Home Before Dark
Genre
Created by
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes20
Production
Executive producers
Running time41–57 minutes
Production companies
DistributorApple Inc.
Release
Original networkApple TV+
Original releaseApril 3, 2020 (2020-04-03) –
present (present)

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.[1] The second season premiered on June 11, 2021.[2]

Premise

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."[3]

Cast

Episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
First releasedLast released
110April 3, 2020 (2020-04-03)
210June 11, 2021 (2021-06-11)[2]August 13, 2021 (2021-08-13)[4]

Season 1 (2020)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten by [5]Original release date [4]
11"Magic Hour"[5]Jon M. Chu[4]Dana Fox & Dara ResnikApril 3, 2020 (2020-04-03)
22"Never Be the Same"Jon M. ChuGarrett LernerApril 3, 2020 (2020-04-03)
33"Sting Like a Bee"Rosemary RodriguezAnn CherkisApril 3, 2020 (2020-04-03)
44"The Bird, Man"Rosemary RodriguezCarla ChingApril 3, 2020 (2020-04-03)
55"The Green Bike"Kat CandlerJoe HortuaApril 3, 2020 (2020-04-03)
66"88 Miles an Hour"Kat CandlerLucas O'ConnorApril 3, 2020 (2020-04-03)
77"Search Party"Jim McKayThembi L. BanksApril 3, 2020 (2020-04-03)
88"The Future Is Female"Jim McKayHillary CuninApril 3, 2020 (2020-04-03)
99"Superhero Monster Slayer"Kate WoodsDara Resnik & Dana FoxApril 3, 2020 (2020-04-03)
1010"Bigger Than All of Us"Rosemary RodriguezRussel FriendApril 3, 2020 (2020-04-03)

Season 2 (2021)

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title [5]Directed byWritten by [5]Original release date [4]
111"Not Giving Up"Kat CandlerDana Fox & Dara ResnikJune 11, 2021 (2021-06-11)
122"I Believe You"Howard DeutchRussel Friend & Hillary CuninJune 18, 2021 (2021-06-18)
133"Fighting His Ghost"David KatzenbergGarrett Lerner & Chloe DurkinJune 25, 2021 (2021-06-25)
144"Dark Rooms"Kate WoodsChristine Roum & Russel Friend & Garrett LernerJuly 2, 2021 (2021-07-02)
155"The Black Box"Myron KersteinRussel Friend & Krystle DrewJuly 9, 2021 (2021-07-09)
166"What's Out There"Edward OrnelasMolly NussbaumJuly 16, 2021 (2021-07-16)
177"Just a Bird"Karen MoncrieffJoe HortuaJuly 23, 2021 (2021-07-23)
188"The Bad Guy"Edward OrnelasMolly Nussbaum & Adam StarksJuly 30, 2021 (2021-07-30)
199"The Biggest Life"Howard DeutchJoe HortuaAugust 6, 2021 (2021-08-06)
2010"The Smoking Gun"Norma BaileyDana Fox & Chloe DurkinAugust 13, 2021 (2021-08-13)

Production

Development

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.[6]

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.[3][7][8]

Casting

On August 17, 2018, it was announced that Brooklynn Prince had been cast in the series' lead role.[9] On October 23, 2018, it was reported that Jim Sturgess had been cast in a starring role.[10] 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.[11][12]

Filming

Principal photography for the first season was scheduled to take place from November 12, 2018 to April 15, 2019 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[13]

Apple renewed the series for a second season before the first season had aired,[14] which Dana Fox called "an enormous vote of confidence".[15] Filming for the second season was set to take place in Vancouver from January 27 to June 17, 2020.[14] Production of the second season was shut down on March 13, due to the COVID-19 pandemic,[16][17] during filming of the fourth episode.[15] Production on the season resumed on September 14, 2020 and concluded on January 28, 2021.[18]

Initially untitled, the series was known as Magic Hour before being renamed Home Before Dark.[13][19] "Magic Hour" became the title of the pilot episode.[19]

Cinematographer Alice Brooks shot the series with Panavision Millennium DXL2 digital cameras and customized Panavision G-Series anamorphic lenses.[19]

Reception

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."[20] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 64 out of 100, based on 12 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[21]

References

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  21. ^ "Home Before Dark". Metacritic. Archived from the original on November 16, 2020. Retrieved June 8, 2020.