THE GOLDEN HOUR on Netflix is a Dutch thriller series (org. title: Het gouden uur). The series has just six 45-minute episodes and has an intriguing and highly relevant plot. Read our The Golden Hour series review here!

THE GOLDEN HOUR is a new Dutch series on Netflix (org. title: Het gouden uur). The series originally aired in The Netherlands in 2022, but the plot definitely has international appeal. Also, the storyline is as current and relevant as ever.

This limited series has just six episodes, each have a runtime of around 45-60 minutes, and you’ll want to keep watching. Especially the backstory seen in flashbacks managed to pull me in immediately.

Continue reading our The Golden Hour series review below. Find it on Netflix from December 15, 2023.

When your past crashes into your present

In The Golden Hour, we meet a Dutch police detective of Afghan descent. He is doing his best to be like any other Dutch police officer but is clearly treated differently in key situations. Both by civilians and his colleagues.

Constant microaggressions are obviously putting a strain on him, but he carries on the best he can.

Still, it becomes increasingly difficult. Especially when his past in Afghanistan catches up with his present life in the Netherlands.

The Golden Hour – Review | Netflix Thriller Series

The police detective receives a text message letting him know that his childhood friend Faysal is in the Netherlands. This message comes from someone who knows them both and wants to protect them both.

While this unfolds, we also see glimpses of how life ended in Afghanistan for all three of them.

Then a terrorist attack occurs the day after the detective, Mardik, gets word that Faysal is in the Netherlands and Mardik suspects Faysal is involved. As he investigates, the consequences are clearly bigger than he ever expected.

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Bobby Boermans is the director of The Golden Hour which was written by Simon de Waal. The core story of The Golden Hour deals with belonging to both a place and people. Also, it touches on how people can be affected by things that happen (or don’t happen) in their lives.

I realize this might sound very wishy-washy, but I don’t want to give away too much of the plot.

If you’re familiar with Dutch productions on Netflix, then you may recognize the actor portraying the lead character, Mardik. His name is Nasrdin Dchar and he was in Faithfully Yours (2022). If you like thrillers with a crime, mystery, and a character-driven plot, then do check this out.

The Golden Hour is on Netflix from December 15, 2023.


Director: Bobby Boermans
Writer: Simon de Waal
Stars: Nasrdin Dchar, Ellen Parren, Nabil Mallat, Abbas Fasaei, Yannick de Waal, Tamar van den Dop, Sophie Veldhuizen, Marco Eradus, Matteo van der Grijn


After a terrorist attack in Amsterdam, a Dutch detective of Afghan descent races against time to find the perpetrators… who might be his old friends.

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