Home Before Dark (TV series)

Home Before Dark is an American mystery drama web television series created by Dana Fox and Dara Resnik and produced for Apple TV+. The series is based on the life of young journalist Hilde Lysiak and stars Brooklynn Prince, Jim Sturgess, Abby Miller, Louis Herthum, Michael Weston, Kiefer O'Reilly, Kylie Rogers, Aziza Scott, Adrian Hough, Joelle Carter, Jibrail Nantambu, and Deric McCabe. It premiered on April 3, 2020. Apple renewed the series for a second season before the first season had aired. [1]

Home Before Dark
Teen drama
Created by
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
Executive producer(s)
  • Dana Fox
  • Dara Resnik
  • Joy Gorman Wettels
  • Sharlene Martin
  • Jon M. Chu
Production company(s)
DistributorApple Inc.
Original networkApple TV+
Original releaseApril 3, 2020 (2020-04-03)
External links


Home Before Dark is set to follow "a young girl who moves from Brooklyn to the small lakeside town her father left behind. While there, her dogged pursuit of the truth leads her to unearth a cold case that everyone in town, including her own father, tried hard to bury."[2]



No.TitleDirected byWritten by [3]Original release date [4]
1"Magic Hour"[3]Jon M. Chu[4]Dana Fox & Dara ResnikApril 3, 2020 (2020-04-03)
Young reporter Hilde Lisko and her family are settling into their new life in a small town-until a shocking event changes everything.
2"Never Be the Same"Jon M.g ChuGarrett LernerApril 3, 2020 (2020-04-03)
Hilde learns more about Erie Harbor's secrets. Her father, Matt, is forced to face his past and reconnect with his own father.
3"Sting Like a Bee"Rosemary RodriguezAnn CherkisApril 3, 2020 (2020-04-03)
Chasing down a dangerous lead brings Hilde face-to-face with a potential suspect. Matt's run-in with an old friend spirals out of control.
4"The Bird, Man"Rosemary RodriguezCarla ChingApril 3, 2020 (2020-04-03)
Hilde, Donny, and Spoon track down Birdman, a mysterious outcast who may have crucial information about the Richie Fife case.
5"The Green Bike"Kat CandlerJoe HortuaApril 3, 2020 (2020-04-03)
Convinced that the wrong person was convicted in the Richie Fife case 30 years ago, Hilde sets out to prove it.
6"88 Miles an Hour"Kat CandlerLucas O'ConnorApril 3, 2020 (2020-04-03)
As the '80s dance looms, Hilde and Matt find a promising new lead in the investigation. Frank breaks rank to get to the root of the case.
7"Search Party"Jim McKayThembi L. BanksApril 3, 2020 (2020-04-03)
When Hilde goes missing, Matt is forced to confront his worst nightmare.
8"The Future Is Female"Jim McKayHillary CuninApril 3, 2020 (2020-04-03)
Hilde creates a movement to root out corruption in Erie Harbor. Matt and Bridget try to mend their relationship.
9"Superhero Monster Slayer"Kate WoodsDara Resnik & Dana FoxApril 3, 2020 (2020-04-03)
A break in the Richie Fife case results in a surprise arrest. Matt and Hilde take a road trip to learn more about the suspect.
10"Bigger Than All of Us"Rosemary RodriguezRussel FriendApril 3, 2020 (2020-04-03)
Significant new evidence is dredged up from a nearby lake. Hilde discovers that it's the beginning of a much larger mystery.



On August 25, 2016, it was reported that Paramount Television and Anonymous Content had optioned the screen rights to Hilde and Matthew Lysiak's forthcoming book series, Hilde Cracks the Case. The deal also reportedly include Hilde's life rights as well. Paramount Television was expected to act as lead production company and Joy Gorman Wettels and Sharlene Martin were set to serve as executive producers.[5]

On June 13, 2018, it was announced that Apple had given the untitled production a series order for a first season consisting of ten episodes. The series was created by Dana Fox and Dara Resnik, both of whom are set to executive produce alongside Wettels, Martin, and Jon M. Chu. Production companies involved with the series are set to include Anonymous Content and Paramount Television.[2][6][7]


On August 17, 2018, it was announced that Brooklynn Prince had been cast in the series' lead role.[8] On October 23, 2018, it was reported that Jim Sturgess had been cast in a starring role.[9] In November 2018, it was announced that Kiefer O'Reilly, Abby Miller, Louis Herthum, Michael Weston, Kylie Rogers, Aziza Scott, Adrian Hough, Joelle Carter, Jibrail Nantambu, and Deric McCabe had joined the cast in series regular roles.[10][11]


