Are 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.
NETWORK | Netflix
CREATED BY | Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij
NUMBER OF EPISODES | 8
EPISODE LENGTH | 60 mins.
PREMISE | Marling (of the British miniseries Babylon) stars as Prairie Johnson, a young woman who went missing years ago as a blind girl, but returns to the community she grew up in with her sight inexplicably restored. Alternately seen as a miracle and a dangerous threat, Prairie gradually confides the fantastic story of her “missing” years to a small group of locals, in order to recruit them for a mission.
WORTH YOUR TIME IF YOU ENJOY… | Both Netflix’s own Stranger Things, which similarly collided small-town life with the unfathomable, and Sense8, in which a disparate group of misfits work toward a larger cause. If you as I did can go into this series “cold,” knowing little more than what’s described above, all the better, since there is no predicting where it will take you. It’s important to keep that in mind as the first episode drags on (and on), giving little indicator of the far more interesting road ahead. On the acting side, Marling keeps you glued to The OA’s tale, Jason Isaacs fills his role perfectly and The Office‘s Phyllis Smith brings much pathos to the proceedings.
YOU SHOULD PROBABLY ALSO KNOW… | The Season 1 finale… has its detractors (and perhaps deservedly so). Just as the episodes preceding it were unpredictable, the finale left some jaws dropped, but not in a reverential way. It’s an easy binge, a small investment of time to make and form your own opinion.
IS IT COMING BACK? | Yes. Just seven weeks after The OA‘s release, Netflix ordered “Part II.”
WHERE CAN I WATCH IT? | All eight Season 1 episodes are available to stream on Netflix.
READ UP ON OTHER PEAK TV TREASURES
Insecure • Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath • One Day at a Time • Review
The Carmichael Show • Halt and Catch Fire • Fleabag • 12 Monkeys • Lethal Weapon
Sweet/Vicious • Humans • People of Earth • The Missing • Search Party