Unbelievable: Season 1 (2019)


Season 1
Unbelievable

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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.

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Air date: Sep 13, 2019
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Cast

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
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 (82) | 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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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…

If you like procedural crime dramas, it's top-notch.

Dec 4, 2019 | Full Review…

It's an incredible story, one that creator Susannah Grant adapts well for the most part.

Dec 13, 2019 | 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…

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

Feb 17, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Unbelievable: Season 1

  • Feb 17, 2020
    Painfully sluggish beginning to this series...to the point where I almost gave up on it entirely. Now that I've seen the entire series, I wish I had trusted my initial instinct to bail. There will be some spoilers here but if you don't want to risk wasting 8 hours of your valuable time, I would read on. While I fully appreciate the serious subject matter and have real sympathy for the real sexual assault victims this series was based upon, the bottom line is that this was just another Netflix production made by SJW feminists who hate white men for an audience of SJW feminists who hate white men. I found myself checking off the typical woke checkboxes as I watched. All female team of detectives portrayed as super smart super heroes. CHECK! The WHITE male detectives were (of course) portrayed as bumbling idiots, misogynistic, incompetent and (worst of all) as disbelievers of a rape victim. CHECK! All the other men were (of course) non-white....and (of course) emasculated. CHECK! Oh and (of course) one of the female detectives (played by Toni Collette) had to be outspokenly and quite obnoxiously atheist who referred to God as a "mother F-er" at one point. (Bravo feminist God haters! You folks are just so woke and so edgy!). CHECK! But where they really jumped the shark was the way they ended this thing with the Marie Adler character 100% blaming the white male detective (who also accepted FULL responsibility) for having failed her. They completely ignored the fact that very early on in the investigation she couldn't get her story straight and when the understandably frustrated detectives pointed out the inconsistencies and pressed her for the truth, she finally (under no coercion) admitted that she made it all up. But as the series draws to a close, the clearly feminist writers of this series suddenly expect us to just disregard those rather significant details and want us all to just despise that terrible, misogynistic, non-believing WHITE detective for...."failing" Marie Adler. If you are the standard, run of the mill liberal feminist of the "me too" generation who despises white men, then by all means watch this series because you will be very pleased with all the boxes they checked off! You'll be in absolute heaven!
  • Feb 17, 2020
    "Unbelievable" was one of the most tangible stories in my life as a woman living in a society filled with hostility and the unsafe treatment of the female race. I received this mini series to be intensely realistic and the actors truly gave it their best in portraying their emotions.
  • Feb 15, 2020
    It's the most heartbreaking, sad, disturbing, and terrifying story I've ever seen. Kaitlyn Dever is emotional, fragile, and extraordinary like Marie Adler who takes him to an unimaginable level, her character is a very fragile girl, hurt and scared by what happened. Seeing her, she will be an example to all women in the world, whatever happens, you have to report it, no matter what happens. CONCLUSION: Although it is very difficult to see, because of its explicit content, Unbelievable is a miniseries, based on real events, explained and narrated by Marie Adler (Kaitlyn Dever), after the very terrifying consequence it had, the dangers of a world in which good people do not exist and do not exist, and with only 8 episodes, they are enough to impress you and satisfy you with this controversial story today
  • Feb 15, 2020
    A really good series. Tremendous performance by Kaitlyn Dever (from Justified fame). Her story arc is the most impressive part of this series. Initially thought this was going to be a series full of anti-men sentiment, but that was in reality not the case. The male roles are really written well, especially Detective Robert Parker. Well worth watching.
  • Feb 14, 2020
    This Netflix miniseries that begins with a young woman living in the Seattle area, Marie (Kaitlyn Dever) who was raped, reports it and then, under pressure from the local police, withdraws her allegation. This further alienates this young woman, who spent many of her childhood years moving from one foster home to another. Meanwhile, about 5 years in the future, two detectives (played by Toni Collette and Merritt Wever) are investigating a series of sexual assaults that appear to be connected. The film moves back and forth across the 8 episodes between the two stories. Overall, I liked the film. It tells an important story, based on actual events, that is focused on what it is like for sexual assault survivors. Walking the viewer through what it is like to undergo the exam and retell the story over and over created a powerful viewing experience. The film also portrays what it is like working with sexual assault victims and investigations in a field that is dominated by men. The acting overall was very good, especially by Dever and Collette, who are both excellent. I thought the series was too long, and I found myself fast-forwarding during parts where there are conversations that didn't seem relevant to the overall story. But for those of us who like a good detective story, this makes for great viewing. Thumbs up from me for a film that has you thinking "unbelievable" from so many different perspectives.
  • Feb 07, 2020
    Woke garbage. Women = Good. Men = Bad
  • Feb 02, 2020
    Amazing! It's a must watch and the acting was so good and deserved more awards.
  • Jan 23, 2020
    just a very well crafted series with 3 superb performances by the female leads. total recommend
  • Jan 21, 2020
    Absolute plodding dross full of overly confident, smart female characters while every man in this seems to be a drooling idiot. This only has good reviews because it's "woke" portrayal of female cops which is agonisingly cringe worthy.
  • Jan 19, 2020
    Just wow! I think most of the many great things about this series have been said in other reviews, so I just want to focus on two things. First the acting: Except for one or two scenes that were a bit over-acted, which is due to this somewhat being a police show, everything was spot on. Without any overly dramatic screaming at one another or big speaches, one can feel the pain and the joy of the characters seeping through the screen. With mostly body posture and subdued facial expressions these actors manage to convey so much. (MINOR SPOILER WARNING FROM HERE ON) And second , the way the rape scenes were shot: There are a lot of movies and series containing rape scenes and, maybe except for "Wind River", I don't remember one that seemed more fitting for such a gruesome subject. This show chooses to use a first person perspective for those scenes, adds a blindfold that is not quite blocking everything to that and only cuts in a few seconds at a time. While I have never been the victim of a sexual assault, I assume that this puts the viewer in the very position that a victim of such a rape is in after the attack. Short and unclear memories coming to you of only being able to see parts of what is happening, feeling voulnerable and dominated in the worst possible way. And certainly not having the camera linger on the body of the victim for too long or making the viewer feel like he is experiencing the rape from the perspective of a bystander, not the victim, like many other movies and shows sadly do. Also, the touch of the main charakters eyes focusing on the picture beside her bed to escape from what is happening was quite nice. Overall, if you can stomach this subject matter then this show is well worth your time.

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