F.R.I.E.N.D.S, Game Of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Supernatural! Tired of watching the same shows over and over? Here I present you a list of TV shows which most of you would have probably never heard of but they completely deserve your attention.
Genre: Comedy-Drama, Mystery, Fantasy
Rotten Tomatoes: 75%
What if Satan decides to quit hell and go for a vacation in Los Angeles? This FOX TV series explores the humorous and the ‘Sherlock’ side of the Fallen Angel.
It turns out Satan has grown tired of punishing people and has slipped out of Hell to set up shop as a nightclub owner in Los Angeles named Lucifer Morningstar. He’s British, of course, and Tom Ellis (who is Welsh, actually) has the needed panache and verbal dexterity to come off as an appealing Fallen One. Nice tongue in cheek humor and certainly an original concept.
The acting is charming with a little of the typical mismatched romantic situations. Every episode brings a smile and considering they air it every Monday, one of the days most of us need it the most, it works out quite well. It’s a fun, quirky, easy to watch show and I’d recommend it to anyone wanting just that. Don’t look too hard into critic reviews and watch it for yourself.
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction
Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
Created by Jonathan Nolan, the writer of Interstellar and who has the credits of screenplay of The Dark Knight and The Prestige. Do I need to say more?
Westworld isn’t your typical amusement park. Intended for rich vacationers, the futuristic park allows its visitors to live out their most primal fantasies with the robotic “hosts.”
However, the robotic hosts have evolved an artificial consciousness that is similar to, yet diverges from, human consciousness. No matter how illicit the fantasy may be, there are no consequences for the park’s guests, allowing for any wish to be indulged; but there is a price to be paid.
Amazing effects, a deeply insightful and psychological message, and a brilliant yet simple idea of the future lay grounds for these fantastic actors to portray some of the darkest scenes I’ve seen on TV. Of course it has the splash of action, nudity and sex everyone wants too. But man that stuff is just the side dish to the phenomenal story and what is shaping up to be one of the best TV shows of all time.
3. Da Vinci’s Demons
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, History
Rotten Tomatoes: 80%
A show on one of the greatest minds ever to grace the planet: Leonardo Da Vinci. From its very beginning, we are told that this is loosely based on Leonardo’s actual life story. Above all, it’s a sci-fi fantasy show and it will deal with the currently suspected mythology of the era: secret societies Masonic Catholic church and religious mysticism.
Maybe he’ll paint a masterpiece, or sculpt one. Maybe he’ll build a flying machine. Maybe he’ll solve a mystery, or maybe he’ll smoke some opium and have weird visions.
As played with crazy charisma by Tom Riley, Artist. Inventor. Headcase. The hero of “Da Vinci’s Demons” is all that and more! He’s also a legend. The time is the 15th century, the place is Florence, Italy, and Leonardo is just bursting with ideas.
Leonardo’s character is a sort of clever swashbuckler pirate that can invent as well as love beautiful women; he can also slow time to pick details up and abstract reality in the form of mental blueprints.Da Vinci’s Demons is a could-be character portrait that’s not quite like anything else on television. But its real appeal should be to viewers who like their TV history entertainingly out there.
Genre: Science Fiction, Alternate History
Rotten Tomatoes: 79%
The first 15 minutes of the show will blow your mind. Adopted from a Stephen King novel and stars James Franco.Girls already have started downloading this show. An absorbing eight-episode show based on King’s best-selling 11.22.63 and produced by J.J. Abrams (Lost, Star Wars: The Force Awakens).
It stars Franco as Jake Epping, an English teacher in present-day Maine who’s enlisted by diner owner Al Templeton (Chris Cooper) in a quixotic quest to prevent the assassination of John F Kennedy, with the help of a portal to the past that happens to be tucked at the back of the diner’s pantry.
The recreation of the events in Dealey Plaza is detailed and suspenseful in its execution. Without giving anything away, the series has subtly tweaked King’s ending while still delivering on its emotional impact. 11.22.63 is sometimes a bumpy ride, but the destination is ultimately worth the journey. The only bad thing about it was… that it’s a mini-series, I just can’t remember the last show that left me thinking… I want more.
5. Black Mirror
Genre: Science Fiction, Satire, Psychology
Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
Ever thought Science is a blessing?
Every so often a British drama comes along that’s so brilliant, you must ride a TARDIS to London just to watch. A very interesting series. Its social commentary and portrayals of dystopian technology use are surprising and dark. This show is absolutely enthralling. Each episode is a stand alone story, that is well written and thoughtful. If you like sci-fi, technology, or just well-written stories, this show is for you.
The issues that the show grapples with and illuminates in each episode are timely and significant. A series of intriguing and often extremely compelling concepts that, unfortunately, place believable characters into streaks of unbelievable scenarios.
The social commentary is there, transpired through thought-provoking ideas and vignettes that should reflect an image of society not so distant from our own, but more often than not, these stray too far from believable pathways, even for our flawed civilization.
Great writing, Great Acting, Great Series. Treat yourself and watch this.
6. Mr Robot
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Crime
Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
Hacking and ‘Anonymous’? Are you a computer freak? Let me introduce you to Mr. Robot.
USA’s new drama Mr. Robot is bursting with storytelling devices that, individually, have been overused in recent years to the point of irritation. Excessive narration to explain every character, every plot twist, and every emotion our hero is feeling?
A hero described in the press notes as a “vigilante hacker,” and who spends enough time sitting at a keyboard in the first two episodes to live up to that moniker? Mr.Robot has all the makings of a cult classic!
Seeing the world from the perspective of a mentally unhinged computer hacker with a refreshingly philosophical mind, one that yearns to break the system of corporate enslavement. You are put into the seat of an imaginary friend and bear witness to the protagonist innermost thoughts and motivations, a psychological thrill ride and a masterpiece at that.
This show is one that will spark your mental fires and leave you questioning your own motivations in Life more often than not. This show captures the current zeitgeist or overall spirit of the times. You will start questioning your own sanity after watching the show.
7. American Gods
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Fiction
Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
And last but not the least, my personal favorite. In a bar somewhere in America, a wild-eyed redhead with an Irish brogue and bruised knuckles dazzles his new acquaintance, a just-released ex-con named Shadow Moon, with a deceptively simple coin trick, making a series of oddly-engraved gold coins appear out of thin air.
“How’d you do it?” Shadow Moon asks him. To which the leprechaun answers, “With panache.”
And that’s American Gods in a nutshell. The Starz adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s best-selling fantasy novel is so outrageous in its ambitions and so spectacular to look at — it’s from Bryan Fuller, the stylist behind “Pushing Daisies” and “Hannibal” — you may get caught up in the illusion and wonder only later, “What the heck was that about?”
For the uninitiated, “American Gods” is nothing less than a looming showdown for the soul of America between the ancient, fading gods brought to our shores by the earliest immigrants, and the new gods we worship today — notably, mass media and technology.
It’s one of the most imaginative, adventurous, and deeply weird experiments on television — an entrancingly trippy metaphorical melee that elevates an investigation of American identity to a supernatural plane.American Gods is a visual wonderland with a great story.
Caveat: This show is not for people with short attention spans or enjoy good guys fighting bad guys for easily understood prizes. It’s about messy broken people and their messy broken gods in a messy broken country.
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