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The Beach 

TV-MA | | Crime, Drama | Episode aired 24 June 2016
Shy college student Nasir Khan spends the night with a quirky, mysterious girl, and is horrified when he awakens to find she has been murdered.


Steven Zaillian


Steven Zaillian (created by), Richard Price (created by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Turturro ... John Stone
Riz Ahmed ... Nasir 'Naz' Khan
Bill Camp ... Dennis Box
Payman Maadi ... Salim Khan
Poorna Jagannathan ... Safar Khan
Sofia Black-D'Elia ... Andrea Cornish
Afton Williamson ... Wiggins
Ben Shenkman ... Sgt. Klein
Ilya Kofman Ilya Kofman ... Professor
Eric D. Hill Jr. ... Basketball Player
Nate Young ... Roland
Ariya Ghahramani ... Amir Farik
Riti Sachdeva ... Aunty
Geeta Citygirl Chopra ... Kumanji
Syam M. Lafi ... Hasan Khan (as Syam Lafi)


A straight-laced Pakistani-American student is off to a must-attend party on a Friday night. His only available transportation being his father's taxi cab, he sets off into Manhattan. But his party-going plans are quickly forgotten when a mysterious young woman jumps aboard in need of a ride. Charmed by her intense intrigue and good looks, the young man gets swept up by her pressures. After a mind-altering night of drugs and passion, the woman is dead, and the young man finds himself in the cross hairs of a gruesome murder investigation, panicked and shaken, but possibly with a trace of doubt as to his own innocence. Written by copperheadache

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Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

24 June 2016 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


John Turturro (top-billed actor) doesn't appear on screen until 1 hour and 4 minutes into the episode. See more »


The murder happens in Manhattan's 24th precinct on the upper west side. After all the waiting in the police car at the crime scene Naz is first taken to to the 21st precinct which is near the Gramercy Park neighborhood and relatively far from the upper west side. Based on the story he would have been taken to the 24th or the 20th. There is no NYPD 21st precinct. It is a fictional police precinct used for films & movies. There has not been a 21st Pct since 1929. See more »


Dennis Box: No smoking on my crime scene.
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References Gunga Din (1939) See more »

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Brimming with tension
13 July 2016 | by deltaopSee all my reviews

The Beach is an excellent episode of what promises to be a stellar TV series. It is brimming with sustained tension ever since Naz gets in the cab to go to a party. This is the reason why the unconventional runtime feels like a fleeting occurrence. Not for one second do you get the notion that you are forcibly sitting through the episode.

The characters are also very well-drawn out and any Pakistani\Indian can directly relate to those on Naz's side of affairs. Furthermore, other characters aren't shallow as well with Detective Box and the eccentric lawyer, John Stone, leading the pack in terms of character depth.

Barring the long wait before the release of the second episode, this series is shaping up to be great a whodunit. Needless to say, HBO delivers again.

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