Principal photography for the first season was scheduled to take place from November 12, 2018 to April 15, 2019 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[12]

Apple renewed the series for a second season before the first season had aired,[13] which Dana Fox called "an enormous vote of confidence".[14] Filming for the second season was set to take place in Vancouver from January 27 to June 17, 2020.[13] Production of the second season was shut down on March 13, due to the COVID-19 pandemic,[15][16] during filming of the fourth episode.[14] Production will resume on the season on September 14, 2020 and conclude on December 28, 2020.[17]

Initially untitled, the series was known as Magic Hour before being renamed Home Before Dark.[12][18] "Magic Hour" became the title of the pilot episode.[18]

Cinematographer Alice Brooks shot the series with Panavision Millennium DXL2 digital cameras and customized Panavision G-Series anamorphic lenses.[18]


Critical responseEdit

On Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 83% based on 29 reviews, with an average rating of 6.01/10. The website's critical consensus is, "Home Before Dark's central mystery is more intriguing than its mawkish writing lets on, but Brooklyn Prince's fiercely dedicated performance more than makes up for any narrative shortcomings."[19] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 64 out of 100, based on 12 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[20]


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  2. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (June 13, 2018). "Apple Orders Hilde Lysiak Mystery Series From Dana Fox, Dara Resnik, Jon Chu, Anonymous Content & Paramount TV". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Home Before Dark". Writers Guild of America West. Retrieved February 29, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Home Before Dark – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved February 29, 2020.
  5. ^ Petski, Denise (August 25, 2016). "Paramount TV, Anonymous Content Acquire 9-Year-Old Reporter's Book Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  6. ^ Otterson, Joe (June 13, 2018). "Apple Orders Hilde Lysiak Series From Dana Fox, Dara Resnik". Variety. Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  7. ^ Sandberg, Bryn Elise (June 13, 2018). "Apple Orders Hilde Lysiak Mystery Series". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 17, 2018). "'The Florida Project's Brooklynn Prince To Headline Apple's Hilde Lysiak Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 23, 2018). "Jim Sturgess To Star In Apple's Hilde Lysiak Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 24, 2018.
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 7, 2018). "Abby Miller, Louis Herthum & Michael Weston Among Quintet Cast In Apple's Hilde Lysiak Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  11. ^ Petski, Denise (November 14, 2018). "Adrian Hough, Joelle Carter, Jibrail Nantambu & Deric McCabe Join Apple's Hilde Lysiak Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  12. ^ a b Takeuchi, Craig (November 13, 2018). "Filming in Vancouver: New TV series The Murders and Magic Hour, fantasy-romance feature Undying". Inside Vancouver. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  13. ^ a b Hynes, Hayley (January 27, 2020). "Apple TV+'s "Home Before Dark" Started Filming Season 2 In Vancouver Today". Narcity. Retrieved June 22, 2020.
  14. ^ a b Thompson, Simon (April 24, 2020). "From Lost Teeth To A Pandemic: The Persistent Evolution Of 'Home Before Dark'". Forbes.com. Retrieved June 22, 2020.
  15. ^ Variety Editors (April 3, 2020). "Corona Chronicles: Bethenny Frankel's BStrong Donates Test Kits, An Actor Reveals Diagnosis, and Other Personal Stories". Variety. Retrieved June 22, 2020.
  16. ^ Feinberg, Scott (May 21, 2020). "How I'm Living Now: Brooklynn Prince, 'Home Before Dark' Actress". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 22, 2020.
  17. ^ "DGC BC Production List" (PDF). Directors Guild of Canada. September 4, 2020. Archived (PDF) from the original on September 4, 2020. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  18. ^ a b c Dillard, Samantha; Jenkins, Tara; Marcks, Iain; Fish, Andrew; Pizello, Stephen; Rhodes, Phil; Silberg, Jon (interviewers) (July 2020). "Television Production: Art, Craft and Logistics". American Cinematographer. American Society of Cinematographers. 101 (7): 43. ISSN 0002-7928.
  19. ^ "Home Before Dark: Season 1 (2020)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved June 8, 2020.
  20. ^ "Home Before Dark". Metacritic. Retrieved June 8, 2020.

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