5. The Story Teller
I was torn for number 5, it was almost Life in Pieces or Into The Bad Lands as I found these both entertaining and a brilliant distraction from reality, but instead I have chosen The Story Teller because if you haven't seen it then you should and if you grew up with it then you will love revisiting the somewhat disturbing world and spend ages wondering how it didn't scare the crap out of your younger self.
If you hated Labyrinth and well anything Jim Henson then you probably aren't going to like these darker tellings of fairy tales but with the come back of puppets and props vs full on CGI in movies such as Starwars you might find you actually love this 80s classic series.
4. Future Man
This series is great, if disgusting at times, in fact from the opening really. But it's great. It laughs at itself and is never serious, making great escapism but also tears running down your face funny with unexpected and controversial jokes. A completely different role for Josh Hutcherson who you might remember from the Hunger Games series, this actually put me off watching it thinking it was something maybe to young.
The series does weaken by the third, even with the introduction of Seth Rogen, but even with this I very much enjoyed the shows originality and nostalgia combined.
There has been some discussion as to which show is better, the English version or the American. Having not seen the English version myself, I loved the American version but I am told that the English is better so I will have to watch and compare.
As for what I have seen: this show dares to give you characters you might not like, twists you don't see coming and art work that grasps your mind and sucks you in...well it did for me anyway.
Having a similar vibe to Netflix's Umbrella Academy with great 'bad' guys/interesting 'good' guys and a what side are you on story line. This is, kind of helped by the narrative being based around a pandemic which I think pulls you in more, although they assure us the plot has nothing to do with reality...yeah sure!
2. Good Omens
Do you know what I can't even remember what happens in this show but I know I loved it enough to place it as second!! I remember being really pleasantly surprised by a cast I wasn't that bothered about because it just seemed too obvious.
The plot is again about the end of the world, there seems to be a running theme to my choices here...the telling of an angel and a demon sent to earth to keep an eye on things, to create chaos and to protect but what happens during the story is that both seem to become more human than they would like, gaining more understanding for each others role and of humanity.
Really well acted, directed and looks good to, guided along with the wit you would expect from a Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett story. If you don't know what I mean by this then you should get to your local book shop.
1. The Boys
Is everyone else in love with Karl Urban as Butcher...I think so!
Great addition to the super hero genre for anyone else getting bored of Marvel's continuous offerings, unless you are a child in which case I wouldn't recommend. This show perfectly uses gore and bad language, I don't think I've once thought it was unnecessary...I mean it probably is but it is also perfectly placed for impact and comedic use.
You really connect to the anger and frustration of the main character Hughie, having all more than once felt fed up with our lot in life. Super heroes in the show are over privileged, celebrities who are more than flawed but protected by a large corporation. Hughie joins forces with the gruff Billy Butcher to try and bring down the corrupt industry.
Its unapologetic and great fun.