Now is the time to catch-up on those TV series you may have missed, or haven’t yet discovered. We’ve picked five great shows that may have slipped under your radar, but are every bit as gripping and addictive as the big name series.
This cool Canadian sci-fi series about the scientific and ethical implications of cloning is as complex as the human genome, so you’ll need to pay attention. It’s also a conspiracy-laden thriller that consistently delivers surprising narrative twists across five seasons. The real enjoyment of Orphan Black comes from watching talented lead Tatiana Maslany playing multiple cloned siblings, and the technical wizardry that allows them all to seamlessly interact with each other. Stylish, high concept, and highly addictive.
An obsessive game of cat and mouse ensues between an MI5 operative (Sandra Oh) and a mercurial female assassin (Jodie Comer) in this wonderfully witty and edgy spin on the spy thriller, from creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag). Propulsive and addictive, if you love the dark art of espionage, Killing Eve is unmissable.
A chilling series, and not just because it’s set in a remote Nordic locale. A grim mood settles over the arctic town of Fortitude following an unthinkable murder, which London cop Stanley Tucci is called in to investigate. In the process, secrets are defrosted (along with a mammoth carcass) and things get progressively weirder. Best described as The X-Files meets Fargo with lashings of R-rated sex and violence, Fortitude is a spellbinding police procedural like no other.
Cinemax’s hyperactive crime series is pure pulp fiction and plays like the ultra-violent offspring of Twin Peaks and Justified. Like its wailing namesake, the town of Banshee, Pennsylvania, can be scary – a place where the locals harbour dark secrets and criminal agendas, and people can disappear. Along with a killer concept – an ex-con assumes the identity of the new town sheriff and makes a major difference – this shamelessly over the top series features one of TV’s most fearless and resilient antiheroes, played by Kiwi actor Antony Starr.
TOM CLANCY’S JACK RYAN
John Krasinski (A Quiet Place) follows Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and Chris Pine into the Ryanverse. Although sharing the character’s DNA and adding a possessive prefix, the series draws from current geopolitics, not the events of Clancy’s novels, and features a younger incarnation of the former Marine turned CIA analyst/operative. This cracking re-imagination of the classic spy thriller is a must-see for fans of Homeland and 24.