Top of the Lake: Season 1 (2013)

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Top of the Lake

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

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Critic Ratings: 40

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User Ratings: 656

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Episodes

Air date: Mar 18, 2013

While visiting her dying mother, Detective Robin Griffin takes on the case of a twelve-year-old pregnant girl Tui, who then disappears. -- (C) Sundance

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Air date: Mar 18, 2013

Robin's search for the pregnant twelve-year-old Tui in the vast southern wilderness starts to uncover secrets in the small community living on the edge of Paradise. -- (C) Sundance

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Air date: Mar 25, 2013

The local police make a grim discovery. Whilst at the Women?s Camp, Robin is warned that the search for Tui will bring her to her knees. -- (C) Sundance

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Air date: Mar 25, 2013

Robin makes a breakthrough in her investigation but Al warns that her own dark past is coloring her judgment. -- (C) Sundance

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Air date: Apr 8, 2013

Despite her mother?s concerns, Robin?s passionate affair with Tui?s half-brother Johnno intensifies and complicates. -- (C) Sundance

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Air date: Apr 15, 2013

Matt gathers troops to hunt his daughter down and Tui?s friends trek deep into the mountains to celebrate her birthday, with tragic consequences. -- (C) Sundance

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Air date: Apr 15, 2013

Matt reveals a secret that almost destroys Robin as the investigation reaches its shocking conclusion. -- (C) Sundance

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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.

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Critic Reviews for Top of the Lake Season 1

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (31)

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…

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…

This is Campion back at the top of her form.

Feb 27, 2020 | 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…

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…

The mystery hangs over the entire six hours but the story revolves around the characters and the unsettling atmosphere of the community as she churns up the uneasy frontier existence with her investigation.

May 4, 2017 | Full Review…

Top of the Lake will leave you on the edge of your seat, begging to learn more about the strange characters, Tui's secrets, and Robin's mysterious past.

Oct 5, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Top of the Lake: Season 1

  • Dec 11, 2020
    There go seven hours that my wife and I will never get back. The season managed to get worse with every episode, in terms of developments that made no sense, characters that became less and less interesting and likeable, and subplots that just took up time. Plus, Holly Hunter as probably the most annoying and pointless character she or most other actors have ever played.
  • Oct 14, 2020
    everything works well in this production EXCEPT one fundamental thing.the story quickly escalates from rape to double and triple suspicious deaths,at least that's the autopsy of the coroner,one of which happened a year ago the story starts.and yet no one (..) no homicide division from the outside comes.especially with questionable ethics of detective sergeant's queenstown,that have not solved any case.the whole thing is idiotic,of course it is all made in such a way to give small power to the female detective hero robin,and big power to matt mitcham who's the bad guy and of course to sergeant parker,who we see have complete police power over robin,which is weird,considering she was send there as a rape specialist.anyway, THE STORY SUCKS !!
  • Oct 11, 2020
    Awesome! I usually can't stand English voiceovers but it's really not that noticeable. I hope they make a season 2!
  • Oct 07, 2020
    Embarrassingly awful. Mean-spirited, anti-male in a very bigoted way. All men are bad, all women are either good or have been co-opted by the male hegemony. Not worth the effort put in by the cast.
  • Sep 04, 2020
    Stumbled into this one. I have never watched so much as recently and I am glad I tuned into this one.
  • Jun 30, 2020
    I was drawn in from the start and held onto until the very end. Incredible acting and story telling. As the show unfolds and more layers of the mystery come to light you can't help but keep watching. 10/10.
  • Apr 11, 2020
    This show makes the fatal mistake of creating characters so edgy and bizarre, that they're actually detestable and difficult to watch at all. The mystery's decent, but I cannot get over how unlikable and unwatchable these characters are. Buffalo Bill practically "glows" compared to some of the people in this show. Oof. This is a Corona show for sure.
  • Jan 26, 2020
    I hate this show for shooting a dog.
  • Sep 10, 2019
    I find it very interesting. Although the "name" I understand the first season; however, once the actress is back to her job, she is no longer on top of the lake.
  • Jan 17, 2019
    Absorbing and deeply atmospheric, Top of the Lake takes edgy, disturbing content and delivers powerful performances with lasting impressions.

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