Based on the author’s novel of the same name Laura Davewho developed the television series together with Josh Singer, and consists of seven episodes, The Last Thing He Told Me is centered on the character of Hannah Hall (played by the actress Jennifer Garner) who forms a bond with her stepdaughter after her husband’s disappearance under mysterious circumstances.
According to Variety, which obtained the data from Nielsen, The Last Thing He Told Me is Apple TV+’s most-watched limited series since the streamer’s 2019 debut
The adaptation wouldn’t just beat other limited television series, like Black Bird Of Egerton Conference and the thriller with Elizabeth Moss, Shining Girlsbut also won on ongoing dramas like the spy dramedy Slow Horses.
In the first 31 days of streaming on the Apple TV+ platform, The Last Thing He Told Me has reached 4.5 million viewers. The premiere reached 3.4 million viewers, making it the most-watched drama episode of the year for the Apple streamer.
Overall, The Last Thing He Told Me is the third original limited series of the platform of 2023, right after Ted Lasso e Shrinking. The success of the show is probably due to three main factors. The first is that it refers to the approach of the HBO TV series, Big Little Lies, adapting a popular novel; is similarly influenced in regards to the premise, the behind-the-scenes team (as it is executive produced by Reese Witherspoon) and even the opening credits evoke HBO’s success. Also, as for Big Little Liesthe cast is familiar to the audience.
The Garner has a following thanks to its role as Sydney Bristow in Aliasas well as films such as 13 Going on 30. In the cast the leading actress is joined by Angourie Ricenote for Spider-Man: Far From Home e Mare of Easttownas the stepdaughter of Hannah. The actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldauwho plays her missing husband, starred in the popular television series Game of Throneswhich aired for eight seasons. Aisha Tylerinterpreter of Friends e Criminal Mindsamong many credits, has an important support part.
Perhaps the most useful thing is that The Last Thing He Told Me it doesn’t have a substantial time commitment as a whole. Its seven episodes fly by, and even the finale doesn’t exceed 36 minutes. Other installments hover around this length, making it a relatively rare streaming offering that doesn’t suffer from unnecessarily long runtimes.
This may have helped it win over audiences, when so many other series run for nearly an hour or even more, resulting in exhausting audiences.
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