The Undoing: Season 1 (2020)

Season 1
The Undoing

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The Undoing is a beautifully shot mystery that benefits greatly from Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant's performances - if only its story was as strong as its star power.



Critic Ratings: 97


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User Ratings: 504

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Air date: Oct 25, 2020

Series premiere. Grace Fraser becomes intrigued by a young mother at her son's school. Later, news of a tragedy rocks the school community.

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Air date: Nov 1, 2020

After seeking refuge at her father's house, Grace (Nicole Kidman) finds herself on the receiving end of detectives' probing questions.

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Air date: Nov 8, 2020

Grace (Nicole Kidman) hears Jonathan's (Hugh Grant) side of the story and finds herself being followed by someone close to Elena (Matilda De Angelis).

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Air date: Nov 15, 2020

As Haley (Noma Dumezweni) begins to shape the narrative of the case, Franklin (Donald Sutherland) uses his resources to help his family.

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Air date: Nov 22, 2020

On the first day of the trial, the prosecution presents shocking evidence, while the defense casts doubt on the police investigation. Later, Henry (Noah Jupe) divulges a secret to Grace (Nicole Kidman).

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Air date: Nov 29, 2020

In the series finale, Haley walks an ethical tightrope in her defense strategy, and as the courtroom theater mounts, Grace takes measures to protect herself and her family.

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Cast & Crew

Hugh Grant
Jonathan Fraser
Donald Sutherland
Franklin Renner
Matilda De Angelis
Elena Alves
Noah Jupe
Henry Sachs
Noma Dumezweni
Haley Gibson
Nicole Kidman
Grace Fraser
Edan Alexander
Miguel Alves
Edgar Ramírez
Detective Joe Mendoza
Michael Devine
Detective Paul O'Rourke
Lily Rabe
Sylvia Steineitz
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Critic Reviews for The Undoing Season 1

All Critics (97) | Top Critics (47)

Indeed, the show seems to relish the disorder that the Frasers cause in other people's lives, the pain they mete out. Throughout it all, the family remains static: glamorous, somehow still in control.

Mar 2, 2021 | Full Review…

It was a bumpy flight that wound up in a dingy parking lot.

Dec 1, 2020 | Full Review…

"The Undoing" is somewhat undone by its dawdling pace.

Oct 23, 2020 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Guided by Susanne Bier's taut direction, the twists keep coming and nothing is quite what it seems.

Oct 23, 2020 | Full Review…

I'm not going to say any more about what happens in "The Undoing." I don't want to give it away. But Nicole Kidman at the center of it all delivers one of the best and most nuanced roles of her entire career.

Oct 23, 2020 | Full Review…

It's fun to watch Grant in action, dodging our presumptions about his character. Kidman is good, too, if a bit distractingly waxen.

Oct 21, 2020 | Full Review…

Another great series from the hand of David E. Kelly. [Full review in Spanish]

Apr 26, 2021 | Full Review…

While The Undoing strings together just enough surprises to keep viewers interested episode-to-episode, its writing and direction are both muddled, making for an occasionally unpleasant viewing experience.

Apr 18, 2021 | Full Review…

...while The Undoing offers plenty of glamour and glitz, there's a fierce moral about the place of women in today's society that's well worth exhuming...

Apr 5, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's Kidman who is most impressive, though. She has already delivered one of the best performances of her career in the first two episodes of The Undoing, with Kelley's material clearly getting the most out of her once again.

Nov 2, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Outstanding casting, sharp writing, and excellent directing make this mini-series engaging.

Mar 29, 2021 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

The Undoing is, at times, a lesson at why it's often best not to overthink TV dramas.

Mar 25, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Undoing: Season 1

  • Apr 07, 2021
    Not worth your time.
  • Mar 04, 2021
    If you watched the first 10 minutes of the show and stopped, you wouldn't have missed anything.
  • Mar 02, 2021
    This is great. I couldn't stop watching.
  • Feb 24, 2021
    Absolutely loved Nicole Kidman in this! Loved everything about it.
  • Feb 23, 2021
    There are enough twists and reveals throughout the series to keep you engaged, but ultimately the payoff is underwhelming and makes the show forgettable
  • Feb 22, 2021
    Embarrassing writing and acting.
  • Feb 21, 2021
    Attractive cinematography, wardrobes, and big name actors are not enough to overcome weak writing, poor character development, and endless time filler dead end narrative arcs. Definitely not enough to hide the fact that this is a thinly veiled attempt to cash in on the success of Big Little Lies. Should have been titled "Big Little Lies, East Coast". Did not enjoy being made to wait around for 6 hours for something approaching a conclusion when there was really only enough story to fill a 90 minute movie.
  • Feb 16, 2021
    You want to watch until the end, but afterwards its not memorable.
  • Feb 13, 2021
    Reviews lamenting the fact that The Undoing manipulated the viewer with its take on the classic murder mystery seem to be missing the entire point, which is that dramas are meant to do just that. I was genuinely invested in Kidman's and Grant's characters from the get-go, and enjoyed immersing myself in the New York City streetscapes and high-rise world of the Northeastern elite, if only for six episodes. The story certainly ends leaving one with mixed emotions, but that may not always be a bad thing, especially when it's told in such an engaging and aesthetically pleasing manner.
  • Feb 12, 2021
    Kind of enjoyable as a whole although with way too many problems not the least of which was that all three of the major characters- Kidman Sutherland Grant - were odious to a greater or lesser degree. The rationale for Grant to kill Elena especially with such excessive violence was flimsy beyond belief. He doesn't want her to jeopardize his family life? What in the hell does he imagine he is doing by having an affair with her? The biggest problem for me was the courtroom scenes. In a Canadian courtroom an image of the bloodied head of the victim would never be allowed to remain in full view throughout the trial if it were allowed in view at all. Nor would egregious hearsay like we witnessed be allowed especially in a serious matter like a murder trial. The appeal court would have no hesitation in ordering a new trial on that basis alone. Although I know what a declaration against interest is, I cannot for the life of me figure out how it is relevant in this show. It's a légal phrase that is inapplicable here even though the plot depends on it. Did a legal expert not vet the script?

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