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His Dark Materials: Season 1 (2019)



Critic Consensus: The daemon is in the details and while His Dark Materials visual splendor and exceptional performances deftly capture the essence of Philip Pullman's seminal novels, it could use a little more magic.


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An adaptation of Philip Pullman's acclaimed trilogy "His Dark Materials," considered a modern masterpiece of imaginative fiction. The first series follows Lyra Belacqua (Dafne Keen), a seemingly ordinary but brave young woman from another world. Lyra's search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children?and becomes a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust. As she journeys through the worlds, including our own, Lyra meets a determined and courageous boy called Will. Together they encounter extraordinary beings and dangerous secrets, with the fate of both the living?and the dead?in their hands. A star-studded cast consists of James McAvoy as Lord Asriel Belacqua, Ruth Wilson as Mrs. Coulter, Lin-Manuel Miranda as Lee Scoresby and Clarke Peters as The Master of Jordan College.


Dafne Keen
as Lyra Belacqua
James McAvoy
as Lord Asriel Belacqua
Ruth Wilson
as Mrs. Coulter
Lin-Manuel Miranda
as Lee Scoresby
Clarke Peters
as The Master of Jordan College
Ariyon Bakare
as Carlo Boreal
Will Keen
as Father MacPhail
Ian Gelder
as Charles the Librarian
Georgina Campbell
as Adèle Starminster
Lewin Lloyd
as Roger Parslow
James Cosmo
as Farder Coram
Daniel Frogson
as Tony Costa
Tyler Howitt
as Billy Costa
Ruta Gedmintas
as Serafina Pekkala
Mat Fraser
as Raymond van Gerrit
Geoff Bell
as Jack Verhoeven
Simon Manyonda
as Benjamin de Ruyter
Helen McCrory
as Stelmaria
Kit Connor
as Pantalaimon
Joe Tandberg
as Iorek Byrnison
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All Critics (90) | Top Critics (28)

For every exceptional scene, another is either too familiar or too meh.

December 6, 2019 | Full Review…

[Ruth] Wilson is one of those actors who can make you shiver even as she smiles. Plus, there's no one on this earth who looks better in a belted trench coat.

December 6, 2019 | Full Review…

It's a series that's not perfect and it isn't the adaptation of the books that we deserve, but it's good, and that's a start.

November 5, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

His Dark Materials remains a world worth exploring, but whether you're comparing it to the source material or coming to it fresh, this series is weak tea.

November 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Proof that TV is now the best medium for bringing epic literary fantasy to the screen.

November 1, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It also lays the sentimentality on thick, finally using daemons correctly.

November 5, 2019 | Full Review…

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