With millions of hours worth of television to watch, it can be hard to weed out the shows that are actually worth investing your sweet, sweet couch-time in. You probably already know about great ones like “Game of Thrones” or “American Horror Story,” but there are some awesome series out there you may not know about, or at least aren’t sure about. Here are four that fit the bill. We promise you won’t be disappointed.
“The Strain” has accumulated a bit of an audience over its two current seasons, but it deserves much more acclaim. Based on the novels by film director Guillermo del Toro and writer Chuck Hogan, “The Strain” follows CDC head Ephraim Goodweather as he hunts down the cause of a very strange disease taking over New York City.
Not far into his investigation, he starts uncovering that the disease isn’t as simple as those he is used to — there is a deep and mythical past linked to it. This is where the really intriguing parts of the show come into play. In addition to the excellent horror elements, the history and backstory involved in the narrative makes the show rich and captivating.
It’s not without its flaws, though. Corey Stoll (from “House of Cards”), in the lead role, gives an expectedly awesome performance, as well as most of the supporting actors, but there are a few characters that fall flat at certain points. Some of the dialogue can also be an obstacle for people, but these things are common in horror cinema … so it can be somewhat expected.
All in all, it’s a good show. If you like any shape of horror, you’ll like “The Strain.” The third season is airing now, and the fourth, final season airs this summer.
Produced and directed by comedic successes Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, “Preacher” delivers an experience that is expectedly funny, but also interesting and engaging. It’s based on a supernatural comic book series by Steve Dillon and Garth Ennis, that I also recommend.
The first season is set in the events surrounding the aftermath of a strange presence that enters the body of protagonist Jesse Custer, who’s a preacher at a small church in Texas. This gives him a strange “superpower,” that comes to play in the plot line later.
Although a preacher, Custer has an ominous past, and this plays into a really unique characterization of the supernatural. Dominic Cooper’s performance as Jesse Custer does a good job of showing a person who’s both holy and unholy, influenced by both heaven and hell. You’ll be on his side in one episode, and hating him in the next. If you watch “Preacher,” you’ll see at least one thing that stands out to you, one character that sticks in your head, and hopefully you really enjoy it. If you’re like me, you’ll end up spending all your money on the comics, too.
The soundtrack is also noteworthy. With tracks by Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson in the pilot, and a badass opening theme song, you’ll be feeling the south rise again and shouting “yee-haw!” til the cows come home.
Set to premier its second season sometime in 2017, “Preacher” airs on AMC.
Brad Neely’s Harg Nallin’ Sclopio Peepio
So, this one is a little bit more of a stretch as far as your taste coinciding with it goes. As the title suggests, being random sounds that make no sense, it’s a little weird. Well, it’s very weird.
Assuming the form of sketch comedy, “Sclopio Peepio” is much different from the previous mentions. While a lot of the sketches, still hilarious, make little to no sense, there are definitely gems of intellectually charged comedy as well. If you’re one to enjoy random, nonsensical humor (especially found in Adult Swim content), this show is exactly for you. If you’re one for smart humor, it’s also for you. That may require more patience, though.
“Brad Neely’s Harg Nallin’ Sclopio Peepio” aired its first season on Adult Swim this past summer, with no word on a second season yet.
Ash vs. Evil Dead
“Ash vs. Evil Dead” is an appropriate blend of the previous mentions. While it isn’t sketch-comedy like “Brad Neely’s,” it retains a similar silly atmosphere. Borrowing from the cult classics it’s based on (“Evil Dead,” “Army of Darkness”), this show takes aim at the viewer and intends to flood them with disturbingly humorous images and scenes. You’ll be seeing plenty of blood and guts, and those wonderful fast-zooms that the “Evil Dead” franchise is famous for.
The show follows Ash, played by original actor Bruce Campbell, after the events of Army of Darkness. He’s back at his job at the department store, and so is Evil. The first season follows him and a few new characters as they hunt down the source of the evil and attempts to put an end to it.
“Ash vs. Evil Dead” just started airing its second season on Starz. You can find the first season on Blu-Ray, DVD, or through unmentionable ways on the web. Whichever way you find it, I think you’ll be glad you did.