Van Der Valk: Season 1 (2020)


Season 1
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Air date: Sep 13, 2020

Is cynical Amsterdam inspector Piet Van der Valk's favorite Vermeer painting the key to two senseless murders and a suspected kidnapping? In Episode 1, "Love in Amsterdam," art, politics, and passion mix in a case that breaks in Piet's new assistant and prompts discord with the police chief. Piet's sidekick, Lucienne, courts death. Meanwhile, a bitter political campaign counts down to a fateful election.

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Air date: Sep 20, 2020

In Episode 2, "Only in Amsterdam," a Muslim worker at an addiction clinic is found dead. Evidence connects her to a library where she researched religious erotica--an interest she shared with a Catholic nun. Meanwhile, Piet helps Lucienne deal with a romantic break-up.

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Air date: Sep 27, 2020

In Episode 3, "Death in Amstedam," an eco-fashion vlogger turns up dead during his video feed. Cloovers takes special interest in the case, which uncovers a bitter rivalry between two firms dedicated to ultra-green clothing. Piet and Dahlman confront the vengeful son of a corrupt cop that they previously put away.

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Critic Reviews for Van Der Valk Season 1

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It's very witty, this series, with a dollop of dark humour thrown into the police-procedural storylines.

Sep 11, 2020 | Full Review…

It was a classy, well-written two hours, with Warren very much the life force holding it together.

Sep 11, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The world wasn't crying out for a Van Der Valk remake, but we seem to have an insatiable desire for detective dramas, and there was enough here -- just -- to justify its existence.

Sep 11, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Sex is ultimately behind everything. Love is elusive. The plotlines are serpentine. Following them is a fine way of spending part of one's Sunday night.

Sep 11, 2020 | Full Review…

The equivalent of the Daniel Craig Bond films: it's not going to thrill fans of Sean Connery... but is sure to win the hearts and minds a new generation of TV crime fans who like a bit of scenery along with their murder and political intrigue.

Sep 3, 2020 | Full Review…

Filmed with a mostly British (meaning superb) supporting cast, and thoroughly utilizing the sights, sounds, canals, coffee houses and museums of this great city.

Oct 1, 2020 | Full Review…

I'm especially fond of the preppy rookie, Job Cloovers (Elliot Barnes-Worrell), an inexperienced know-it-all who keeps trying to impress his blunt boss with arcane information and eureka-style breakthroughs.

Sep 17, 2020 | Full Review…

The strange case of all these Brits working in the Dutch police force was the least of the show's problems.

Sep 11, 2020 | Full Review…

Does it work? Well... up to a point, though there's still that air of artificiality that's hard to overcome when you set a basically British cop show in a foreign city.

Sep 11, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Even after half an hour the show was looking like generic detective mush, only with added canals.

Sep 11, 2020 | Full Review…

Everything seemed kind of... clunky? Perhaps it's the kind of drama that would have benefitted from being a little bit funnier and a little bit more wry.

Sep 11, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Van der Valk is a pure, hard-boiled throwback to the days of Mickey Spillane and Jim Thompson.

Sep 11, 2020 | Full Review…

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