Unbelievable: Season 1 (2019)

Season 1

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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: 83


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User Ratings: 1034

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Air date: Sep 13, 2019

An unhinged young woman contends with her roiling emotions as she reports being sexually assaulted by an intruder. She must also negotiate the growing skepticism of the authorities.

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Marie struggles with the fallout from her retraction. Three years later, in Colorado, Detective Karen Duvall investigates a strikingly similar attack.

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Air date: Sep 13, 2019

As Karen and Grace Rasmussen compare notes on their cases, they consider an alarming possibility. In Washington, Marie's name is leaked to the press.

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Air date: Sep 13, 2019

After meeting with another victim, Karen and Grace reach out to the FBI for help connecting the dots. Marie finds herself in a legal nightmare.

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Air date: Sep 13, 2019

As the team juggles small breakthroughs and mounting frustrations, a fresh lead takes Karen across state lines. Marie faces new problems at work.

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Grace takes a bold step to get close to a suspect, Elias the intern makes a crucial discovery, and Marie slips into increasingly reckless behavior.

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Suddenly faced with two suspects instead of one, the team races to ID the rapist and make an arrest. Marie's new counselor tries to win her trust.

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A call from Colorado sets in motion a chain of events that will change Marie's life. Meanwhile, Karen and Grace prepare for a pivotal day in court.

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Toni Collette
as Grace Rasmussen
Kaitlyn Dever
as Marie Adler
Merritt Wever
as Karen Duvall
Blake Ellis
as Christopther McArthy
Scott Lawrence
as Special Agent Billy Taggart
Aubrey Fuller
as Rosie
Eric Lange
as Detective Parker
Connor Tillman
as Officer Nick Selig
Dale Dickey
as RoseMarie
Austin Hébert
as Max Duvall
Kai Lennox
as Steve Rasmussen
Danielle MacDonald
as Amber Stevenson
Max Arciniega Jr.
as Jason Alvarez
Jun Hee Lee
as Officer Geoffrey Morris
Annaleigh Ashford
as Lilly Darrow
Bridget Everett
as Colleen Doggett
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Critic Reviews for Unbelievable Season 1

All Critics (83) | Top Critics (24)

Unbelievable unfolds slowly and methodically and without melodrama. Its eight episodes take the time to show the cost of sexual assault on its victims, and its deliberateness heightens the ironic sting of the series' title.

Dec 23, 2019 | Full Review…
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If you like procedural crime dramas, it's top-notch.

Dec 4, 2019 | Full Review…

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…
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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's unique take on cop dramas and amazing performances makes it worth it.

Jul 31, 2020 | Full Review…

Great performances almost always make fantastic TV shows. In this case we can confirm it. [Full review in Spanish].

Feb 17, 2020 | Full Review…

A brilliantly structured cat and mouse story that's also about the growing trust and bond between the detectives in the war against the male status quo.

Jan 13, 2020 | Full Review…

You know the saying that the truth is always worse than anything we could imagine or come up with. Well, this Netflix limited series is an example of that.

Jan 10, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

What sets Unbelievable apart from a show like Mindhunter is that it is, first and foremost, from the perspective of the victims and their female counterparts working against a predominantly male system of indifference.

Dec 13, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Unbelievable still manages to make this harrowing real-life story into a compelling fictionalized account, one that will make for a fulfilling binge-watch.

Dec 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Unbelievable: Season 1

  • Aug 03, 2020
    An 8 hour mystery unfolding in front of your eyes. Plays like a movie and transports you into new a world.
  • Jul 02, 2020
    I watched the first half-hour and found it dull and repetitive. I had a feeling (without reading what the series was about), that everything was going to hinge on the protagonist retelling her rape story many times while she was tired. Predictable. But when the foster mother's performance felt over-the-top bad, I turned it off.
  • Jun 08, 2020
    Pretty close to flawless. Great acting. Wonderful story arch. Fantastic, awesomely complex nuanced characters---the type you think about even after the series is over. Well-written. Very compelling. Never boring. Really smart. Thoroughly enjoyed!
  • Jun 07, 2020
    While I was a bit concerned that this was going to be boring and dry as it begins somewhat slow, I became modestly engrossed by the end of the first episode, and this grew episode by episode. Remarkable character development, believable dialogue, and actors that, with only a couple of exceptions, delivered noteworthy, relatable and realistic portrayals. Whatever you do, do NOT make a decision to stop watching after only the first episode!
  • Jun 06, 2020
    okay. quite watchable
  • May 29, 2020
    Heart-wrenching, enraging and powerful crime investigation drama not just unravels a criminal case, but reveals the incredulity and bias abuse victims are confronted with; enhanced further by strong performances.
  • May 28, 2020
    It is a tough subject to cover, but the show did a good job. The fact that this is based on true events makes it even more compelling.
  • May 23, 2020
    Excellent. Well paced, very well acted. Keeps you interested until the end. No politics, just excellent drama with a great cast.
  • May 15, 2020
    INACREDITÁVEL é absolutamente inacreditável!
  • May 09, 2020
    Unbelievable is Unbelievable. The performances by Weaver and famm are amazing and Toni Collette is great too. This show exposed something in a really amazing light, and the Christian faith is respected in it, not nesscarily by Collette's character but she has some respect for it and would like to have it. With great drama performances and it being a true story, that mix is a good work. I feel maybe it should have 4, I'm sure they left out stuff and put unesscary stuff in instead thats what it seemed like, maybe it could have been done better, so maybe a 4 and a half out of 5 but I would

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