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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.
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 Robin (8 episodes, 2013-2017)
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 Johnno (7 episodes, 2013)
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 Matt (7 episodes, 2013)
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 Al (7 episodes, 2013)
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 Grishina (7 episodes, 2013)
Geneviève Lemon ...
 Bunny (7 episodes, 2013)
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 Anita (7 episodes, 2013)
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 GJ (7 episodes, 2013)
Madeleine Sami ...
 Zena (6 episodes, 2013)
Kip Chapman ...
 Luke (6 episodes, 2013)
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 Prue (6 episodes, 2013)
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 Mark (6 episodes, 2013)
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 Anne-Marie (6 episodes, 2013)
Lauren Dawes ...
 Mandy (6 episodes, 2013)
Georgi Kay ...
 Melissa (6 episodes, 2013)
Jacqueline Joe ...
 Tui (6 episodes, 2013)
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 Officer Pete (6 episodes, 2013)
Calvin Tuteao ...
 Turangi (5 episodes, 2013)
Gavin Rutherford ...
 Officer Joy (5 episodes, 2013)
Oscar Redding ...
 Sarge (4 episodes, 2013)
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 Jude (4 episodes, 2013)
Erica Englert ...
 Narelle (4 episodes, 2013)
Luke Buchanan ...
 Jamie (4 episodes, 2013)
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 Simone (4 episodes, 2013)
Eddie Campbell ...
 Putty (4 episodes, 2013)
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 Penguin (4 episodes, 2013)
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 Terry (4 episodes, 2013)
Layne Opetaia ...
 Daniel (4 episodes, 2013)
Sam Dickson ...
 Jase (4 episodes, 2013)
James Blake ...
 Shotover (4 episodes, 2013)
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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.

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No ordinary place. No ordinary crime.


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A Beautiful Place Full of Horrible Men
3 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've been looking at the reviews of this mini-series, and I feel most of the negative ones are from people who simply wanted a very different show. There are inexplicable comparisons with Twin Peaks and complaints about the quality of the mystery, as though this is a series in which the central mystery is the selling point.

It's not a classic mystery story, but neither is it meant to be (and neither was Twin Peaks, so when people complain it's not a good mystery "like Twin Peaks" I am profoundly puzzled). Instead it is the exploration of a created world. The story is shambling, with odd strings that seem untethered, but so is life. Yes, you could strip out Holly Hunter's brilliant performance as a down-to-earth guru, toss out Robin's mother, toss out all sorts of things, and you could have a short, standard mystery, but why would you want to do that?

Top of the Lake is a fascinating look at a brutal, beautiful world. The beauty comes from the landscape, the brutality from the men, who are remarkably awful. I can see why some people would complain about a show where almost every man is a monster, except for a couple of crazy ones and one passably nice guy. It doesn't bother me, but it's the one criticism I've read that I wouldn't argue against.

The show is not about the mystery but about character. There is enough mystery and plot to keep that part involving, but this is more about Robin's inner struggles and outer determination and passion than anything else.

I wish more of the reviewers here talked about the mini-series that exists instead of the one they wanted.


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