This slow burn of a Showtime series follows the mutual attraction between two married people and the affair that unfolds. Like you can expect with every affair, people get hurt, and in this case someone gets killed. It’s not your typical thriller though, as it’s told through multiple points of view and makes you question what you think you know. But that’s the reality of memory fragmentation.
Throw in stellar performances by Dominic West and Ruth Wilson and this becomes an utterly riveting watch. But don’t worry, you have two whole seasons to plough through before withdrawal sets in.
Words by Elissa Loi
If you liked Making a Murderer, you will find this haunting documentary equally fascinating as well.
The real life case of Meredith Kercher’s murder back in 2007 is an example of how the media circus can turn fiction into fact. And at the centre of it is Kercher’s housemate Amanda Knox who was found guilty of her murder along with her Italian boyfriend, despite a lack of concrete evidence. The young American was only fully exonerated of the crime some 8 years later when the Italian courts found the evidence damning her to be inconsequential.
As for what happened on the night Meredith Kercher was killed? No one will ever know.
Words by Elissa Loi
Bulletproof widower Luke Cage was one of the best characters in Netflix’s Jessica Jones, and while he struggles a little to carry his own series (it takes ages to get going), there's enough brooding and bad guy bruising here to keep Marvel TV fans plenty entertained. The occasions that Cage engages rampage mode are as enjoyable as you'd probably imagine.
If the show was as witty and clever as it thinks it is it would be an instant classic, but for now Daredevil remains the benchmark for superheroes on telly.
THE BIG SHORT
How the hell do you explain collateralised debt obligation to the 99% of the population that doesn’t work on Wall Street?
Stick Margot Robbie in a bathtub, of course.
Adam McKay’s scathing retelling of the 2007-2008 financial crisis is jam-packed with these little explainers. Just in case Ryan Gosling’s acerbic narrator hasn’t boiled it down enough for you already.
Don’t let the subject matter turn you off - The Big Short takes a complex money minefield and turns it into a devilishly funny and genuinely exciting tale. You’ll tune in for the incredible cast, but stay to the end for the dissection of adjustable-rate mortgages.
A big budget US series involving Kiefer Sutherland, international terrorism and the White House – but 24 this ain’t. Designated Survivor is a new Netflix-exclusive series in which Sutherland plays a nondescript, under-qualified cabinet member thrust into the presidency when most of the US government is wiped out in a bombing. With the country in chaos, he must step up into a role he never wanted and respond to the atrocity’s perpetrators – whoever they might be.
Unlike most Netflix originals, Designated Survivor is being released at a rate of just one episode each week – so if you’re looking for something to keep you occupied in the long term rather than a quick binge-watch, this could be your favourite new series.