The Fall

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Season 1 episodes (5)

1 Dark Descent
When the investigation into a Belfast architect's murder goes cold, Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson arrives from London to lend her expertise. At the same time, Paul Spector outwardly a grief counselor and family man, secretly a depraved killer plans his next attack, on young lawyer Sarah Kay.
2 Darkness Visible
When Kay is found dead in her home, Gibson convinces the local police to put her in charge of the investigation, certain the crime betrays the work of a serial killer. Having taken a few keepsakes from his victim, Spector grows enraged when he suspects that his flirtatious babysitter has snooped in his office.
3 Insolence & Wine
Gibson's relationship with detective James Olson comes under scrutiny in the wake of his assassination. Meanwhile, she holds a press conference alerting the city of Belfast that the three murders may be linked. On a visit to his in-laws' house, Spector finds an empty shack and feverishly fantasizes about the victim he's picked to take there.
4 My Adventurous Song
As the sordid details and big names attached to Olson's death come out, the investigation takes a tragic toll. Gibson, however, catches a break: the killer contacts one of his victim's families. But will she be able to act before another woman falls prey to Spector's madness?
5 The Vast Abyss
The grisly aftermath of the latest attack reveals a foil to the killer's plan. Frantic and infuriated, Spector flees the crime scene and hastily disposes of evidence, all while trying to keep his home life from falling apart. Gibson inches nearer to uncovering the perpetrator's identity, but an unexpected turn brings them closer than ever.

About this show

Emmy and Golden Globe winner Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) smolders as a British detective summoned to Belfast to solve a high-profile murder. She quickly recognizes the signs of a serial killer, but the culprit (Jamie Dornan, Fifty Shades of Grey) has already targeted his next victim.
311 reviews
Neith Fine
October 7, 2022
Truly gripping. Gillian Anderson delivers such a compelling performance, and the story is *so* tightly knit and well-paced. Many times I had to remind myself it's a work of fiction. Very few suspensions of disbelief that kept me fully engaged, and the pacing is incredible, each episode feels longer than the 48m run time- in a good way. There are not many television shows that feel like "page-turners", often times focusing on sub-plots/backstories. "The Fall" has one pace - nosebleed.
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Simon Waddington
January 4, 2016
Just binge watched the first five hours of this fantastic TV - couldn't stop watching once we'd started. You just don't get quality stuff like this on US TV. Can't really say much more without giving anything away.
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A Google user
June 4, 2017
This glimpse into the macabre and fetishist mind of a killer, played by Dornan, and the logical and analytic mind of the Anderson character, hold the mind in fascination as it unfolds. There are also surprises along the way that make the heart beat a little faster. The backdrop of the beauty and culture of Belfast, Ireland brings a luster to this already smashing murder mystery. Well done and cheers!
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