Truth Be Told: Season 1 (2019)


Season 1
Truth Be Told

Critics Consensus

A twisty thriller that never quite comes together, Truth Be Told's commitment to the true crime at its center is less interesting or engaging than the family drama orbiting in the periphery.

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Critic Ratings: 28

72%

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User Ratings: 104

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Episodes

1
Air date: Dec 6, 2019
2
Air date: Dec 6, 2019
3
Air date: Dec 6, 2019
4
Air date: Dec 13, 2019
5
Air date: Dec 20, 2019
6
Air date: Dec 27, 2019
7
Air date: Jan 3, 2020
8
Air date: Jan 10, 2020

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Cast

Octavia Spencer
as Poppy Parnell
Aaron Paul
as Warren Cave
Lizzy Caplan
as Josie Buhrman
Elizabeth Perkins
as Melanie Cave
Michael Beach
as Ingram Rhoades
Mekhi Phifer
as Markus Killebrew
Tracie Thoms
as Desiree Scoville
Haneefah Wood
as Cydie Scoville
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Critic Reviews for Truth Be Told Season 1

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (9)

Strickland frequently tests viewers' patience, but his off-putting sensibility is powerful enough to make In Fabric as mesmerizing as its subject: salesmanship as a sinister, inescapable form of hypnosis.

Dec 5, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

With a stacked cast and a premise that gives way to a wealth of ideas, Truth Be Told could have been a solid story about many things. However, Truth Be Told doesn't work and instead it's the rare crime mystery where I don't care about getting to the end.

Dec 5, 2019 | Full Review…
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It never quite meets the expectations set for itself.

Dec 5, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Feels in line with Apple's other recently launched series in that it's a decent idea with no clue how to execute itself.

Feb 24, 2020 | Full Review…

It does seem odd that a show based around the idea of a crime podcast features it so infrequently in the first few episodes.

Jan 20, 2020 | Full Review…

Where actual true crime podcasts seemed new and dynamic in recent years, Truth Be Told feels a lot more conventional than its zeitgeist-y elements.

Dec 10, 2019 | Full Review…

Truth Be Told has plenty working in its favor, from a strong cast to a premise that banks on the current true-crime podcast craze. Sadly, the execution leaves a lot to be desired.

Dec 9, 2019 | Rating: 4.8/10 | Full Review…

There's very little tension, and that compulsive 'can't wait to learn what happens next' feeling you get from true crime stories in the Serial mold is completely missing here.

Dec 9, 2019 | Full Review…

"Truth Be Told" is grasping everywhere for enough material to fill out an entire season.

Dec 9, 2019 | Full Review…

Stellar cast meets so-so writing with predictable outcome.

Dec 6, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It's fun watching Paul and Spencer square off, and pretty much all the rest of the performances elevate what's a pretty unremarkable story.

Dec 6, 2019 | Full Review…

The big reveal is way too obvious.

Dec 6, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Truth Be Told: Season 1

  • 1d ago
    Let's taking a cooking metaphor, shall we? Let's say you buy the freshest, organic and finest epicurean ingredients you can find and that you use a recipe from one of Thomas Keller's cookbooks. But then you pay no attention to the recipe and just throw everything together praying that somehow it will all stick together. Of course it doesn't. You end up with a convoluted mess made with the best intentions. That's Truth Be Told.
  • May 19, 2020
    I wanted to like it. The storyline is all over the place, lots of overacting, and the ending is not satisfying.
  • May 16, 2020
    Pretty terrible. Bad acting. Worse writing. Couldn't get through the first season it's so bad.
  • Apr 20, 2020
    very good content with good quality.
  • Apr 04, 2020
    When you finish the first episode you just have to see the next. A great show with a great story.
  • Mar 26, 2020
    Had high hopes for this due to the amazing cast but sadly it barely held my interest for the first hour.
  • Mar 24, 2020
    Easily fell asleep because of the story line but great cast.
  • Feb 27, 2020
    Based on the first four offerings from Apple+ and because it starred Octavia Spencer and Lizzy Caplan, I had awfully high expectations of Truth Be Told...maybe too high. There's nothing wrong here, but there's nothing particularly right either, it just...is. Spencer playing true crime podcaster Poppy and Caplain playing twins Josie and Lanie are as good as the material they're given to work with, but there's really nowhere for them to go with what is essentially a paint by numbers who done it.
  • Feb 24, 2020
    I was really impressed with how the story came together. Great acting, great cinematography, great story! Stellar cast including Octavia Spencer and Lizzy Caplan. I'm not sure where the story would go with a second season, but I'd definitely watch it!
  • Jan 30, 2020
    A great thriller. Despite I don't like the principal actress "Octavia Spencer", specially when she speaks her Podcast. Maybe it is her voice. But all the rest actors are great for me. Specially but not only "Aaron Paul".

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