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      Season 1 – When the Streetlights Go On

      2020 Crime Drama List
      71% 21 Reviews Tomatometer 79% Fewer than 50 Ratings Audience Score A double-homicide in a small midwestern suburb rattles the lives of a group of teenagers and sends investigators searching for answers in the fall of 1995. A meditation on growing up, the passing of time, and the insidious violence that lurks in the suburbs. Read More Read Less
      When the Streetlights Go On — Season 1

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      Critics Consensus

      When the Streetlights Go On takes itself a little too seriously, but strong writing, an impressive cast, and most importantly, an intriguing mystery more than make up for it.

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      Episode 1 Aired Apr 6, 2020 Cicadas Student journalist Charlie Chambers pieces together the clues of a double homicide in the summer of 1995; friends and loved ones of the deceased struggle to make sense of their new reality. Details Episode 2 Aired Apr 6, 2020 Closed Casket Detective Darlene Grasso begins her investigation into the murders of Chrissy Monroe and Steve Carpenter; aided by Charlie's discovery, she zeros in on Chrissy's boyfriend, Brad Kirchoff, as a suspect. Details Episode 3 Aired Apr 6, 2020 Wrong Number Charlie convinces the newspaper editor to let him write about the murder; a conversation between Charlie and Becky in the woods rekindles their connection; the killer dials Chrissy's private line. Details Episode 4 Aired Apr 6, 2020 Homecoming The students of Colfax High partake in the homecoming dance while Detective Grasso interrogates Casper Tatum. Details Episode 5 Aired Apr 8, 2020 Notes From the Wrong Side of the Tracks Casper finally realizes the identity of his secret crush, Becky Monroe, is the sister of a girl everyone thinks he murdered; a late-night encounter in the newspaper room provides Charlie with the scoop of his young career. Details Episode 6 Aired Apr 9, 2020 Deodorant & Nicotine After Charlie's article in the school paper exonerates Casper, an unlikely romance blossoms between the town bad boy and Becky Monroe. Details Episode 7 Aired Apr 10, 2020 Warmth of the Sun Becky shares an intimate secret with Casper during a long walk home as Brad secretly plots his revenge; a flyer to a mysterious party is delivered in everyone's lockers overnight; Charlie and Berlice's relationship intensifies. Details Episode 8 Aired Apr 13, 2020 Halloween Brad and Casper get into a bloody and vicious brawl at a Halloween party; after Brad is left clinging to life, Casper has no choice but to flee town. Details Episode 9 Aired Apr 14, 2020 Annotations Becky reemerges from her self-imposed exile to borrow books from Charlie; their renewed friendship gets in the way of the young scribe's relationship with Berlice. Details Episode 10 Aired Apr 15, 2020 When the Streetlights Go On Just as Colfax is finally beginning to heal, another murder shakes the city to its core; years later, adult Charlie mulls over what it all meant at his high school reunion. Details

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      Elliot Smith indieWire Sure, "Streetlights" traffics in some of the clichés that are found in any teen drama or mystery story... but the mood is evocative and Jacobs makes for a compelling lead,. Apr 6, 2020 Full Review Richard Roeper Chicago Sun-Times Sophie Thatcher is a standout as Chrissy's younger sister. Rated: 3.5/4 Apr 6, 2020 Full Review Esther Zuckerman Thrillist The cast, including It's Chosen Jacobs, is strong, and it's got a compelling or lurid cliffhanger. Sometimes you just... wish you were watching a movie, though. Apr 6, 2020 Full Review Carla Hay Culture Mix When the Streetlights Go On starts off promising, but it rapidly goes downhill when it starts to focus on [a teen love triangle]. What happened to the murder mystery? ... How this reveal is handled is very rushed and almost like an afterthought. Apr 19, 2021 Full Review Rob Hunter Film School Rejects It offers a sense of nostalgia for the oft-ignored 90s, but more than that it's interested in exploring the darkness within each of us - something we might tie to a time and place from our past but which is ultimately unbound and beyond our control. May 13, 2020 Full Review Tom Reimann Collider A combination of several successful, appealing formulas - a murder mystery surrounded by high school drama set against a backdrop of comforting nostalgia. But it doesn't handle any of those elements particularly well. Rated: 2/5 May 13, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member This show was written and narrated as if it was one of the boys from the Virgin Suicides. Has some quirky moments, but the writing or the script was great. Ever narrated moment reminded of Virgin Suicides over and over. Very good thriller. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review Audience Member That was really well done. Great cast, the young actors really hold their own. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review Audience Member A good coming of age story with a great cast....hurt by weak resolution to its mystery Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review Manny P What a breath of fresh air. Yes we've seen it all before, but this kills continuity and that's the point ? Why should they give you what you want ? Invest in something, invest in this ? Boy, what an investment ! Loved it's originality. I want more. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 07/16/20 Full Review Audience Member Lame and predictable - like a 90s teen slasher movie without the thrills. Stock characters are nothing more than pieces on a board game not worth finishing. More of a "who cares?" than a "who-done-it". Even when you learn who the killer is, you don't care because it's played off as a side note and the writing gives you no clues in advance, so the revelation proves inconsequential. The only mystery is how the producers managed to get a few A-/B+ actors in for cameo roles. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review Audience Member Fantastic! What this show did in the ten 10 minute episodes is truly phenomenal. Whereas the murder mystery pulls in on the first episode, this series isn't really about a murder mystery, it is about teen romance, and more importantly, teenage perception. It is an ode to the girl next door from your childhood that could have been your future but was just on a different path. Take the show simply for what it is; a look back at a childhood love you could have once had, and maybe even deserved, but could never have just like the narrator or others couldn't. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a review

      Season Info

      Rebecca Thomas
      Executive Producer
      Eddie O'Keefe, Chris Hutton, Rebecca Thomas, Tariq Merhab, Chad Hamilton
      Eddie O'Keefe, Chris Hutton
      The Roku Channel
      Crime, Drama
      Original Language
      Release Date
      Apr 6, 2020