The Fall

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  • TV-MA
  • 2013
  • 3 Seasons
  • 8.1  (87,108)

The Fall stars Gillian Anderson (X-files) as inspector Stella Gibson, a police superintendent determined to solve the puzzles that link two unsolved murders. Those murders were committed by the show's other main character - grief counselor Paul Spector, played by Jamie Dornan (Once Upon a Time). The Fall's plot and scenes are often slow moving. They show the care Gibson takes in piecing together clues in order to track down Spector. They also show the intricate plots Spector comes up with. The show's creators pay attention to every detail. The audience is allowed to witness many of the same things Gibson witnesses - including entire emergency calls, trouble with co-workers and even the wrinkles on her face as she scrubs it with a washcloth in the opening scene. Likewise, the audience gets a very personal view of the killer's victims and their habits. Indeed, the audience sees nearly everything about the victim. It sees what the victim wears during a night on the town and what the victim wears when home alone. It sees the items the victim keeps in her dresser drawers. It sees photographs, eating habits and career choices. While some crime dramas tell the audience very little about their antagonist's personal lives, The Fall gives the audience a very intimate view into Spector's life. The audience sees Spector's family. It shows him as a father and lets the audience see him interact with his children. It shows Spector at his work. Ironically, he is a grief counselor, who helps patients work through their pain, only to create pain when he is off the job. The audience sees almost as much of Spector as it does of Gibson. While The Fall is more of a psychological thriller than it is a slasher series, it does feature scenes of horror. Spector doesn't just kill his victims - he tortures them brutally until they die. Yet what may horrify audiences more is the time Spector takes to learn about his victims. His very personal method of stalking makes his predatory moves more sinister and macabre. The show is set and filmed in Belfast and, therefore, has a distinctly Irish flavor to it. This sets it apart from most other mainstream crime dramas.

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Seasons
Their Solitary Way
6. Their Solitary Way
October 28, 2016
Now squarely in the frame for another murder, Spector recounts the night Susan Harper died to both his defense team and the police. After a shockingly violent incident, doubts surface about the veracity of Spector's amnesia.
Wounds of Deadly Hate
5. Wounds of Deadly Hate
October 23, 2016
To her discomfort, Gibson's dream journal is released to Spector's defense team. Spector's psychiatric team evaluates his fitness to stand trial, and Katie appears in court for violating her bail conditions.
The Hell Within Him
4. The Hell Within Him
October 16, 2016
Despite Gibson's warnings to her superiors, Spector's wife and children are involved in a nearly tragic incident. Spector meets with his defense team before being moved from the hospital to a psychiatric clinic.
The Gates of Light
3. The Gates of Light
October 9, 2016
Having found Spector's lock-up, Gibson reads through his journals, considering the possibility that there may be as many as nine more murders. Still recovering in the hospital, Spector seems to be suffering from long-term memory loss.
His Troubled Thoughts
2. His Troubled Thoughts
October 2, 2016
Burns and his superiors decide to give Spector's name to the media, and Gibson faces opposition from Burns before her interview with the policing executive about the shooting. Katie lashes out, and Spector's daughter grows more curious about what happened to her father.
Silence and Suffering
1. Silence and Suffering
September 25, 2016
Gibson watches over Spector as he undergoes emergency surgery for gunshot wounds. Spector's latest victim, Rose Stagg, also recovers in the same hospital, along with DS Anderson. Meanwhile, Gibson and Burns try to fend off the media.
The Fall
The Fall

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The Fall stars Gillian Anderson (X-files) as inspector Stella Gibson, a police superintendent determined to solve the puzzles that link two unsolved murders. Those murders were committed by the show's other main character - grief counselor Paul Spector, played by Jamie Dornan (Once Upon a Time). The Fall's plot and scenes are often slow moving. They show the care Gibson takes in piecing together clues in order to track down Spector. They also show the intricate plots Spector comes up with.

The show's creators pay attention to every detail. The audience is allowed to witness many of the same things Gibson witnesses - including entire emergency calls, trouble with co-workers and even the wrinkles on her face as she scrubs it with a washcloth in the opening scene. Likewise, the audience gets a very personal view of the killer's victims and their habits. Indeed, the audience sees nearly everything about the victim. It sees what the victim wears during a night on the town and what the victim wears when home alone. It sees the items the victim keeps in her dresser drawers. It sees photographs, eating habits and career choices.

While some crime dramas tell the audience very little about their antagonist's personal lives, The Fall gives the audience a very intimate view into Spector's life. The audience sees Spector's family. It shows him as a father and lets the audience see him interact with his children. It shows Spector at his work. Ironically, he is a grief counselor, who helps patients work through their pain, only to create pain when he is off the job. The audience sees almost as much of Spector as it does of Gibson.

While The Fall is more of a psychological thriller than it is a slasher series, it does feature scenes of horror. Spector doesn't just kill his victims - he tortures them brutally until they die. Yet what may horrify audiences more is the time Spector takes to learn about his victims. His very personal method of stalking makes his predatory moves more sinister and macabre.

The show is set and filmed in Belfast and, therefore, has a distinctly Irish flavor to it. This sets it apart from most other mainstream crime dramas.The Fall is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (17 episodes). The series first aired on May 13, 2013.

Where to Watch The Fall

The Fall is available for streaming on the BBC TWO website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Fall on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Sling, Google Play, Apple TV, Tubi TV and Peacock.

  • Premiere Date
    May 13, 2013
  • IMDB Rating
    8.1  (87,108)