With the end of the year just around the corner, here are our show recommendations for your holiday watch list.
1. “TRUTH SEEKERS” ON AMAZON PRIME VIDEO
Stars: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Miles Ketley
“Truth Seekers,” Amazon Prime Video’s latest comedy horror series, centers on a group of paranormal investigators who team up to uncover and film ghost sightings across the United Kingdom and share their adventures online. As their supernatural experiences grow more frequent, terrifying and even deadly, they begin to uncover a conspiracy that could bring about Armageddon for the entire human race. The eight-episode series was created by Pegg and Frost, so prepare for a good time with this one.
2. “UTOPIA” ON AMAZON PRIME VIDEO
Stars John Cusack, Sasha Lane, Rainn Wilson
Amazon’s new show “Utopia” is story about a plot to depopulate the earth with a pandemic. The timing kind of hits home with today’s real-life situation, but the series is in fact a much-delayed remake of the 2013 cult U.K. drama of the same name. Adapted by Gillian Flynn, “Utopia” follows a group of young comics fans who come together when they discover that the conspiracy in an elusive comic, “Utopia,” is real. They embark on a twisted adventure to save themselves, each other and ultimately, humanity.
3. “INDUSTRY” ON HBO
Stars Marisa Abela, Conor MacNeill, Myha’la Herrold
Set in London, HBO’s “Industry” is set in the world of high-stakes investment banking and follows a diverse group of fresh graduates who are the latest hires at the fictional Pierpoint & Co. These young recruits are ready to make themselves vulnerable, let themselves be cut down by their peers or get sacrificed by their superiors to make their way in the financial world in the aftermath of the 2008 collapse.
4. “HIS DARK MATERIALS” ON HBO
Stars Dafne Keen, James McAvoy, Lin-Manuel Miranda
After high ratings last year, “His Dark Materials” is back with a second season. The fantasy drama series is based on the novel series of the same name by Phillip Pullman and, without spoiling anything about plot, the second season will have witches and angels, and Lyra (Dafne Keen) will still be exploring new worlds and multiple realities. They will be joined by lots of familiar faces and as well as new additions to the cast.
5. “THE STAND” ON CBS ALL ACCESS
Stars Whoopi Goldberg, Alexander Skarsgård, Greg Kinnear, Jovan Adepo
The nine-episode adaptation of Stephen King’s 1978 novel “The Stand” is backed by quite a stellar cast. “The Stand” tells of a world decimated by a plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil. The fate of mankind rests in the hands of the 108-year-old Mother Abagail (Goldberg) and a handful or survivors. And now, their worst nightmares are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and the unspeakable powers of The Dark Man (Skarsgård).
6. “BLACK NARCISSUS” ON BBC ONE
Stars Gemma Arterton, Alessandro Nivola, Aisling Franciosi
The new limited series “Black Narcissus” is an adaptation of Rumer Godden’s best-selling novel that was originally published in 1939. Set in 1934, a young nun named Sister Clodagh (Aterton) is sent to a remote clifftop convent in the Himalayas. The palace- turned-convent turns out to hold many dark secrets that, coupled by the arrival of a man named Mr. Dean (Nivola), threatens to turn the nuns against each other.
7. “TRIAL 4” ON NETFLIX
Stars Sean K. Ellis
“Trial 4” is the latest docuseries from Netflix on how Sean K. Ellis, initially convicted of the murder of a Boston Police detective at 19 years old, took a winding road to exoneration that spanned
22 years and four trials. Real interviews, archival footage and animations used in this series to the tale of Ellis’s case.
8. “THE WALKING DEAD: WORLD BEYOND” ON AMC
Stars Nico Tortorella, Nicolas Cantu, Julia Ormond
One of the spin-off show to the popular “The Walking Dead” series, “The Walking Dead: World Beyond” is based on the comic book series of the same name and is actually the third series within “The Walking Dead” franchise. As the name of this show implies, it is set ten years after the zombie apocalypse and focuses on the first generation of humans who barely remember life before the dead started walking. Definitely recommended for fans of the original.
9. “THE UNCANNY COUNTER” ON NETFLIX
Stars Jo Byung Kyoo, Yoo Joon Sang, Ahn Suk Hwan
Now that Korean drama has grabbed the worldwide attention, we decided to include “The Uncanny Counter” to our series list. The show follows a group of demon hunters who are working in a noodle shop, all in an effort to catch supernatural spirits to find eternal life. Streaming on Netflix, this one looks interesting enough so binge-watch during the holidays.
10. “THE MESS YOU LEAVE BEHIND” ON NETFLIX
Stars Roberto Enriquez, Tamar Novas, Inma Cuesta
“The Mess You Leave Behind” follows Raquel, a young literature teacher who gives her marriage a second chance and moves to her husband’s birth town and is then haunted by a suspicious death that happened three weeks before. The series is based on the novel of the same name by author Carlos Montero who won a Primavera Literature Award for it.
11. “VALLEY OF TEARS” ON HBO MAX
Stars Aviv Alush, Lior Ashkenazi, Tom Avni
“Valley of Tears” focuses on the infamous three days of fighting in the Golan Heights, the disputed region of northern Israel bordered by Syria, Jordan and Lebanon. It follows a diverse slate of characters trying to survive the chaos that unfurls as war breaks loose.
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