A LEAGUE OF THERE OWN
Teenager Clay Jensen returns home from school one day to find a mysterious box lying on his porch. Inside, he discovers seven double-sided cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and unrequited love, who tragically committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah unfolds an emotional audio diary, detailing the thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Her instructions are clear: each person who receives the package is one of the reasons why she killed herself. And after each person has completed listening to the tapes, they must pass the package on to the next person. If anyone decides to break the chain, a separate set of tapes will be released to the public. Each tape is addressed to a select person in her school and details their involvement in her eventual suicide.
Creator: Brian Yorkey
Stars: Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford, Christian Navarro
Creator: Brian Yorkey
Stars: Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford, Christian Navarro
The premise of the novel is that gods and mythological creatures exist because people believe in them (a type of thoughtform). Immigrants to the United States brought with them spirits and gods. The power of these mythological beings has diminished as people’s beliefs waned. New gods have arisen, reflecting the American obsessions with media, celebrity, technology and drugs, among other things.
Shadow is a taciturn convict who is released from prison early when his wife, Laura (McCabe) Moon, and best friend Robbie Burton die in a car accident, leaving him alone in the world. Bereaved, he takes a job as a bodyguard for a mysterious con man, Mr. Wednesday, who seems to know more about Shadow’s life than he lets on. Shadow and Wednesday travel across America visiting Wednesday’s unusual colleagues and acquaintances until Shadow learns that Wednesday is in fact an incarnation of Odin the All-Father. Wednesday is recruiting American manifestations of the Old Gods of ancient mythology, whose powers have waned as their believers have decreased in number, to participate in an epic battle against the New American Gods – manifestations of modern life and technology, such as the Internet, media, and modern means of transport. Shadow meets many gods and magical creatures, including Mr. Nancy (Anansi), Czernobog, and a leprechaun named Mad Sweeney who gives Shadow a magical gold coin. Shadow tosses the coin into his wife’s grave, inadvertently bringing her back from the dead as a semi-living revenant.
Creators: Bryan Fuller, Michael Green
Stars: Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Pablo Schreiber |
An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, including a house with a murderous past, an insane asylum, a witch coven, a freak show, a hotel, a possessed farmhouse, and a cult.
The first season follows the Harmon family: Ben (Dylan McDermott), Vivien (Connie Britton) and Violet (Taissa Farmiga), who move from Boston to Los Angeles to start a new life in a Victorian mansion, after Vivien has a miscarriage and Ben has an affair with Hayden (Kate Mara), one of his students. On arrival, they learn from Marcy (Christine Estabrook), the real estate agent, that the previous owners of their new mansion, a couple named Chad and Patrick (Zachary Quinto and Teddy Sears), died in an apparent murder/suicide. Their neighbor Constance (Jessica Lange) and her daughter Addie (Jamie Brewer) become frequent, and mostly unwelcome, guests. Addie seems to have a connection with the house’s mysterious past. Larry Harvey (Denis O’Hare), a former resident of the house who has suffered from terrible burns, also begins inserting himself into the Harmons’ lives, giving Ben a cryptic warning about the house. The house also “comes with” Moira O’Hara (Frances Conroy/Alexandra Breckenridge), a housekeeper who appears young and seductive to men, but old and matronly to women.
Creators: Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy
Stars: Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett |
A true-crime satire that explores the aftermath of a costly high school prank that left twenty-seven faculty cars vandalised
A small-town school has been besieged by penises. All in all, 27 have been spray-painted across buildings and cars, causing thousands of dollars’ worth of damage. The main suspect – the only suspect – is inveterate dick-painter Dylan Maxwell. When Maxwell is expelled, sophomore student Peter Maldonado launches an investigation. No stone is un-turned in his quest for justice. Did Dylan really draw the junk, or is something more sinister at play?
Creators: Dan Perrault, Tony Yacenda
Stars: Tyler Alvarez, Griffin Gluck, Jimmy Tatro
A young woman’s murder causes the subjects of a century-long mission to populate a new world to question the true nature of the project as they approach the point of no return.
The USS Ascension is a massive, self-sustaining generation ship. The journey will take 100 years, so only the children and grandchildren of the original crew of 600 volunteers will be alive when they arrive. The story begins 51 years into their journey (i.e. in the present), as they approach the point of no return. The action begins with the mysterious murder of a young woman – the first homicide since the Ascension was launched. The investigation causes the ship’s crew to question the true nature of their mission.
It is revealed that the Ascension never left Earth. Its true purpose is a genetics experiment being carried out in a fake spaceship constructed inside a secret underground facility. The current director of the project, Dr. Harris Enzmann, is attempting to use the experiment to evolve a superhuman. This appears to be successful in the form of Christa, a young girl born onboard who displays a number of telekinetic powers. Enzmann’s mission is opposed by others in the organization, and the murder sparks off a series of events that lead to Enzmann’s position being put in jeopardy.
