|Home Before Dark|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||20|
|Running time||41–57 minutes|
|Original network||Apple TV+|
|Original release||April 3, 2020 –|
Home Before Dark is an American mystery drama streaming television series created by Dana Fox and Dara Resnik and produced for Apple TV+. The series is inspired by the life of young journalist Hilde Lysiak and stars Brooklynn Prince, Jim Sturgess, Abby Miller, Louis Herthum, Michael Weston, Kiefer O'Reilly, Kylie Rogers, Aziza Scott, Adrian Hough, Joelle Carter, Jibrail Nantambu, and Deric McCabe. It premiered on April 3, 2020. Apple renewed the series for a second season before the first season had aired. The second season premiered on June 11, 2021.
Home Before Dark follows "a young girl who moves from Brooklyn to the small coastal town her father left behind. While there, her dogged pursuit of the truth leads her to unearth a cold case that everyone in town, including her own father, tried hard to bury."
|First released||Last released|
|1||10||April 3, 2020|
|2||10||June 11, 2021||August 13, 2021|
|Title||Directed by||Written by ||Original release date |
|1||1||"Magic Hour"||Jon M. Chu||Dana Fox & Dara Resnik||April 3, 2020|
|2||2||"Never Be the Same"||Jon M. Chu||Garrett Lerner||April 3, 2020|
|3||3||"Sting Like a Bee"||Rosemary Rodriguez||Ann Cherkis||April 3, 2020|
|4||4||"The Bird, Man"||Rosemary Rodriguez||Carla Ching||April 3, 2020|
|5||5||"The Green Bike"||Kat Candler||Joe Hortua||April 3, 2020|
|6||6||"88 Miles an Hour"||Kat Candler||Lucas O'Connor||April 3, 2020|
|7||7||"Search Party"||Jim McKay||Thembi L. Banks||April 3, 2020|
|8||8||"The Future Is Female"||Jim McKay||Hillary Cunin||April 3, 2020|
|9||9||"Superhero Monster Slayer"||Kate Woods||Dara Resnik & Dana Fox||April 3, 2020|
|10||10||"Bigger Than All of Us"||Rosemary Rodriguez||Russel Friend||April 3, 2020|
|Title ||Directed by||Written by ||Original release date |
|11||1||"Not Giving Up"||Kat Candler||Dana Fox & Dara Resnik||June 11, 2021|
|12||2||"I Believe You"||Howard Deutch||Russel Friend & Hillary Cunin||June 18, 2021|
|13||3||"Fighting His Ghost"||David Katzenberg||Garrett Lerner & Chloe Durkin||June 25, 2021|
|14||4||"Dark Rooms"||Kate Woods||Christine Roum & Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner||July 2, 2021|
|15||5||"The Black Box"||Myron Kerstein||Russel Friend & Krystle Drew||July 9, 2021|
|16||6||"What's Out There"||Edward Ornelas||Molly Nussbaum||July 16, 2021|
|17||7||"Just a Bird"||Karen Moncrieff||Joe Hortua||July 23, 2021|
|18||8||"The Bad Guy"||Edward Ornelas||Molly Nussbaum & Adam Starks||July 30, 2021|
|19||9||"The Biggest Life"||Howard Deutch||Joe Hortua||August 6, 2021|
|20||10||"The Smoking Gun"||Norma Bailey||Dana Fox & Chloe Durkin||August 13, 2021|
On August 25, 2016, it was reported that Paramount Television Studios and Anonymous Content had optioned the screen rights to Hilde and Matthew Lysiak's forthcoming book series, Hilde Cracks the Case. The deal also reportedly include Hilde's life rights as well. Paramount Television Studios was expected to act as lead production company, and Joy Gorman Wettels and Sharlene Martin were set to serve as executive producers.
On June 13, 2018, it was announced that Apple had given the untitled production a series order for a first season consisting of ten episodes. The series was created by Dana Fox and Dara Resnik, both of whom are set to executive produce alongside Wettels, Martin, and Jon M. Chu. Production companies involved with the series were set to include Anonymous Content and Paramount Television Studios.
On August 17, 2018, it was announced that Brooklynn Prince had been cast in the series' lead role. On October 23, 2018, it was reported that Jim Sturgess had been cast in a starring role. In November 2018, it was announced that Kiefer O'Reilly, Abby Miller, Louis Herthum, Michael Weston, Kylie Rogers, Aziza Scott, Adrian Hough, Joelle Carter, Jibrail Nantambu, and Deric McCabe had joined the cast in series regular roles.
Principal photography for the first season was scheduled to take place from November 12, 2018 to April 15, 2019 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Apple renewed the series for a second season before the first season had aired, which Dana Fox called "an enormous vote of confidence". Filming for the second season was set to take place in Vancouver from January 27 to June 17, 2020. Production of the second season was shut down on March 13, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, during filming of the fourth episode. Production on the season resumed on September 14, 2020 and concluded on January 28, 2021.
Initially untitled, the series was known as Magic Hour before being renamed Home Before Dark. "Magic Hour" became the title of the pilot episode.
Cinematographer Alice Brooks shot the series with Panavision Millennium DXL2 digital cameras and customized Panavision G-Series anamorphic lenses.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 81% based on 32 reviews, with an average rating of 6.21/10. The website's critical consensus is, "Home Before Dark's central mystery is more intriguing than its mawkish writing lets on, but Brooklyn Prince's fiercely dedicated performance more than makes up for any narrative shortcomings." On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 64 out of 100, based on 12 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
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