Poker Face

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  • TV-MA
  • 2023
  • 1 Season
  • 7.8  (45,047)

Poker Face is a 10-episode mystery-of-the-week series streaming on Peacock Premium. It comes from the creative mind of Rian Johnson, acclaimed writer and director known for knuckle-tight murder mysteries like Brick and Knives Out. The show follows Charlie Cale, played by Russian Doll's Natasha Lyonne, who has an extraordinary ability to determine when someone is lying. This makes her an excellent detective, but a lousy casino employee. So Charlie hits the road in her cherry-red Plymouth Barracuda, landing in a new city each episode where she invariably stumbles upon a fresh body and new lies to unwind.

With echoes of Columbo, Murder, She Wrote, and other classic whodunits, Poker Face sets out to bring back the episodic mystery format. Each episode stands alone with a new setting, new suspects, and a new puzzle for Charlie to solve. Johnson directed the pilot and serves as executive producer alongside Ram Bergman and Lyonne.

The tone falls somewhere between Agatha Christie and Quentin Tarantino, with snappy dialogue, dark humor, and the occasional burst of violence. Charlie is a classic noir archetype - the wise-cracking loner determined to root out the truth no matter where it leads. The suspects she encounters along the way are an eccentric, high-spirited bunch keeping all manner of secrets. Part of the fun is watching Charlie needle and manipulate them into revealing themselves.

With a charismatic lead, clever writing, and new twists on a familiar formula, Poker Face aims to breathe new life into the case-of-the-week mystery. The variety of settings and guest stars promises to keep each episode feeling distinct. One week Charlie travels to a lounge singer's wedding, the next she's looking into murder at a sci-fi convention.

Lyonne's deadpan comedy and moral ambiguity make her an intriguing investigator. She's happy to break the rules and cut corners to unravel motives and alibis. The show doesn't shy away from violence but largely keeps the tone light with banter, intrigue, and oddball characters rather than gritty procedurals.

Poker Face arrives at a time when streaming services are exploring new takes on old formats from Westerns to sitcoms. By honing in on crisply-plotted standalone mysteries, the show bucks the trend toward serialized drama and high concept genres. The focus is on clever clues, red herrings, and dramatic reveals familiar to mystery lovers since Agatha Christie defined the genre.

With Rian Johnson overseeing the project and a game cast in place, Poker Face has all the cards it needs to deliver a satisfying throwback mystery series. For viewers craving self-contained stories full of clues to piece together, suspicious characters to parse, and a quick-witted guide leading the way,Charlie Cale's adventures promise an entertaining deck bound to deal some winning hands.

Poker Face is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (10 episodes). The series first aired on January 26, 2023.

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Seasons
The Hook
10. The Hook
March 9, 2023
Charlie faces her greatest challenge yet when she is caught in the crossfire of a deadly power play that puts her in the sights of two ruthless crime syndicates and the FBI.
Escape From Shit Mountain
9. Escape From Shit Mountain
March 2, 2023
Charlie finds herself stranded in a motel during a blizzard; in order to survive the night, Charlie must decipher the deadly tension between her questionable companions.
The Orpheus Syndrome
8. The Orpheus Syndrome
February 23, 2023
A special effects artist unearths a past project to find closure from the guilt of a fatal on-set accident; when old demons resurface, Charlie is left to unravel a new deadly plot.
The Future of the Sport
7. The Future of the Sport
February 16, 2023
While working at a go-kart complex, Charlie becomes involved in a bitter feud between an aging race car driver and a hotheaded young upstart, whose rivalry has explosive consequences.
Exit Stage Death
6. Exit Stage Death
February 9, 2023
Charlie's waitress job at a dinner theater is interrupted by a tragic death on stage during a performance by two washed-up television stars; when she starts to investigate, deadly motivations come to light.
Time of the Monkey
5. Time of the Monkey
February 2, 2023
Working at a retirement home, Charlie makes friends with two rebellious old ladies who may have taken matters into their own hands.
Rest in Metal
4. Rest in Metal
January 26, 2023
Charlie goes on tour with has-been metal band Doxxxology, a motley crew of dejected rockers who've spent decades trying to write a new hit; Charlie suspects foul play when one musician winds up dead.
The Stall
3. The Stall
January 26, 2023
Charlie takes a job at a family-run Texas BBQ joint and must use her perception skills to sniff out the truth behind a shocking death.
The Night Shift
2. The Night Shift
January 26, 2023
Wounded and on the run, Charlie is forced to make a pit stop in desolate New Mexico, where she tries to clear the name of a trucker framed for the murder of a local.
Dead Man's Hand
1. Dead Man's Hand
January 26, 2023
When a close friend of hers meets an untimely end, Charlie Cale, a casino cocktail waitress with an uncanny knack for identifying lies, is determined to unravel these mysterious events -- even if it endangers her own life.
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Where to Watch Poker Face
Poker Face is available for streaming on the Peacock Premium website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Poker Face on demand at Peacock Premium and Peacock.
  • Premiere Date
    January 26, 2023
  • IMDB Rating
    7.8  (45,047)