The Killing (2011–2014)

TV Series  |  TV-14  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.2/10 from 60,889 users  
Reviews: 157 user | 66 critic

A police investigation, the saga of a grieving family, and a Seattle mayoral campaign all interlock after the body of 17-year-old Rosie Larsen is found in the trunk of a submerged car.


Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Video


The 10 Most Immersive Worlds in Cinema

Highly immersive cinematic worlds can carry a movie, and we've rounded up the best of the best.

See the full list

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 38 titles
created 14 Jun 2012
a list of 30 titles
created 01 Jul 2012
a list of 41 titles
created 04 Nov 2012
a list of 28 titles
created 20 Apr 2014
a list of 32 titles
created 01 Aug 2014

Related Items

Search for "The Killing" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Killing (2011–2014)

The Killing (2011–2014) on IMDb 8.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Killing.

User Polls




4   3   2   1  
2014   2013   2012   2011  
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 29 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Fall I (TV Series 2013)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A psychological thriller that examines the lives of two hunters. One is a serial killer who stalks his victims in and around Belfast and the other is a talented Detective Superintendent ... See full summary »

Stars: Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan, John Lynch
Broadchurch (TV Series 2013)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

The murder of a young boy in a small coastal town brings a media frenzy, which threatens to tear the community apart.

Stars: David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker
Top of the Lake (TV Mini-Series 2013)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

When pregnant, 12-year-old Tui tries to kill herself in a freezing New Zealand lake, Detective Robin Griffin has plenty of questions for the girl. But when Tui suddenly disappears, Griffin finds herself knee-deep in small-town secrets.

Stars: Elisabeth Moss, Thomas M. Wright, Peter Mullan
Luther (2010–2015)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

A crime drama series starring Idris Elba as a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can't always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions.

Stars: Idris Elba, Warren Brown, Dermot Crowley
Bloodline (TV Series 2015)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A family of adult siblings find that their past secrets and scars are revealed when their black sheep of a brother returns home.

Stars: Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini
The Following (2013–2015)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A brilliant and charismatic, yet psychotic serial killer communicates with other active serial killers and activates a cult of believers following his every command.

Stars: Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy, Shawn Ashmore
Homeland (TV Series 2011)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

When Marine Nicolas Brody is hailed as a hero after he returns home from eight years of captivity in Iraq, intelligence officer Carrie Mathison is the only one who suspects that he may have been "turned".

Stars: Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend
Happy Valley (TV Mini-Series 2014)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Catherine Cawood is the sergeant on duty when flustered and nervous accountant Kevin Weatherill comes into her West Yorkshire station to report a crime.

Stars: Sarah Lancashire, George Costigan, James Norton
The Killing (2007–2012)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Police detective Sarah Lund investigates difficult cases with personal and political consequences.

Stars: Sofie Gråbøl, Morten Suurballe, Lars Mikkelsen
The Bridge (TV Series 2011)
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

When a body is found on the bridge between Denmark and Sweden, right on the border, Danish inspector Martin Rohde and Swedish Saga Norén have to share jurisdiction and work together to find the killer.

Stars: Sofia Helin, Dag Malmberg, Rafael Pettersson
Dexter (2006–2013)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

A Miami police forensics expert moonlights as a serial killer of criminals whom he believes have escaped justice.

Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas
The Bridge (2013–2014)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Two detectives work together to take down a serial killer operating on both sides of the Texas-Chihuahua border.

Stars: Demian Bichir, Diane Kruger, Thomas M. Wright


Series cast summary:
 Sarah Linden (44 episodes, 2011-2014)
 Stephen Holder (44 episodes, 2011-2014)
 Darren Richmond (27 episodes, 2011-2014)
 Jack Linden (27 episodes, 2011-2014)
 Mitch Larsen (26 episodes, 2011-2012)
 Stan Larsen (26 episodes, 2011-2012)
 Gwen Eaton (26 episodes, 2011-2012)
 Jamie Wright (26 episodes, 2011-2012)
 Terry Marek (26 episodes, 2011-2012)
 Tom Larsen (22 episodes, 2011-2012)
 Denny Larsen (22 episodes, 2011-2012)
 Mayor Lesley Adams (19 episodes, 2011-2012)
 Regi Darnell (18 episodes, 2011-2014)


In Seattle, Det. Sarah Linden is on what is supposed to be her last day on the job. She and her son Jack are supposed to leave that evening to join her fiancé in Sonoma. Her replacement, Det. Stephen Holder, is ready to take over but they answer a call from a patrol car who have found a bloodied sweater in a field. When the missing girl, Rosie Larsen, is found in the trunk of a car at the bottom of a lake it turns out the car is registered to the campaign committee for councilman Darren Richmond, who is running for mayor. Linden delays her departure for what she hopes will be only a few days. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Who Killed Rosie Larsen? See more »


TV-14 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:





Release Date:

3 April 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dochodzenie  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Featured in Newsnight: Episode dated 3 June 2014 (2014) See more »


Main Title Theme
Written by Richard File and Wendy Fowler
Performed by 'We Fell to Earth'
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

4 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Killing" is an adaptation of a Danish TV series, and was billed to me as "Twin Peaks meets 24". Well it certainly does seem like an updated "Twin Peaks" so far, minus some of the bizarre twists and turns. Not that there's anything wrong with that, beautiful-girl-murdered is a time-tested premise that makes for a good crime drama.

In the first two episodes I was relieved to find some serious, quality television. The story isn't terribly remarkable - so far we know that a pretty typical teen girl has been murdered, that her parents are genuinely crushed with grief, and that the detective who caught the case, Sarah Linden, was due to leave the job and move to San Diego to get married had the case not come up.

The story is told with impressive direction and good enough writing, with plenty of details and realism to hook in most viewers. Like any good mystery, the introduction simply raises questions, and gets the viewer to care about what's going on. Mission accomplished.

The music is a bit hokey, drifting into melodrama at times, but that's the only real fault I can find. This is a fine start. It seems unlikely to dethrone "The Wire" as a pinnacle of realism but it's already better than any crime drama the networks have going. I'm looking forward to the next episode.

61 of 88 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Your favorite seasons in order Maddow
Other comparable shows heartcore9
is season 3 worth it? gbmovies88
the ending scene rexbosworth
sick of their cigarette ads courtjes
How could no one have discovered the bodies in the pond? LouiseDeer
Discuss The Killing (2011) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page