The best TV boxets to look out for
2017 was an epic year for streaming juggernauts Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu. Addictive content was rolled out thick and fast – from American Gods and The Handmaid’s Tale to Glow and The Crown - keeping you well and truly planted on the edge of your seat all year through.
And now with a whole new year ahead, we wonder - what could possibly be in store for us in 2018? Well, draw the curtains, shut out the cold, pluck out your favourite onesie and let the binge watching commence.
From the director and producer of True Detective (the first series – don’t worry), comes Maniac – a dark comedy starring Hollywood’s finest, Jonah Hill and Emma Stone.
The series, which is based on a 2014 Norwegian TV show, revolves around the fantasy worlds of two mental institution patients in the 80s.
Most of the plot is being kept under wraps at this stage but with leaked snaps of Jonah Hill in pigtails and a supporting cast that includes Justin Theroux and Sally Field, we’re certain it’ll more than live up to its predecessor.
The first season of Maniac is set to premiere on Netflix in 2018.
Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams (Amazon/All 4)
Are you a fan of standalone episodes? Having Black Mirror withdrawal symptoms? Look no further than Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams.
This 10-episode science-fiction anthology series takes you into unique worlds beyond your wildest dreams. And with an all-star cast that includes heavyweights like Bryan Cranston, Steve Buscemi, Greg Kinnear, Timothy Spall and Anna Paquin, how can you go wrong?
Catch all of the episodes now on Amazon Prime and All 4.
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan (Amazon)
Inexperienced CIA agent – check. Dangerous field assignment – check. Lovable bloke from the US office – check. Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan has all the makings of a sure-fire hit.
This action thriller follows Ryan (played by John Krasinski), an up-and-coming CIA analyst who uncovers a pattern in terrorist communication – catapulting him into the centre of a dangerous terror organisation. The consequences? Well potential global destruction of course.
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan was originally scheduled for release in March 2018 – however Amazon has revised its timeline, so you may have to wait till the summer.
The Looming Tower (Hulu)
Hulu put itself on the map last year with breakthrough phenomenon The Handmaid’s Tale – and now it’s ready to take 2018 by storm with drama The Looming Tower.
This fascinating series takes a controversial look at the rivalry between the FBI and CIA during the rising threat of Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda. Based on the Lawrence Wright book ‘The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the road to 9/11’, the TV show documents the events that led to the tragic September 11 attacks.
You can watch the first episode of The Looming Tower on February 28th on Hulu.
Lost In Space (Netflix)
Netflix loves a reboot - and now it’s 1960s cult classic Lost In Space’s turn (the less said about the 1998 movie starring Joey from Friends, the better).
This year’s revamp is set in the year 2046, and centres on The Robinson Family who get, well, lost in space - light years away from their planned destination. Expected to be much darker than the comedic original, the 10-episode series focuses on The Robinson’s battle with a strange new alien environment, as well as their own personal demons.
Lost In Space is scheduled to be released in May 2018 on Netflix.
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