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Marcella - S01 E01


After 11 years' absence away from the force, DS Marcella Backland finds herself drawn back to police work following the return of the Grove Park Killer, her last case before she left to start a family. In 2005, the killer tied the victims' hands and feet with cable ties before taping a plastic bag around their heads. The case went cold. But now, over ten years later, it seems he has returned.

Episode Title: Episode 1
Airs: 2016-04-04 at 21:00
  • Molly Eichel

    There’s an artfulness to Rosenfeldt’s killers, and that’s what makes his stories compelling, even if they’re ridiculously improbable. Seeing how Rosenfeldt can keep everything moving cohesively is almost as much fun as the story itself.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Dalene Ravenstine

    Friel's winning performance keeps each scene feeling fresh. [1 Jul 2016]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    Marcella starts off well, but pretty soon its pace is impeded by a number of subplots and the abrupt introductions of characters whose role in the overall plot is either unclear or irrelevant. The series has a familiar enough cop-show structure, so if you like Friel’s performance, you’ll be carried pretty far along into the season.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Mike Hale

    Marcella is portrayed as both an excellent detective and a basket case in a way that doesn’t add up (despite the past traumas that are introduced as explanations), and her blackouts feel like plot devices, there just to keep things mysterious. After the season finale, you may find yourself just as much in the dark as Marcella.

    The New York Times Full Review