Follows Marianne and Connell, from different backgrounds but the same small town in Ireland, as they weave in and out of each other's romantic lives.
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 6 wins & 29 nominations. See more awards »





Series cast summary:
Daisy Edgar-Jones ...  Marianne 12 episodes, 2020
Paul Mescal ...  Connell 12 episodes, 2020
Desmond Eastwood ...  Niall 8 episodes, 2020
Aislín McGuckin ...  Denise 8 episodes, 2020
Sarah Greene ...  Lorraine 6 episodes, 2020
Frank Blake ...  Alan 6 episodes, 2020
India Mullen ...  Peggy 6 episodes, 2020
Eliot Salt ...  Joanna 6 episodes, 2020
Éanna Hardwicke ...  Rob 5 episodes, 2020
Seán Doyle ...  Eric 5 episodes, 2020
Fionn O'Shea ...  Jamie 5 episodes, 2020
Clinton Liberty ...  Kiernan 5 episodes, 2020
Niamh Lynch ...  Karen 5 episodes, 2020
Meadhbh Maxwell ...  Lisa 5 episodes, 2020
Killian Filan ...  Jack 5 episodes, 2020
Leah McNamara ...  Rachel 5 episodes, 2020

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Marianne and Connell's time at secondary school in County Sligo on Ireland's Atlantic coast, and later as undergraduates at Trinity College Dublin. The focus is mainly Connell's and Marianne's complex relationship. Among her peers at secondary school Marianne is regarded as an oddball, though she rejects having any care for social standing. Despite her academic achievements, her home life is complicated by her dismissive mother, Denise, and resentful brother, Alan. Her father is deceased and is revealed to have been a domestic abuser, though her family avoids mentioning him. Connell is a high-achieving athletic student living with his single mother Lorraine, who is employed by Denise as a cleaner. He is popular in the school community, though he is diminished by remaining silent during the bullying of Marianne. This creates complexity as their relationship develops. Written by Wiki

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The show features several scenes of full frontal nudity from Paul Mescal and he said that he wouldn't have done the show without it because it was essential to the role. He told The Sun, "I wouldn't like to have done the show without nudity in it because the book is so visceral and raw, and when I read the book the characters are clearly naked in my head." See more »


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Fantastic Adaption of a Fantastic Book
28 April 2020 | by b-96278See all my reviews

Just finished the show, and oh my was it every bit as good as I had hoped it would be and so much more. The book is pretty divisive and I expect the show to be as well, but every aspect of it is perfect, and I don't say this easily. The direction, cinematography, editing, writing, soundtrack, acting. The last three episodes hit you with a wave of emotions and made me tear up several times and I don't tear up easily. In a perfect world, this would be in conversation for Emmy noms and potentially even a win for Paul Mescal and who is imo pitch perfect as Connell, can't believe this is his first gig. Lenny Abraham also deserves strong praise for his direction here, Hattie MacDonald beautifully takes over from him, but he sets the tone and pace wonderfully. It's only April, but I doubt anything else will top this as my favorite show of the year.

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29 April 2020 (USA) See more »

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