|Created by||David E. Kelley|
|Based on||You Should Have Known|
by Jean Hanff Korelitz
|Written by||David E. Kelley|
|Directed by||Susanne Bier|
|Music by||Evgueni Galperine and Sacha Galperine|
|Opening theme||"Dream a Little Dream of Me" by Nicole Kidman|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||6|
|Cinematography||Anthony Dod Mantle|
|Running time||50–67 minutes|
|Original release||October 25 –|
November 29, 2020
The Undoing is an American mystery psychological thriller miniseries. Based on the 2014 novel You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz, the miniseries premiered on HBO on October 25, 2020. The series stars Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant, is written and produced by David E. Kelley, and directed by Susanne Bier.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers|
|1||"The Undoing"||Susanne Bier||David E. Kelley||October 25, 2020||0.676|
|Grace Fraser is a successful psychotherapist who lives in Manhattan with her husband Jonathan, an oncologist, and their young son Henry, who attends the elite Reardon School. Grace helps some of the other Reardon parents plan an auction event, where she meets an enigmatic woman named Elena. Grace continues to encounter Elena over the next several days: once in a gym bathroom, where a fully nude Elena approaches her and remarks on her "kindness", and later at the auction itself, where Grace finds Elena crying in the bathroom and consoles her. As she leaves the event, Elena kisses Grace on the lips in the elevator. The next day, Elena's body is discovered in her studio by her young son, also a Reardon student. The police rule the case a murder and question Grace and her friends; Elena's husband is noted as a potential suspect. Grace attempts to reach Jonathan, who is supposedly at an oncology conference in Cleveland, but finds that he has left his smartphone at their apartment. Unable to trace her husband's whereabouts, Grace becomes paranoid and experiences visions of the scene of Elena's murder.|
|2||"The Missing"||Susanne Bier||David E. Kelley||November 1, 2020||0.799|
|Grace becomes increasingly worried about her husband and tries to locate him. A visit and questioning from Detective Joe Mendoza reveal that Jonathan is no longer employed at the hospital. His termination stems from allegations of inappropriate contact with Elena. It is determined that Elena's husband, Fernando, has an alibi, making Jonathan the prime suspect. Upon her return home, Grace finds the police conducting a search and seizure and is informed that they intend to perform a paternity test on Elena's infant daughter. To avoid media attention, Grace takes Henry to their beach house. There, Jonathan surprises Grace and admits to his infidelity but insists he did not murder Elena. As Jonathan hugs Henry, Grace calls the police.|
|3||"Do No Harm"||Susanne Bier||David E. Kelley||November 8, 2020||0.899|
|The police arrive per helicopter and arrest Jonathan. The detectives reveal Jonathan is the father of Elena's daughter. There is a short court hearing, and he goes to jail. Fernando confronts Grace. Grace later informs the police, and says that she felt threatened. The police indicate that Grace is also a suspect, and she asks why. The police then show a video from an outside camera around the place of the murder, on the night of the murder. The video shows Grace walking at night.|
|4||"See No Evil"||Susanne Bier||David E. Kelley||November 15, 2020||1.122|
|Further camera footage shows Grace walking by the same neighborhood numerous times the night of the murder so Grace is no longer a suspect. Grace's father Franklin Reinhardt reluctantly arranges Jonathan's bail and hires Haley Fitzgerald as their defense attorney for the trial. The detectives reveal to Grace that Elena had developed an obsession with her through partially nude paintings. Jonathan tries to reason with Fernando regarding Elena's murder. Fernando wants nothing to do with Jonathan, but he allows Jonathan to tend to Elena's daughter. Haley arranges a television interview with Jonathan to help shape his public image for the trial. Jonathan claims to know who might have killed Elena.|
|5||"Trial by Fury"||Susanne Bier||David E. Kelley||November 22, 2020||1.277|
|The court case against Jonathan continues. His lawyer seeks to create reasonable doubt over Jonathan's guilt and suggests that Fernando could be a suspect but that the police dismissed this possibility. When she cross examines Fernando she asks if his wife was seeing a psychiatrist, which she was, and also if he is seeing one, which he denies. She then questions the police officer who admits that he did not consider Fernando as a suspect and lies that there was no one else. The lawyer then shows the video of Grace. We also discover that Jonathan accidentally left the door open when he was 14, inadvertently allowing his 4 year old sister to be killed by a car. Grace calls his mother Janet, who says Jonathan never showed remorse or grief and estranged himself from his family when he grew up. Grace finds the hammer murder weapon in her son's violin case.|
