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1. At­lanta: Rob­bin’ Sea­son (FX)

Last April, At­lanta’s Teddy Perkins episode (think Sun­set Boule­vard meets Get Out) dom­i­nated both wa­ter­cooler con­ver­sa­tions and deep-dive think pieces. A month later, di­rec­tor Hiro Mu­rai and cre­ator Don­ald Glover gar­nered the same re­ac­tion with the Child­ish Gam­bino mu­sic video for This Is Amer­ica. Both Teddy Perkins and This Is Amer­ica are hor­ri­fy­ing and con­fronta­tional. They stand out for their lu­nacy and po­tency, lac­ing con­tem­po­rary anx­i­eties into a blunt that takes you on ab­surd highs and leaves you para­noid. Both are to­tally of a piece with the ver­sa­tile style and per­cep­tive con­ver­sa­tions Mu­rai and Glover wove through­out At­lanta’s bril­liant and stylis­ti­cally sub­ver­sive Rob­bin’ Sea­son.

Each episode al­most plays like a self­con­tained short film, fol­low­ing rap­per Pa­per Boi (Brian Tyree Henry), his right­hand man Dar­ius (Lakeith Stan­field), laid-back man­ager Earn (Glover) and Earn’s girl­friend Van (Zazie Beetz) as mun­dane sit­u­a­tions es­ca­late into hu­mil­i­at­ing, philo­soph­i­cal, screw­ball or night­mar­ish odysseys that un­der­score the Black ex­pe­ri­ence in Amer­ica. There’s hu­mour for miles but – like This Is Amer­ica – At­lanta of­ten takes you to a sad place. Top Episode: Al­li­ga­tor Man

Rad­heyan Si­mon­pil­lai

2. Sharp Ob­jects (HBO Canada)

In Sharp Ob­jects, mem­o­ries are ghosts. They haunt man­sions and emo­tions, pro­vid­ing chills and cold com­fort in a Gothic gen­er­a­tional drama about cycli­cal vi­o­lence. Amy Adams is tremen­dous as Camille Preaker, a booz­ing and self­harm­ing jour­nal­ist try­ing to numb the pain from a trau­matic past. She deep­dives into it when a bru­tal mur­der mys­tery lures her back to her South­ern home­town. The show’s abrupt and cut­ting fi­nale leaves you rat­tled, emo­tion­ally gut­ted and crav­ing more an­swers – not who com­mit­ted what, but why. The clues are in au­thor Gil­lian Flynn’s care­fully con­sid­ered de­tails (the se­ries is based on her de­but novel) which are fleshed out on screen by writer Marti Noxon and di­rec­tor Jean-Marc Val­lée. With no sec­ond sea­son in sight, you’re bound to cir­cle back to the be­gin­ning and savour this. Top Episode: Van­ish

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