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8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 54 Ratings

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  • Summary: While investigating a kidnapping case, West Yorkshire police sergeant Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire) spots the man (James Norton) she believes drove her daughter to take her own life in this BBC drama.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Suspense
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Nov 3, 2014
    91
    Happy Valley is so effective at what it sets out to do, and so neat in fitting all its pieces together (up to the way the story's climax evokes a much milder incident from early in the series), that I'm a bit ambivalent about the fact that a second season has already been ordered. Lancashire is so good that I won't necessarily mind getting to watch more of her in this role, but this particular story is so unique to her in a way that no sequel season can be.
  2. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Sep 11, 2014
    90
    Catherine's "patch" in Happy Valley may be more limited than the big chunks of Baltimore covered by Bunk and McNulty, but morally and emotionally, this fantastic drama goes deep.
  3. Reviewed by: Erik Adams
    Aug 20, 2014
    83
    There’s enough depth and complication in the performances alone to buoy the six-episode run, and given the intensity of the criminal specifics, the slow burn feels more like a feature than a bug.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Aug 19, 2014
    80
    It’s hard to do the show justice, honestly, based strictly on a description. But the characters are so sharply drawn and the situation so suspenseful that Netflix’s famous binge function will likely be put to good use here.
  5. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Aug 20, 2014
    80
    [A] gritty and entrancing British import.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Aug 19, 2014
    80
    Happy Valley, in addition to being a smart and absorbing thriller, is a morality play, one in which the mystery is secondary (we know who did what all along).
  7. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Aug 19, 2014
    75
    The Brit-speak can be a wee bit difficult to decipher at times but the show is good enough to warrant giving your remote’s rewind button a workout.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Sep 1, 2014
    10
    This is the best show of its kind that I have ever seen. It exists superbly on a number of different levels well beyond that of ma policeThis is the best show of its kind that I have ever seen. It exists superbly on a number of different levels well beyond that of ma police procedural. The acting and plotting is as close to a work of art as I think possible. The six episodes creates a depth of all the main characters including the criminals. Sometimes it's a bit hard to make out the dialogue but a quick rewind is certainly worth it. This show creates an involvement with the protagonist that will stay with me for quite a while. I've already watched it two times. Expand
  2. Sep 19, 2014
    10
    One of the best thrillers I've seen in a long time. Edge of your seat suspense. The acting was excellent as was the writing and direction. TheOne of the best thrillers I've seen in a long time. Edge of your seat suspense. The acting was excellent as was the writing and direction. The first episode is slow but soon there after you are in for a roller coater ride. Expand
  3. Jan 17, 2015
    10
    This is a gem of a show with excellent acting. The action was so intense and real that you feel like you are there.

    I did have to turn on
    This is a gem of a show with excellent acting. The action was so intense and real that you feel like you are there.

    I did have to turn on the sub titles to make sure I could understand the dialog, but this was well worth the effort.

    My wife and I think that had this been made in the USA the producers would have made a 8-12 episode run. The six installments gave the perfect amount of time to tell this story.

    I also was appalled to find out that the police are not allowed to carry guns. This fact makes this series really intense!
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  4. Nov 17, 2014
    9
    Well, it would have rated a 10 by me EXcept I could never, ever understand a word out of Catherine's mouth!! Sure wish there would have beenWell, it would have rated a 10 by me EXcept I could never, ever understand a word out of Catherine's mouth!! Sure wish there would have been sub titles so I knew what the heck she was saying! I hope I will be able to watch season 2 without all that frustration. Had no trouble-well, maybe a little with the sister- understanding most of what the others were talking about. Expand
  5. Aug 23, 2014
    9
    First rate! Catherine, the police sergeant, is a solidly arresting character who carries the show with help of an excellent cast. Lots ofFirst rate! Catherine, the police sergeant, is a solidly arresting character who carries the show with help of an excellent cast. Lots of threads of nastiness are tied together to make Sowerby one less than happy valley. It's on Netflix. If you can catch this show -- catch it! Expand
  6. Feb 12, 2015
    9
    If you can bear the sometimes difficult to understand english, this show is really well done! The acting is really suberb. Although the plotIf you can bear the sometimes difficult to understand english, this show is really well done! The acting is really suberb. Although the plot line with the family strife didnt quite resonate with me, the plots surrounding the crime, the police investigation and the accountant who is regretfully taking part is all first rate. As a crime drama, it is heads and shoulders above most of the us shows. Expand
  7. Aug 25, 2014
    0
    Clearly the only person who hates it. Find the show incredibly slow, Poorly acted, and making no sense at all. Watched the first episode gotClearly the only person who hates it. Find the show incredibly slow, Poorly acted, and making no sense at all. Watched the first episode got 10 mins in before I got sick of it. Don't bother with this one. Expand

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