'Shining Girls': where to watch the dark thriller unfold

Curious about 'Shining Girls'? Where to watch, what to expect, and everything else you need to know is right here

Elisabeth Moss in Shining Girls
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"After what he did, everything changed," Shining Girls' protagonist Kirby Mazrachi (Elisabeth Moss) states in TV's latest thriller. 

Everyone's anxious for answers, but Kirby's journey to closure is not for the faint of heart. If you've entered the comical sci-fi time warp of Russian Doll season 2 alongside Natasha Lyonne, don't expect this alternating universe to be quite as airy. 

Here's everything you need to know about the book-turned-show. 

'Shining Girls': Where to watch and what to know 

Based on the novel of the same name, Shining Girls is an eight-episode series that will stream exclusively on Apple TV+ beginning April 29. Moss not only stars as the main character, but she also serves as an executive producer. 

Viewers follow along with Kirby as she endlessly searches for answers. The Chicago Sun-Times staffer is horrifically assaulted, and she suspects she's not her perp's only victim. With the help of a fellow journalist named Dan—who has a difficult past of his own—she attempts to find the killer, named Harper, before he sets his sights on someone new.

But that's not quite so simple, especially when wandering your way through shifting timelines, like Kirby. Sometimes she notices she's sitting at different desks in the office. Other times, she comes home to a husband she cannot recall ever meeting. 

Needless to say, this makes tracking down a vicious murder increasingly challenging. Have a look at the teaser trailer below, and you'll see what we're talking about.

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'Shining Girls' cast

Here's who's who in Apple TV+'s anticipated project:

  • Elisabeth Moss as Kirby Mazrachi
  • Jamie Bell as Harper Curtis
  • Phillip Soo as Jin-Sook 
  • Wagner Moura as Dan Velazquez
  • Amy Brenneman as Rachel

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'The Shining Girls' by Lauren Beukes

What book club doesn't love getting lost in a bestseller? If you skipped this thriller back in 2014, catch up with it after bingeing the show. (If your group is looking for a little levity, try the Bridgerton books in order, another crowdpleaser.) 

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The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
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Harper Curtis comes from the past, and so do his vicious ways. When he ventures to a home in Chicago that transcends time, he attempts to kill his next "shining girls," leaving them without a bright future they had expected. But when he assaults archivist Kirby Mazrachi, who survives, what happens next?



This is certainly quite the departure from our current TV binges: reality dating experiments, the heist obsession (Inventing Anna, The Dropout) and all-things romance in Bridgerton. Though considerably heavier than what we've gotten accustomed to, we're definitely curious to see how it all pieces together, and we sincerely hope that Kirby gets the answers she needs. 

If you're looking for a few more series to keep you on the edge of your seat, why not peruse the best true crime on Netflix for your next marathon?

Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, covering all-things news, lifestyle and entertainment. 


The heart of her time at Future has been devoted to My Imperfect Life, where she's been attuned to the cosmos and honed in on astrology coverage within the Life vertical. She's partial to writing pieces about the next big TV obsession—anyone else impatiently waiting for "Conversations with Friends"—and keeping you up to date on new trends like the latest must-have from Zara. 


Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, amNewYork and Newsday, among other outlets. 


When Danielle is not working, you can usually find her reading a new book, coffee at hand, or attempting a new recipe. (Recommendations always welcome!)