10 New TV Shows Everyone's Talking About
We break down the shows that are probably all over your news feed.
(SPOT.ph) 2016 saw the return of old favorites like Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead, but there were other newer, fresher shows that had everyone talking. These are the series that somehow always end up on your Facebook feed and you’re often left wondering what everything means. (You know, the way TWD and GoT were a few years ago.) Whether you want to figure out what the hype is all about or you just haven’t gotten around to trying something new, consider this list a handy guide for where to begin.
A Series of Unfortunate Events
Fans of Lemony Snicket’s popular YA series have long been anticipating a faithful adaptation, and it looks like Netflix’s version will deliver in spades. The first trailer—released only in early November—had everyone talking, giving the first glimpse at a darker and bleaker take compared to Jim Carrey’s 2004 film. The show revolves around the harrowing adventures of the Baudelaire orphans as they try to outsmart their scheming guardian, Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris), at every turn. The first eight episodes are due in January 2017.
Is it a Western? A sci-fi thriller? A dystopian version of LOST? Somehow, HBO’s Westworld manages to be all three, stunning critics and audiences with its visuals, themes, and in-depth world building. The story takes place in a fictional, futuristic theme park called Westworld, which allows its wealthy visitors to do whatever they want within the park without fear of retaliation. The star-studded cast includes Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Rodrigo Santoro, Ed Harris, Thandie Newton, and James Marsden.
This Is Us
For folks who prefer plots that tug at heartstrings, This Is Us is the kind of relatable, multi-layered drama that will have you reaching for tissues every episode. NBC’s series revolves around the seemingly random yet intertwined lives of a group of people in Pittsburgh. Episodes weave throughout the characters’ past and present storylines, and feature the tear-jerking talents of Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, and Justin Hartley.
We always hear how modern technology can ruin lives, but Black Mirror takes that to a whole new level of thought-provoking and downright creepy. Each episode features a different cast, setting, and reality that explores the perils of technology in a dark, satirical way. The show’s first two seasons originally aired in the U.K., but its third season was recently picked up by Netflix where it gained quite the cult following. The series has featured actors such as Bryce Dallas Howard, Jon Hamm, Domhnall Gleeson, and Rupert Everett.
Some may recognize Donald Glover as rapper and recording artist Childish Gambino. If you love sitcoms, you probably remember him as Troy on Community. This time, Glover writes and stars in FX’s new comedy, Atlanta. He plays the down-on-his-luck Earn, who struggles to make rent for his girlfriend and daughter. When his cousin (Brian Tyree Henry) starts to a make a name for himself as a rapper, Earn spots an opportunity to become his manager. The series has earned widespread acclaim for its eccentric and nuanced humor, poking fun at current events, hip-hop culture, and even issues like poverty and social media trolls.
Many critics have compared Netflix’s latest historical offering to Downton Abbey, which should satisfy viewers who miss lavish, old-timey English costume dramas. The Crown chronicles the early life of Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy), giving viewers an inside look at her early reign, personal intrigues, and political rivalries. The biopic also stars Doctor Who favorite Matt Smith as Prince Philip.
The Good Place
Creator Mike Schur’s latest offering should fill the Parks and Recreation-shaped hole in your heart. This kooky, refreshing comedy stars Kristen Bell as Eleanor, who dies and finds herself in the “good” part of the afterlife; she soon finds out she’s been mistaken for someone far, far more deserving of her spot. Her presence wreaks havoc in the afterlife, and she must find a way to embrace her inner goodness before her secret is revealed.
The Night Of
Early this year, HBO made waves for its unnerving take on a criminal mystery. The eight-part mini-series revolves around the complex murder case of Nasir Khan (Riz Ahmed). What begins as a night of partying with a woman turns horrific when he finds her brutally stabbed to death the next morning with no recollection of what happened. It’s no surprise the nail-biting drama had audiences at the edge of their seats; after all, it’s exactly what you’d expect from the folks behind The Wire.
Marvel’s Luke Cage
Marvel isn’t just wowing moviegoers; they’ve also conquered the small screen. The worldwide debut of Luke Cage was so popular that Netflix’s servers were reportedly down for over two hours. First introduced in Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Mike Colter’s Luke Cage is a former convict who takes his superhuman strength and unbreakable skin to the streets of Harlem, New York. The show has been praised for its performances, dark drama, and music.
If terms like “Upside Down,” “Eleven,” and “Eggos” are all over your feed and you don’t get any of the references, it’s time to join in on the ‘80s fun. There’s a lot to love about Netflix’s Stranger Things, from the return of Winona Ryder to paranormal events that affect their small Indiana town, and even nostalgic nods to the decade. (Think clever references to pop culture favorites like Goonies, Nightmare on Elm Street, and John Hughes’ teen movies.)