His Dark Materials: Season 1 (2019)


Season 1
His Dark Materials

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The daemon is in the details and while His Dark Materials visual splendor and exceptional performances deftly capture the essence of Philip Pullman's seminal novels, it could use a little more magic.

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Critic Ratings: 87

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User Ratings: 546
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Episodes

1
Air date: Nov 4, 2019
2
Air date: Nov 11, 2019
3
Air date: Nov 18, 2019
4
Air date: Nov 25, 2019
5
Air date: Dec 2, 2019
6
Air date: Dec 9, 2019
7
Air date: Dec 16, 2019
8
Air date: Dec 23, 2019

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An adaptation of Philip Pullman's acclaimed trilogy "His Dark Materials," considered a modern masterpiece of imaginative fiction. The first series follows Lyra Belacqua (Dafne Keen), a seemingly ordinary but brave young woman from another world. Lyra's search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children?and becomes a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust. As she journeys through the worlds, including our own, Lyra meets a determined and courageous boy called Will. Together they encounter extraordinary beings and dangerous secrets, with the fate of both the living?and the dead?in their hands. A star-studded cast consists of James McAvoy as Lord Asriel Belacqua, Ruth Wilson as Mrs. Coulter, Lin-Manuel Miranda as Lee Scoresby and Clarke Peters as The Master of Jordan College.

Cast

Dafne Keen
as Lyra Belacqua
James McAvoy
as Lord Asriel Belacqua
Ruth Wilson
as Mrs. Coulter
Lin-Manuel Miranda
as Lee Scoresby
Anne-Marie Duff
as Ma Costa
Clarke Peters
as The Master of Jordan College
Ariyon Bakare
as Carlo Boreal
Will Keen
as Father MacPhail
Ian Gelder
as Charles the Librarian
Georgina Campbell
as Adèle Starminster
Lewin Lloyd
as Roger Parslow
James Cosmo
as Farder Coram
Daniel Frogson
as Tony Costa
Tyler Howitt
as Billy Costa
Ruta Gedmintas
as Serafina Pekkala
Mat Fraser
as Raymond van Gerrit
Geoff Bell
as Jack Verhoeven
Simon Manyonda
as Benjamin de Ruyter
Kit Connor
as Pantalaimon
Joe Tandberg
as Iorek Byrnison
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Critic Reviews for His Dark Materials Season 1

All Critics (87) | Top Critics (28)

For every exceptional scene, another is either too familiar or too meh.

Dec 6, 2019 | Full Review…

Pullman's elaborate world of talking spirit animals, arcane gadgets and massive airships is beautifully realised, and half-way through the series, Lin-Manuel Miranda arrives as thrill-seeking adventurer Lee Scorseby, just to ratchet everything up a notch.

Dec 6, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's a series that's not perfect and it isn't the adaptation of the books that we deserve, but it's good, and that's a start.

Nov 5, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

His Dark Materials remains a world worth exploring, but whether you're comparing it to the source material or coming to it fresh, this series is weak tea.

Nov 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Proof that TV is now the best medium for bringing epic literary fantasy to the screen.

Nov 1, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

[Ruth] Wilson is one of those actors who can make you shiver even as she smiles. Plus, there's no one on this earth who looks better in a belted trench coat.

Dec 6, 2019 | Full Review…

This production is mysterious, highly engaging, and incredibly beautiful to watch.

Dec 6, 2019 | Rating: 3.75/5 | Full Review…

The best and most compelling reason to stay tuned into "His Dark Materials" is the lead performance from Dafne Keen as Lyra.

Dec 6, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

In terms of looks and overall ambience, HBO should be proud of what they've got on their hands.

Dec 6, 2019 | Full Review…

The series is a beautifully realized adaptation of the source material.

Dec 6, 2019 | Full Review…

Lacking the youthful discovery that comes hand in hand with a chosen one protagonist entering a new world, the first half of HBO's "His Dark Materials" is bogged down by a snail's pace and faint world-building.

Dec 6, 2019 | Rating: C | Full Review…

While the visuals did take you into a grand and glossy another world and the actors slid into their roles as evil aunties and absentee uncles with ease, it failed to be more than the superficial sum of its parts.

Dec 6, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for His Dark Materials: Season 1

  • 5h ago
    I just love this show. It's intriguing. It's epic. And it's visually amazing. I see that some people are complaining that it differs from the source material. I'm the first to admit that I haven't read the books but I don't see how that matters. They are two entirely different mediums. You would probably need 100 episodes or more to reference all the detail that is included in just one of the novels. Some stuff just has to be left out or rewritten. And anyway the show is aimed at a wider audience. Not just those that have read the books. The story should sink or swim on it's own merits, not where the original ideas came from.
  • 6h ago
    I wouldn't say I love it, yet I look forward to every new episode. It has inspired me to read the books. One of the main characters has obvious lip fillers which I find VERY distracting as I'm sure they would not be available in her world. Set design and CGI is wonderful.
  • 14h ago
    Watching this series makes my heart pound. It's exciting and true to the source material.
  • 15h ago
    Gorgeous visuals, but the slow pace and world-building attempt falling flat makes me wonder why this couldn't have been a few episodes shorter (the opposite problem of many series this year).
  • 17h ago
    Finally, a cinematic adaptation that does Phillip Pullman's extraordinary trilogy justice. It's difficult to find a child actor that can carry an entire series on her shoulders, but Dafne Keen does a good job with it. With an extremely talented set of adult actors as well as great 3D-artists and writers, this is bound to be a ride that anyone can enjoy. This might be the best tv-series of 2019.
  • 21h ago
    Where are the Daemons?!? For a show that revolves around the Daemons and the dust, we have seen a severe lack of them. The budget was there for this show. Story is well written compared to the film and the world feels more intriguing however being let down a bit.
  • 1d ago
    I started watching because the little girl Dafne was great in Logan. I had a feeling she'd get a big gig soon. Most of the new sco-fi shows are R rated and you can't watch it a/ your kids but this is kid friendly and the storyline keeps your attention. Your not overwhelmed by CGI and good acting.
  • 1d ago
    FANTASTIC TV SHOW, FANTASTIC ADAPTATION OF THE BOOKS
  • 1d ago
    fricking amazing shit
  • 1d ago
    More then just good Vfx and cast, this show has that vibe that just keeps calling the viewers back again & again!!!

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