First off, hello again! The Sunday Mode took a wee little break at the end of 2018 due to a really busy time in my life, but we’re back and- (wait, why am I saying ‘we’? It’s literally just me alone on my laptop..). Anyway, The Sunday Mode is back and ready to go for 2019. Now on to the post!
I’m the kind of person that likes to try and watch as much as I can whenever I can, and along the way I have found some DAMN good shows as a perk of that habit. Netflix popped out some brilliant content last year but if I had to pick, from 2018, here are 3 of the shows that pleasantly surprised me the most. Funnily enough, these all happen to be based on books and they’re all sort of around the same genre. Obviously, I was in a particular kind of mood in 2018? Eeep, better be careful, my Dexter side is showing…
True crime fans or fans of crime shows or even period shows, watch this one. Set in 1896, this thriller series follows an unconventional team of three who try to uncover who or what is responsible for a series of ritualistic murders of young boys. The team is lead by Dr. Laszlo Kriezler, an ‘alienist.’ Back in the day, an ‘alienist’ was apparently a term used to describe what is essentially now a psychologist (there’s your fun fact of the day right there). Luke Evans and Dakota Fanning star in this and they’re both brilliant to watch. Although the subject matter isn’t exactly light, I found this entire series to be so compelling. I just wanted to keep watching and watching until I knew how it was all going to unfold.
Second fun fact of the day, for any uber true crime fans out there (guilty as charged), this show draws on some twisted actual signature traits of real serial killers from way back when, like Albert Fish. So creepy when you notice those small details while you’re watching.
I’m going to go ahead and get this disclaimer out of the way now, I did not like the ending of Alias Grace. You may wonder why I put this on the list then, but the rest of the show is really good so I’d still recommend it! Much like The Alienist, you’ll especially enjoy this one if you like period shows and a good mystery unfolding.
Alias Grace is based on a novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood. The show unravels the story of Grace Marks, a girl who was convicted of murder in 1843. Interestingly, Grace Marks was actually a real person and she really was convicted of murdering two people. To this day, no one knows the full story and no one knows whether or not Grace really did it or not, and that’s what the storylines explore. It’s a slow burn at times but something about this show is just so compelling that you want to find out more and more about Grace.
The jury seems to be split on this one. Some people love it and others completely hate it. I’m in the first camp. If you’re interested in the horror genre then you’ll definitely appreciate certain intricacies of The Haunting of Hill House.
Another series, the show follows the lives of a family that lived in ‘Hill house,’ a home that went on to be the most haunted house in the country, so the story goes. When I started watching this, I thought I’d be scared the whole time and by the last episode, I was crying. There are some jump scares throughout and scary and dark things happen, but the real focus is on the characters and how one experience affected an entire family and created more unique fractures than you could ever imagine. It’s a cyclical show too, so some things happen when you’re watching that you think are open-ended, but by the final episode everything is tied together and it all makes sense. The Haunting of Hill House really surprised me and it was so rich in its content that it gave me a hell of a lot to think about for weeks after I finished the series.
Did you watch anything in 2018 that really impressed you? Tell me below, y’all know I love me a good Netflix marathon.