Season one of Russian Doll was a dark comic tour de force. Co-creator (with Amy Poehler) Natasha Lyonne stars as Nadia, a brash, hard-drinking New Yorker cursed to relive her 36th birthday party over and over.
Michelle Obama (Viola Davis) resisted expectations that she become, what she called a “Stepford FLOTIS”.
There’s a certain mid-tier of made-for-streaming drama that’s best described as “sub-premium”. Think shows like Dr Death, Unorthodox and even the very good Maid.
If the words, “based on the story by…” inspire trepidation, Station Eleven may not be for you.
The Netflix series Maid gets deep into the weeds of an emotionally abusive relationship and its fallout.
“For Switzerland, the war is just beginning,” states an official in Labyrinth of Peace. After remaining neutral through years of conflict, come 1945 the Swiss face a moral minefield.
The ABC’s Cleverman is certainly not comfortable viewing. In this dystopian near future, all of humanity’s cruelty, violence and prejudice are on display, but the disturbing truth is that none of it can be dismissed as the stuff of fantasy. The newly discovered Hairypeople, long-lived and super strong, are seen as the latest alien threat. Confined to the Zone and subject to detention, torture or exploitation if captured elsewhere, they have divided a community. Fears have been exacerbated by a series of gruesome murders for which this species is a convenient scapegoat. Echoes of the ghettos and concentration camps of World War II, Guantanamo Bay and the policy of Rendition, or current border control practices and rhetoric mean that science fiction and horror mingle with current social issues.