Season 4 of Arrested Development reunited the dysfunctional Bluth family, as its middle son, Michael Jason Bateman tries to rein in his relatives' bizarre schemes. And it's not your typical case-of-the-week legal procedural, either; while it started out as such, it became a more ambitious drama that rivals what you typically see on cable networks and boasting a tight narrative considering its 22-episode seasons. The result is a delightful peak behind the curtain, an absurdist love letter to the act of creation, and a very good show about a show. In this case, however, the subject isn't Mexican drug cartels but aliens, who mysteriously arrive across the globe in giant ships, and who don't communicate in anything like a decipherable human language. The second season of Better Call Saul, his and 's prequel to , is vastly different than its predecessor. Stranger Things The summer's breakout show came out of nowhere—not that it really should have surprised anyone.
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The result is a uniquely mesmerizing portrait of people caught in a purgatory between what came before and what's still to come. Co-creators, producers, and stars Jen Richards and Laura Zak play the would-be lovers with probing eyes and enticing smiles. They are fearless in covering women's issues, religion, gun violence, anything. These slowly unspooling eight episodes will pull you in with authentic '70s vibes, gorgeous cinematography, and quirky side characters, and send you off with a surprising finale that will stick with you. Could be the year's top thriller. Where to stream it: 22. Game of Thrones Now free of the cycle of despair that was Game of Thrones' source material sorry George R.
Netflix's fetal position-inducing take on puberty managed to be even funnier—and yes, more uncomfortable—the second time around. Along the way, she'll cross swords with clergymen, policemen and rival criminals. The new regime at Litchfield, with unregulated guards running rampant on an increasingly deranged power trip, culminated in a death so gut-wrenching that it's still hard to believe it really happened. Whishaw's nuanced performance—he's a long way from Bond's Q here—anchors a sometimes slow but consistently gripping spy drama. Simpson murder trial could go way too campy. But all of that wouldn't matter much if it wasn't also laugh-out-loud hilarious; but a writing staff heavy on alumni and an ensemble cast anchored by immensely likable performances by and keep the laughs coming while the plot unfolds. Red Oaks The 1980s teen comedy genre did not die with John Hughes.
Weiss delivered a spectacular run of episodes that were less about buildup and more about emotional payoff from prior seasons. When he eventually beats it, the game turns out to be a recruitment tool for the very real interplanetary battle depicted in the game, and he travels through time to prevent the event that set off the war. Insecure Issa Rae's ascent to Hollywood seemed like a sure-thing after the cult success of her webseries The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. A story split in three, Zhangke's trifurcated drama—with each chapter shot in ever-expanding visual aspect ratios—concerns three friends caught in a love triangle on the eve of the millennium. Is there a niche streaming site making awesome shows by lesbians and black comedians? Like her Greek countrymate and frequent collaborator , The Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos, Athina Rachel Tsangari is a droll social satirist, and her latest plays like an opposite-sides-of-the-gender-coin companion piece to 2010's Attenberg. It's dark, it's funny, it's weird, and it's an enjoyable watch for both kids and adults.
Kennedy on Nov, 22, 1963. We assessed shows all year long, and moved them up and down based on the episodes they aired during 2016 and when more shows arrived -- and in the case of 30 for 30: O. Giovanni Ribisi plays Marius Josipovic, a criminal, recently released from jail, who adopts his former cellmate's identity to thrive in a post-prison world. The Path Taking aim at Scientology and similar cultish movements, The Path is a thriller that pulls no punches in its criticisms of religions that go too far. The episode in which her mother dies was a blackly comic masterpiece, simultaneously revealing more about where Selina came from and doubling down on her monstrousness. Black Mirror The first two seasons of — Charlie Brooker's devastatingly-powerful tech-focused version of The Twilight Zone — may have aired elsewhere, but Netflix acquired the show and brought its well-reviewed third season to the air in 2016. The season plays out over the course of a single day at Litchfield.
. But her most surprising role to date has been in Forever, the subversive afterlife comedy from Amazon. Alvarez achieves what all storytellers should attempt at least once — to bring fantasy to life. The most hardcore thriller in years, Jeremy Saulnier's follow-up to 2013's critically acclaimed Blue Ruin is another exercise in extreme, nail-biting suspense, this time about a just-scraping-by punk band comprised of the late Anton Yelchin, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, and Callum Turner that unwisely decides to accept a gig at a rural neo-Nazi music club. Camille Preaker Amy Adams , an unstable journalist with unspoken horrors in her past, reluctantly returns to her hometown to report on a series of murders. The power struggle between Bob Odenkirk's decent-yet-slippery Jimmy, his stern brother Chuck Michael McKean and his shrewd, conflicted girlfriend Kim Rhea Seehorn was gripping, and though Jonathan Banks's Mike felt more than ever like he was in a different show, the two halves meshed thanks to exemplary writing and production.
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A healthy mixture of Steven Spielberg and Stephen King? This new show from creator Alec Berg lives up to its intriguing premise, walking a razor-thin line between black comedy and bleak drama. BoJack Horseman At first glance, BoJack Horseman seems like a lighthearted sitcom about talking animals in Hollywood. But the show reached new heights in Season Two. Jackie Pablo Larrain's cinema is one rooted in the knotty relationship between influential historical leaders and the people over whom they govern or rule with an iron fist. The series has also rallied the internet hive-mind to examine every frame for clues about the show's myriad secrets, the likes of which we haven't seen since. The series takes articles, poems, memoirs and even cartoons from the magazine, then spins them out into full half-hour vignettes.
This sci-fi anthology show, hosted by Mark Hamill, presents a variety of near-future sci-fi scenarios, including the perils of algorithmic online dating, and what happens when even the internet can't remember that one cartoon you loved growing up. An eight-part series on Hulu. What about experimental web shows by obscure indie filmmakers? Better Call Saul Breaking Bad never seemed like a show that needed a spinoff, but after two excellent seasons, Better Call Saul has done more than justify its existence. But Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier After the Wedding, In a Better World draws out the story's substance, too, underlining its political subtext with Olivia Colman's astounding performance as a righteous and pregnant! In just five short episodes, writer and director Mike Roma mines his premise for all the humor, sensitivity and campy surrealism it deserves. Though it remains as slow-moving as ever, the truth about what happened to Hanna all those years ago is bubbling near the surface, and as climactic as the reveal may be, the series' exploration of the effects of trauma on one man, his family and the town it ripped apart two decades prior remain the highlight of what has become a masterclass in storytelling.