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July 11, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT

The Night Of

type
TV Show
Current Status
In Season
seasons
1
run date
07/10/16
performer
Riz Ahmed, Michael Kenneth Williams, John Turturro
broadcaster
HBO
genre
Crime, Drama

All things being equal, the most obvious answer to a question is usually the right answer. Does that rule apply to TV crime dramas?

On HBO’s series premiere episode of The Night Of Sunday night, 23-year-old college student Naz (Riz Ahmed) wakes up in the kitchen of a New York City apartment. He dazedly walks upstairs to the bedroom where he had just slept with a mysterious stranger named Andrea (Sofia Black D’Elia). We don’t know how much time has passed since he left the bedroom — and neither does he.

But what we and he do know, once Naz turns on the bedroom lights, is that Andrea has been savagely killed in her bed with a knife. In panic, Naz flees the brownstone. Through a series of events (hence the eight-episode show’s title, The Night Of) he’s eventually arrested under suspicion for Andrea’s murder.

But what do you think? Is Naz as innocent as he looks — or as guilty as he looks? Is he an innocent man wrongly accused? Or is he Edward Norton in Primal Fear?

Look for poll results in this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, on newsstands Friday.

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