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Short-Sweet-Shocking: 12 Limited Tv Series

1. Chernobyl (Season-1)

Plot:

The plot follows an early morning explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear powerplant that sends workers scrambling to assess the damage. Plant workers and firefighters put their lives on the line to control the disaster. But what follows the repercussions, and who is to be held guilty?

Source: Secret London

Why Watch It?

A dramatized version of the 1986 nuclear accident has been recorded as one of the worst manufactured catastrophes in the history of the world. Watch the show to get an idea of the sacrifices made to save Europe from unimaginable disasters and who is guilt in all this. The show has been directed flawlessly and leaves an accurate impact on the audience. It certainly tops the ‘Must Watch list.

2. Band of Brothers (Season- 1)

Plot:

It is the story of Easy Company, 606th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division from 1942 to the end of World War II. A collection of fifty portraits illustrated by archive footage and recounted invoice.

Source: NME

Why Watch It?

We are taken in the intricacies of the war-torn land and the lives of the soldiers. With loaded action of the real-life, this World War Drama gives us a heart-rending sense of the violence that the time witnessed. It is certainly a show you must watch because it captures the essence of the war that official histories have failed to do.

3. When They See Us (Season-1)

  • Streaming At: Netflix
  • Genre: True Crime Drama
  • No. of Episodes: 4
  • Creator: Ava DuVernay
  • TNS Score: 93.6/100

Plot:

Based on a true story, five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they’re falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park.

Source: Page Six

Why Watch It?

Racism prevails, not just in history textbooks but in everyday life. Based on one of the most controversial trials that held five teenagers guilty of a gruesome crime, which they did not commit, just because of their race and color. It is a heart-rending series that will make you see through the evils of racist ideologies that prevail even today. The event questioned the integrity of millions of innocents through these five teenagers.

4. Fargo (Season-1)

  • Streaming At: Netflix
  • Genre: Crime, Black-Comedy, Drama
  • No. of Episodes: 10
  • Creator: Noah Hawley
  • TNS Score: 92.6/100

Plot:

Inspired by the classic Coen Brothers film of the same title, this anthology series embroils several quirky Minnesotans in different “true” crimes.

Source: The Boston Globe

Why Watch It?

It’s a classic example of American black-comedy, written by Noah Hawley. It follows an anthology format, with each season set in a different era. It is all said to have occurred in reality. Definitely worth your while.

5. Unbelievable (Season-1)

Plot:

After a young woman is accused of lying about a rape, two female detectives investigate a spate of eerily similar attacks. Inspired by true events.

Souce: Harper’s Bazaar

Why Watch It?

The twists and turns in the show, are so perfectly laid that it’ll keep you intrigued. Characterisation has been done brilliantly well. Direction gives the show a raw perspective, drawing inspiration from the originality of the events.

Read a Detailed Review of Unbelievable here

6. Alias Grace (Season-1)

  • Streaming At: Netflix
  • Genre: Drama
  • No. of Episodes: 6
  • Creator: Mary Harron
  • TNS Score: 90.6/100

Plot:

In 19th century Canada, a psychiatrist weighs whether a murderess should be pardoned due to insanity. Based on Margaret Atwood’s award-winning novel.

Source: ArtWave Guide

Why Watch It?

The show has been set in the time of the 19th century Canada, based on Atwood’s award-winning novel. It’s one of the classic works of Atwood that’s been adopted for the series. With brilliant performance by Sarah Godan, and other actors, perfect milieu of the age and apt direction, you can’t miss watching the show.

7. Unorthodox (Season-1)

Plot:

Born and raised in a New York Hasidic community, Esty struggles after a fruitless year of marriage. She runs away to Berlin, in search of freedom and self.

Source: Decider

Why Watch It?

Being brought up in a stringent culture, Esty finds herself lost. Doing whatever she’s been told to do, she loses her identity. Taking a leap of faith, she realises that to be able to get freedom and individuality, she must leave the system that has imprisoned her for so long. But does system leave her, that easily? Its hard to tell. Watch the show for its raw depiction of an individual’s breakthrough from the degenerating conditioning of society.

