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His Dark Materials

His Dark Materials

BBC One 2019

Lyra is an orphan who lives in a parallel universe in which science, theology and magic are entwined. Lyra's search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children, and turns into a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust. She is later joined on her journey by Will, a boy who possesses a knife that can cut windows between worlds. As Lyra learns the truth about her parents and her prophesied destiny, the two young people are caught up in a war against celestial powers that ranges across many worlds.

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The 10 Worst Episodes of His Dark Materials

His Dark Materials - S1E1

#1 - Lyra's Jordan


Season 1 - Episode 1

Orphan Lyra Belacqua's world is turned upside-down by her long-absent uncle's return from the north, while the glamorous Mrs Coulter visits Jordan College with a proposition.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of His Dark Materials from 2900 votes.

His Dark Materials - S1E2

#2 - The Idea of North


Season 1 - Episode 2

Lyra starts her new life in London, determined to find Roger with Mrs Coulter’s help. The Gyptians continue their search for the missing children and the elusive Gobblers.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of His Dark Materials from 2293 votes.

His Dark Materials - S2E1

#3 - The City of Magpies


Season 2 - Episode 1

Lyra and Will find themselves in a strange new place. The Magisterium take action as Mrs Coulter interrogates a suspected heretic witch, and Lee Scoresby embarks on a mission.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of His Dark Materials from 1217 votes.

His Dark Materials - S1E3

#4 - The Spies


Season 1 - Episode 3

From the clutches of the Gobblers, Lyra finds help from an unlikely place. It helps her put together more about her past and keep safe from Mrs Coulter and the Magisterium.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of His Dark Materials from 2064 votes.

His Dark Materials - S2E2

#5 - The Cave


Season 2 - Episode 2

Lyra crosses into Will's world, and they set off to find answers about Dust. Will is shocked to discover he has grandparents, but quickly realises he can’t trust them.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of His Dark Materials from 1111 votes.

His Dark Materials - S2E3
#6 - Theft
Season 2 - Episode 3

Lyra ignores the alethiometer, with dangerous consequences for her and Will. Lee Scoresby’s search for Grumman brings an unlikely ally, and the witches seek answers.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of His Dark Materials from 1055 votes.

His Dark Materials - S1E5
#7 - The Lost Boy
Season 1 - Episode 5

The alethiometer sends Lyra and Iorek on a new path, leading to a shocking but vital clue in her search to find her friend Roger and the other missing children.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of His Dark Materials from 1902 votes.

His Dark Materials - S1E7
#8 - The Fight to the Death
Season 1 - Episode 7

Separated from her friends, Lyra must use all of her methods of deception to thwart a formidable foe. Meanwhile, Mrs Coulter plots her next move.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of His Dark Materials from 1804 votes.

His Dark Materials - S1E4
#9 - Armour
Season 1 - Episode 4

Lyra and the Gyptians arrive in the North and seek the help of the Witches’ Consul, Texan aeronaut Lee Scoresby and an armoured bear in service to the town.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of His Dark Materials from 2022 votes.

His Dark Materials - S2E7
#10 - Æsahættr
Season 2 - Episode 7

As all paths converge on Cittàgazze, Lee is determined to fulfil his quest, whatever the cost. Mrs Coulter’s question is answered, and Will takes on his father’s mantle. Season finale.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of His Dark Materials from 916 votes.

Last updated: may 05, 2021



we've been waiting for this for twelve years!


As someone who hasn't read the book(s) I get the feeling, that there is information missing. There are reactions in certain scenes where I don't understand what gets the characters so excited. They act like its obvious, while it isn't for the unknowing viewer. I have the suspicion, that there is a section in the book explaining the reaction which wasn't translated in the show sometimes. I don't know if its true, but are the daemons all female? If so, I hope it gets explained why that is (unless I missed it). Aside from that, great cast, great storytelling and great characters so far - Although I somehow love Marisa best so far, cunning and evil - my kind of woman :)


Finally... Part two of 'the golden compass' was never to come so this is something i am really waiting for!


Intriguing enough to keep watching but good lord, the story arc with the boy in the "real" world is a snoozer.


As someone who's read the books I was really looking forward to this but unfortunately the series falls short... Too many things have been changed or are missing. Vital information is simply revealed way too soon, you don't even get a chance to piece the clues together and figure things out for yourself. There is no mystery, no suspense. I'm not satisfied with the portrayal of some of the characters either (Lyra, Lee, Yorek) The opening sequence is amazing though! The Golden Compass movie had it's flaws but overall it is much closer to the first book.


this is kidshow, like golden compass ,harry potter. if i knew i woldnt have started . but reluctantly finished s1


It’s so bad. The tempo is not right,. The screenplay is awful. The protesters is a white-spoiled kid. The behaviours and adventures are full of coincidence. The mentality portrayed by the show is very dangerous. It tells you that you can be naive and should go to trust people who look nice and then you will fix problems as long as you are white with good intentions. I can’t believe this is from HBO.


i love how the characters are very round, not totally evil nor totally good [spoiler](except for iofur, who was pure evil)[/spoiler]. i particularly like that children here are very childish, which means they act like they should, being the hero/heroin or not. the only thing, i think some things could be clearer for us who haven't read the books yet [spoiler](like the boy's arc and his mother's, i feel like it should have had episodes dedicated only to them, or some alternate episodes, or at least they should get some more space)[/spoiler], it's probably hard to translate all of that universe, but all in all it's pretty great. excited for next season!!


Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/nov/03/his-dark-materials-review-bbc


As a fan of the novels I welcome this adaptation. After the disappointing movie we finally get to see this world come to life on television. Is it perfect? No. Essential aspects from the books are missing or not given enough significance (notably, they fail to show how important the relationship between a human and their daemon really is). Still, I'm very excited for the next season!

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