movies and drama this is the right show for you.
  • Aug 14, 2019
    Season 1 is excellent. A solid performance by Jessica Biel and Bill Pullman particularly make for great television. I often find myself intrigued enough by trailers to give a show a chance, only to get through the first couple of episodes feeling I've wasted my time. This pulled me in from the first episode and left me wanting more each time. The characters are so complex and although there are only 8 episodes, I felt so emotionally invested, especially with Biel's character. There were a few questions I had after the season ended, but I don't feel cheated, kind of like Alfred Hitchcock in that you can interpret some things on your own based on the 'character's personality' as revealed to you as the viewer. Definitely bingeworthy ! I can't wait to watch Season 2!
  • Jul 10, 2019
    Apart from a rushed finale that attempts to tie up all loose ends this is an amazing psychological thriller that has twists and turns and will keep you guessing...The traumatic experiences are horrific! Huge plot hole in the end with the eventual villain and Cora's sister nevertheless this can be forgiven for an otherwise perfect roller coaster of suspense and mistery
  • May 31, 2019
    I made an account just to comment on this series. I'm having a hard time believing slick JD would be on his knees syphoning a gallon of gas from a car. He has a house, a car, drugs, drink money at the bar, and gas costs 3 bucks there isn't a chance in hell that socio-path JD would be on his knees in a parking lot sucking petrol from a gas tank, I've known someone like this and they would pimp out their girl before they did something as trashy as this. How did this seem ok to everyone that ok'd the script? This is a major flaw IMO in a show that's pretty darn good otherwise. I'm still on season 1 and JD is dead at this point but this is a big gap in credibility.
  • May 11, 2019
    I don't understand the positive reviews. I felt so strongly about it I joined Rotten Tomatoes in order to leave a comment. Very slow, weak plot lines, bland, unconvincing characters and increasingly implausible story.
  • Mar 25, 2019
    I think I am beginning to have some issues with shows dragging out a story that can be effectively told in a 2-hour movie. It's interesting, but it drags at times.
  • Mar 09, 2019
    the first few episodes were promising, but it got more and more bizarre. in one episode there is a scene where she molests her dying sister on request- and it continued to get worse after that. i made an account here just to warn people.

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