Unbelievable

BASED ON TRUE EVENTS NO ONE BELIEVED.

Based on a 2015 news article detailing the hunt for a serial rapist across states, this miniseries has two police detectives working in different Colorado municipalities realizing the similarities between their cases and joining forces. At the same time, we follow the painful experiences of a troubled young woman (Kaitlyn Dever) who reports being raped but ends up charged with lying about it. Dever, along with Toni Collette and Merritt Weaver as the dogged detectives, provide superior performances in a story that not only offers tension but rare insight into the psychological effects of rape and the challenges facing cops who investigate those cases.

2019-U.S. Made for TV. 385 min. Color. Produced by Katie DiMento, Ken Armstrong, Chris Leanza, T. Christian Miller, John E. Vohlers. Created by Susannah Grant, Ayelet Waldman, Michael Chabon. Directed by Lisa Cholodenko, Michael Dinner, Susannah Grant. Cast: Toni Collette (Grace Rasmussen), Merritt Weaver (Karen Duvall), Kaitlyn Dever (Marie Adler), Eric Lange, Elizabeth Marvel, Bridget Everett.

Trivia: Originally shown in eight episodes. Co-executive produced by Cholodenko, Grant and Katie Couric. Co-producers Armstrong and Miller wrote the 2015 news article that inspired the story.

Last word: “What we learned from Netflix, as we were figuring out how to plot out that first and second episode, was that a lot of their viewers watch in two-episode bites. That gave me the room to think about the first part of the story as a two-hour chapter, rather than thinking I have to introduce a lot in that first episode, which would be the more standard approach if you were doing this for a network. To have the brilliant Toni Collette involved and have the freedom to hold out on introducing her until the end of the second hour is great. It’s a testament to the loosening of the reins of devices and rules that have existed in television for a long time.” (Grant, Harper’s Bazaar)

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