I'll Be Gone in the Dark (TV series)

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I'll Be Gone in the Dark
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Based onI'll Be Gone in the Dark
by Michelle McNamara
Directed by
Narrated byAmy Ryan
Music byPhilip Sheppard
Opening theme"Avalanche" by Aimee Mann
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes2 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Elizabeth Wolff
  • Kate Barry
CinematographyThorsten Thielow
  • Jawad Metni
  • Alyse Ardell Spiegel
  • Erin Barnett
Production company(s)
Original releaseJune 28, 2020 (2020-06-28) –
present (present)
External links

I'll Be Gone in the Dark is an American true crime documentary series directed by Liz Garbus, Elizabeth Wolff, Myles Kane and Josh Koury, revolving around Michelle McNamara as she writes a book about and investigates the Golden State Killer. The series premiered on June 28, 2020, on HBO.[1]


Michelle McNamara lived a quiet life, but as her family slept, she spent the night investigating and writing a book about the Golden State Killer, delving into the world of online chat rooms and crime blogs.


No.TitleDirected byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
1"Murder Habit"Liz GarbusJune 28, 2020 (2020-06-28)0.408[2]
2"Reign of Terror"Elizabeth WolffJuly 5, 2020 (2020-07-05)TBD
3"Rat in a Maze"[3]Myles Kane & Josh KouryJuly 12, 2020 (2020-07-12)TBD
4"The Motherlode"[4]Myles Kane & Josh KouryJuly 19, 2020 (2020-07-19)TBD
5"Monsters Recede but Never Vanish"[5]Elizabeth WolffJuly 26, 2020 (2020-07-26)TBD
6"Walk into the Light"[6]Liz GarbusAugust 2, 2020 (2020-08-02)TBD


In April 2018, HBO Documentary Films acquired rights to I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara, with plans to adapt the book into a docuseries, with Patton Oswalt serving as an executive producer.[7] Production on the series began on April 24, 2018.[8] In May 2018, it was announced Liz Garbus would direct the series.[9] McNamara's researcher Paul Haynes and crime journalist Billy Jensen, both of whom helped Oswalt finish the book, were signed on as co-executive producers.[10] The series features interviews with detectives, survivors, family members, and Amy Ryan narrating excerpts from McNamara's book.[11]


Critical response[edit]

Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 95% based on 37 reviews, with an average rating of 8.45/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "I'll Be Gone in the Dark complicated tapestry of trauma, obsession, and survival can be heavy viewing, but Liz Garbus' expert direction and the presence and passion of the late Michelle McNamara hold it together."[12] Metacritic gave the series a weighted average score of 82 out of 100 based on 18 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[13]


No. Title Air date Rating
DVR viewers
Total viewers
1 "Murder Habit" June 28, 2020 0.1 0.408[2] TBD TBD TBD TBD


  1. ^ Hersko, Tyler (May 4, 2020). "I'll Be Gone in the Dark' Trailer: True Crime Docuseries Brings Michelle McNamara's Book to HBO". IndieWire. Retrieved May 17, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (June 30, 2020). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 6.28.2020". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved June 30, 2020.
  3. ^ "(#03/103) "Rat in a Maze"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved June 17, 2020.
  4. ^ "(#04/104) "The Motherlode"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved June 17, 2020.
  5. ^ "(#05/105) "Monsters Recede but Never Vanish"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved June 17, 2020.
  6. ^ "(#06/106) "Walk into the Light"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved June 17, 2020.
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Petski, Denise (April 9, 2018). "Docuseries Based On Michelle McNamara's 'I'll Be Gone In The Dark' True-Crime Book In Works At HBO". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 17, 2020.
  8. ^ Raphael, Michele (April 25, 2018). "Arrest of 'Golden State Killer' Mirrors Prediction in Michelle McNamara's Book". LA Weekly. Retrieved May 17, 2020.
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 1, 2018). "Docuseries Based On Michelle McNamara's Golden State Killer Book 'I'll Be Gone In the Dark' Greenlighted By HBO". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 17, 2020.
  10. ^ Rico, Klaritza (May 4, 2020). "TV News Roundup: 'I'll Be Gone in the Dark' Premiere Date Announced". Variety. Retrieved July 6, 2020.
  11. ^ "I'll Be Gone in the Dark". HBO. Retrieved May 17, 2020.
  12. ^ "I'll Be Gone in the Dark: Season 1 (2020)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved June 30, 2020.
  13. ^ "I'll Be Gone in the Dark: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved June 30, 2020.

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