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The Killing 4 Seasons 2011

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Season 1
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4.6 out of 5 stars (2,992) IMDb 8.2/10

From the network that brought you Mad Men, and The Walking Dead, comes an addictive crime drama with dark twists. The Killing, AMC's newest original series, tracks the murder of a Seattle teenager and the gripping investigation it sparks.

Starring:
Mireille Enos, Billy Campbell
Original air date:
June 19, 2011

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Season 1
1. Pilot

On her last day of work, homicide detective Sarah Linden is drawn into a new case about the disappearance of a teenage girl, Rosie Larsen.

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2. The Cage

The investigation into Rosie's killer begins as Sarah and Holder question her parents, Stan and Mitch, Rosie's friends as well as City Councilman Richmond.

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3. El Diablo

City Councilman Richmond suspects a leak in his own team, causing a shakeup in his campaign.

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4. A Soundless Echo

Sarah and Holder pressure Jasper for answers and interview a new suspect.

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5. Super 8

Rosie's teacher provides Sarah and Holder with a new piece of evidence.

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6. What You Have Left

Sarah and Holder question a suspect's family and neighbors.

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7. Vengeance

The police learn more about Rosie's whereabouts the night of her death.

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8. Stonewalled

Sarah and Holder evade the FBI and unearth new evidence.

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9. Undertow

The police are stymied while trying to make an arrest, leading to a shocking realization. Richmond contemplates dropping out of the race. Fed up with the police, the Larsens take action.

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10. I'll Let You Know When I Get There

The cops regroup while Richmond goes up in the polls. Stan faces consequences for his ill-thought out actions, leaving Mitch alone to keep the family afloat.

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11. Missing

Sarah and Holder discover more on Rosie, but the investigation gets stalled when they have to set out on a search for Jack.

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12. Beau Soleil

The police connect Rosie to a suspicious website. The waterfront project is halted. Stan faces his demons while Mitch learns secrets she never knew about Rosie.

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13. Orpheus Descending

The police connect a new piece of evidence to the campaign car and to Rosie the night of her murder. Stan and Mitch reflect on the past as the future of their family hangs in the balance.

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Note: Many people felt cheated at the resolution of Season One when questions about the central mystery were still unresolved. So beware, if this is a deal breaker for you--"The Killing" may not satisfy exactly what you are expecting.

AMC, having established itself a leader in smart and sophisticated counter-programming (Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Rubicon), serves up another winner with "The Killing"--an adaptation of a successful Danish television series. I, personally, look at the show as the thematic cousin to "Twin Peaks" albeit with a completely different tone and vibe. Both shows center around the murder of a girl, both even feature the tagline "Who Killed.....(Rosie Larsen and Laura Palmer, respectively)," both chart three similar storylines, and both shows met with viewer hostility when the season didn't fully wrap up the murder mystery. In both, we see the investigation progress, we see the painful aftermath on the girl's family and friends, and we see how the murder may be tied to local politicians and bigwigs. That, of course, is where the similarities cease. "The Killing" is a deadly serious and contemplative drama set in Seattle--not at all encumbered with the quirky eccentricities that defined that other Washington State township. It is an intense and quiet show with a slow build--those eager for easy answers and constant action may need to look elsewhere. The pace of "The Killing" is more akin to the unraveling of a fine novel.

Through successive episodes, the path to identifying the murderer becomes increasingly muddy. Steely and determined Mireille Enos play the intrepid lead investigator haunted by past mistakes. She is unable to move on with her own life and, in fact, sacrifices potential happiness in her dogged pursuit of justice.
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update: I did not keep watching this series because it was identical to the Danish one, almost frame for frame. Imagine my surprise then to hear that viewers were in an uproar when it finished this week because there is a cliffhanger instead of a resolution plus (evidently) the murderer in the American version is not going to be the same person as in the Danish original. I was amazed because the Danish one could not have ended in a more clear cut and logical fashion. The murder was solved. The murderer was someone quite logical and a "person of interest" throughout to the investigators. My recommendation is now to go find the Danish one, which is excellent. It is too bad that the Americans didn't just keep reproducing it frame for frame, the way they started out.

This is an American remake of a Danish tv series of the same name. I have seen the entire Danish tv series. This is a very faithful and well done recreation of the series yet changes it to English language and Seattle rather than Copenhagen. There are some fairly minor differences so far between the two scripts. For example, the lead detective, a woman, has a real battleaxe of a mother staying with her in the Danish version as she's getting ready for her second marriage in three weeks time. She has been eliminated in the American version but she is the only character to be eliminated. Since I found the mother very annoying, I don't see that as a flaw. Some other slight differences: her underling male detective in the American version is not hostile to her like he is in the Danish one. In fact, they seem to get along; the male politician in Copenhagen is a lot more complex character than he is in Seattle but that may be because Copenhagen politics are downright baffling.
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Got hooked on the first few episodes of season 3 and decided to go back and watch the first 2 before watching any more. Glad I did. Not exactly the quality of The Wire but comes as close as anything I've seen since. I read a lot of criticisms about not solving the case at the close of Season 1 and completely disagree. Instead it's what separates this show from the rest of the quick solve police shows on TV. Watching the detectives work the case is what gives this show an authenticity and the consequences of the killing on so many different lives is as compelling as it is hard to watch.
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I'm one of those tv watchers who uses great shows as examples to argue why television can be worth watching. There are so many "reality" shows for cheap programming and it serves the lowest common denominator of our culture. "The Killing" is a program clearly produced by people with a passion for telling an honest story, and it is one of those prime examples of how great television can be.
The acting is flawless, the characters portrayed with depth and astounding vulnerability, and the scriptwriting is clean; not one extra word as "filler". Every moment is there precisely to move the story ahead with its deliberate, compelling pace. The pilot episode sets the tone for a series that tells the story of everyone involved without resorting to shock value or cheap thrills; it is a story of the human condition and it is told with great respect and compassion.
The direction and cinematography combine beautifully. It is clear from frame one that this collection of professionals work as though this project is a feature of high caliber and not just a typical television crime drama.
My congrats to those hardworking professionals, as I enjoy every episode. Thanks for your work. I only wish I could be there to help.
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