Who conveniently has given up his duties in hell and has taken up residence in Los Angelous. For now, we'll be content to rewatch Tom Hiddleston's handsome soldier turned hotel manager turned secret agent attempt to take down Hugh Laurie's sneakily malevolent arms dealer. Handsomely produced with an incredible eye for historical accuracy creator Peter Morgan also wrote The Queen as well as the play The Audience, both following his most favorite royal subject throughout vital moments during her reign , the series sometimes suffers from a distinct lack of drama. A healthy mixture of Steven Spielberg and Stephen King? Like her Greek countrymate and frequent collaborator , The Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos, Athina Rachel Tsangari is a droll social satirist, and her latest plays like an opposite-sides-of-the-gender-coin companion piece to 2010's Attenberg. All of that made for masterful drama week after week. Creator and star takes full advantage of the show's musical format, taking serious topics — such as alcoholism, depression and coming out as bisexual — to theatrical and often cringe-worthy new levels. But Broad City upped its ambition in Season Three, forcing carefree Ilana to finally face the consequences of her unwillingness to grow up.
While the constituent parts of Westworld—fractured timelines, grizzled gunmen, robots gradually becoming self-aware —felt familiar, the show's execution was fresh and philosophically sophisticated, with Thandie Newton's fiery Maeve emerging as a standout as she became conscious of the fact that she was a machine on a programmed loop. New showrunner David Mandel didn't falter for a second—the rapid-fire dialogue was sharp and acerbic as ever, and the characters just as mesmerizingly awful, with Julia Louis-Dreyfus's Selina plumbing new depths as she gradually lost control of her presidency. The season plays out over the course of a single day at Litchfield. While This Is Us may have drawn people in with in its pilot, the real strength of this drama is that it can be endearing and captivating without having to rely on fancy plot devices like time travel or super powers. Its second season added Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle, The Punisher, in a revenge-driven storyline that tested Matt Murdock's ability to trust other vigilantes. But the mysteries of the Homecoming center, which unravel in two separate timelines, are the focus of this Hitchcockian thriller—one full of paranoia and confusion as its characters interrogate their own identities and behaviors on a seemingly endless loop. London Spy When Danny Ben Whishaw meets Alex Edward Holcroft , he thinks he's found his soul mate.
Steve Gleason was a sturdy New Orleans Saints safety who became immortalized in team history when, during the squad's first game back in the Superdome following Hurricane Katrina, he blocked a punt against the Atlanta Falcons—a play that came to symbolize the city's indefatigable comeback spirit. Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould's prequel takes us back to the days when crooked lawyer Saul Goodman Bob Odenkirk is still Jimmy McGill, a talented, tireless attorney who has the best of intentions but can't resist breaking rules. Imperfect and tonally muddled though the first ten episodes were, Dietland felt like a show with seasons worth of potential. While not without bumps—the left a number of fans frustrated—this sophomore run mostly rose to the challenge, expanding the nightmarish world of Gilead without compromising on claustrophobic, character-driven storytelling. While The Assassination of Gianni Versace seemed like the perfect follow up to The People v. The banter feels polished but real, the intimate moments practiced yet vulnerable. Is there a niche streaming site making awesome shows by lesbians and black comedians? And with so many directions the show can go in further seasons, there's no telling where it will take us.
The Night Of Not since The Wire has a show—with such stunning and unflinching accuracy—detailed the horrors, flaws, and institutionalized failures of our criminal justice system. Kaili Blues A lyrical import about the circular relationship between the present and the past, Kaili Blues heralds an exciting new filmmaking voice in debut director Bi Gan. But the first season of his newest anthology season was a near-perfect masterpiece, a brilliant combination of high and lowbrow subjects paired perfectly with some stellar performances from the likes of Sarah Paulson, Courtney B. Orange Is the New Black Netflix Season 5. After a sickeningly morbid opening scene, the handmaids of Gilead have the odds stacked against them in a collection of episodes that both parallels our own world and toes the line of being too dark for consumption. The stately action picks up roughly where it left off, circa the Suez Canal Crisis, and keeps calm and carries on for another decade or so, welcoming some notable visitors from Camelot across the sea along the way.
