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Peak TV Treasure: Humans

peak-tv-bug-copyAre you overwhelmed by how much television is available right now? Is life getting in the way of keeping up with the shows you wanna try out? We feel your tube-related pain. Here’s a handy feature that’ll help you locate the hidden gems in this era of Peak TV.



CREATED BY | MI:5’s Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (who adapted from the Swedish series Real Humans)

NUMBER OF EPISODES | Season 1 consists of eight episodes; Season 2 got underway Monday


PREMISE | In an alternative version of present-day England, Joe Hawkins (Tom Goodman-Hill, Mr. Selfridge) purchases a “synth” — short for “synthetic human,” otherwise known as a lifelike android — to help keep up the house in the light of his wife’s increased hours at work. The robot he chooses, Anita (played by Secret Diary of a Call Girl‘s Gemma Chan), is soon revealed to be far more than her programming… but is she good? Evil? As Anita’s story unfolds, we meet other synths including Niska (24: Live Another Day‘s Emily Berrington), a sexbot, and Odi (Game of Thrones‘ Will Tudor), a home aide synth who helps care for retired artificial intelligence researcher Dr. George Millican (Damages‘ William Hurt). Also around (and very mysterious): Leo (Merlin‘s Colin Morgan), whose backstory drives much of the season.

WORTH YOUR TIME IF YOU ENJOY… | Sci-fi dramas with heart, thrillers, Westworld-ian discussions of consciousness, well-crafted mysteries, British accents in general.

YOU SHOULD PROBABLY ALSO KNOW… | In its first few episodes, Humans feels like a quite different show than it ends up being. This is not a bad thing, but it’s something to be aware of — especially as Anita’s story arc unfolds. (And we’re not going to say much more, because we don’t want to spoil you.)

IS IT COMING BACK? | Yes. Humans‘ second season currently airs Mondays on AMC (10/9c).

WHERE CAN I WATCH IT? | All Season 1 episodes are available for purchase on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon; Amazon Prime customers can stream Season 1 for free.

Press PLAY on the video below for a taste of what Humans is all about, then hit the comments: Will you check in with the show?


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  1. Imagecrafters says:

    Great show! Thanks for the recap!

  2. webly3 says:

    I really like Humans and have watched it since day one.

  3. Joey Padron says:

    Humans is a really good show. Glad you made it as your pick for Peak TV Treasure pick this week. More people should watch this show.

  4. Ken says:

    Excellent show that I wish more people were watching. It will hard to keep audiences interested because of the year+ gap between season 1 and 2, but I hope they come back to Humans. I think it has a really great visual aesthetic with style and substance. And I think that Gemma Chan should have been nominated for the first season for her subtle strong performance as Anita/Mia.

  5. Red Snapper says:

    This is a great show. It makes you think what it means to be human. The second season is just as good as the first and takes some interesting turns, I’ve already seen it all. I can’t wait for season 3.

  6. Alan says:

    Esto es fuera de el régimen,tengo una pregunta ¿esto lo van a pasar en netflix? ¡Por favor si sería posible !”

  7. Lucia gonzalez says:

    Thank you!!!!
    This show is excellent, more people should watch it.
    Really hope we get a theird series.!!!!!

  8. Ali says:

    I love this show — can’t get enough!

  9. Karen Wadley says:

    I love smart tv that makes you think and I love this show! Based on a Swedish series, those Swedes are great story tellers. Also big admirer of Colin Morgan, seen in The Fall and Mer Lin , among others.

  10. Michael Weisser says:

    The actors on Humans are so good and all the women are so beautiful, I just luv ’em. I just want to know why there are only 8 episodes a season on Humans? Most shows go 20 or more episodes. I know the actors that play the synths have to go to a synth school, but they’ve been there and I don’t see why that would have anything to do with the number of episodes per season. Anyway, I love the show and I hope they have many more seasons of it, at least 15 more. Its one of my favorite shows right now besides Grimm and they are getting ready to abandon me.