Viewers Are Binge-Watching ‘Phenomenal’ New Netflix Drama Starring Mark Ruffalo And Hugh Laurie

Netflix viewers praising the binge-worthy series All the Light We Cannot See, starring Mark Ruffalo and Hugh Laurie.
Credit: Netflix

Netflix viewers are praising a ‘phenomenal’ new series starring Mark Ruffalo and Hugh Laurie.

As the evenings become darker and colder, there’s nothing better than sitting in front of the TV and watching your favourite series.

Netflix has the likes of Bodies, The Fall of the House of Usher and Pact of Silence all available for you to enjoy.

But if you’ve already watched these and need something new to stream, viewers have found a series that stars two accomplished actors.

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All the Light We Cannot See is an adaptation of the 2014 novel of the same name, written by Anthony Doerr.

The four-part series follows the stories of a blind French girl and a German soldier who cross paths in occupied France during World War II.

Alongside A-listers such as Ruffalo (The Avengers) and Laurie (House), the cast involves Louis Hofmann (Dark) and Aria Mia Loberti in her first acting role.

The series is directed by Shawn Levy – who is best known for his work on Stranger Things  – and is developed by Peaky Blinders writer Steven Knight.

Mark Ruffalo in All the Light We Cannot See.
All the Light We Cannot See is the next binge-worthy series you should watch. Credit: Netflix

The reviews may be contradicting – with Rotten Tomatoes giving it a 25% score while IMDb rating it 7.7/10 – but fans seem to love the show and have reacted to it on social media.

“All the Light We Cannot See on Netflix is magical,” writes one viewer.

Someone else says: “Figured I’d try an episode of that All the Light We Cannot See this evening. Ended up watching the whole series in an oner (think the youths call it a binge?) 10/10 show. No notes. Phenomenal.”

A third adds: “All the Light We Cannot See is now out on Netflix, and you know I watched all four episodes straight through! How can you NOT?! Totally worth it.”

All the Lights We Cannot See
All the Light We Cannot See is based on a 2014 book of the same name. Credit: Netflix

Another viewer comments: “All the Light We Cannot See is just spectacular.

“I know there’s a book but this Netflix series is really well done… and so needed at this moment in time.”

A fifth fan pens: “All the Light We Cannot See (Netflix) is stunning. I’m going to read the book as soon as I can. The music, the story, everything is luminous.

“A wonderful advent or pre-advent show. I wept multiple times, and I’m not a big movie crier. It’s that good.”

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Speaking to Netflix, Levy promised fans that he would do the novel justice when adapting it as he’s also a big fan of the source material.

He explained: “What I remember most is devouring the book, [and] being so captivated by its cross-cutting structure and themes of innocence in the face of darkness, hope in the face of evil.

“I need to make this book. I need it. I need to make it. It’s my dream.”

Levy initially wanted to make it as a movie but realised that there was ‘too much story for two hours’ and felt that a limited series would let him bring the novel to life.

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Written by Rosario Monachino

Rosario is a content editor at IGV who specialises in film, TV and entertainment news. He has a degree in English and Film from the University of Salford and a masters in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University.