Zen: Season 1 (2011)


Critic Consensus: Rufus Sewell's central performance is a knockout, and the on-location in Italy images make Zen a wonderful view.


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Air date: Jul 17, 2011
Air date: Jul 24, 2011
Air date: Jul 31, 2011

Tv Season Info

Adapted from British writer Michael Dibdin's Aurelio Zen detective novels, the crime drama opens its first season with the introduction of the suave Zen (Rufus Sewell), an Italian cop who tackles mysteries head-on while fending off pressure from his superiors, who often want outcomes that will make their political lives easier. Among the cases he tackles: the murder of a billionaire construction magnate; the death of a disgraced aristocrat who may or may not have committed suicide; and the kidnapping of a wealthy industrialist and political party funder.


Rufus Sewell
as Aurelio Zen
Caterina Murino
as Tania Moretti
Ben Miles
as Amedeo Colonna
Francesco Quinn
as Gilberto Nieddu
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Critic Reviews for Zen Season 1

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (8)

One of the many strengths of the TV adaptation of Zen is that it caught the gloom of Italy as well as the glamour.

Jul 17, 2011 | Full Review…

Clever series of politically and sexually charged Masterpiece Mystery! movies based on books by Michael Dibdin, and beautifully filmed on location.

Jul 17, 2011 | Full Review…

There's a flashy new interloper in the domain of Hercule Poirot and Endeavour Morse.

Jul 17, 2011 | Full Review…

While I started out thinking this was going to be winner, by the end of episode 3, I changed my mind.

Jul 17, 2011 | Full Review…

Sewell looks good in the Italian suits and shades, the supporting cast is generally good and the atmosphere is effective even when the pacing has problems.

Jul 17, 2011 | Full Review…

I think it has a fair share of problems, but it's very nice to look at, and Sewell is damn good as the central character.

Jul 17, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Overall, Zen was stylishly shot and well-acted, telling a story that wasn't quite as sharp and satisfying as I'd hoped for, but it was good enough to leave you wanting more.

Jul 17, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Zen is lightweight, second-rate crime stuff in a cool, enticing setting.

Jul 17, 2011 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A drama that began with Berlusconi-style conspiracies, as dark and intense as an espresso, suddenly turned into Enid Blyton with an Italian accent, complete with swarthy villains and underground adventure.

Jul 17, 2011 | Full Review…

Zen looks so good that you rarely stop to worry that there's very little police work going on in these alleged mysteries.

Jul 17, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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