Truth Be Told: Season 1 (2019)


Season 1
Truth Be Told

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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.



Critic Ratings: 29


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User Ratings: 116

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Air date: Dec 6, 2019

Poppy examines an old file. She discovers a man she put behind bars.

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Air date: Dec 6, 2019

Markus drops a bombshell about a potential suspect's motive. Warren gets a visitor.

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Air date: Dec 6, 2019

Identifying a new suspect has unintended consequences in Poppy's personal life.

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Air date: Dec 13, 2019

Poppy and Markus trace their prime suspect's movements on the night of the murder.

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Air date: Dec 20, 2019

Poppy continues building her new case, while Warren faces repercussions for his actions.

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Air date: Dec 27, 2019

A devastated Poppy tries to walk away from the case, but it won't let her go.

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Air date: Jan 3, 2020

Poppy zeroes in on her new suspect, and Warren makes a fateful decision.

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Air date: Jan 10, 2020

In the season finale, Poppy recruits allies to assist with her search. The circumstances occurring in Halloween 1999 are revealed.

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Truth Be Told: Season 1 Videos

Tv Season Info

Descend into the world of true-crime podcasts. New evidence compels podcaster Poppy Parnell (Octavia Spencer) to reopen the murder case that made her a media sensation. Aaron Paul stars as the man sge may have wrongfully put behind bars.

Cast & Crew

Octavia Spencer
Poppy Parnell
Lizzy Caplan
Lanie Buhrman Dunn
Aaron Paul
Warren Cave
Elizabeth Perkins
Melanie Cave
Michael Beach
Ingram Rhoades
Mekhi Phifer
Markus Killebrew
Tracie Thoms
Desiree Scoville
Haneefah Wood
Cydie Scoville
Ron Cephas Jones
Leander "Shreve" Scoville
Mikkel Nørgaard
Executive Producer
Peter Chernin
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Kristen Campo
Executive Producer
Reese Witherspoon
Executive Producer
Lauren Neustadter
Executive Producer
Octavia Spencer
Executive Producer
Ben Watkins
Executive Producer
Leonard Dick
Executive Producer
Victor Hsu
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Critic Reviews for Truth Be Told Season 1

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (12)

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…

It never quite meets the expectations set for itself.

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

There are hints to a larger story which maybe more revelatory than the one that is currently being told.

Jul 23, 2020 | 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…

Audience Reviews for Truth Be Told: Season 1

  • May 25, 2021
    I really enjoyed this show. Strong cast and great acting, esp from Lizzy Caplan. Parts of the episodes can at time feel a little bit ‘filler', could have maybe been condensed to 6 episodes. It's a show that makes you want to watch the next episode, which is always a good sign. Looking forward to season 2!
  • Dec 25, 2020
    Very unsatisfying ending. The main character betrays everything we just spent 8 episodes hearing her say she was for. Waste of time to watch despite some quality acting.
  • Nov 27, 2020
    A random plot. Reopening a 18 years old case and everyone suddenly invested in it, Where were they all these time? And why now? The series faces a difficulty to blend all of its elements (crime, family, racism). On the other side, brilliant visual effect for the twins, Lizzy Caplan totally looked like two different people there | follow us at
  • Jul 26, 2020
    Watched this on a whim and really enjoyed the series, and I am not too keen on murder mysteries. Great acting with a plot that keeps you guessing each episode till the end!!!
  • Jun 01, 2020
    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.

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