The Night Of: Miniseries (2016)

The Night Of

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The Night Of is a richly crafted, exquisitely performed mystery that will keep viewers enthralled and leave them devastated.



Critic Ratings: 87


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Air date: Jul 10, 2016

In the premiere of an eight-part drama series following a murder case in New York City, a Pakistani-American college student in Queens is so desperate to get to a party in New York City that he takes his dad's taxi when his ride falls through, but it turns out to be his least bad decision during a night of many.

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Air date: Jul 17, 2016

Naz gets legal advice from his attorney, John Stone, while Det. Dennis Box returns to the scene of the crime and contacts one of the victim's relatives.

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Air date: Jul 24, 2016

Naz is justifiably terrified of his new surroundings at Rikers Island, where an inmate with considerable influence could be crucial to his fate. Meanwhile, Stone visits Naz's parents to negotiate a fee for his services; and Box counsels a police officer on how to write up his report on the night of the arrest.

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Air date: Jul 31, 2016

Stone looks for clues about the crime.

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Air date: Aug 7, 2016

Detective Box pieces together Naz's whereabouts on the night of the murder. Meanwhile, Naz gets revenge for a recent attack; and Stone presses Trevor for details on the night of Andrea's murder.

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Air date: Aug 14, 2016

Prosecutor Helen Weiss gets ready for trial, while Naz and Freddy's alliance grows stronger.

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Air date: Aug 21, 2016

The defense presents its case in the trial of The State v. Nasir Khan.

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Air date: Aug 28, 2016

In the finale, Stone finds himself in the spotlight thanks to a controversy enveloping Naz's defense team. Meanwhile, Box's retirement will have to wait as he continues to hunt for clues in the case.

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The crime-drama series delves deeply into the intricate story of a murder case, its investigation and the subsequent trial. Naz (Riz Ahmed) is a college student living in New York who, after a night of sex and drugs, wakes up next to a dead woman with no recollection of what happened. The police later find the murder weapon in his pocket, so he is arrested and sent to Rikers Island. The rest of the first season follows several plot lines all linked to the murder case: Naz's life in prison isn't easy, but he gains the friendship and protection of an influential inmate, Freddy (Michael Kenneth Williams); John Stone (John Turturro) is appointed as Naz's lawyer, and he encounters several roadblocks in his pursuit of the truth; Detective Box (Bill Camp) is in charge of the investigation, and soon finds out that the case is not as open-and-shut as he thought.

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Critic Reviews for The Night Of Miniseries

All Critics (87) | Top Critics (46)

A show like this one is so busy saying something about the justice system and the prison-industrial complex that it rarely has a moment to consider that one of the injustices here is that a person was killed.

Jul 25, 2016 | Full Review…

Forgive the misdemeanors and focus on the knowing minutiae and stellar performances, both of which are enough to make "Night" another must-see program.

Jul 8, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Familiarity doesn't make The Night Of any less involving, though, in large part because of Ahmed's charismatic and sympathetic performance as Naz.

Jul 8, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A gripping collision of race, religion, justice, incarceration and violence wrapped into a modern-day murder mystery, The Night Of may be the best limited series HBO has pulled off since the first season of True Detective.

Jul 8, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…

This is HBO's best "limited series" since Angels in America, which in 2004 won all of the major Emmy awards in its category.

Jul 8, 2016 | Rating: A | Full Review…

That's the brilliance of The Night Of; not that it invites us inside a jail cell, but that it dares us to lock the door.

Jul 12, 2016 | Full Review…

A captivating series that will have you hooked within minutes.

Jan 1, 2021 | Full Review…

It reveals itself as a story about the difficulty -- and the danger -- of being sure... The Night of is so keen to reject the grammar of the whodunnit that it sets itself at an ironic distance from fiction.

Nov 6, 2018 | Full Review…

The Night Of didn't invent anthologies, but it's fair to credit its success with helping propel the form to its current heights.

Aug 7, 2018 | Full Review…

The storytelling is suspenseful and cinematic; the characters complex and layered, with plot twists and turns that will keep viewers guessing throughout each of the eight episodes.

