Here’s a list of five television shows that don’t get the recognition they really deserve.
Plot: “A group of people around the world are suddenly linked mentally, and must find a way to survive being hunted by those who see them as a threat to the world’s order.”
Why you should watch it: to begin with, the Wachowskis created the show, same creators of The Matrix trilogy. If this isn’t awesome enough, then it’s also got one of the most diverse international casts, coming from eight different places around the world: Seoul, Nairobi, Berlin, Chicago, Mexico City, San Francisco, England, and Mumbai. Plus, it’s got a very strong LGBT representation, something that’s lacking in most series.
2. Orphan Black
Plot: “The show follows outsider, orphan and street-wise chameleon Sarah Manning. After witnessing a woman’s suicide, Sarah assumes the stranger’s identity — who happens to look exactly like her.”
Why you should watch it: the actress is not only the star of the show; she literally plays more than four characters in each episode. These characters are all clones, but having lived completely separate lives, they’re incredibly different. Also, the show’s female characters are varied and complex.
3. Mr. Robot
Plot: “Young, anti-social computer programmer Elliot works as a cybersecurity engineer during the day, but at night he is a vigilante hacker. He is recruited by the mysterious leader of an underground group of hackers to join their organization.”
Why you should watch it: the danger with a show about computers is devolving into a dull slog of keyboards and thumb drives. With its willingness to go from zero to batshit in the blink of an eye, Mr. Robot has made sure that it is many things, but never boring. It’s also a show about revolution.
Plot: “A chronicled look at the criminal exploits of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.”
Why you should watch it: it’s a crazy story we’ll never get tired of learning more about. There’s a reason why pop culture is so transfixed with the Pablo Escobar story, even though he’s an entirely loathsome figure. The fact that Escobar was able to control so much of Colombia and amass enough wealth to land on the Forbes International Billionaire’s list from an illegal trade is a compelling tale that we only want to hear more of. Oh, and Wagner Moura makes an incredible Pablo Escobar.
Plot: “Explores the early relationship between the renowned psychiatrist and his patient, a young FBI criminal profiler, who is haunted by his ability to empathize with serial killers.”
Why you should watch it: Hannibal has a distinct visual style that sets it apart from literally any other show on network television. The cinematography of Hannibal is unparalleled — there is always something gorgeous to behold. In addition, the incredibly creepy sound design is worth noting — never has a show made me cringe or jump with only sound. If being scared isn’t your cup of tea, there are plenty of other things to salivate over, including the food. While the cuisine may consist of people, it looks just as delicious as anything you’ll see on the Food Network and is presented in such a way that makes it elegant and tasteful. For a show that is often so horrific, it is so damned beautiful!
- Mira Merheb