Unbelievable: Season 1 (2019)

Season 1

Critics Consensus

Heartbreaking and powerful, Unbelievable transcends familiar true-crime beats by shifting its gaze to survivors of abuse, telling their stories with grace and gravity.



Critic Ratings: 64


Audience Score

User Ratings: 540
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Air date: Sep 13, 2019
Air date: Sep 13, 2019
Air date: Sep 13, 2019
Air date: Sep 13, 2019
Air date: Sep 13, 2019
Air date: Sep 13, 2019
Air date: Sep 13, 2019
Air date: Sep 13, 2019

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Critic Reviews for Unbelievable Season 1

All Critics (64) | Top Critics (17)

This is a faithful adaptation that plainly lays out the victims' stories and lets the audience see for themselves how differently they were treated, down to every question.

Sep 18, 2019 | Full Review…

Series such as... Unbelievable do something else too: They impose justice on a world that is anything but fair.

Sep 19, 2019 | Full Review…

As thematically fascinating as Unbelievable can be, it's also often dramatically plodding, if not grueling.

Sep 12, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's a tough watch, but it's a rewarding one, not just because it has one of the best ensembles of the year but because of what it says about hope and empathy.

Sep 11, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Unbelievable isn't just a gripping story, it's an incredibly compelling argument for why we need to take a frank look at the way victims of sexual assault are treated and how seriously we take them.

Sep 10, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Kaitlyn Dever's heartbreaking performance as the vilified Marie will make you desperate for vindication.

Sep 9, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

This story about the pursuit of a serial rapist in California could have been lurid or tacky, but instead it's commendably thoughtful and spends almost all its time on the victims and their struggle to be believed.

Oct 7, 2019 | Full Review…

On Unbelievable, we really see a difference between what happens to survivors who are believed and the ones who are written off from the start.

Oct 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Further, while the writing is definitely elevated by the quality of the cast, the script is lean and moves along at a snappy pace, striking a perfect balance between exhilarating tension and deep despair.

Oct 3, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Unbelievable is the best, most human, most complex police procedural I've seen in a long, long time.

Oct 2, 2019 | Full Review…

Toni Collette and Merritt Wever are an instantly likable female empowered duo that I want more of.

Oct 2, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Unbelievable is an engrossing and perfectly put together series.

Sep 30, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Unbelievable: Season 1

  • 3h ago
    Amazing. Disturbing. Unbelievable. Truly. Watched the series twice - second time with my wife. The coupling up of Toni Collette and Merritt Wever was an excellent choice. And as for Kaitlyn Dever - to be able to portray such a difficult role - was amazing. Found it very upsetting but gripping and wanting the right level of justice to be delivered to all the people that wronged the young girl.
  • 23h ago
    Grim at times...powerful performances and great story...
  • 2d ago
    This was well written and really well acted with good pacing and a real feel of frustration from the detectives working on the case. Hope they do another season
  • 2d ago
    This is a heartbreaking story that sheds light on a very important topic. Respectfully written and portrayed. Great movie.
  • 2d ago
    Not the best job of placing time-frames and locations between scenes. Other than that, really loved it!
  • 2d ago
    I started watching because I adore Merritt Weaver and Toni Collette and then I ended up doing that thing I rarely ever do. I stayed up until 5:30 a.m. binge watching the series in one night. Every actor involved was magnificent. A gem indeed!
  • 3d ago
    Brilliant acting, emotionally engaging and the focus is squarely on the investigation and the devastating impact of not believing a victim of rape.
  • 3d ago
    I truly didnt expect this to be as good as it was! Highly recommend!!
  • 3d ago
    Really liked this show
  • 4d ago
    This got to be one of the really really good shows. The human aspect is huge in this one, and you will find something you can relate to from your own life/ experiences

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