Normal People: Season 1

Normal People: Season 1

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The romantic lives of two very different young women in a small Irish town constantly intertwine in this series adaptaion of Sally Rooney's bestselling novel, from the director of the Oscar-nominated Room.

2020UKHulu, BBC
DramaRomance

Episodes

EPISODE 1.1

Episode 1

An attraction sparks between Connell and Marianne when he comes... More to collect his mother who works at Marianne's house; a deep connection grows between the two teenagers, one they cannot stop but are determined to conceal from their peers.

EPISODE 1.2

Episode 2

Connell and Marianne's relationship continues in secret; Connell makes excuses... More to his friends, while Marianne must find a way to explain her absences to her brother, Alan.

EPISODE 1.3

Episode 3

Connell offers Marianne a lift home from an event; Connell... More becomes anxious when his friends tease him about Marianne.

EPISODE 1.4

Episode 4

At Trinity College, Connell goes to a party, where he... More feels intimidated by the fashionable crowd; Connell's classmate, Gareth, offers to introduce him to someone else he knows from Sligo, and he comes face to face with an unexpected guest.

EPISODE 1.5

Episode 5

Connell and Marianne start socialising as friends in Dublin; Marianne... More is still dating Gareth, but her interest in him starts to fade.

EPISODE 1.6

Episode 6

Connell and Marianne are back together; Connell is reluctant to... More show Marianne affection in front of her friends.

EPISODE 1.7

Episode 7

Connell is mugged and goes to Marianne's house, where he... More sees he has interrupted a party; Connell reveals he's seeing someone new.

EPISODE 1.8

Episode 8

Connell and Niall arrive at Marianne's family house in Italy;... More the chemistry between Connell and Marianne causes friction with Jamie.

EPISODE 1.9

Episode 9

Marianne is on a student exchange program in Sweden; she... More is in a relationship with a photographer; word of Marianne's sex life makes its way back to Dublin; Connell is upset by the gossip.

EPISODE 1.10

Episode 10

Struggling with the emotional fallout of Rob's death, Connell's mental... More health deteriorates; through counselling and Marianne's friendship, Connell begins to see a way forward.

EPISODE 1.11

Episode 11

Marianne returns to Carricklea for the summer; she and Connell... More spend their weekends together.

EPISODE 1.12

Episode 12

Marianne and Connell are back in Dublin; Connell receives news... More that he has been offered a place to study in New York; neither of them know how to process the news.

Normal People: Season 1 | Reviews

91%89 reviews

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

The show is at its best when it allows Marianne to be sexual in these early high school scenes. When she and Connell are alone, there’s a hint of a better show trying to make its way out of a dour shell.

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TV Guide

TV Guide

The first six episodes of the series, which feature the end of school and the first year of college, are easily the strongest part of the show — which is hardly a surprise as that was also the strongest part of Rooney's novel as well...

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

Again and again throughout Normal People — an excellent Hulu miniseries adapted by Sally Rooney and Alice Birch from Rooney’s bestselling novel — director Lenny Abrahamson (Room) simply lingers on those faces. He trusts his actors’ expressions to tell us what we need to know about why Marianne and Connell fall in love — and, almost just as often, out of it.

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Variety

Variety

Neither Marianne nor Connell are particularly verbose, but their shorthand with each other becomes a language all its own. With every episode, you learn to read their moods and micro-expressions alongside them.

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

The BBC’s 12-part adaptation of Normal People, widely dubbed the first great millennial novel, is a poignant coming-of-age drama masquerading as teen romance.

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Independent

Independent

To judge by the first four episodes, it’s a beautiful, pitch-perfect adaptation that captures all the intensity and longing of the novel and will bring Rooney’s work to the attention of those who don’t know it, all five of them.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

“Normal People” engineers an uncanny dependency — compelling you to keep watching even when you want to savor what’s come before — while its hefty episode count provides an apt sense of significance.

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Normal People: Season 1 | Release Details

Normal People: Season 1 is available to stream in New Zealand now on TVNZ+.