15 series for one season for pleasant evenings

15. Midnight Mass

midnight mass

  • USA, Canada, 2021.
  • Horror, thriller, drama.
  • Duration: 7 episodes.
  • IMDb: 7.7.
Shot from the series “Midnight Mass”

Riley Flynn spends several years in prison, after which he returns home to a small island. At the same time, a new priest appears in the local church. He is charming and sympathetic and seems to have supernatural powers. But the nature of his powers can be dangerous.

The director of The Haunting of Hill House and Doctor Sleep, Mike Flanagan, conceived this plot at the dawn of his career – the book Midnight Mass is mentioned in one of his first films, Silence. But the story appeared on the screens only in 2021. This is a leisurely horror thriller that not only scares, but also makes you think about the essence of religion.

14. The Last Days of Ptolemy Gray

The Last Days Of Ptolemy Gray

  • USA, 2022.
  • Drama, detective.
  • Duration: 6 episodes.
  • IMDb: 7.8.

90-year-old Ptolemy Gray lives alone and gradually loses his memory. But unexpectedly, he is offered an experimental treatment that will help briefly restore clarity of mind. Ptolemy agrees, because he wants to investigate the death of his nephew, which, according to the old man, was not accidental.

The main advantage of this series is Samuel L. Jackson in the title role. His game adds both comedic and dramatic elements to the story: Ptolemy Gray either grumbles endlessly at his new nurse and everyone around him, or seems like a helpless person who needs care.

13. Protecting Jacob

Defending Jacob

  • USA, 2020.
  • Drama, thriller, detective.
  • Duration: 8 episodes.
  • IMDb: 7.8.

In the city of Newton, a schoolboy is killed, and Assistant District Attorney Andy Barber takes over the investigation. Soon the main suspect becomes the 14-year-old classmate of the deceased Jacob. That’s just it – the son of Barber himself. Now the father must choose between duty and love for his child.

The main roles in this series were played by Chris Evans, known for his image of Captain America in the Marvel films, Michelle Dockery, who everyone loved after Downton Abbey, and the young star of the movie It , Jaden Martell. These three actors put on a great drama, seamlessly woven into a detective story.

12. Patrick Melrose

Patrick Melrose

  • UK, USA, 2018.
  • Drama.
  • Duration: 5 episodes.
  • IMDb: 8.0.
Shot from the series “Patrick Melrose”

The film adaptation of the book series by Edward St. Aubyn tells the story of the heir to a wealthy family, Patrick Melrose, who is trying to cope with various addictions . To solve problems in the present, he needs to understand his past: Patrick grew up with a very abusive father and an indifferent alcoholic mother.

After the release of the series, it was often said that Benedict Cumberbatch went to this role all his acting life. Indeed, he is incredibly believable in conveying the emotions of a person who is trying to hide from the outside world under the guise of sarcasm and rudeness. Visually, the series is interesting in that the color scheme and brightness here change from series to series. The authors either twist the colors to the fullest to show the colors of childhood, or, on the contrary, go into darkness and dullness or hopeless blue tones.

11. Ghost Tower

The Looming Tower

  • USA, 2018.
  • Drama.
  • Duration: 10 episodes.
  • IMDb: 8.0.

FBI and CIA agents are trying to join forces in the fight against Islamic terrorists. However, professional jealousy and simple selfishness do not allow employees to work together. This rivalry leads to the tragic events of September 11, 2001.

One of Hulu’s most popular series shows the disaster in the US from an unexpected angle. The authors suggest that the attack could have been prevented, but the secret services were too carried away by internal squabbles and forgot about their main tasks.

10. Scenes from married life

Scenes from a Marriage

  • USA, 2021.
  • Drama, melodrama.
  • Duration: 5 episodes.
  • IMDb: 8.0.

After 10 years of marriage, Jonathan and Mira realize that a lot of innuendo has accumulated in their relationship. They fight, and then decide to break up altogether. But gradually feelings flare up with renewed vigor.

The series is based on the film of the same name by Ingmar Bergman. In fact, the basis of the plot largely repeats the original, but the authors made a reasonable adjustment for the time: in some parts, the characters switched places, and in the introductions to the first episodes, they even show work in the pandemic era. But the main thing that was preserved in the remake is that almost the entire series is built on the dialogues of the characters about relationships.

9. Sharp objects

Sharp Objects

  • USA, 2018.
  • Drama, thriller.
  • Duration: 8 episodes.
  • IMDb: 8.1.
Frame from the series “Sharp Objects”

Reporter Camille Preaker arrives in her hometown to write an article about the disappearances and murders of children. But the return opens old wounds: a despotic mother and memories of a long-dead sister do not allow the heroine to be objective. Meanwhile, the situation in the city is heating up, and the police are practically powerless.

All the works of director Jean-Marc Vallee certainly deserve attention from an artistic point of view. He knows how to combine long and slow takes with sharp cuts, showing flashes from the past. In Sharp Objects, the director again demonstrates his perfect taste, complementing the incredible intensity of emotions with an interesting picture. And if his ” Big Little Lies ” revealed the secrets of marital relationships, then this series shows the deep trauma associated with parents.

