When The Streetlights Go On: Season 1 Reviews

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April 19, 2021
When the Streetlights Go On starts off promising, but it rapidly goes downhill when it starts to focus on [a teen love triangle]. What happened to the murder mystery? ... How this reveal is handled is very rushed and almost like an afterthought.
May 13, 2020
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
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 13, 2020
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
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
May 13, 2020
Dark and violent, When The Streetlights Go On is fantastic - and really belongs on a better streaming service.
May 13, 2020
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 14, 2020
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]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 6, 2020
With continued solid writing, and complex but clear storytelling, it's probably worth sticking around to see the murderer unveiled.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 6, 2020
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,.
April 6, 2020
Sophie Thatcher is a standout as Chrissy's younger sister.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 6, 2020
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.
April 6, 2020
It's a whodunnit with a killer 90's soundtrack that's bound to keep you glued to your phone.
April 6, 2020
Worth streaming.
April 6, 2020
Super-serious drama about a dead teen girl, made so poorly that I was occasionally envious of her.
April 6, 2020
When the Street Lights Go On could be described as Quibi's iteration of the series. The central murder is interesting, and the bite-sized episodes allow for the mystery to hit all of the beats with ease.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
April 6, 2020
The cinematography is stunning, the casting perfection, and the story unshakably haunting. If it weren't chopped into eight-minute portions, I could easily see the series served up on Netflix or HBO and maybe even shown in theaters.
April 6, 2020
Beyond some melancholic mood and a few amusing crime-procedural clichés... Street Lights so far offers little more than period signifiers, some more anachronistic than others.
April 6, 2020
It might have worked as a feature, but three episodes lost my interest.
April 6, 2020
Basically plays like a pale imitation of Riverdale. Or not. It's frankly hard to tell much based on what's available, which doesn't bode well.
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