We’ve prepared a list of the best series released on streaming platforms in this 2020 of which we have already reached the equator. Now you have no excuse for not catching up during the summer months:
1. The Plot Against America
From the creators of “The Wire”, this adaptation of Philip Roth’s novel presents an alternative history of the United States in which Charles Lindbergh wins the elections on an anti-Semitic platform. Great cast, excellent visually and a story that resonates with the current situation in its criticism of populism.
Where: HBO; episodes: 6
2. When the Dust Settles
This excellent Danish miniseries revolves around an attack in Copenhagen that changes the lives of several individuals. We’re shown how their lives crisscross before and after this tragic moment, emphasizing the fragility of life and dealing with issues such as racism and the right to a dignified death. Raw, realistic, and heart-breaking.
Where: Filmin; episodes: 10
3. Mrs. America
A series on feminism that is critical of the movement itself, pointing out the mistakes it has made along the way. To do so, the series focuses on the life of a conservative activist played by a wonderful Cate Blanchett who in the 70s knew exactly how to find feminism’s weak points in order to beat it. Defeats from the past to help us learn in the present.
Where: HBO; episodes: 9
Genndy Tartakovsky’s new animation series is an extraordinary journey through a savage world in which a primitive man and a dinosaur join forces to survive. The relationship between the two is slowly built into a series without dialogue but capable of dealing with emotions like grief over the loss of a loved one or compassion.
Where: HBO; episodes: 10
There is no shortage of series about terrorism, but few have looked at what goes on inside the human mind to explain why so many young Westerners are seduced by Islamic fundamentalism. Using a multi-level approach, this Swedish fiction asks uncomfortable questions while it narrates the plot behind an impending terrorist attack.
Where: Netflix; episodes: 8
6. The Mandalorian
Set on the periphery of the Star Wars universe, this series is actually a breath of fresh air and a source of different energy compared with the latest films in the saga. With a Western setting, a great sense of humor, bubbling charisma, and a story that’s accessible even to those who haven’t seen the films, undoubtedly one of the best Star Wars dramas in recent years.
Where: Disney+; episodes: 8
This portrait of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community from which the protagonist of this miniseries tries to escape is as terrifying as it is fascinating. Actress Sira Haas’s portrayal is its other great strength, enough to recommend suffocating drama that loses plausibility in the part of the story set in Berlin.
Where: Netflix; episodes: 4
8. Perry Mason
Ok, so he’s not at all like the Perry Mason we knew, but who cares when it’s Matthew Rhys in a detective storyline with a disturbing and twisted case, a well-groomed photograph, and Tim Van Patten as director? Also, in the end (Spoiler Alert) the series comes out being much more Perry Mason than it seemed.
Where: HBO; episodes: 8
This adaptation of Roberto Saviano’s book has the virtue of taking a macro look at the issue of drug trafficking, normally treated from the micro perspective. Thus, the story of this cocaine shipment involves three countries with several groups of individuals and gives a truly accurate idea of how the drug business works on a global scale.
Where: Amazon; episodes: 8
10. I Know This Much is True
This show only made the cut because of Mark Ruffalo’s performance. The actor plays two twin brothers, alternating between them to tell a tragic story with the disease of schizophrenia at its core. The miniseries, based on the Wally Lamb novel, is emotionally extreme and levels punches at the viewer relentlessly. Where:
HBO; episodes: 6