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Under the Banner of Heaven (2022)

Crime | Mystery 
Popularity 21
Rayting:   7.3/10 3.1K votes
Country: USA
Language: English

A devout detective's faith is tested as he investigates a brutal murder seemingly connected to an esteemed Utah family's spiral into LDS fundamentalism and their distrust in the government.

Episode Guide

Best Under the Banner of Heaven Episodes

Top 20 (Ranked)

April 28, 2022star7.8 285 votesS1E1 When God Was Love
April 28, 2022star7.7 200 votesS1E2 Rightful Place
May 5, 2022star0.0 0 votesS1E3 Surrender
May 12, 2022star0.0 0 votesS1E4 Church and State
May 19, 2022star0.0 0 votesS1E5 One Mighty and Strong
May 26, 2022star0.0 0 votesS1E6 Revelation
June 2, 2022star0.0 0 votesS1E7 Episode 7

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User Reviews

SickJeezusIsSneezus 28 April 2022

The church's history is dark and a lot of devout Mormons get really defensive when its brought up. Just like how the detective reacts to some of the testimony of the husband on mormon history. In the end, the shows great so far. This is an excellent series that will get backlash from Utah and devout Mormons trying to protect the church.

bradencn 29 April 2022

I grew up a mainstream Mormon. I know the culture better than most. I've attended BYU, and have served a Mormon mission. I still attend church and appreciate the togetherness with my local church-going community. We bond. I do not currently live in Utah, but I HAVE lived in Utah.

That being said - I would probably be considered the "PIMO" Mormon - physically in, mentally out - in the sense I no longer adhere to the fact that we are the one true church, and this is for reasons very similar to what this show (and book) bring to light.

With this in mind: this show does not portray mainstream Mormons or fundamentalists Mormons properly. For those that are not Mormon, but are FRIENDS with Mormons, I know they would say the same thing. Mormons can be weird, me included, don't get me wrong, but the weird things you see in the show are not fully accurate to our "weirdness" today.

The show is accurate in that we constantly wonder and hope that we are doing things according to "Heavenly Father's will," but we don't communicate about it all the time as if we are some massive cult blindly doing just whatever people tell us to do. Mormons started off that way, and fundamentalists might be like that, but mainstream Mormons generally like to blend in with the crowd, and just be that: normal.

We can be kooky, perhaps, but some people, and especially the fundamentalists (Mormons that still live in polygamist colonies and the like), can perhaps portray us as being culty. However, it is not as intense as this show seems to indicate. The show makes us seem as if the Mormons are as much a cult as those that followed Warren Jeffs, or the Branch Davidians, which we simply aren't.

Now, watching this as a "PIMO" Mormon, the show is not my personal favorite just based on the story telling. The music is engaging, they keep it spooky, but they don't do the best job at connecting the dots and moving parts. It seems like it is slightly unorganized. Essentially, they leave me thinking TOO much, rather than guiding me along this story.

Worth the watch? Yea - it has me hooked right now. If it keeps going too heavy on the "kooky" side of Mormonism, though, I might have to step away simply because the story's fiction is not a depiction of the truth, which is what fictional stories should be.

Moonstone55 29 April 2022

I was waiting quite a bit for this show, and I was not disappointed. Interesting story that keeps you wanting to know what happens next. Great script and acting. I can't wait to see more of it.

dokkanplayer-85087 28 April 2022

Let me start off by saying I've been persecuted so many times for my religion and that I understand the stress when it comes to following the rules of my religion. Yes it can be difficult and yes other people in my religion handles it differently. That being said how this movie paints the members of my religion does not reflect every member in my religion. This movie gets it right when showing what our core beliefs are and this movie gets it right showing how some members in my religion practices the faith but I as well as many other does not act the same way and this movie focuses on a family of the religion that couldn't handle the pressure when it comes to breaking a few vows which resulted in violent crimes. The detective in this series is an example of how some members in the faith is judgemental, something unfortunately many in the religion does but is something we are taught not to do. Nevertheless this series does a good job showing those type of people.

I felt the acting was amazing and the writing is a good mystery story. This reminds me of some of the great stuff I use to watch long ago.

Just keep in mind what is shown in the film does not reflect how the members of Jesus christ of later day saints all are like. I for one sin many times but what is most important is asking for repentance and not letting the pressure of being this perfect lds member image overwhelm me and thus causing me to act violently or do harm on myself just so people won't find out. This series shows a family that was overwhelm and couldn't handle it properly.

marveller-66 29 April 2022

Never seen anything that's so religious like Mormons and LDS. It kept me interested with Andrew's typical amazing acting and the mystery surrounding Daisy's character Brenda. Looking forward for more episodes. And I also like how atmosphere here. The entire story kinda feels like it's revolving around something small but it keeps getting more intense. This is my pilot thoughts. Gonna watch the next one. 8.3/10.

kmontesdeoca-55334 29 April 2022

Well, I will make this short. I was with someone who was a part of a family similar to the Lafferty family. I got out. Yes..Yes... I know most LDS members are not connected to the fundamentalist realm and YES I know this type of story isn't common. But the way I was treated, the looks, the things that are said in the story? I had to take a break before I kept watching. It was just too real for me. I'm so glad I left that family. So glad. The church is amazing, but some families...not so much.

jrodhdog 29 April 2022

I've done multiple deep dives into historical writings and books. Jon Krakauer's book is well reflected in the first two episodes released. From what I have found the book is accurate to an acceptable degree of what actually occurred in the Lafferty case, and the show appears to be on the same course. Please don't let the negative reviews of jumpy religious zealots deter you from an intricate true crime show, based on an intricate true crime book.

JAREDITE 28 April 2022

Excellent acting, storyline in a series that takes a deep dive into some of the darker secrets regarding Mormon history. Current members are going to take offense to the series, but fail to acknowledge a non white washed early Mormon history that wasn't taught with full transparency. To say the early Mormons aren't a violent people, is to forget the mountain meadows massacre, the danites, Porter Rockwell. Additionally, minimizing the church's history of mistreatment of the marginalized including women with polygamy practices (as well as polyandry by Joseph Smith while keeping it from his wife) the fight against the ERA movement in the 1950s, withholding the priesthood and subsequently eternal families/marriages from the black race until 1978 (not too far off from this time setting of the show) and now the LGBTQ community. Mormon members are generally kind, loving and hard working, educated individuals. The problem is the institution and the lack of acknowledgment of it's dark past and controlling this information by keeping it from its members. Glad this series sheds some light on a difficult past for most members to face.

cornelius_dogma 28 April 2022

A good historical drama that sheds light on troubling Mormon history. Mormons will give this series a poor rating as they like to obfuscate their history as they attempt to become more of a "Christian" faith.

actuallyabiscuit 29 April 2022

Bad reviews do seem to be coming from the Mormons because they don't want to confront the difficult aspects of the church's history. This is so far a very well made, well acted, unbiased telling of a thrilling and dark story in Mormon history.

walkererin-92825 29 April 2022

Reading through the bad reviews it appears they are all from mormons. Speaking as someone who grew up in the LDS faith I can say the portrayal of mormom culture is very accurately shown in this series. Only two episodes have been released, but I am intrigued. Both the true crime and religious aspect of this show have caught my attention, and I'm excited for more episodes to come.

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