|6||"The Bloody Truth"||Susanne Bier||David E. Kelley||November 29, 2020||1.811|
|Henry reveals he found the hammer in the fireplace at the family lake house and hid it to keep his father from being arrested. During the trial, Jonathan gives his testimony, admitting his infidelity, but insisting his innocence over Elena's murder. Haley brings Miguel to the stand, where Miguel suggests Fernando had been abusive towards Elena. Grace requests to take the stand and after claiming Jonathan to be a man of empathy, the prosecutor gets her to reveal her conversation with his mother. Jonathan and Haley realize Grace asked to take the stand to suggest her belief in Jonathan's guilt. With Jonathan's conviction all but guaranteed, he asks Henry to breakfast before the verdict, only for it to be a ruse for Jonathan to escape with Henry. Flashbacks reveal Jonathan murdered Elena after ordering her to stay away from his family. After being chased by police and almost getting hit by a truck, Jonathan attempts suicide off a bridge before Grace arrives via helicopter to rescue Henry and the police arrest Jonathan.|
On March 12, 2018, it was announced that HBO had given the production a series order. The miniseries was written by David E. Kelley who also serves as executive producer alongside Nicole Kidman, Per Saari, and Bruna Papandrea. Production companies involved in the series include Blossom Films, Made Up Stories, and David E. Kelley Productions. On November 7, 2018, it was reported that Susanne Bier would direct every episode of the series and serve as an executive producer. On March 8, 2020, it was announced that the series was set to premiere on May 10, 2020. However, it was later delayed to October 25, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Alongside the initial series announcement, it was confirmed that, in addition to executive producing the series, Nicole Kidman had been cast in the series' lead female role. In November 2018, it was announced that Hugh Grant and Donald Sutherland had been cast in starring roles. On January 28, 2019, it was reported that Noah Jupe had joined the main cast. In March, Fala Chen, Édgar Ramírez, Lily Rabe, Ismael Cruz Córdova and Matilda De Angelis were added to the cast. In April 2019, it was announced that Noma Dumezweni had joined the cast. Also in April 2019, it was announced that Michael Devine had joined the cast.
The show filmed in New York City and Kingston, New York. Planned filming on Shelter Island was cancelled due to objections from residents, and therefore the beach and beach house scenes were instead filmed on the North Fork of Long Island.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the miniseries holds an approval rating of 75% based on 88 reviews, with an average rating of 7.08/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "The Undoing is a beautifully shot mystery that benefits greatly from Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant's performances—if only its story was as strong as its star power." On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 64 out of 100 based on 32 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
Kristen Baldwin of Entertainment Weekly gave the series a 'B' grade and wrote, "Through all of the misdirects, the characters' dumb decisions, the dreamy detours, The Undoing kept me guessing—and, of course, gloating over everyone's misfortune." Reviewing the miniseries for Rolling Stone, Alan Sepinwall gave it 2 out of 5 stars and said, "It's all extremely rote, like an expanded version of the mid-budget Nineties movie that would have starred Kidman and Grant at their respective heights of celebrity."
|1||"The Undoing"||October 25, 2020||0.08||0.676||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|2||"The Missing"||November 1, 2020||0.07||0.799||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|3||"Do No Harm"||November 8, 2020||0.12||0.899||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|4||"See No Evil"||November 15, 2020||0.15||1.122||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|5||"Trial by Fury"||November 22, 2020||0.14||1.277||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|6||"The Bloody Truth"||November 29, 2020||0.2||1.811||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
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