Simple rules govern the Power Rankings: Any current TV show, like a comedy, a drama, a news show, an animated series, a variety show, or a sports event, is eligible.
It can be on a network, a basic cable channel, a premium channel, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, YouTube, or anything else you can stream on your smart TV, as long as a new episode was released in the last week (ending on Sunday) or in the last four weeks for shows that come out all at once.
Craig Pearce does it again with Pistol, an FX miniseries that can be watched on Hulu and tells the story of how the Sex Pistols became infamous in late 1970s England. The main character is guitarist Steve Jones, played by Toby Wallace.
The story follows him as he goes from being a teen criminal to a punk icon, attracting people like Johnny Rotten and Sid Vicious along the way.
Boyle directs each episode, and they are all told in his own unique way, with broad signs of a specific setting (including old footage of Britons ranging from Queen Elizabeth to a scowling old man on the street), encyclopedic knowledge of period music, and hardly a moment to breathe.
In short, it’s fun, and if you know anything about the time period (for example, if you lived through it or read the great oral history Please Kill Me), you’ll recognise both major and minor characters and feel a little bit of satisfaction.
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At times, it was so interesting that my critical mind got lost in the excitement. On some level, this show does justice to the strange and exciting rise of a band whose influence far exceeded its talent. —Shane Ryan.
Now and Then
Network: Apple TV+
Let me ask you a question: Did you and a group of your best friends kill someone in high school or college and then lie about it? I didn’t believe that. I have to think (and hope!) that this doesn’t happen very often in real life. But it does happen on TV. A lot.
So the idea behind Now & Then isn’t something new. Twenty years ago, Ana (Alicia Jaziz), Pedro (Dario Yazbek Bernal), Sofia (Alicia Sanz), Marcos (Jack Duarte), Daniela (Miranda de la Serna), and Alejandro (Jorge López) were about to graduate from college in Miami.
They were having a party on the beach. Then something bad happens, and Alejandro dies. The five friends have kept quiet for 20 years about what happened on that terrible night.
This story takes place over the course of eight episodes, which jump back and forth in time to tell the story of these characters in their “prime” and where they are now as adults. As with Pachinko on AppleTV+, the characters don’t have to speak only in English.
They switch back and forth between Spanish and English with ease. Rosie Perez and Zeljko Ivanek, who played Detective Flora Neruda and Detective John Sullivan when they are younger and when they are older, are the same in both timelines.
Flora has thought about the unsolved case for 20 years. And when another body is found with the same group of suspects, she knows this is her chance to solve the case for good. The murder(s) mysteries are what drive the story, but the characters are what make the show.
The acting is so moving, whether it’s Pedro’s (José Maria Yazpik) constant sadness, Marcos’s (Manolo Cardona) disappointment, or Sofia’s (Maribel Verd) desperation. Like in most murder mysteries, there are hints and false leads along the way.
With an eight-episode drama, we don’t have to wait long to find out what’s going on. The big, shocking twist at the end will keep you guessing right up until the end. —Amy Amatangelo
Borgen: Power and Glory
.Borgen: Power & Glory, the revival of the Danish political drama that first caught our attention more than a decade ago, is a satisfying drama that has a lot to say about power, women and how we’re seen by society, and what happens when we reach a certain age.
The season follows Birgitte Nyborg (Sidse Babett Knudsen), a centrist politician who is now the foreign affairs minister for a new female prime minister. It shows what she does after an oil deposit is found in Greenland.
The story puts the current climate crisis under a microscope in a way that is hard to ignore, and it forces Birgitte to decide how to balance her own beliefs and the position of the New Democrats with what this discovery could mean for Denmark as a country and as a political player in international relations.
These eight new episodes stand out because they put women in positions of power and ask them to interact with and respond to a patriarchal society that rarely gives them the support they need or the respect they deserve.
Even if they don’t always live up to the 30 episodes that came before them, they are still worth watching because of the messages they send and the debates they start. —Kaitlin Thomas
Network: Prime Video
The Boys Season 3 is as bold as ever. It continues to take shocking scenes from Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s controversial comics (Do you know what “Herogasm” means? It does).
