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Top of the Lake 

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Obsessed with the disappearance of a 12-year-old pregnant girl near a freezing lake in New Zealand, a brave detective will find herself up against small-town secrets and a side of herself that was meticulously kept at bay.
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 19 wins & 65 nominations. See more awards »

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Elisabeth Moss ...  Robin Griffin 13 episodes, 2013-2017
David Wenham ...  Al Parker 8 episodes, 2013-2017
Peter Mullan ...  Matt 7 episodes, 2013
Thomas M. Wright ...  Johnno 7 episodes, 2013
Skye Wansey ...  Grishina 7 episodes, 2013
Geneviève Lemon Geneviève Lemon ...  Bunny 7 episodes, 2013
Robyn Malcolm ...  Anita 7 episodes, 2013
Kip Chapman ...  Luke 7 episodes, 2013-2017
Jacqueline Joe ...  Tui 7 episodes, 2013-2017
Ewen Leslie ...  Pyke / ... 7 episodes, 2013-2017
Gwendoline Christie ...  Miranda Hilmarson 6 episodes, 2017
Alice Englert ...  Mary 6 episodes, 2017
Sarah Valentine Sarah Valentine ...  Prue 6 episodes, 2013
Madeleine Sami ...  Zena 6 episodes, 2013
Clayton Jacobson ...  Adrian Butler 6 episodes, 2017
Jay Ryan ...  Mark 6 episodes, 2013
David Dencik ...  Alexander 'Puss' 6 episodes, 2017
Alison Bruce ...  Anne-Marie 6 episodes, 2013
Angjee Douangphoumy Angjee Douangphoumy ...  Joy 6 episodes, 2017
Lauren Dawes Lauren Dawes ...  Mandy 6 episodes, 2013
Holly Hunter ...  GJ 6 episodes, 2013
Georgi Kay Georgi Kay ...  Melissa 6 episodes, 2013
Linda Ngo ...  Sinn 6 episodes, 2017
Stephen Lovatt ...  Officer Pete 6 episodes, 2013
Elaine Crombie Elaine Crombie ...  Bev 6 episodes, 2017
Merlynn Tong ...  Caramel 6 episodes, 2017
Nicole Kidman ...  Julia 6 episodes, 2017
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Obsessed with the disappearance of a 12-year-old pregnant girl near a freezing lake in New Zealand, a brave detective will find herself up against small-town secrets and a side of herself that was meticulously kept at bay.

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No ordinary place. No ordinary crime. See more »


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18 March 2013 (USA) See more »

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Alice Englert, who plays Mary, is the daughter of the director Jane Campion See more »

Alternate Versions

The miniseries is approximately 360 minutes long. In the US the show first aired on the Sundance Channel divided into 7 untitled episodes (of variable length between 49 and 53 mins each); in the UK and new Zealand, the show aired as 6 one-hour episodes. The titles of the UK episodes are: 1.1 Paradise Sold 1.2 Searchers Search 1.3 The Edge of the Universe 1.4 A Rainbow Above Us 1.5 The Dark Creator 1.6 No Goodbyes Thanks See more »

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Referenced in The Simpsons: Krusty the Clown (2018) See more »

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Terrific and Haunting
10 July 2013 | by DinosaurAct86See all my reviews

Top of the Lake follows you around long after you've finished an episode (or the entire series, for that matter). It operates with a sophisticated sense of naturalism, which probably initially alienated many viewers begging to be bashed over the head with plot details. This is not simply a subtle noir, but a meditation on identity, which provides the necessary ammunition for some powerful performances from Elisabeth Moss, David Wenham, Peter Mullan and Holly Hunter, as well as others.

This is an atmospheric detective story, not an action-packed whodunnit. You will find yourself both disgusted with and moved by humanity as the finale's credits roll.


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