Netflix’s “Bloodline” still feels like a somewhat underrated program today. Arguably, it would have worked better as a tight miniseries instead of a 3 season long show (best to forget that those extra 20 episodes exist). However, the first season is nonetheless a well-written and suspenseful crime drama. It centers on a family full of dark secrets, which gradually come to light as the prodigal son returns home and heats up the tension and emotions between them.
The plot follows the Rayburn family, owners of a dream resort hotel in the Florida Keys. Robert (Sam Shepard) and Sally Rayburn (Sissy Spacek), who still run the company, are planning a big party to celebrate their 45th anniversary. All of their children are expected except for their son Danny (Ben Mendelsohn), the black sheep of the family who left home a long time ago. Now he is back and wants to stay. However, her father and three siblings don’t think it’s a good idea. There’s a past best left buried for all of them, but Danny thinks otherwise, and his arrival brings nothing but ruin that eventually leads to the breakdown of a family – and a murder that no one could predict.
Thanks to terrific performances — especially from Kyle Chandler and Ben Mendelsohn — “Bloodline” is a bold, dark take on family and trauma in a place most people consider heaven.