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Obsessed with the disappearance of a 12-year-old pregnant girl near a freezing lake in New Zealand, a brave detective will find herself up against small-town secrets and a side of herself that was meticulously kept at bay.
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 Robin Griffin (13 episodes, 2013-2017)
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 Al Parker (8 episodes, 2013-2017)
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 Matt (7 episodes, 2013)
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 Johnno (7 episodes, 2013)
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 Grishina (7 episodes, 2013)
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 Bunny (7 episodes, 2013)
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 Anita (7 episodes, 2013)
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 Luke (7 episodes, 2013-2017)
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 Tui (7 episodes, 2013-2017)
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 Pyke / ... (7 episodes, 2013-2017)
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 Miranda Hilmarson (6 episodes, 2017)
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 Mary (6 episodes, 2017)
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 Prue (6 episodes, 2013)
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 Zena (6 episodes, 2013)
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 Adrian Butler (6 episodes, 2017)
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 Mark (6 episodes, 2013)
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 Alexander 'Puss' (6 episodes, 2017)
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 Anne-Marie (6 episodes, 2013)
Angjee Douangphoumy ...
 Joy (6 episodes, 2017)
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 Mandy (6 episodes, 2013)
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 GJ (6 episodes, 2013)
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 Melissa (6 episodes, 2013)
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 Sinn (6 episodes, 2017)
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 Officer Pete (6 episodes, 2013)
Elaine Crombie ...
 Bev (6 episodes, 2017)
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 Caramel (6 episodes, 2017)
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 Julia (6 episodes, 2017)
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In New Zealand's rugged and mountainous South Island, Tui Mitcham, a 12-year-old pregnant girl, has been missing in a vast area near a lake with glacial waters. She is already five months pregnant, moreover, she keeps the father's name to herself. For this reason, Sydney's brave, yet inexperienced Detective Robin Griffin who specialises in crimes against minors comes to her rescue, returning reluctantly back to her hometown and her well-hidden past. Inevitably, this alarming and mysterious case of disappearance will bring the determined detective up against long-lost acquaintances, and eventually, innocent Tui's uninvolved father Matt who has earned quite an unholy reputation in the region. In the end, as Robin gets gradually obsessed with solving the obscure case, her investigation will shortly lead her to a recovery camp led by the enigmatic sexagenarian silver-haired guru GJ, and a side of herself, that up until now, was meticulously kept at bay. Written by Nick Riganas

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Top of the Lake: China Girl  »

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Matt (from series 1) has three sons named Mark, Luke, and John. The four names are taken from the Bible's four apostles. See more »

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Featured in The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards (2013) See more »

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Fantastic show
30 March 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

What a fantastic show this is so far! The acting is top notch, the atmosphere is spot on, the cinematography is breathtaking and its just really well done overall.

While I watched the first 3 episodes I kept saying "Wow, what a wonderful surprise this is!" and "This reminds me of Twin Peaks a bit".

I was not expecting much here, but I saw a handful of new shows had started, all of them sucked but this one is top notch. If you like shows with good acting, atmosphere and cinematography give it a try. Can't wait to get it on DVD one day! There really is nothing wrong with this show, very rare that I say that but this is the best new show since the other year when Homeland and BOSS started up.

9.5/10 so far and I cannot wait to see more episodes!


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