That woman's shadow, and the secrets she took to her grave, loom large over their present, fraught-with-friction circumstances, which Trier investigates with a novelist's attention to his character's interior lives. But with pitch perfect casting, intricate production design that made the show seem like it was lifted out of the Reagan era, and a simple, scary, and fun mythology, S tranger Things was a refreshing change from the grim reality that's gripped most of modern television. The Good Wife I always tell people that The Good Wife isn't just a show for moms, despite what its title suggests. Designated Survivor Never has large-scale terrorism been this fun. Hopefully, this new show can actually deliver something fresh, recapturing the magic that made the rebooted Top Gear a success in the first place.
But ultimately, it's just plain fun. Anchored by Riz Ahmed's career-making performance as a seemingly naive young man accused of murder and John Turturro's enthralling turn as his jaded but good-hearted defense attorney, The Night Of told a would-be familiar story with skill and detail, delving into New York's criminal justice system with novel-like detail. Set over the course of a relatively uneventful week in its protagonist's life, Jarmusch's story is far less interested in big dramatic incidents than it is in the small details of Paterson's routine life, which slowly coalesce to form a muted, melancholy portrait of everyday existential despair. Stand-up comedians and real-life married lesbians Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher play fictionalized versions of themselves as they navigate the joys and pitfalls of a career in comedy. In an election year, it's the perfect dose of escapism from the headache-inducing news cycle. Needless to say, Ryder will get plenty of opportunity to lose it in style as she attempts to find out what happened to her son. Dates are walks, siblings are different races, gender is whatever, and sexual preference is something to be tried on like a fabulous hat.
With five new experts tackling the areas of food, grooming, design, fashion, and culture, the Bravo cult-series found new life and a new, rabid audience on Netflix not long after the first eight episodes became available for streaming, the reboot was renewed for a second season. Stranger Things If I said which female actress does crazy really well and then you said, 'Winona Ryder, because she's crazy in real life', then pat yourself on the back it is possible! Based solely on effects-wizardry and non-linear storytelling, Noah Hawley's eight-episode series, about an institutionalized, bed-headed Marvel Comics character played by Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens fighting to control the powerful personalities in his brain, is right up near the top. The premise would seem to ensure lower-stakes camp, but the series explores something more meta and still very relevant today: the challenge established actresses face in reinventing themselves and landing marquee roles as they get older. Employing subtle visual framing and numerous narrative devices most forcefully, flashbacks , Trier's Louder Than Bombs is less than explosive look at out-of-control emotions than a slow-burn portrait of miserable loved ones desperately trying to reconnect, as well as to reconcile their personal, artistic and familial desires. That's true of both his superb 2016 releases, although in the final tally, his Neruda falls just shy of the piercing majesty of Jackie, an unconventional, hauntingly lyrical snapshot of Jackie Kennedy played by an astounding Natalie Portman in the week immediately following the November 23, 1963 assassination of her husband, President John F. Guest stars include Joel McHale, Patton Oswalt, Megan Mulally and Constance Wu.
The new regime at Litchfield, with unregulated guards running rampant on an increasingly deranged power trip, culminated in a death so gut-wrenching that it's still hard to believe it really happened. This shift was a narrative departure from the previous episodes, both because the co-creators Ben Sinclair who plays The Guy and Katja Blichfeld ended their romantic relationship and brought in more writers to craft the storylines. Kelley The Practice , but the performances by the aforementioned power trio, along with the envy-inducing houses their characters live in, more than acquit this adaptation of the 2014 best-selling novel. It's not exactly innovative, but it's a solid crime drama. Kirkman is a CrossFit warrior in Warby Parker glasses who'd make Jack Bauer proud, rising to the office and staying loyal to his family at all costs. There's no single protagonist, although Peter Capaldi as the foul-mouthed spin doctor Malcolm Tucker is a delight in every episode.
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