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‘In the Dark’ Season 1: Why you should binge it right now

You can thank us later.

In the Dark Season 1 is currently streaming on Netflix

With everyone spending more time at home, it’s the perfect time to jump into a new show! In the Dark centers on Murphy, a hard drinking, jaded blind woman and her quest to solve a murder. It’s filled with characters that constantly teeter back and forth on a line between good and bad, Murphy included. Season 1 is streaming on Netflix and Season 2 is set to air April 16th on The CW. 

Here’s why you should binge Season 1 now: 

In The Dark — “Bait and Switch” — Image Number: ITD110b_0002.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Brooke Markham as Jess and Perry Mattfeld as Murphy — Photo: Christos Kalohoridis/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

The Female Friendship

The friendship between Murphy and Jess feels so real and authentic. You get a strong sense of that bond as early as their first scene in the pilot. And it’s not always perfect, which is often the case in most relationships. It’s refreshing to see how close they are, but to also see them fight and talk about their issues. It’s not all sunshine and rainbows all the time and that’s okay, but you will never doubt for a second how much they love each other. 

Ben Mark Holzberg

The Romance

There are multiple romantic story-lines in Season 1 that sort of weave in and out of the story. Murphy and Max’s connection is as endearing as it is frustrating and you will love ever minute of it. Without spoiling anything, one of the good guys is in love with one of the bad guys, and makes some terrible decisions because of it. Jess, Murphy’s roommate, has maybe the most relatable romantic arc with her girlfriend Vanessa. And there are lots of sexy time things going on here – just overall. 

In The Dark — “Cross My Heart and Hope to Lie” — Image Number: ITD_0058b — Photo: Ben Mark Holzberg/The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Pretzel, the dog 

There is a dog in this show. That’s it. That’s the reason. 

Ben Mark Holzberg

The Mystery 

The driving force for Murphy in Season 1 is a murder. She is determined to figure out what happened to her friend and will stop at nothing. There are so many twists and turns that the actual truth will legit surprise you. It’s a well built mystery with a very big and shocking reveal. Buckle up! 

In The Dark — “Deal or No Deal” — Image Number: ITD109a_0199.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Brooke Markham as Jess and Morgan Krantz as Felix — Photo: Marni Grossman/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

The Music 

Many of the The CW shows have amazing music (looking at you Roswell, New Mexico) and so does In the Dark. The music is so moody and sometimes makes you feel like you have been transported back in time to a smoky club in the old days of Chicago. There is also a random Third Eye Blind sing-along (pictured above) which always earns a giant seal of approval from us. 

Ben Mark Holzberg

Good vs. Bad 

This show does an amazing job of pushing us to question good vs. bad. We are programmed to cheer on the good guys and shake our heads at the bad guys, but Season 1 refuses to let anyone fall into one category. The “good guys” do bad things and the “bad guys” do good things.

There are no clear cut villains or heroes in this story, except Pretzel. He’s the goodest boy. Everyone else hovers in the gray area more than once and it makes it all the more complex and compelling to watch. 

You can stream Season 1 of In the Dark on Netflix. Season 2 premieres April 16th on The CW. 

(Updated April 15, 2020)


Meg Bonney

Meg is a TV obsessed writer based in the Midwest. She is also the author of the award winning YA-Fantasy novel, EVERLY and tends to be overly caffeinated. Find her on Twitter to chat about TV, books and Bellamy Blake's freckles.

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