Insofar as something is a TV hit at all these days, the small-town Pennsylvania murder mystery starring Kate Winslet seems to qualify, but what distinguishes it from the many many other crime dramas on TV? Mark, Erica, and Brian discuss the plot structure, casting, and other creative choices and try to figure out how the show relates to Broadchurch, The Undoing, etc. Should there be a season two?
Here are a few of the articles that fed the discussion:
- “‘Mare of Easttown’ Was Not a Show About Murder” by Alison Herman
- “Does It Take a Murder to Make an HBO Show About Women a Hit?” by Anna Nordberg
- “‘Mare of Easttown’ Ended with a Shocking Twist. But That’s Not the Only Reason the Show Was a Hit.” by Emily Yahr
- “Kate Winslet Shows There’s More to Middle Age Than a Saggy Belly” by Gaby Hinsliff
- “Why Most Actors Won’t Even Attempt a Philadelphia Accent” by Sam Adams
- “Mare of Easttown Season 2 Could Happen — but It Shouldn’t” by Marc McLaren
- “‘Murdur Durdur’: Inside SNL’s Killer Mare of Easttown Parody” by Hillary Busis
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