Harper's Island 1 Season 2009

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Season 1
(141) IMDb 7.5/10
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Eight out of the original 25 suspects strive to be one of the few survivors as all answers are revealed.

Starring:
Elaine Cassidy, Christopher Gorham
Runtime:
44 minutes
Original air date:
July 11, 2009

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Season 1

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Genres Drama, Thriller, Mystery, Horror
Director Sanford Bookstaver
Starring Elaine Cassidy, Christopher Gorham
Supporting actors Jim Beaver, C.J. Thomason, Matt Barr, Sarah-Jane Redmond, Callum Keith Rennie, Gina Holden, Cassandra Sawtell, Ava Hughes, Alex Ferris, Ryan Grantham, Adrian Hough, Nadine Wright, Kwesi Ameyaw, Barbara Kottmeier, Peter Ciuffa, Adam Campbell, Katie Cassidy, Chris Gauthier
Season year 2009
Network CBS
Executive Producer Jeffrey Bell
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71 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Killian HALL OF FAME on June 4, 2009
Format: DVD
We are so hooked on this show it isn't funny, which must be a tribute to the writing and the direction. The producers certainly know how to get you going, though it takes a few episodes before they can start reeling you in and playing you the way they want to.

At the very beginning there are too many characters--if you have ever seen Robert Altman's film A Wedding some of this will look familiar, but add into it a maritime setting, a fantastic yacht, and a culture of working class people trained to anticipate the needs of the wealthy, and you have a recipe for tension right there, and that's before you get the murders going. The families of Trish Wellington (Katie Cassidy) and Henry Dunn (Christopher Gorham, often looking oddly like lean, lanky, nutty Anthony Perkins) invite you to a destination wedding, one held at Harper's Island somewhere in the Puget Sound, where you will be staying at the incredibly glamorous Candlewick Inn, but there will be plenty of time for slumming and seeing how the other half live.

Chief among the main characters is our heroine, played by Elaine Cassidy, the Irish actress who made a splash in Atom Egoyan's Felicia's Journey ten years back. As Abby, the daughter of the local sheriff (Jim Beaver), Cassidy plays the tragic survivor of a mass murder that rocked the island seven years ago. Could the killer, John Wakefield, thought to have been shot down by Abby's dad, still be alive? Has he gone back to his ways of hanging his victims from the trees? For many episodes Fate and the unseen killer arrange it so that one by one, victims die but nobody really realizes it, thinking they have just gone back to Seattle and will return for the wedding ceremony.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Gary Caulder on July 16, 2009
Format: DVD
"Harper's Island" mimics the basic plot of Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None" with a heavier emphasis on gore. This slasher series was a gamble for CBS that may not have been a ratings success, but it's enjoyable nonetheless providing some genuine thrills, episodes jam-packed with suspense, and more surprisingly, endearing character development.

The series is a self-contained 13-episode murder mystery event, which means all loose ends are tied up and most questions answered within its thirteen episode run. Networks should embrace this formula more often as it discourages the many filler episodes that plague so many other shows that have been on air for seasons. Since there is no second or third season, producers don't feel the need to continually provide more questions (and no answers) to string viewers along for years. More often than not, these shows often get canceled before viewers get a chance to have their loyalty rewarded with a satisfying conclusion. "Harper's Island," while flawed, is an extremely enjoyable, and intense series with more heart than you would expect from a slasher television show. Sure this isn't Shakespeare, but there is more to the characters than your typical "Friday the 13th" installment.

The show revolves around a wedding party held on an island--eventually, characters (and wedding guests) start dying off in gruesomely creative ways, while those remaining are either fighting for their survival or serve as suspects. Episode titles are in onomatopoeia form, which gives viewers a hint at how one or more unlucky character will bite the dust in any given episode (i.e. Thwack, Splash).
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By William Benevides on July 12, 2009
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Just finished watching the finale and this show was amazing. I was originally concerned with the pre-reviews saying too bloody for the Agatha Christie crowd not bloody enough for the Friday the 13th crowd. Well what about the crowd that just appreciates a well written murder mystery. The characters were all very endearing. The story grew darker each week. The "soap opera" element only helped to create characters that the viewer cared about. Alot of the deaths were creative and the plot twists were intriguing. Ultimately, the payoff was tense and thrilling. I can hardly wait to rewatch this excellent show on dvd. Thank you to CBS for airing this outstanding show!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rock God on March 23, 2010
Format: DVD
I apologize in advance for a lengthy review, but I feel there's a lot that needs to be said about this. For starters, I would give this much higher than 5 stars if the option were available.

I watched this show on television from week to week, hating the long weekly wait before I got my Harper's fix. I admit the first few episodes are very characteristic of a soap opera with all the typical "good-looking" characters and back stories and just the way it played out overall. So yes, at first it was a guilty pleasure. What can I say though, the characters were very likable from the start and I was intrigued with the premise and promise of weekly murder that would add to the mystery. However, after a few episodes it stopped being a guilty pleasure as it was a truly suspenseful (and yes, violent) murder mystery. Every week we got a more in depth look at the characters and were constantly trying to figure out who the killer might be. I honestly can't recall having so much fun watching television in...well forever.

I know some would say this is a Friday the 13th ripoff, but please don't insult this series by comparing it to the likes of F13. Don't get me wrong, I loved the Friday the 13th movies ever since I was younger, but this isn't very much like those at all. This is more complex with a well scripted story. Yes, there is a deranged killer on the loose dispatching the wedding guests in various, gruesome ways. But that's as far as the similarities go. If you go to see Friday the 13th, expect some mindless fun with some cheap scares and pretty pathetic acting and script.
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