Creators: Adrian Cruz, Philip Levens
Stars: Tricia Helfer, Gil Bellows, Brian Van Holt
A series centered around a group of football players and their families, friends, and handlers.
After the unexpected demise of a friend and former teammate, retired football superstar Spencer ramps up his efforts to build a post-football career in Miami, and feels pressure from Joe, his boss at a financial firm, to monetize his friendships. Meanwhile, recently retired player, Charles, copes with the realities of finding a new job. A talented wide receiver, Ricky is forced to put his pride aside to find a new home. Vernon, a player on the rise, finds himself in a tight spot and reaches out to Spencer for help.
Creator: Stephen Levinson
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, John David Washington, Omar Benson Miller
The trials and tribulations of criminal lawyer, Jimmy McGill, in the time leading up to establishing his strip-mall law office in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Introducing Jimmy McGill. You may know him better as Saul Goodman, Walter White’s slippery, resourceful lawyer in Breaking Bad. When first we meet him it is a few years before he meets Walter White. He is a struggling lawyer in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He mostly defends small-time crooks and represents people in civil liability claims. His brother, Charles “Chuck” McGill, is a senior partner at a prestigious Albuquerque law firm but hasn’t left his house for several months due to a strange affliction. Jimmy is supporting him through bringing him groceries and the like. Jimmy has a dark, pre-lawyer past, being a small-time fraudster in Chicago before moving to Albuquerque to start over and work with at his brother’s firm. We also meet Mike Ehrmantraut, ex-cop now working as a toll booth attendant at the courthouse parking lot. We see how Jimmy and Mike’s stories converge and how Jimmy slowly becomes the Saul Goodman we know from Breaking Bad.
Creators: Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould
Stars: Bob Odenkirk, Rhea Seehorn, Jonathan Banks
“Billions” is a fictional drama that takes an insider look at the world of high finance by tracking the approaching collision between two titanic figures – the hard charging, politically savvy U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Giamatti), and the brilliant, ambitious hedge fund king, Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Lewis).
It’s law versus money, with power, sex, and the soul of New York in the balance, as hard-charging U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Giamatti) squares off against billionaire hedge fund king Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Lewis). Maggie Siff stars as Wendy Rhoades, Chuck’s estranged wife and the top performance coach in the hedge fund world. Malin Akerman plays Lara Axelrod, Axe’s fiercely loyal and street-smart wife. Season two finds the characters vying for control in a changing world that presents an existential threat. For all of them, it’s a choice between evolution and extinction.
Creators: Brian Koppelman, David Levien, Andrew Ross Sorkin
Stars: Paul Giamatti, Maggie Siff, Toby Leonard Moore
Jane Doe is found in Times Square with no memory and mysterious tattoos on her body.
Blindspot focuses on a mysterious tattooed woman who is found naked inside a travel bag in Times Square by the FBI, with no recollection of her own past or her own identity. They discover that her tattoos contain clues to crimes they will have to solve
Creator: Martin Gero
Stars: Sullivan Stapleton, Jaimie Alexander, Rob Brown
A high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer turns to manufacturing and selling methamphetamine in order to secure his family’s future.
Mild-mannered high school chemistry teacher Walter White thinks his life can’t get much worse. His salary barely makes ends meet, a situation not likely to improve once his pregnant wife gives birth, and their teenage son is battling cerebral palsy. But Walter is dumbstruck when he learns he has terminal cancer. Realizing that his illness probably will ruin his family financially, Walter makes a desperate bid to earn as much money as he can in the time he has left by turning an old RV into a meth lab on wheels
Creator: Vince Gilligan
Stars: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn
A mysterious accident, missing money, dodgy deals and looted treasure propel a bookish Briton into a partnership with a tough, female, bounty hunter from New York in this comedy action/adventure series.
Creator: Freddy Syborn
Stars: Christian Ochoa, Charity Wakefield, Jack Whitehall |
Set in the fictional 99th Precinct of the New York City Police Department in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Nine-Nine follows a team of detectives headed by newly appointed Captain Ray Holt (Andre Braugher). Among the detectives is Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg), who frequently tops the squad in collars despite his relaxed, carefree attitude, much to the annoyance of his more by-the-book colleague, Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero). Charles Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio) is a reliable but quirky detective whose emotions can sometimes go wild, as opposed to the stoic and mysterious Rosa Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz).
The final two detectives, Michael Hitchcock (Dirk Blocker) and Norman “Norm” Scully (Joel McKinnon Miller), are older and often incompetent, although not without their usefulness. The detectives report to Sergeant Terry Jeffords (Terry Crews), a devoted family man who is initially afraid to go back to active police work for fear that he might die in the line of duty and thus leave his three children without a father. Rounding out the precinct is sarcastic civilian administrator Gina Linetti (Chelsea Peretti), who seems to value everything like dancing and her social life over work, and does anything to avoid her job.
Creators: Daniel J. Goor, Michael Schur
Stars: Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews
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LINE OF DUTY
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MARVEL’S LUKE CAGE
MARVEL’S THE DEFENDERS
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