8. Night manager

The Night Manager

  • UK, USA, 2015.
  • Drama, crime.
  • Duration: 6 episodes.
  • IMDb: 8.1.

Former British soldier Jonathan Pine, who works as a night receptionist, is hired by intelligence. He must ingratiate himself with arms dealer Richard Ropper. But Pine falls in love with the criminal’s girlfriend.

The authors of the series moved the action of the famous book ” The Night Manager ” by John Le Carré to the present day, and the main roles were taken by popular actors: Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie and Elizabeth Debicki. The plot of the film adaptation can be scolded for being too dramatic, but at least the style and beauty of this project will definitely please.

7. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

  • UK, 2015.
  • Fantasy, historical.
  • Duration: 7 episodes.
  • IMDb: 8.1.

In an alternative world of the 19th century, two wizards meet: the sharp Jonathan Strange and the intelligent Gilbert Norrell. Together they decide to revive the lost English magic. But the heroes will have to face cruel otherworldly forces.

The series, based on the novel of the same name by Suzanne Clark, perfectly combines fantasy plot, historical scenery and witty English humor . The result is an exciting journey into the magical world and culture of the past.

6. 11.22.63

11.22.63

  • USA, 2016.
  • Fantasy, thriller, drama, detective.
  • Duration: 8 episodes.
  • IMDb: 8.1.
Shot from the series “11.22.63”

School history teacher Jake Epping learns that he can travel back in time. Now he must prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy. However, it gradually becomes clear that time itself resists any interference.

The authors of the adaptation took the novel of the same name by Stephen King as a basis, but greatly accelerated the pace of the narrative to fit the plot into one short season. However, in part, this even went to the benefit of history. It turned out to be a very dynamic historical project, in which, traditionally for King, horror elements also slip through.

5. Forgotten by God

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  • USA, 2017.
  • Drama, Western.
  • Duration: 7 episodes.
  • IMDb: 8.3.

In the middle of the XIX century in the Wild West, the criminal Frank Griffin is looking for his adopted son, Roy Hood. He escaped from his father and his accomplices with all the loot and took refuge on a secluded ranch near the town of La Belle. The main feature of this settlement is that after the collapse of the mine, almost only women live here.

Director Scott Frank (one of the authors of “Logan”) knows how to create very dark and emotional stories, combined with a beautifully staged picture. “Godforgotten” was immediately conceived as a complete story, so at any moment each character can die, which adds tension to the story.

4. Enmity

Feud

  • USA, 2017.
  • Biography, drama.
  • Duration: 8 episodes.
  • IMDb: 8.4.

Two of the most popular actresses of the 60s – Joan Crawford and Bette Davis – arrange on the set of the film “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” real war. Their enmity will last for many years.

The author of ” American Horror Story ” and many other series, Ryan Murphy, perfectly knows how to create the scenery of the past. In his tradition, he filmed “Enmity” in very bright colors, but with a really dramatic content. And at the same time he invited his favorite actresses to the main roles: Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon.

3. Meir of Easttown

Mare of Easttown

  • USA, 2021.
  • Drama, crime.
  • Duration: 7 episodes.
  • IMDb: 8.5.
Shot from the series “Meir of Easttown”

Meir works for the police force in the small town of Easttown. Together with a colleague who arrived from the capital, she investigates the murder of a single mother. But in parallel, the heroine has to deal with problems in her personal life: she divorced her husband and takes care of her grandson.

A good detective part is just one of the components of this series. There are no less dramatic elements here, telling about life in a small town, as well as about the personal difficulties of a middle-aged woman.

2. Queen’s turn

The Queen’s Gambit

  • USA, 2020.
  • Drama.
  • Duration: 7 episodes.
  • IMDb: 8.6.

After her mother’s death, Elizabeth Harmon grows up in an orphanage where a janitor teaches her how to play chess. Gradually it becomes clear that the girl is a real prodigy. Beth matures and quickly becomes one of the strongest chess players in the US and even the world. But she just can not cope with the dependence on drugs and alcohol.

This series, like Godforgotten, was directed by Scott Frank. And the main role was played by one of the most sought-after actresses of recent years, Anya Taylor-Joy . The Queen’s Move was one of Netflix’s top hits of 2021, and has also sparked an unprecedented rise in interest in chess.

1. Chernobyl

Chernobyl

  • USA, UK, 2019.
  • Drama, historical.
  • Duration: 5 episodes.
  • IMDb: 9.4.

In 1986, an accident occurs at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Valery Legasov and Boris Shcherbina are sent to the scene of the incident, who are supposed to lead the aftermath. In parallel, they talk about the life of ordinary station workers and employees.

The 2019 HBO series was a bombshell. Of course, the authors added artistic elements to the real story, but at the same time they showed everything very gloomy and believable. Chernobyl received high ratings from both critics and viewers, with an IMDb rating of the final episode of 9.8 points.

What series have you been watching for one season lately? Tell us in the comments what project you can master over the weekend.

This article was first published in September 2018. In August 2022, we updated the text.

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