The Fall

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  • TV-MA
  • 2013
  • 3 Seasons
  • 8.1  (119,054)

The Fall is a gripping BBC Two crime drama that ran for three seasons from 2013 to 2016. The show stars Gillian Anderson as Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson and Jamie Dornan as Paul Spector, a serial killer on the loose in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The show opens with a murder and sets the tone for the series. The Fall follows the parallel stories of Stella Gibson, who has been brought in from London to lead the high-profile investigation, and Paul Spector, the man responsible for the gruesome murders that have been taking place around the city. Gibson is a talented, no-nonsense detective who is determined to catch the killer, while Spector is a loving husband and father by day and a cold-blooded murderer by night.

What makes The Fall so compelling is the dynamic between these two characters. As Gibson delves deeper into the case, she begins to unravel Spector's disturbing world, and the two become locked in a dangerous game of cat and mouse. But while Spector's actions are monstrous, the show also delves into his psyche, exploring the root of his violent impulses and the complex psychological issues that drive him to kill.

The show's cast is superb, with Anderson and Dornan both turning in powerful performances. Anderson's Stella Gibson is a commanding presence onscreen, cool and collected even as she faces down some of the most harrowing crimes imaginable. Dornan, best known for his role in the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise, is chilling as Paul Spector, perfectly capturing the disturbing blend of charm and menace that makes the character so dangerous.

The rest of the cast is equally strong, with standout performances from Laura Donnelly as Spector's long-suffering wife, Bronagh Waugh as his young babysitter, and Archie Panjabi as Gibson's confidante and fellow detective. The show also explores the impact of Spector's crimes on his victims and their families, and the supporting cast brings depth and nuance to these often heart-wrenching storylines.

One of the things that sets The Fall apart from other crime dramas is its focus on the investigation itself. Gibson and her team employ a wide range of techniques, from forensic analysis to old-fashioned police work, as they work to track down their elusive suspect. The show is meticulous in its attention to detail, and viewers get a real sense of the painstaking work that goes into solving crimes of this magnitude.

At the same time, The Fall is also a vivid portrait of Belfast itself. The show makes great use of the city's iconic landmarks and gritty backstreets, and the sense of place is palpable throughout. The show's soundtrack is also notable, with haunting original music that adds to the tense, brooding atmosphere.

Overall, The Fall is a deeply compelling crime drama that will keep viewers on the edge of their seats. With its strong performances, compelling characters, and intense atmosphere, it is a must-watch for anyone who loves a good thriller.

The Fall is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (17 episodes). The series first aired on May 13, 2013.

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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.
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 Apple TV Channels, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play, Apple TV, Tubi TV, Pluto TV and Plex.
  • Premiere Date
    May 13, 2013
  • IMDB Rating
    8.1  (119,054)