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  • TV-MA
  • 2017
  • 3 Seasons
  • 7.2  (17,230)

Absentia is a thriller drama series produced by Amazon Studios, which originally premiered in the United States in 2017. Starring Stana Katic (known for her role as Kate Beckett in Castle) in the lead role, the show follows the story of FBI agent Emily Byrne, who disappeared while on a mission and was declared dead in absentia. Six years later, Byrne is found in a cabin in the woods, barely alive and with no memory of what happened to her during those missing years.

The series opens with a mysterious man stalking the city of Boston and committing gruesome murders. We learn that this is Nick Durand, Emily's husband, who is secretly carrying out these killings while trying to find a way to bring her back. When Emily reappears out of the blue, she finds herself implicated in the murders he committed and is subsequently arrested, facing charges for crimes she didn't commit.

As Emily adjusts to life after the incident, she struggles to rebuild relationships with her family members, especially with her son Flynn, who no longer recognizes her. The show also delves into Emily's backstory and the events leading up to her disappearance. We learn about her troubled marriage to Nick and her relationship with fellow agent Tommy Gibbs, who becomes her closest confidante during her time in the FBI.

In addition to the main story thread, Absentia also features several subplots that add depth and complexity to the narrative. We see the relationship between Tommy and Emily intensify as they work together to solve the murders and clear Emily's name. Meanwhile, Nick's relationship with Alice, a widow who lost her husband during the attacks on 9/11, gradually becomes more intense as he struggles to come to terms with his guilt over Emily's disappearance.

The show features a stellar cast that brings the characters to life in a nuanced and emotionally charged manner. Stana Katic delivers a powerful performance as Emily Byrne, capturing the character's vulnerability and strength in equal measure. Patrick Heusinger is equally impressive as Nick Durand, capturing the cruel intensity of his character.

Aside from the standout performances, Absentia is also notable for its unique visual style. The cinematography is top-notch, using the dark and gritty streets of Boston to great effect. The visuals are stark and atmospheric, helping to create a sense of unease and tension that pervades throughout the show.

Overall, Absentia is a gripping thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. With a talented cast, strong writing, and stunning visual design, it tells a complex story that will keep you guessing until the very end. Whether you're a fan of crime dramas or character-driven narratives, this show is sure to captivate you.

Absentia is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (30 episodes). The series first aired on September 25, 2017.

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Iterum Nata
10. Iterum Nata
July 17, 2020
Emily and Nick are finally reunited with Flynn back in Boston, but the threat of Elliot's bioweapon still looms large. Emily resorts to drastic measures and make a dangerous choice to ensure her family's safety.
9. Tenebris
July 17, 2020
Nick works to free the refugees and Cal finally confronts Armstrong. When Gunnarsen and Crown go to arrest Deputy Director Webb, they discover something deadly. Meanwhile, Emily tries to get to the bottom of Elliot's operation and goes to extreme lengths to protect her family.
Veritas Aequitas
8. Veritas Aequitas
July 17, 2020
Emily and Nick devise a plan to infiltrate the refugee camp, and Cal poses as a Meridian guard in hopes of finding Armstrong and bringing him to justice. Meanwhile, Crown and Gunnarsen narrow in on Meridian's mole and an unexpected visitor arrives at the farm.
7. Liberavit
July 17, 2020
Emily makes a final attempt to trade the stolen files for Nick and demands proof that he is alive, unaware that Nick has escaped from his captors in a thrilling chase. Nick makes contact with the FBI, and Emily makes a bold decision to confront Cal about his past.
In Quo Ego Vado Vos
6. In Quo Ego Vado Vos
July 17, 2020
Nick continues to be tortured but finds an opportunity to try to escape from his captors. Cal and Emily head off to rescue Nick and become closer along the way. When they reach the mysterious location, they find evidence that links to Nick's case back in Boston, but there's no sign of Nick.
Quid Pro Quo
5. Quid Pro Quo
July 17, 2020
Emily complies with Dawkins requests in order to be taken to Nick, and orchestrates a clever ruse along the way. Meanwhile, as Nick's guilt and paranoia threaten to overwhelm him, he finally puts a rest to the personal demons that have haunted him.
Alea Iacta Est
4. Alea Iacta Est
July 17, 2020
Emily's demand for the FBI to go after Nick is met with resistance, which leads her to set in motion a risky plan that puts her face-to-face with the one man who can lead her to Nick. Meanwhile somewhere in Europe, Nick is being drugged and psychologically tortured, revealing his buried guilt and his insecurities as an FBI agent, a husband, and as a father.
Nosce Inimicum
3. Nosce Inimicum
July 17, 2020
Disoriented and drugged into a paralytic state, Nick wakes up in a dark and confined location. Meanwhile, without a body as proof, Emily refuses to accept that Nick is dead and makes a deal to get him back, only to find that Dawkins has laid a trap and everyone is in danger.
Capta Est
2. Capta Est
July 17, 2020
Following the deadly events, Emily must race against time to find and save Nick, with the help of his mysterious informant, Kai. Upon tracking his location, Emily realizes there is a more complex conspiracy afoot and is left to grapple with the possibility that Nick has been killed.
Tabula Rasa
1. Tabula Rasa
July 17, 2020
Emily is serving out the final days of her FBI suspension while struggling to come to terms with the consequences of her actions from the last two seasons. Hyper-vigilant and distrusting of others, Emily sees threats everywhere and takes a closer look at everyone.
Where to Watch Absentia
Absentia is available for streaming on the Amazon website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Absentia on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    September 25, 2017
  • IMDB Rating
    7.2  (17,230)