The Serpent: Season 1

The Serpent: Season 1

The Serpent: Season 1

Set in the mid-'70s, this crime-thriller retells the true manhunt for one of Interpol's most wanted murderers, responsible for the deaths of Western travellers walking the 'Hippie Trail'. Stars Golden Globe-nominee Tahar Rahim (The Mauritanian) and Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who).

2021UKNetflix
CrimeDramaTrue Story & BiographyHistorical

Streaming (1 Provider)

EPISODE 1.1
2 April 2021

Episode 1

Bangkok, 1975. Dutch diplomat Herman Knippenberg investigates the disappearance of a young couple who were last seen alive at the apartment of gem dealer Charles Sobhraj.

EPISODE 1.2
2 April 2021

Episode 2

Marie-Andrée Leclerc leaves her life behind for the love of Charles Sobhraj but discovers the chilling cost. Herman vows to investigate the murders of the Dutch couple.

EPISODE 1.3
2 April 2021

Episode 3

Young Frenchman Dominique Renelleau tries to escape Charles Sobhraj’s terrifying lair. As he listens to Nadine and Remi’s testimony, Herman realises the scale of Charles’s crimes.

EPISODE 1.4
2 April 2021

Episode 4

Charles embarks on a terrifying trail of destruction in Nepal, while Nadine helps Herman gather the final evidence he needs for the police to act.

EPISODE 1.5
2 April 2021

Episode 5

Herman and Charles engage in an exhausting battle of wits as Herman continues to pile pressure on the Thai police to prosecute the suspects, while Charles perfects his escape plan.

EPISODE 1.6
2 April 2021

Episode 6

The fallout from Gautier’s escape threatens Herman’s diplomatic career. Charles attempts to set up business in France, a place that holds powerful memories for him.

EPISODE 1.7
2 April 2021

Episode 7

Charles and Marie-Andrée arrive in Paris and attempt to set up a new life. Meanwhile, Herman makes a dangerous gamble in his investigation which finally brings a breakthrough.

EPISODE 1.8
2 April 2021

Episode 8

The net begins to close around Charles and Marie-Andrée in India, but the final chapter of Herman’s pursuit of Sobhraj stretches long into the future.

The Serpent: Season 1 / Reviews

The Age

The Age

It's Rahim's portrayal of the ice-cold psychopathic conman that will stay with you.

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Variety

Variety

The Serpent, true to its title, treats Sobhraj as something more dangerous and otherwise less than human, but in doing so, it leaves the possibility of real insight behind.

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

There's enough audacity and confidence on display to cast a firm, often spellbinding grip.

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CNN

CNN

Drags in places, but gradually becomes the kind of binge that those who get drawn in might well consume in a weekend.

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Salon

Salon

A central irritant with this series is the script's incessant leaps back and forth through time.

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Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

Tahar Rahim... brings a breathtaking subtlety to the part of Sobhraj.

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USA Today

USA Today

Fewer episodes, more creative license and fewer twists would have helped condense Serpent into a consistently stirring series.

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Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Sun-Times

A fascinating, exotic, lurid period-piece true-crime story about a suave, identity-switching serial killer who makes Tom Ripley seem like an amateur.

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Decider

Decider

The Serpent is certainly a slow burn, and its jumpy timeline will take some getting used to. But the lead performance by Rahim, and fine supporting performances by Coleman, Howle and Bamber help us stay engaged...

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

An infuriating blueprint for how bad storytelling choices, bad accents and an opaque central performance can thwart even the most inherently gripping of yarns.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

...Would be fine if the show’s lack of insight were replaced by thriller tension or even entertaining performances, but that’s not the case here.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

Rahim brings such a specific charismatic energy to the performance that it’s possible to see how enough people could have been drawn into such a dangerous and morally compromising web.

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Independent

Independent

There's a fine line between inscrutable and dull, and Rahim stays mostly on the right side.

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BBC

BBC

The way they jump forward and jump backwards is actually genius.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Rahim and Coleman are brilliantly chilling.

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