When The Streetlights Go On: Season 1 (2020)


Season 1
When The Streetlights Go On

Critics Consensus

When the Streetlights Go On takes itself a little too seriously, but strong writing, an impressive cast, and most importantly, an intriguing mystery more than make up for it.

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Critic Ratings: 20

71%

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User Ratings: 14

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Air date: Apr 6, 2020

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Critic Reviews for When The Streetlights Go On Season 1

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (8)

Sure, "Streetlights" traffics in some of the clichés that are found in any teen drama or mystery story... but the mood is evocative and Jacobs makes for a compelling lead,.

Apr 6, 2020 | Full Review…
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Sophie Thatcher is a standout as Chrissy's younger sister.

Apr 6, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

It offers a sense of nostalgia for the oft-ignored 90s, but more than that it's interested in exploring the darkness within each of us - something we might tie to a time and place from our past but which is ultimately unbound and beyond our control.

May 13, 2020 | Full Review…

A combination of several successful, appealing formulas - a murder mystery surrounded by high school drama set against a backdrop of comforting nostalgia. But it doesn't handle any of those elements particularly well.

May 13, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Its Zodiac meets This Is Us procedural melodrama has the prospect of setting up an intriguing mystery, as long as they cool it with the rad '90s pop culture references.

May 13, 2020 | Full Review…

The slow-burn unfolding mystery is intriguing but the voiceover from the protagonist's older self has yet to prove why it's necessary beyond exposition.

May 13, 2020 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Dark and violent, When The Streetlights Go On is fantastic - and really belongs on a better streaming service.

May 13, 2020 | Full Review…

For being a murder mystery, the show never relies on excessive twists or dramatic turns to keep viewers invested. Instead, it focuses on the trauma of a small community.

May 13, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The series is more attractive for its form than for the content, with a fabulous photograph, a soundtrack that gets us fully into its era, and a good casting. [Full Review in Spanish]

Apr 13, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

With continued solid writing, and complex but clear storytelling, it's probably worth sticking around to see the murderer unveiled.

Apr 6, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The cast, including It's Chosen Jacobs, is strong, and it's got a compelling or lurid cliffhanger. Sometimes you just... wish you were watching a movie, though.

Apr 6, 2020 | Full Review…

It's a whodunnit with a killer 90's soundtrack that's bound to keep you glued to your phone.

Apr 6, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for When The Streetlights Go On: Season 1

  • Jun 22, 2020
    Lame and predictable - like a 90s teen slasher movie without the thrills. Stock characters are nothing more than pieces on a board game not worth finishing. More of a "who cares?" than a "who-done-it". Even when you learn who the killer is, you don't care because it's played off as a side note and the writing gives you no clues in advance, so the revelation proves inconsequential. The only mystery is how the producers managed to get a few A-/B+ actors in for cameo roles.
  • Jun 12, 2020
    Fantastic! What this show did in the ten 10 minute episodes is truly phenomenal. Whereas the murder mystery pulls in on the first episode, this series isn't really about a murder mystery, it is about teen romance, and more importantly, teenage perception. It is an ode to the girl next door from your childhood that could have been your future but was just on a different path. Take the show simply for what it is; a look back at a childhood love you could have once had, and maybe even deserved, but could never have just like the narrator or others couldn't.
  • Apr 17, 2020
    The series started out great. But the final episode was so anticlimactic that it ruined the whole thing. A double murder mystery was solved in a matter of 3 second telling by the narrator.

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