Top Of The Lake

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  • TV-MA
  • 2013
  • 2 Seasons
  • 7.4  (37,385)

Top of the Lake is a crime drama television series that initially premiered on Sundance Channel in 2013. The series was written and created by Jane Campion and Gerard Lee. The story is set in a remote New Zealand town called Laketop, where a 12-year-old girl named Tui Mitcham tries to drown herself but disappears immediately. Detective Robin Griffin, played by Elisabeth Moss, leads the investigation into Tui's disappearance.

The show is a slow-burning character study that explores themes of trauma, abuse, misogyny, and the rugged beauty of the New Zealand terrain. In the first season, Robin Griffin is called back to Laketop by her former boss to help investigate the case of Tui Mitcham's disappearance. As she delves deeper into the case, she discovers heavy familial and community secrets, including Tui's father, Matt Mitcham, played by Peter Mullan, who is a local criminal and the apparent leader of the community.

Throughout the first season, Top of the Lake delves into the very intense and unsettling world of patriarchal culture, exposing the actualities of the brutal depths that go unnoticed. The series features a remarkable ensemble cast that supports and bolsters each other, including David Wenham, Gwendoline Christie, Holly Hunter, Alice Englert, and Nicole Kidman. Holly Hunter, in particular, stands out for her role as GJ, the leader of a group of homeless women.

The second season of Top of the Lake begins four years after the events of the first season. Robin Griffin is now back in her hometown of Sydney, where her mother is dying. However, things take a drastic turn when Detective Robin Griffin is called in to investigate a new case involving the mysterious death of a migrant worker from China. The case leads to wider-reaching political and personal ramifications as she is forced to confront her father and sister's dark past.

Moreover, the second season explores the themes of motherhood, nationalism, and surrogacy, particularly regarding the Chinese migrant worker character, Cinnamon played by Wu, who decides to raise her child without a father. The season, unlike the first season, is set in Sydney, Australia, and features an entirely new cast. Robin's provenance provides the string that links Tui and Cinnamon's cases, dragging her into a more profound, potentially more ominous world than the insularity of Laketop.

Top of the Lake has received critical acclaim for its cinematography, direction, writing, and performances, making it one of the most incredible shows on television. It is a dark, intense, and relentlessly engaging series that offers a unique perspective in a genre often dominated by men. The themes explored in Top of the Lake are vast, multifaceted, deep, and real, and the series is a must-watch for fans of crime drama, particularly slower-paced ones that lead to world-building within character study.

Top of the Lake is a thought-provoking, slow-burning mystery that offers profound insights into some of the most touched upon societal issues. Through its characters' complex portraits, the show dissects the dark and unrelenting tonalities of crimes of sexual abuse, domestic violence, and cyclical pain with empathy and artistry that make it a phenomenal watch. The series is available for stream on Sundance Channel, Amazon Prime Video, and Hulu.

Top Of The Lake is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (21 episodes). The series first aired on February 25, 2013.

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Episode 6
6. Episode 6
September 12, 2017
Robin and Pyke are desperate to find out if hostage Mary is alive, while Adrian struggles to make sense of the crime scene at Silk 41. As dawn breaks, the gunman is on the loose in Bondi and the beach is about to be flooded with people.
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
September 12, 2017
Robin finds a surprising love, but as Puss puts another arm of his audacious plan in place and suspicion grows around Silk 41, her fears for Mary escalate. Then Miranda drops a bombshell that brings her closer to the dead girl.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
September 11, 2017
There's a breakthrough in the case when Robin interviews Silk 41 regular Brett who suspects that China Girl is his 'Girlfriend Experience'. Puss tests Mary's love with a surprise for her 18th birthday celebration.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
September 11, 2017
Robin is galvanised by her theory that China Girl is a surrogate and ignores the threat of Al Parker's imminent case against her. Mary accuses Robin of being manipulated by Pyke and Julia into believing Alexander is dangerous.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
September 10, 2017
Armed with the fact that China Girl was pregnant, Robin launches into the investigation, including inside Sydney's sex industry. The meeting with her daughter's parents veers off the rails and puts contacting Mary at risk.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
September 10, 2017
Detective Robin Griffin is newly back in Sydney, haunted by the baby she had as a teenager and partnered with an eager new recruit, Miranda. When a body in a suitcase washes up on Bondi Beach, Robin is determined to take the case.
Where to Watch Top Of The Lake
Top Of The Lake is available for streaming on the Sundance Channel website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Top Of The Lake on demand at Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, Google Play, Apple TV and Tubi TV.
  • Premiere Date
    February 25, 2013
  • IMDB Rating
    7.4  (37,385)