Top of the Lake: Season 1 (2013)

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Critic Consensus: Absorbing and deeply atmospheric, Top of the Lake takes edgy, disturbing content and delivers powerful performances with lasting impressions.

Episodes

Air date: Mar 18, 2013
Air date: Mar 18, 2013
Air date: Mar 25, 2013
Air date: Mar 25, 2013
Air date: Apr 8, 2013
Air date: Apr 15, 2013
Air date: Apr 15, 2013

Season Info

The first season of this New Zealand crime drama from Jane Campion follows Detective Robin Griffin (Elisabeth Moss) as she investigates the disappearance of pregnant 12-year-old Tui Mitcham (Jacqueline Joe), who is the daughter of local drug lord Matt Mitcham (Peter Mullan). Back in her home town to visit her sick mother (Robyn Nevin), Robin becomes determined to find Tui, despite encountering roadblocks from local police and the girl's tight-knit and tight-lipped family. Her search leads her to … More

Network: Sundance Channel
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Cast

Elisabeth Moss
Elisabeth Moss
as Robin Griffin
Peter Mullan
Peter Mullan
as Matt Mitcham
David Wenham
David Wenham
as Det. Sgt. Al Parker
Thomas M. Wright
Thomas M. Wright
as Johnno Mitcham
Lucy Lawless
Lucy Lawless
as Caroline
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Critic Reviews for Top of the Lake: Season 1

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (21)

The series did what independent cinema once did best: take a familiar format and fold it in on itself like origami, until what remains is both totally unexpected and deeply beautiful.

Full Review… | September 18, 2013
Grantland
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An edgy, disturbing and altogether first-rate crime drama that very much centers on women, though it does have a lot of daddy issues.

Full Review… | September 13, 2013
Hollywood Reporter
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Absorbing and richly atmospheric.

Full Review… | September 13, 2013
Variety
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Jane Campion's smart, bracing, hugely enjoyable mystery rural noir ...

Full Review… | September 13, 2013
Village Voice
Top Critic

The acting draws us in.

Full Review… | September 13, 2013
Media Life
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Elisabeth Moss anchors the film as Detective Robin Griffin, a tough cop and restless woman whose curt manner suggests she has secrets.

Full Review… | September 13, 2013
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Top of the Lake: Season 1

Top of The Lake has almost everything to be a near perfect experience but that will depend on how you'll appreciate some elements in it.

Personally, this is one of the most gorgeous mini-series you'll lay your eyes on. Not just that but it's backed up by and incredible but subtle performance from the great Elisabeth Moss, whilst making a really relevant comment on the rape culture and mistreat of women on this type of background. It's an incredibly emotional ride that will probably leave you in tears somewhere around episode 5.

However, I didn't quite like the final twists, cause they were obvious but played like a "booh! surprise!" kinda deal. Completly out of place on this subtle series. Also, I didn't quite like the way the refugee camp was handled. The approach just didn't work for me. Still, mini-series don't get much better than this, even if the ending should've been handled with a bit more time and finesse. But that's always the problem with series isn't it? They will never end as we want them to.

Francisco G.
Francisco Godinho

Super Reviewer

Top of The Lake has almost everything to be a near perfect experience but that will depend on how you'll appreciate some elements in it.

Personally, this is one of the most gorgeous mini-series you'll lay your eyes on. Not just that but it's backed up by and incredible but subtle performance from the great Elisabeth Moss, whilst making a really relevant comment on the rape culture and mistreat of women on this type of background. It's an incredibly emotional ride that will probably leave you in tears somewhere around episode 5.

However, I didn't quite like the final twists, cause they were obvious but played like a "booh! surprise!" kinda deal. Completly out of place on this subtle series. Also, I didn't quite like the way the refugee camp was handled. The approach just didn't work for me. Still, mini-series don't get much better than this, even if the ending should've been handled with a bit more time and finesse. But that's always the problem with series isn't it? They will never end as we want them to.

Francisco G.
Francisco Godinho

Super Reviewer

Louis Rogers
Louis Rogers

Super Reviewer

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