Type: Television Show (Limited Series)
Release Date: June 24, 2016
Episodes: 8 about 1 hr each, first and last episode exceed 1.5 hrs
Overview: Nasir Khan (Naz), a shy and seemingly naive college student borrows his father's cab to attend a friend's party in New York City. His plans change however, when a beautifully haunted girl enters his cab asking for a lift to the beach.
As the night progresses, so does the intensity of their adventure which eventually leads back to her ostentatious brownstone.
Did Naz murder the fleeting apple of his eye? Was someone else involved? What truly happened on the night of Andrea's death?
You NEED to watch and find out!
The very first episode, in fact, might be the greatest episode I have ever seen in television. There's intensity, injustice, incredible acting, and more. In fact, I watched the premiere episode at least three times because my mind was so obsessively drawn to its spectacular story. The entire series has all the aspects of a nail-biting, breath-holding, tv-yelling phenomena.
However, it's not the typical detective show you might assume it to be. I believe it's more centered around our corrupt justice system and the effects of prison on an individual. You can see Naz's character morph and harden over time, which can only be a small glimpse into the real life effects of prison in our society.
Another aspect of the show I enjoyed was the fact there is no predictability. There was rarely a moment when I knew what was going to happen next. One episode you may be sure you have solved the case, and the next you feel as though you're back at square one. The writers certainly kept the viewers on their toes. Even up until the finale, I had absolutely no idea what was going to happen.
The Night Of is gritty, addicting and absolutely brilliant. The finale left a few doors open, so I am desperately hoping a sophomore season will happen.
If you haven't watched it yet, for whichever reason, you need to watch this show right freakin' now.
***The Night Of was James Gandolfini's passion project before he passed. He's listed as an executive producer of the series***
What I didn't: The Night Of was basically the highlight of my summer, as lame and pathetic as it sounds, it's true. It would have scored a 10/10, but there were a few minor aspects of the show which knocked my rating down a point.
There were some instances when a character acted extremely out of character and became fairly radical. It might have been more logical if the series had additional episodes, then the writers could have transitioned the characters' new traits more fluidly.
Also, I was hoping Naz's attorney's medical ailment would mean something more considering it drew out all season long, but I don't see the purpose of it in retrospect.