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Normal People: Season 1 (2020)

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Critic Consensus: Anchored by Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal vulnerable performances, Normal People is at once intimate and illuminating, beautifully translating the nuances of its source material.

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Based on Sally Rooney's New York Times best-selling novel, Normal People tracks the tender but complicated relationship of Marianne and Connell, from the end of their school days in a small town west of Ireland to their undergraduate years at Trinity College. At school, he's well-liked and popular, while she's lonely, proud and intimidating. But when Connell comes to pick up his mother from her cleaning job at Marianne's house, a strange and indelible connection grows between the two teenagers -- one they are determined to conceal. A year later, they're both studying in Dublin and Marianne has found her feet in a new social world, but Connell hangs at the side lines, shy and uncertain.

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The 12-episode adaptation... is so faithful to the letter of the novel (Rooney co-wrote the first six scripts) that it winds up being different in spirit-swoonier, not that swoony is a bad thing.

April 24, 2020 | Full Review…
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"Normal People" could be the first work in Rooney's "Before" trilogy, another epic and intimate romance built around an undeniable, impractical spark. After all, it may have been done before, but it hasn't been told like this.

April 22, 2020 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

On the surface, the show might end by suggesting a brighter future, but that one glancing note of positivity can't override the overwhelming feeling evoked by the series.

May 1, 2020 | Full Review…

An example of a hotly anticipated show that actually has managed to live up to the hopes so many had for it, Normal People is your next very Irish, very emotional watch.

April 29, 2020 | Full Review…
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It's a beautifully done series about love, sex, and class in Ireland that features a pair of indelible lead performances.

April 29, 2020 | Full Review…

An experience tantamount to being stuck on a bad date that refuses to end.

April 28, 2020 | Full Review…

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