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"The Night Of" review by Suzanne 7/11/16
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This is a really good drama about a guy, Nasir (Riz Ahmed) who goes to jail for a crime he didn't commit; that's the basic idea, but there is a lot more to it. He's a young Muslim immigrant, and it takes place in New York City. Naz slept with this girl, and when he woke up, she was dead - stabbed repeatedly. The police caught him with the murder weapon, and veteran detective Dennis Box (Bill Camp) is convinced he's guilty and gets him to confess. Naz ends up getting an experienced lawyer, John Stone (the fabulous John Turturro) who can tell that he's gotten a raw deal. The show is a realistic portrayal of the ins and outs of the legal system. It may be shocking to some people. It's a riveting show.

If you don't like realistic shows, then you may not like this one. Also, it's a bit dark (visually) and kind of slow in parts. Otherwise, though, it's a show you really don't want to miss. The acting is great and the writing is really really good. HBO just gets these things right.


From creators Steven Zaillian and Richard Price, The Night Of is an eight-part limited series that delves into the intricate story of a fictitious murder case in New York City. The series follows the police investigation and legal proceedings, all the while examining the criminal justice system and the purgatory of Rikers Island, where the accused awaits his trial.

The Night Of stars John Turturro and Riz Ahmed and was directed by Steven Zaillian and James Marsh. It is executive produced by Zaillian, Price, Jane Tranter, James Gandolfini, and Peter Moffat; co-executive produced by Garrett Basch, Nancy Sanders and Mark Armstrong.

Filmed in and around Manhattan, the HBO series is based on the BBC’s “Criminal Justice,” created by Peter Moffat.

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