The acting and character development are top-notch, both in the strangely moving family bonds between The Boys and in The Seven’s twisted tragedy, and the gory fight scenes are still exciting.
The satire isn’t as sharp as it was in Season 2, and it tries to cover as many current events as it can with mixed results. Also, the season’s new big villains aren’t as strong as the rest of the cast at this point, but this is still a good adult superhero show.
Even with all the attempts to be current, the best way this season’s story captures the zeitgeist is by showing how important it is to stand by your friends when the world around you is terrible. —Reuben Baron
Stranger Things Season 4 is back with a lot of big plans and cinematic visuals that keep making the show bigger and better. There may be too much nostalgia for ’80s horror, but that doesn’t take away from the real scares and the welcome move toward a more mature tone for the year.
But because of Vol. I try to give everyone in the very large cast a good story. The middle episodes are too long and slow down the action after the fourth episode.
In the last two episodes, though, the writing and direction get more focused, and the pace picks up again. There are some big reveals, unexpected turns, and a cliffhanger that will make fans anxious for the July 1 finale. —Tara Bennett
You’re not looking for Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor). This is a better one. Obi-Wan Kenobi is, like the Sith, much more complicated than people first thought. This is a good thing.
Fans of Star Wars probably thought that Obi-Wan Kenobi would be about Luke and Ben, but the limited series takes a sharp turn to the right and focuses on young Princess Leia instead.
It’s a great idea, especially since the young actress Vivien Lyra Blair plays Leia’s smart, sassy, and stubborn self to a T. This makes her not only a very likable character right away but also a natural and small piece of firewood for a Jedi who doesn’t have a mission. — Terrones Terry
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is a lot of fun, and a big reason for that is that it’s based on the Star Trek mythos in a lot of ways. It has a lot of interesting characters, and the way it is broken up into episodes is one of the ways it connects to The Original Series.
It’s cool that viewers can see what’s going on on the Enterprise from different points of view. Strange New Worlds is the best Star Trek show since The Next Generation. It is smart, entertaining, and a true love letter to the original. Whether you’re a new or old fan, this is a trip you’ll definitely want to take. — Terrones Terry
This Is Going to Hurt
This Is Going to Hurt a grim, realistic movie about the miserable jobs of young doctors. It doesn’t try to hide anything, and it has an emotional hammer that can hit the viewer at any time, even when they’re laughing.
Ben Whishaw plays Adam Kay, a young doctor who works in an NHS ward that is almost falling apart. Even by British standards, he is irritable, snobbish, and quiet. But he’s also honest and funny, and he’s more than ready to carry the most dramatic weight in a show that’s all about him.
The most important parts of the story happen in the hospital, where tragic and funny things happen all day and night as Kay tries to make sure the pregnant women and babies of his country are healthy. How can you beat something that is both funny and sad and teaches you a lot? —Shane Ryan
Network: HBO Max
The majority of Season 2 of Hacks takes place on the road, as veteran comedian Deborah Vance (Jean Smart) tries out her new stand-up material. However, these episodes are also a metaphor for something bigger.
It’s a transitional season in which the characters figure out who they are, but there’s no clear end in sight. But the old saying is true: it’s not about where you end up. It’s about how you get there.
In case you forgot where we left off, Ava (Hannah Einbinder) had just sent a bad email about Deborah to some Hollywood producers, Deborah was planning to leave Vegas for a fresh start on tour, and Marcus’ (Carl Clemons-Hopkins) relationship had ended because he was so focused on work.
The writers also keep making cringe-worthy jokes, just like they did in Season 1, and the dynamic duo of Ava and Deborah is just as entertaining as ever.
It would be a spoiler to talk about how their relationship develops, but it goes without saying that the show keeps focusing on how Ava is, in many ways, a younger version of Deborah. Even though this similarity was already clear in Season 1, it gets a lot stronger here.
The second season of Hacks is mostly a middle act, with a lot going on but no clear ending. And that’s fine because Deborah, Ava, and Marcus are well-known and interesting enough that it’s fun to just hit the road with them. —Clare Martin
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