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.

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Critic Ratings: 82

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User Ratings: 198

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Episodes

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
Ismael Cruz Cordova
Fernando Alves
Edan Alexander
Miguel Alves
Edgar Ramírez
Detective Joe Mendoza
Michael Devine
Detective Paul O'Rourke
Lily Rabe
Sylvia Steineitz
Jean Hanff Korelitz
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Critic Reviews for The Undoing Season 1

All Critics (82) | Top Critics (35)

No matter how much you crave kitchen islands, beige cashmere and Central Park in the snow, I'd be willing to bet you won't want to keep watching The Undoing beyond episode two.

Nov 4, 2020 | Full Review…

Again, from the first episode at least, it appears to be about deceit and the way it can create serious delusions beyond our control, often with heartbreaking consequences.

Oct 26, 2020 | Full Review…

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

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

The power of Kidman's performance is her ability to shift among multiple selves... Kidman communicates the changes in Grace through everything from speech to body language to appearance. It's a masterful performance.

Nov 20, 2020 | Full Review…

The Undoing is smart, slick, guilt-free TV.

Nov 10, 2020 | Full Review…

The Undoing feels old fashioned in construction but somehow skirts close to contemporary without seeming to try, offering up solid entertainment from a killer cast.

Nov 5, 2020 | Full Review…

I'm certainly obsessed with the apartments, the furniture, the wardrobes which are not so much walk-in as yomp-around and the crimson walls of Grace's place.

Nov 2, 2020 | 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…

I'm happy not to provide spoilers, because for once it's not all instantly streamable - but I'm up to episode five (of six) and safe to say still gripped.

Nov 2, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Undoing: Season 1

  • 1h ago
    I would be quite content if the six-hour film were the new venue for such wonderful performances and filmmaking.
  • 8h ago
    Amazing acting from Kidman and Grant, Absolut amazing. As I watched one episode for week it was so exciting and intriguing, on the other hand if you kill everything at once can find a little disappointing though. Definitely worth it to watch it.
  • 12h ago
    *POSSIBLE SPOILERS* This show was absolutely intriguing from the very first episode. You'll be trying to guess 'whodunnit' right up to the finale - my predictions changed with each episode. I liked the formula of watching it weekly as each episode left me at the edge of my seat and I found myself speculating as the week went on. The finale was well worth the wait, I won't say too much about it, but I love how the women teamed up. Also, we could not reach a consensus on who the murderer was up to the very end - that's a good 'whodunnit'. I appreciated the psychological factors that were woven through this tale, as well. In my opinion, this show was just outstanding on all fronts and a total acting master class. I love that Nicole Kidman has taken on producing and I look forward to what other projects she will bring to our screens.
  • 12h ago
    Great acting, great story....will fully entertain you. Hard to say more without giving away all of the surprises..
  • 12h ago
    This is what on the edge of your seat drama is about.
  • 13h ago
    Very exciting. 6 very well constructed episodes with a cast that is delightful to watch. The outcome may cause a small shock but does not take away the brilliance of the work. Nicole Kidman remains fierce as an actress
  • 17h ago
    I liked the cast, but this show was okay at best. The finale brought the show up a few points for me, as it was way better than most of the other episodes. I usually love these types of shows but this one did not do it for me. Although it is a little different, I would instead recommend American Crime Story (for mysteries/crime suspension) or Succession (for rich-class family drama). I haven't watched them yet, but I heard Big Little Lies and Sharp Objects are also much better than this.
  • 1d ago
    Stinks. Slow, badly acted, dumb. The ending is preposterous. A waste of time.
  • 1d ago
    Well made Racist and woman hating drivel pretending to target rich white privilege. The victim is shown being brutally murdered, up close and personal, over and over and over and over and over. Close up of her face -- you can hear the director telling her to try to still look sexy -- then a hammer to the head -- over and over and over. Wait, let's get that from an another angle -- over and over and over. Wait, did we show her naked enough? Let's get some loooong shots of her nude from the back, now full frontal, now close up on her boobs -- again and again and again. Ok, does the audience have a boner for the one person of color central to this story? Let's murder her again and again and again. Clockwork Orange with any sense of purpose stripped out.
  • 1d ago
    Trash TV with a big budget. (Very) conventional story. Performances are good, as you would expect, but the story feels like a bad side-plot on Dynasty.

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