Sleeping Dog Season 1 Review – A decent but unremarkable crime drama

Season 1

Episode Guide

Episode 1 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 2 – | Review Score – 3/5
Episode 3 – | Review Score – 3/5
Episode 4 – | Review Score – 3/5
Episode 5 – | Review Score – 3/5
Episode 6 – | Review Score – 3/5


Sleeping Dog is the latest German series on Netflix, nestling itself nicely in the realms of crime drama and murder mystery, although the latter is perhaps a bit light on significant twists or memorable segments. Instead, what we get here is a relatively straightforward story, with enough to keep you watching for 6 episodes, but not enough to really keep you gripped or desperate for another season once this story draws to a close.

The narrative centers on a broken man called Mike Atlas. A former detective now living on the streets, Atlas finds himself thrown into the midst of a big murder case which has unnerving similarities to his own final case involving a guy called Judge Herres.

Atlas is not alone in this fight though, as he finds himself teaming up with bright star Jule Andergast. She’s the DA’s shining jewel, and Corinna Steck believes that she has what it takes to surpass her mother, who was also part of that department.

As the series progresses, the pair find this case running deeper than they ever thought possible, inevitably leading to a lot of drama and home truths being unveiled at the end.

Oh, and there’s also a subplot involving a detective called Adebayo too that runs parallel to a lot of the drama occurring here.

That final point may sound like a throwaway line added to this review and that’s purposeful, because the show does the exact same thing with her storyline. In fact, if you removed Adebayo’s subplot from the story completely, you wouldn’t lose anything. It’s such a bizarre inclusion too, given it does nothing to elevate the mystery, nor does it really help build up any of the characters within the show. Instead it’s just sorta… here.

The rest of the series does a pretty good job of keeping things tight and consistent, with one excellent shocker at the end of episode 3 likely to catch many people off-guard. The final episode does feel a tad rushed in how everything is resolved though, while there are a couple of contrivances in how everything goes down at the end too. Beyond that though, Sleeping Dog is a perfectly serviceable and enjoyable romp.

And that is perhaps the best way to describe this drama – perfectly serviceable. There’s nothing inherently wrong or bad about this show (aside from the aforementioned subplot) but also nothing particularly great either. The series does well to keep things engaging but it’s far from the best this genre has to offer.

Having said that, if you’re a fan of crime dramas and are looking for more options, this one’s certainly worth a watch, just don’t expect anything particularly groundbreaking or mind-blowing here.

Feel Free To Check Out More Of Our TV Show Reviews Here!

  • Verdict - 6/10

Leave a comment