Jun 25, 2018 | Full Review…

From start to finish, The Night Of thrived on the strength of its actors, particularly Ahmed and Turturro.

Jun 25, 2018 | Rating: 8.9/10 | Full Review…

This is the best thing I've ever seen Turturro do, and that's saying something.

Jun 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Night Of: Miniseries

  • Dec 22, 2020
    It takes a while to get going. The first 2 episodes may lose viewers for how slowly it develops. But if you make it to episode 3, the mystery starts to envelop you.
  • Dec 08, 2020
    The story of racism, justice, and discrimination. A complete storytelling of everyone inside it. Superior opening scene, intense atmosphere, and a satisfying ending. The character development here is pure gold, the life transformation of the suspect, the Defense Attorney, and the jury. An all out acting from John Turturro & Riz Ahmed too. | Follow us at
  • Nov 01, 2020
    Unnecessarily stretched stretched stretched , I can not fathom reason behind much time devoted to lawyer's medical condition so completely out of context. Also does not help is casting of head prosecutor as very old lady seems barely able to stand/walk/speak and exudes no strength or authority ...
  • Oct 02, 2020
    "The Night Of" really grabbed me after the first episode. I thought as a whole this was a very well made mystery story. The show does choose to be ambiguous about a few things but is still very engaging nonetheless. Riz Ahmed and Jon Turturro give outstanding performances that make the series' overall quality much higher. I think the miniseries format for the show works well, but I did feel it probably could have been told just as effectively with maybe slightly fewer episodes as some of the middle parts aren't as impressive as the opening and the closing. The show explores some complex ideas which make it an interesting watch and I think murder mystery fans like myself should get a kick out of this very well put together story.
  • Jul 09, 2020
    I think people are loving the fact that this series takes it's time, and are revelling in the fact that it's not ' obvious' i.e. relies on action/ plot twists. I watched 2 episodes and then jumped to the final one and I'm glad I did. It wasn't going anywhere and the tone of relentless downbeat seriousness that let you know that THIS IS A SERIOUS TV SHOW just bogged it down. 8 episodes? And the last one an hour and a half long? Come on writers, you needed an editor to cut the fat off this. I had the last 30 mins on x2 speed as I knew nothing would happen and was rewarded with painfully slow courtroom and prison scenes that added nothing. Oh except to tell you that this is SERIOUS and YOU NEED TO SEE ALL THIS. Save hours of your life and don't bother. This show is loved by people who will bore you about how intelligent they are but couldn't tell a worthy story from a bloated and glacially slow screenplay.
  • Jun 17, 2020
    Did the series try to save money with regular audio effects? It's such a great tv series but it's like to go on a cruise on a lifeboat
  • Jun 12, 2020
    It has been so many years passed that racism still exists in US!
  • May 31, 2020
    Un policial tan clásico como notable//////////////// Un joven estudiante estadounidense de origen paquistaní, Nasir Khan (un sobrio, ambiguo y contenido Riz Ahmed, cuya actuación le valió un Emmy) es detenido como sospechoso del asesinato de una joven en Nueva York. Toma el caso el detective Dennis Box (Bill Camp) tan sereno como implacable, y se hace cargo de la defensa el abogado Jack Stone (John Turturro). Un riguroso, oscuro, pausado, seco drama carcelario y judicial, donde asistimos a la implacable transformación del personaje central, los tejes y manejes de sus defensores, la comodidad de la institución policial y la procuración (una notable Jeannie Berlin como la imperturbable fiscal Weiss), sobre todo con los acusados no blancos, poco interesados en la verdad y la violencia del sistema carcelario, Temas nada originales, pero muy bien tratados y articulados. Turturro está magistral como un abogado frustrado (y por momentos entrañable) a la caza de casos en las comisarías, tratando de mantenerse sobre la línea de flotación, protagonista además de una sub trama dermatológica que es todo un hallazgo. Una admirable serie, que nos depara un muy buen final.
  • May 22, 2020
    GREAT SHOW! MUST SEE... sit at the edge of your seat the entire show. Great Binge Show for a day.
  • May 21, 2020
    That was a rather lazy ending....unfinished like the title itself

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