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13
Sigh
2009-07-11
In the 2 hour season finale, eight out of the original 25 suspects strive to be one of the few survivors as all answers are revealed.

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12
Gasp
2009-07-11
In the 2 hour season finale, eight out of the original 25 suspects strive to be one of the few survivors as all answers are revealed.

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11
Splash
2009-06-27
Abby confronts the killer, but the guests start thinking he may have an accomplice. Another guest dies and another goes missing.

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10
Snap
2009-06-20
An explosion destroys the marina, forcing the group to retreat to safety and a secret is revealed leaving everyone terrified.

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9
Seep
2009-06-13
As night falls and the Island goes dark, the Killer's motives begin to come to light, as the survivors realize they must find Madison and the Killer, before more people die.

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8
Gurgle
2009-06-06
As the guests get ready to leave the island, one guest mysteriously disappears. Abby receives a phone call from someone threatening to kill the missing guest if anyone leaves the island.

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7
Thrack, Splack, Sizzle
2009-05-30
The wedding guests begin preparing to leave the island but the Sheriff suspects that one of them is the killer. Some new information reveals an eerie connection between Abby and Wakefield.

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6
Sploosh
2009-05-23
After the deadly events at the rehearsal and with the wedding so close, Abby, Henry and J.D. try and solve the murder by themselves.

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5
Thwack
2009-05-09
Some interesting facts are unveiled during a bike ride between a father and his daughter. Trish and Henry have an eventful wedding rehearsal.

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4
Bang
2009-05-02
Henry and his groomsmen make a bloody discovery while out fishing. Meanwhile, as Trish and her bridesmaids visit a psychic, Abby is the one she is strongly drawn towards.

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3
Ka-Blam
2009-04-23
When a local girl commits suicide, Abby insists that her father look into what happened. As the wedding nears, Trish must make her decision about Hunter.

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2
Crackle
2009-04-16
As the wedding party embarks on a scavenger hunt, Trish confronts an old flame, Henry makes peace with some locals and Abby runs into a friend who is haunted by John Wakefield and the island's tragic past.

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1
Whap
2009-04-09
The guests board a yacht and head to the island. Before they can even depart the boat, one person will be found murdered, which no one had seen.

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Harper's Island is a thrilling murder mystery drama series that aired on CBS in 2009. This thrilling show was able to captivate audiences with its blend of horror, suspense, and drama. The unique mini-series format allowed for each episode to develop a dramatic arc, while still pushing the overarching narrative of the series forward.

The show takes place on the eponymous location, Harper's Island. Set off the coast of Seattle, this secluded island is known for a series of unsolved murders that happened seven years prior to the events of the series. Despite its grisly past, the island is chosen as the wedding venue for the wealthy groom, Henry Dunn, and his bride, Abby Mills, who has a complex history with Harper's Island.

Abby, played by Elaine Cassidy, is the daughter of the local sheriff and she returns to her hometown after a long absence due to the tragedy that occurred seven years prior. The infamous killing spree by a man named John Wakefield who murdered several people, including Abby's mother, has left Abby's life and the island forever haunted. The show's narrative has a personal stake for Abby, as her return is not just marked by celebration but also haunting memories and the larger mystery encompassing the island.

The series' first episode begins with friends and family arriving on the island for the wedding, getting us acquainted with a large ensemble cast. As the wedding party begins to celebrate, eerie occurrences start to happen, and people begin to disappear one by one. Each episode of the 13-part series brings with it a new death, in true murder mystery style. The series promises not just a 'who-dunnit', but also the suspenseful reveal of 'who's-next'.

A uniquely melded script of various genres, Harper's Island weaves elements of drama, horror, mystery, and the classic 'whodunit' into its narrative. The suspense and tension are further heightened by the show's atmospheric location. The isolated island, draped in Pacific Northwest natural beauty combined with its grim history, lends the show an eerie quality that complements the plot.

While the escalating body count is central to the plot, the show also dives into human relationships and dynamics. It explores the character's interpersonal relationships, their secrets, conflicts, and shared histories all layered within the suspense-filled narrative. It also offers a deep dive into each character, developing them beyond stereotypical figures in a horror story. This adds depth to the story and allows the audience to engage with each character on a personal level.

The storytelling intensity matches the strong performances by the cast. Elaine Cassidy as Abby Mills delivers a gripping performance, drawing listeners into her traumatic past and the mystery of the island. The supporting cast, including Richard Burgi as Thomas Wellington, Jim Beaver as the Sheriff Charlie Mills, and Katie Cassidy as Patricia 'Trish' Wellington, among others, make considerable contributions to keep the audience hooked.

In terms of production design, Harper's Island does a stellar job of creating an eerie and unsettling atmosphere. The beautiful but isolated island, the old houses, and the dense woods all lend themselves to the show’s creepy tone. The suspenseful scoring further adds to this atmosphere, capturing and increasing the sense of dread and uncertainty with each passing episode.

Harper's Island was created by Ari Schlossberg for CBS and produced by CBS Paramount Network Television, with Jon Turteltaub, Jeffrey Bell, and Dan Shotz serving as the show’s primary executive producers. This mini-series format makes it perfect for a binge-watch. It ensures a tightly-knit narrative that has a definite ending, a trait that sometimes is lacking in the usual open-ended television series.

In conclusion, Harper's Island is a haunting mystery that's expertly crafted with a gripping narrative. Each episode guarantees shock and suspense that keeps the viewers hooked from start to end. This series aligns with other classic murder mystery dramas but segments itself by creating a story in a unique setting with an infusion of horror elements. With an ensemble cast delivering powerful performances and a plot that twists and turns with each episode, Harper's Island is an intriguing watch for fans of suspense and horror genres.

Harper's Island is a series categorized as a canceled. Spanning 1 seasons with a total of 13 episodes, the show debuted on 2009. The series has earned a moderate reviews from both critics and viewers. The IMDb score stands at 7.4.

Genres
Drama
Channel
CBS
Rating
7.4/10
Cast
Elaine Cassidy, Christopher Gorham, Matt Barr, Gina Holden, Katie Cassidy, Cassandra Sawtell, Brandon Jay McLaren, C.J. Thomason, Jim Beaver, Adam Campbell, Cameron Richardson, Claudette Mink, Amber Borycki, Dean Cechvala, Ali Liebert, Beverley Elliott, Chris Gauthier, David Lewis, Ben Cotton, Harry Hamlin, Richard Burgi, Victor Webster, Sarah Smyth, Julia Anderson, Anna Mae Routledge, Nicholas Carella, Sean Rogerson
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