His Dark Materials

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Season 1 episodes (17)

1 Lyra's Jordan
Series premiere. Orphan Lyra Belacqua's world is upended by her long-absent uncle’s return from the North, while the glamorous Mrs. Coulter visits Jordan College with a proposition.
2 The Idea of North
Lyra arrives to her new life in London, determined to find Roger with Mrs. Coulter's help. The Gyptians continue their search for the missing children and the elusive Gobblers.
3 The Spies
From the clutches of the Gobblers, Lyra finds help from an unlikely place, which helps her put together more about her past and keep safe from Mrs. Coulter and the Magisterium.
4 Armour
Lyra and the Gyptians arrive in the North, and seek the help of the Witches' Consul, Texan aeronaut Lee Scoresby and an armored bear in service to the town.
5 The Lost Boy
The alethiometer sends Lyra and Iorek on a new path, leading to a shocking but vital clue in her search to find her friend Roger and the other missing children.
6 The Daemon-Cages
Lyra discovers the horrific truth behind the Gobbler's activities in the North. She must now use all her wits to help free those around her and avoid suffering a terrible fate.
7 The Fight to the Death
Separated from her friends, Lyra must use all of her methods of deception to thwart a formidable foe. Elsewhere, Mrs. Coulter plots her next move.
8 Betrayal
Season One Finale. As the Magisterium closes in, Lyra learns more about Asriel's rebellion, but her assistance to him comes at great personal cost.
101 Season 1 Trailer
A quick preview of this thrilling fantasy series based on Philip Pullman's award-winning trilogy.
102 Dafne Keen: Bringing Lyra Belacqua to Life
Dafne Keen discusses the young, brave hero she portrays as she embarks on an epic adventure.
103 Ruth Wilson: Bringing Mrs. Coulter to Life
Described as the mother of all evil, this is a fascinating look at the deeply complex character, Mrs. Coulter.
104 Lin-Manuel Miranda: Bringing Lee Scoresby to Life
An exciting look at the swashbuckling pilot, Lee Scoresby, and the steadfast ideals that make him such a unique character.
105 James McAvoy: Bringing Lord Asriel to Life
Lord Asriel is willing to sacrifice everything to break the invisible chains holding humanity back.
106 Adapting His Dark Materials
Philip Pullman and Storytellers discuss the exciting process of adapting seven years of fantasy into episodes of long form television spanning across many universes.
107 The Daemons of His Dark Materials
A look at the artistry and technical wizardry used to bring the Animal Daemons to life.
108 Dressing His Dark Materials
The unique and timeless fashions found in this stylistic adventure series.
109 Building His Dark Materials
A talented group of creatives from prop making to set design, construct every exquisite detail in this vast fantasy world.

About this show

From Philip Pullman's epic fantasy trilogy (which consists of the books "The Golden Compass," "The Subtle Knife," and "The Amber Spyglass") comes this series that follows young orphan Lyra (Dafne Keen) on an incredible adventure into a parallel world where a human's soul exists outside one's body--in the form of a talking animal.

Ratings and reviews

38 reviews
Dwayne Farver
July 10, 2021
I enjoyed both seasons. Season 2 showed more growth in the story, while Season 1 is (out of necessity) a lot of set-up. Some episodes moved at a quicker pace than others, but they all kept my attention. I never read the books, so I can't say how true it holds. I'm told they mix stories from several books into a new narrative. To me, it works just fine. The characters are portrayed well by the actors, which I'm sure is because there is so much source material. But says the screenplay is also well written. I hope they continue with the series because they're leaving Season 2 on a cliff-hanger larger than the one used for Season 1.
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Justin H.
March 14, 2020
So bad. Bad acting, boring as hell, same young adult story like "this child knows more that adults". So much vamping. Poorly done show. Quit halfway through season.
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Bethany Lenihan
December 7, 2020
This is a favorite book series. I felt like it was well done and stayed true to the books. The hated the Golden Compass movie but loved this show.
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