6 Series to Watch Now

The April-May interval of the year was commonly known in the last few years as ‘Game of Thrones time’. There has rarely been a TV series that captured such a large segment of the market as Game of Thrones managed to do. I would dare say it’s not even that good, but it’s certainly watched by a lot of people – evidence to this is the fact that only two out of all my acquaintances haven’t gone through it already.Well, maybe not two, but three or four. You get the point.

Since there will be no Game of Thrones for a while to come, I thought it would be a good idea to let you know that there are other things you can watch. Good series. That are on show right now. Here are six.

1. Riverdale (season 2)

Season 2 of Riverdale premiered in October last year, but due to an unusually high number of episodes per season (22, just like in the golden days of television), it stretched until May. Sure, by the time you read this article, the final episode will have released on 17 May, but this means you can binge-watch the whole season (and the one before, if it’s your first contact with Riverdale).

2. Lost in Space (season 1)

A Netflix remake of a classic TV series that spanned from 1965 to 1968. The original explored the adventures of the Robinson family when their ship crash-lands on an alien planet. The newly-released one (April 2018, to be precise) explores the adventures of the Robinson family when their ship crash-lands on an alien planet. Shocking, right? A bit less focused on a family-fun sci-fi comedy and more focused on special effects, Netflix’s Lost in Space was received with generally favourable reviews.

3. The Crossing (season 1)

With its premiere back in March, the 11-episode first season of this series is on offer from ABC, the network that enjoyed huge success last decade with Lost. Although it is also centred around a beach, the similarities with Lost end here. The Crossing explores what happens when an American town 180 years into the future starts receiving refugees from a war-torn country.

4. Westworld (season 2)

I don’t think I need to tell you much about this one, to be fair. The first season of the series became rather iconic after managing a better combination of western and sci-fi genres than Cowboys vs Aliens did. Season 2 has been airing since 23 April, and it will end on 25 June. Also, do expect a third season sometime next year, since it has survived the recent renew/cancel gamble.

5. The Handmaid’s Tale (season 2)

This is one of the highest rated shows from those still in their infancy – in fact, it won the Best TV Series – Drama and Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series at the 2018 Golden Globes. Set in a dystopian future, it offers an interesting take on totalitarian dictatorships and the human spirit. Starting in late April, the season will conclude in mid-July.

6. Elementary (season 6)

In contrast with the other five entries, Elementary is rather well-established, offering its sixth season since its inception in 2012. Spanning an impressive 21 episodes for its newest season, the other Sherlock Holmes series apart from Sherlock has been warmly received, despite shifting the backdrop from London (be it Victorian or modern) to New York. In case you haven’t watched it before, you’ll need quite a bit of catching up.

Article written by Julian Leu for The Monthly Film Festival

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23.5.2018
 

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