There's a scene in the first episode of Mare of Easttown, where Kate Winslet's character jumps over a fence in the pursuit of a suspect.
She twists her ankle, yells out 'f*ck' or something similar, and then continues to slowly limp after the suspect.
It is both one of the most realistic and subtly funny scenes ever included in a crime drama. And it perfectly sums up the vibe of Mare of Easttown. It's a darkly subdued crime thriller, with surprisingly funny dialogue, which will make you fall in love with the characters before it brutally kills one off.
Watch the trailer for Mare of Easttown. Post continues below.
It's like if Fargo met Sharp Objects and then they shared a beer with the cast of Shameless at the local dive bar.
Below, we unpack what the series is about and deliver our verdict on whether you should watch it.
What is Mare of Easttown about?
The series is set in the 'down on their luck' hamlet of Easttown, Pennsylvania, where local detective Mare (Winslet) is investigating the murder of teen mum Erin McMenamin (Cailee Spaeny), which may be connected to the unsolved disappearances of two other local women.
Soft-spoken county detective Colin Zabel (Evan Peters) is called in to help with the case, and while the two initially clash, Mare eventually warms to him.
While Mare is investigating the murder, her own life is falling apart around her. Her ex has bought the house behind hers and is engaged to his new girlfriend. And while her parents, her friends, and their daughter head to his house to celebrate, she heads to the local bar to hook up with the dishevelled 'once wrote a bestseller' newcomer in town, Richard Ryan (Guy Pearce).