Unbelievable: Season 1 (2019)

Season 1

Critics Consensus

Heartbreaking and powerful, Unbelievable transcends familiar true-crime beats by shifting its gaze to survivors of abuse, telling their stories with grace and gravity.



Critic Ratings: 67


Audience Score

User Ratings: 636
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Air date: Sep 13, 2019
Air date: Sep 13, 2019
Air date: Sep 13, 2019
Air date: Sep 13, 2019
Air date: Sep 13, 2019
Air date: Sep 13, 2019
Air date: Sep 13, 2019
Air date: Sep 13, 2019

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Critic Reviews for Unbelievable Season 1

All Critics (67) | Top Critics (18)

This is a faithful adaptation that plainly lays out the victims' stories and lets the audience see for themselves how differently they were treated, down to every question.

Sep 18, 2019 | Full Review…

Series such as... Unbelievable do something else too: They impose justice on a world that is anything but fair.

Sep 19, 2019 | Full Review…

As thematically fascinating as Unbelievable can be, it's also often dramatically plodding, if not grueling.

Sep 12, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's a tough watch, but it's a rewarding one, not just because it has one of the best ensembles of the year but because of what it says about hope and empathy.

Sep 11, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Unbelievable isn't just a gripping story, it's an incredibly compelling argument for why we need to take a frank look at the way victims of sexual assault are treated and how seriously we take them.

Sep 10, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Kaitlyn Dever's heartbreaking performance as the vilified Marie will make you desperate for vindication.

Sep 9, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Unbelievable is a compelling and well-crafted eight-part series, with the likes of writer Susannah Grant, novelist Michael Chabon, director Lisa Cholodenko and journalist and author Katie Couric involved behind the camera.

Sep 13, 2019 | Full Review…

One of Unbelievable's strongest elements is the relationship between these two women - enhanced by the actors' skill in creating a prickly relationship between two strong personalities.

Oct 16, 2019 | Full Review…

As a true crime miniseries, Unbelievable does well in telling the womens' side of things, depicting their trauma, and how they are forced to relive the horrific events over and over.

Oct 16, 2019 | Full Review…

This story about the pursuit of a serial rapist in California could have been lurid or tacky, but instead it's commendably thoughtful and spends almost all its time on the victims and their struggle to be believed.

Oct 7, 2019 | Full Review…

On Unbelievable, we really see a difference between what happens to survivors who are believed and the ones who are written off from the start.

Oct 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Further, while the writing is definitely elevated by the quality of the cast, the script is lean and moves along at a snappy pace, striking a perfect balance between exhilarating tension and deep despair.

Oct 3, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Unbelievable: Season 1

  • 2h ago
    After watching Kaitlyn Dever track down John Hartman in the finale and demand an apology for not beleiving her evan tho she said I made it up , i was lying in episode 1 , Is just the worst i mean seriously i never felt bad for Kaitlyn Devers character at any point if anything i felt for John Hartman who was just trying to do his job while this little girls is going back and forth on wether she was attacked or not , evan Toni Collettes excellent performance cant salvage this poorly exicuted series.
  • 1d ago
    i apréciate the tone given to this serie. The script, real. The actresses being human. And the lack of beauty while portraying the abuse.
  • 4d ago
    powerful and heartbreaking is what this is, exquisite performances, screenplay, sound track, directing .. very difficult to watch
  • 5d ago
    Enjoyed this mysterious show very much! Watched in one day!
  • 5d ago
    Phenomenal and Heart Breaking.
  • 6d ago
    Its a good story, but it gets lost and plays to much with emotions to where you aren't exactly sure what is going on. From time to time, you feel sorry and sucked in, but you also get quickly lost from the jumping around and non-consistent story line
  • 6d ago
    Believable! The fear of speaking up is real. The Me Too movement has shed light on a reality that has been a dark nightmare for many girls/women. Me included.
  • Oct 14, 2019
    A really good detective miniseries with some heavily packed emotional context. Kaitlyn Dever's performance is incredible.
  • Oct 14, 2019
    Not your average crime story at all! Preety much Unbelievable story and well casted. Story hooks you with Kaityn Dever as the first victom to see in the movie. She plays this part UNBELEIVABLE !! She draws you in the first two seconds. All cast follows just fine behind her. Moves along at a good pace.
  • Oct 14, 2019
    Great story. No need for a sequel.

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