Top of the Lake: Season 1 (2013)



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


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Air date: Mar 18, 2013
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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 cross paths with GJ (Holly Hunter), a spiritual leader who has set up a camp for troubled women, and her high-school sweetheart Johnno Mitcham (Thomas M. Wright). As she digs deeper into the case, she unearths town secrets and realizes she must face dark truths from her own past. David Wenham and Jay Ryan also star.


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

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (23)

Evolves into a rich portrait of hard lives and the possibility of healing.

Sep 13, 2013 | Full Review…

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.

Sep 18, 2013 | Full Review…

The acting draws us in.

Sep 13, 2013 | Full Review…
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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.

Sep 13, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Creepy and cockeyed, unholy and unnerving, Top Of The Lake is riveting stuff.

Sep 13, 2013 | Full Review…

The more we learn about Robin, the more interesting she is, and Moss is really outstanding here as a character shaped by a past we gradually learn about.

Sep 13, 2013 | Full Review…

Here's the truth: we should all be screaming about Jane Campion's masterpiece Top of the Lake all day everyday, because it's some of the best television to come out of New Zealand ever.

Jan 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Campion's treatment of the material is commendably savage, never letting it become anything close to weepy. It's a complex portrait of a woman who wants to break away from where she's from at the same time she can't help but be part of its evil streak.

Oct 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Auteurs looking to make the leap: This is how you do it.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

The dialogue is measured and never preachy or overwhelming. Events unfold and secrets are unearthed without breaking the peace that hides the corruption and depravity of Laketop.

May 31, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Top of the Lake: Season 1



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

Super Reviewer

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