Two weeks of cheering your throat hoarse for your favourite athletes and watching sports channels at ungodly hours comes to an end tonight. It’ll be a four-year-long wait until Tokyo. So, if you’re already having withdrawals from the idiot box, here’s a curated list of seven TV shows that the Brunch team is watching. Take your pick and let the streaming begin.
A young boy mysteriously vanishes from a small town in Indiana. His family and friends go looking for answers. What they find are top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and a very strange little girl! Unarguably the most exciting new release this summer, this Netflix original is a mix of sci-fi, supernatural, horror, mystery and psychological thriller, with shades of a historical drama. It is so 1980s’ Steven Spielberg meets Stephen King meets David Lynch – all rolled into one!
– Satarupa Paul
Steven Soderbergh’s brutal medical drama is set in the New York of the 1900s. Knickerbocker Hospital is a greenhouse of turn-of-the-century medical procedures, where gruesome experiments are performed on live patients using antiquated tools. Not for the faint-hearted, this deliciously graphic show has an ample dose of cutting, sewing and gutting of human bodies. Outside the madhouse, the story languidly rolls on the gloomy alleys of New York, luminous in soft gaslights, and cold sunlight.
– Ananya Ghosh
Three years after it was adapted for Indian TV, Season 2 of 24 finally commenced. This time, Jai Singh Rathod (Anil Kapoor) is fighting two battles – one with his own children who hold him responsible for their mother’s death, and the second, against the very system he was a part of. In an interesting twist, Rathod is seen helping a criminal. So, whose side is Rathod actually on remains a mystery that needs to unfold.
– Veenu Singh
A police drama where Simon Baker plays Patrick Jane, a former ‘psychic’ (read con man)-turned CBI consultant, who helps solve crimes using his sharp observational skills. His own agenda though is to track down the serial killer who murdered his wife and daughter. Each episode is a mystery the team must solve. The show ended last year, so you can binge it all.
– Supriya Sharma
Bhabi Ji Ghar Par Hai!
More than the innuendo-laced dialogue that is a by-product of the storyline – two neighbours who fancy each other’s wives – the flavour of humour one grew up reading through Hindi satirists, makes this enjoyable. The manner in which the makers have recreated Kanpur, whose residents indulge in good old gossip, makes one nostalgic for the pre-social media times when people had actual conversations!
– Aasheesh Sharma
War and Peace
This BBC adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s timeless novel is set against the backdrop of Napoleon’s 1812 invasion of Russia. It takes us through the stories of five aristocratic families and their rising and falling fortunes in the waning days of imperial Russia. For those who’ve read the book, the show may appear as a mad gallop through 1,000 pages of plot. But, it’s a great TV costume drama, enhanced by the performances of a talented cast.
– Atisha Jain
Orange Is The New Black
If there’s one show that you MUST not miss this season, it’s this Netflix original that chronicles the life in an all-women fictional prison in America. Its fourth season just concluded and it’s been fantastic! The makers did right by the Black Lives Matter movement, proving that it’s not too hard to participate in pressing national discourse through entertainment. PS: Beer on us, if the finale doesn’t have you cheering mad!
– Shikha Kumar
From HT Brunch, August 21, 2016
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