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Top of the Lake 

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Obsessed with the disappearance of a 12-year-old pregnant girl near a freezing lake in New Zealand, a brave detective will find herself up against small-town secrets and a side of herself that was meticulously kept at bay.
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 19 wins & 65 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Elisabeth Moss ...  Robin Griffin 13 episodes, 2013-2017
David Wenham ...  Al Parker 8 episodes, 2013-2017
Peter Mullan ...  Matt 7 episodes, 2013
Thomas M. Wright ...  Johnno 7 episodes, 2013
Skye Wansey ...  Grishina 7 episodes, 2013
Geneviève Lemon Geneviève Lemon ...  Bunny 7 episodes, 2013
Robyn Malcolm ...  Anita 7 episodes, 2013
Kip Chapman ...  Luke 7 episodes, 2013-2017
Jacqueline Joe ...  Tui 7 episodes, 2013-2017
Ewen Leslie ...  Pyke / ... 7 episodes, 2013-2017
Gwendoline Christie ...  Miranda Hilmarson 6 episodes, 2017
Alice Englert ...  Mary 6 episodes, 2017
Sarah Valentine Sarah Valentine ...  Prue 6 episodes, 2013
Madeleine Sami ...  Zena 6 episodes, 2013
Clayton Jacobson ...  Adrian Butler 6 episodes, 2017
Jay Ryan ...  Mark 6 episodes, 2013
David Dencik ...  Alexander 'Puss' 6 episodes, 2017
Alison Bruce ...  Anne-Marie 6 episodes, 2013
Angjee Douangphoumy Angjee Douangphoumy ...  Joy 6 episodes, 2017
Lauren Dawes Lauren Dawes ...  Mandy 6 episodes, 2013
Holly Hunter ...  GJ 6 episodes, 2013
Georgi Kay Georgi Kay ...  Melissa 6 episodes, 2013
Linda Ngo Linda Ngo ...  Sinn 6 episodes, 2017
Stephen Lovatt ...  Officer Pete 6 episodes, 2013
Elaine Crombie Elaine Crombie ...  Bev 6 episodes, 2017
Merlynn Tong ...  Caramel 6 episodes, 2017
Nicole Kidman ...  Julia 6 episodes, 2017
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Obsessed with the disappearance of a 12-year-old pregnant girl near a freezing lake in New Zealand, a brave detective will find herself up against small-town secrets and a side of herself that was meticulously kept at bay.

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UK | Australia | New Zealand | USA

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18 March 2013 (USA) See more »

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Alice Englert, who plays Mary, is the daughter of the director Jane Campion See more »

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The miniseries is approximately 360 minutes long. In the US the show first aired on the Sundance Channel divided into 7 untitled episodes (of variable length between 49 and 53 mins each); in the UK and new Zealand, the show aired as 6 one-hour episodes. The titles of the UK episodes are: 1.1 Paradise Sold 1.2 Searchers Search 1.3 The Edge of the Universe 1.4 A Rainbow Above Us 1.5 The Dark Creator 1.6 No Goodbyes Thanks See more »

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Referenced in The Simpsons: Krusty the Clown (2018) See more »

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Not mini enough
24 June 2013 | by bribaba-847-140741See all my reviews

Jane Campion's entry into the world of the mini-series proves to be a big disappointment. The beautiful photography doesn't compensate for the wooden acting, weak script and the lack of a strong, central character. Chief culprit is Elisabeth Moss, here reprising her role as Peggy in Mad Men; problem is, she's supposed to be a tough antipodean cop. Her wavering Australian/Kiwi/English accent doesn't help, either. Her nemesis, a wild patriarch played by Peter Mullen, has her for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

One of the strengths of US drama is the acting quality in the minor parts, but here the Kiwis looks like they threw the casting net no further than the nearest beach. To deflect from the minuscule narrative, there's a women's camp at the edge of the lake, populated by whimsical characters that look like refugees from a Percy Adlon film (Bagdad Café, Shopping With Rosalie, etc). I'm all for mini-series', but this isn't mini enough.


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