Read a Detailed Review of Unorthodox here

8. Bodyguard (Season-1)

  • Streaming At: Netflix
  • Genre: Crime-Drama, Political Thriller
  • No. of Episodes: 6
  • Creator: Jed Mercurio
  • TNS Score: 89.6/100

Plot:

A troubled war veteran is assigned to protect a controversial politician who may be the target of a terror plot.

Source: TBI Vision

Why Watch It?

War veteran David Budd gets work as a police sergeant with the Metropolitan Police Service in London, in the Royalty and Specialist Protection branch. He is assigned to protect the home secretary, the Rt Hon Julia Montague MP. Finding himself increasingly at odds with Montague’s policies and personality and dealing with physical and psychological scars from his time serving in Afghanistan, volatile Budd is torn between his beliefs and his duty to protect.

9. The Haunting of Hill House (Season-1)

  • Streaming At: Netflix
  • Genre: Supernatural, Horror-Drama
  • No. of Episodes: 10
  • Creator: Mike Flanagan
  • TNS Score: 89.6/100

Plot:

The Crains, a fractured family, confront haunting memories of their old home and the terrifying events that drove them from it.

Source: The Indian Express

Why Watch It?

The Haunting of Hill House slowly turns into a spellbinding masterpiece full of sorrow and longing. With some mesmerising acting, in particular from Carla Gugino as the mother of the Crain family, the series shows the tragic events played out in Hill House around 20 years prior and the stain they left behind. Every episode oozes emotion, creating many characters so frail and fickle you can see them in yourself.

10. Sharp Objects (Season-1)

  • Streaming At: Disney+ Hotstar
  • Genre: Psychological Thriller, Mystery, Southern Gothic
  • No. of Episodes: 8
  • Creator: Marti Noxon
  • TNS Score: 89.3/100

Plot:

Based on Gillian Flynn’s novel of the same name, this series tells the story of a reporter, Camille Preaker, who returns to her hometown to cover the murder of two preteen girls, following a stay in a psychiatric hospital.

Source: Gone Girl Wiki

Why Watch It?

This thriller is filled with suspense, that keeps the viewer hooked. It’s layered with intricate secrets, that unravel one after the other. It also explores the psychological dilemmas and dictions. You must watch it, instantly.

11. Godless (Season-1)

  • Streaming At: Netflix
  • Genre: Western, Crime, Drama
  • No. of Episodes: 7
  • Creator: Scott Frank
  • TNS Score: 89/100

Plot:

A ruthless outlaw terrorizes the West in search of a former member of his gang, who’s found a new life in a quiet town populated only by women.

Source: Variety

Why Watch It?

The show is about a town with only women in it, it’s much more complex than that. The politics of power and gender, play a major role in this western drama, loaded with action. It’s certainly worth your while.

12. Delhi Crime (Season-1)

  • Streaming At: Netflix
  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Anthology
  • No. of Episodes: 7
  • Creator: Richie Mehta
  • TNS Score: 88.3/100

Plot:

As Delhi reels in the aftermath of a gang rape, DCP Vartika Chaturvedi leads a painstaking search for the culprits. Based on the 2012 Nirbhaya case.

Source: LiveAkhbar

Why Watch It?

Delhi Crime is such a well made and brilliantly executed series. The series is relatively restrained and made with a lot of sensitivity. Also, instead of focusing on the crime itself, it focuses more on the subsequent police investigation. It gives a very insightful look inside the lives of police officers and what happens when people just sit and pass idle comments about the inefficiency of police force. It is one of the best portrayals of policing in India that you’ll have seen on screen.

Special Mention

American Crime Story (Season-1,2)

Season- 1: The People Vs O.J Simpson

Source: CBS News

Season- 2: The Assassination of Gianni Versace

Source: Variety

Plot:

The series centres around various historical and high-profile criminal cases with proper background, evidence and official records. The first season is the dramatic presentation of the twists and turns of O.J. Simpson’s murder trial, examining behind-the-scenes gambit on both sides of the court. The second season discusses the murder of the famous fashion designer Gianni Versace.

Why Watch It?

The trial was a national sensation when the former National Football League player, broadcaster and actor- O.J. Simpson was tried on two counts of murder on June 12, 1994. The case was full of ambiguity and had multifaceted opinions. Similarly, the murder mystery of Gianni Versace that led to huge controversies. The direction is flawless and the characters are finely played. You cannot miss watching the story and trial of one of the most controversial murder cases in the history of America.

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