417 votes
Truth Be Told

Truth Be Told

Apple TV+ 2019

Descend into the world of true-crime podcasts. New evidence compels podcaster Poppy Parnell to reopen the murder case that made her a media sensation.

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The 10 Worst Episodes of Truth Be Told

Truth Be Told - S2E4

#1 - In Another Life


Season 2 - Episode 4

The case takes a turn when another person close to Micah is found dead. Poppy and Ingram’s marriage reaches a crossroads.

The episode was rated from 136 votes.

Truth Be Told - S2E2

#2 - Ghosts at the Feast


Season 2 - Episode 2

As she looks into the deaths, Poppy uncovers a massive secret. Shreve reveals a medical diagnosis to his family.

The episode was rated from 162 votes.

Truth Be Told - S2E3

#3 - If Wishes Were Horses


Season 2 - Episode 3

Poppy learns there’s more than meets the eye with Micah’s assistant, Ramon. Micah grows distrustful of those closest to her.

The episode was rated from 153 votes.

Truth Be Told - S2E7

#4 - Lanterman-Petris-Short


Season 2 - Episode 7

Rose tells Poppy about Micah’s past. A protective Holt goes to extreme measures, with violent consequences.

The episode was rated from 131 votes.

Truth Be Told - S2E10

#5 - Last Exit...Oakland


Season 2 - Episode 10

Season finale. Grappling with the aftermath of the attack, Poppy interviews Micah on her podcast and gets to the bottom of the case.

The episode was rated from 119 votes.

Truth Be Told - S1E1
#6 - Monster
Season 1 - Episode 1

While reviewing an old case, Poppy comes face-to-face with the man she put away.

The episode was rated from 486 votes.
Truth Be Told - S2E5
#7 - If I Didn’t Laugh, You'd Cry
Season 2 - Episode 5

Coping with personal struggles, Poppy begins to question herself. Holt’s old friend finds him. Poppy and Aames identify a new murder suspect.

The episode was rated from 133 votes.
Truth Be Told - S2E1
#8 - Other People's Tears Are Only Water
Season 2 - Episode 1

Poppy attends an art exhibit for her friend, successful lifestyle guru Micah—but it ends in a shocking tragedy.

The episode was rated from 178 votes.
Truth Be Told - S2E9
#9 - Brick by Brick It Also Falls
Season 2 - Episode 9

Poppy’s pursuit of a suspect leads to a horrific confrontation. The truth about Poppy’s childhood with Miss Shirley is revealed.

The episode was rated from 122 votes.
Truth Be Told - S2E6
#10 - All These Women
Season 2 - Episode 6

Poppy and Markus search for a mysterious associate of Holt’s. Memories of Poppy’s childhood with Miss Shirley invade her thoughts.

The episode was rated from 130 votes.

Last updated: jan 26, 2022



_Truth Be Told_ I wasn't expecting this show to work, and even though I'm not sure that it does actually work, it is really entertaining. For fans of Serial and true crime, this show scratches an itch that other fictional mystery shows have left irritated for years (based on Kathleen Barber's novel, _Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber_). The highlight of the show is the performances of Octavia Spencer, Aaron Paul, and Lizzy Caplan which pull the viewer into a moderately interesting story and world. I'm not sure that I buy the storyline or some of the a-bit-too-easy plot twists, but I couldn't stop watching it. I certainly hope that Apple does the right thing and brings this back for another mini-series.


After two seasons I have only one conclusion: it's fine. Nothing more than that. The performances are fine, but the stories are not interesting or complex enough to make it good. It thinks it's really clever, but that's not really the case. If they went with a bit more mystery and a little less drama, it would be more entertaining imho. It's just not as good as some of the other ATV+ shows.


Great talents but it did felt like Aspirin overdose.


This is an interesting take on a current phenomenon, the crime podcast. Poppy Parnell (Academy Award Winner Octavia Spencer) is an investigative crime reporter turned podcaster. So the premise of the series is untangling a mystery per season. The cast and performances are solid. The tone and music are evocative. My biggest problem was with how the series is held hostage to its premise. Because each episode contains portions of a podcast, the pace is dampened by heavy handed moralizations and narrative. The first season’s mystery was compelling enough to compensate for it (I consistently rated those episodes 8/great) but, despite the addition of Kate Hudson to the second season, the podcast narrative ground the series to a slow crawl. Overall, I give this series only a 7 (okay) out of 10. [Mystery Drama]

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