“The Night Of” TV Series from HBO and BBC
The Night Of is an American eight-part miniseries produced by HBO and the BBC Worldwide network. It is based on Criminal Justice, a short British TV series that aired from 2008 to 2009. The first episode aired on the 24th of June, 2016, and until July 10th it was only available through HBO on-demand.
If you have watched the first episode of the Series, you could already be hooked. The series follows a fictitious murder case in New York City. The series takes a look at the police investigation and legal procedures, while also reviewing the justice system and the infamous Rikers Island prison where the main character will await his trial.
Nasir Khan, also called Naz, is a Pakistani-American student currently living in Queens, NY. After deciding to attend a big party, he borrows his father’s cab, and picks up a young woman called Andrea.
After a wild night of partying, sex, and drugs with Andrea, he wakes up to find her stabbed to death while he has no memory of what happened during the night. Soon he leaves the crime scene, but is taken into custody for a minor traffic violation shortly after.
While he is being searched at the police station, the Police officer finds a knife that matches the murder weapon in his pocket, and several witnesses identify him.
He is then interrogated by detective Dennis Box but after a short time asks for Legal counsel. No-one is provided for him until defense attorney John Stone hears about the case and offers his services to represent him. He tells Naz to keep quiet about “the truth” of what happened while Detective Box goes back to the crime scene in order to gather more evidence.
Most of the Series is shot around Manhattan and New York City. It also seems that the Series was influenced by the original Law and Order, which went off air back in 2010. These facts just give you one more reason to stick with the Series through its eight episode run.
The Night Of Series was produced by well-known people, including James Gandolfini, who was posthumously credited as an executive producer. Gandolfini was the first choice for the role of John Stone. Sadly he passed away from a heart attack at the very start of filming.
The show deepens later on, and reveals that Naz is not just a stereotypical well behaved Muslim boy we took him for in the first episode.
All in all, this should be a great run and we encourage you to stay with it.