Everything you need to watch this year is in the WowCheckItOut collection.

1. Taboo

FX/BBC One aired from January 7

What is it about?

Semi-historical-semi-mystical drama in the scenery of pre-Victorian England. A man named James Kazaya Delaney returns home after 10 years in Africa for the inheritance of his father, who has just died – a land in southwestern Canada that should soon become a key place for trade between China and the New World. Help James evil spirits, and opposes – a powerful corporation.

Cast

The series is based on the story of Tom Hardy, who himself starred in the title role. To adapt helped an old friend Stephen Night, with whom the two have already worked on the film “Lock” and in general Night – the creator of “Peaky Blinders” and the screenwriter of “Vice for Export.” Also among the producers is Ridley Scott, and among the actors is Una Chaplin, whom you can remember from her (of course, tragic) role in “Game of Thrones” (she played Talisa Stark).

Why watch

First of all, it’s a few hours of Tom Hardy, who walks, moves, quacks and puffs, which worked great in “Bronson” and “Mad Max,” works well now. Historians swear that the East India Company opposing Hardy is depicted not quite correctly and almost more powerful than the Masonic lodge, but, firstly, a surprise, there is also magic – how do you like such historical accuracy? And secondly, this is precisely the point: “Taboo” shows an alternative fantastic reality to talk about British colonialism, and in general, about great empires in general.

2. Sneaky Pete

Amazon, already available from January 19

What is it about?

A crime drama about the swindler Marius, who attempts to hide from enemies who want to kill him, pretends to be his former cellmate Pete and settles with Pete’s grandparents – they have not seen his grandson since childhood and did not recognize the forgery. Pete’s family is not easy, and Marius very soon becomes involved in her affairs ear-to-ear.

Cast

Showrunners: David Shore, creator of House M.D., and Brian Cranston from Breaking Bad co-starred. Giovanni Ribisi, a Hollywood actor with a lot of experience, but, unfortunately, a small number of memorable roles, played Marius/Pete himself, and his game pulls the already good series to the level to which Hugh Laurie pulled “House M.D.” and Cranston – “Breaking Bad.” Well, almost that.

Why watch

As mentioned above, for the sake of Ribisi’s game, his mimicry and squeezes are extremely interesting to watch. And so “Mean Pete” covers two niches at once: creates a curious alternative reality, entirely inhabited by brilliant scammers (as in “Ocean’s Friends” or “Illusion of Deception”), and uses this reality to tell about why the family is the main thing, even if the family is not quite yours.

3. Santa Clarita Diet

Netflix, now available Feb. 3

What is it about?

A witty variation on the theme of zombies: an ordinary housewife Sheila becomes an omen, but not a brainless rotting corpse with motor functions. Her consciousness remains with her. Just now, she can only eat other people, and necessarily fresh.

Cast

Starring Drew Berrymore, her husband is played by Timothy Olyphant, who only recently served as a marshal in “Justice”(Justified) and has since been sorely lacking on the screen. The show’s creator, Fresco, a veteran of television in Russia, is unknown (as well as his main series, “Come on, Ted”). Still, you will probably know that he was the writer and producer of several episodes of “Alpha.”

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Why watch

Zombie dramas are already tired, and the topic has been revealed many times from thousands of different sides, but “Diet,” it seems, still managed to stand out against the general background. Because this is primarily a story about love and devotion – about how to live when your wife is an ogre but still beloved, and how to look for a way out of a seemingly hopeless situation together. But the eerie bloody scenes there are still more than enough.

4. Legion

FX, coming from February 8

What is it about?

A new offshoot from the universe of “X-Men” is the story of a schizophrenic mutant David Heller, in no way connected with the rest of the universe, fortunately, not connected. The main character, of course, is the son of Charles Xavier, and in the show itself, there are a million references to Marvel comics, but it is not necessary to know all this.

Cast

And here is the most interesting. The creator is Noah Hawley, who is also the showrunner of the series “Fargo,” who managed to take up the Coen brothers’ legacy and not only be disgraced but also receive 17 Emmy nominations. And in the title role – Dan Stevens, who for a completely inexplicable reason did not become a superstar after the film “Guest,” but now definitely will be. Also starring Aubrey Plaza and Rachel Keller as Simone from the second season of Fargo.

Why watch

As in the case of “The Defenders” (the reverse side of “The Avengers,” the series about Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Luke Cage, and others), on television, the universe of “X-Men” is not at all as primitive and cardboard as on the movie screen. The Legion is truly schizophrenic, and the talents of Stevens and Hawley pull him up with terrible force. By the way, the main source of inspiration during the work on the series for Hawley was the music of Pink Floyd (the character of Rachel Keller, therefore, has the nickname “Syd Barrett”), that’s the kind of television pinkfloyd of the show in the end and turned out – with all the accompanying pros and cons.

5. The Good Fight

CBS, Feb. 19

What is it about?

A spin-off of The Good Wife with a lot of original characters. In the center now Diane Lockhart (in “The Wife” – first the boss, then the partner of the main character), who a year after the events of the last season of “The Wife” is going to retire, but then it turns out that all her fortune was entrusted to a fraudster like Bernie Medoff, well, in general, there is no more money. There is a shame and everywhere sneering journalists with cameras. Diane is expelled from her firm, and she has to found her own.

Cast

In general, all the same people. The creators – Robert and Michelle Kingy, starring the amazing Christine Baranski, also return Kush Jumbo (Luke Quinn), Sarah Steele (Marissa Gold, daughter of Eli), and, hooray, promise episodic appearances of Kerry Preston as eccentric lawyer Liz Tationi. For those who think all of the above seems like a meaningless set of letters, add Rose’s “You Don’t Know Anything, Jon Snow” Leslie as Diane’s goddaughter.

Why watch

If you haven’t seen The Good Wife, then, firstly, you’re so in vain, and secondly, there’s probably really nothing to catch here, but look at “The Good Wife” then. Kings are a rare kind of ideological liberal authors who are engaged in criticism of the liberals themselves, not conservative Republicans, and this criticism is always exactly at the point. In “The Good Wife,” they essentially told the story of Hillary Clinton, and in a light not the most pleasant for the former presidential candidate; in the break between “Wife” and “Struggle” reacted to the election with a series with the eloquent title “Brainless” – about how both Democrats and Republicans were radicalized because they were eaten away by aliens half a brain. In “The Struggle,” we will see their interpretation of Trump’s America, and, perhaps, they will be the first who will blame all the troubles, not on Russian hackers, but something more poreal.

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6. Big Little Lies

HBO, Feb. 19

What is it about?

A dramedy based on the novel of the same name by Liana Moriarty about the intricate history of several families. First-graders connect these families in one school, soon the mothers become friends, then in the plot: murder.

Cast

Absolutely fantastic (even by HBO standards) cast: Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, Alexander Skarsgård, Adam Scott, Zoe Kravitz – and these are not even all famous names. The adaptation of the book for TV was taken up by David Kelly, the creator of “Lawyers of Boston” (little-known in Russia, but a very influential show, without which there would not be, for example, the above-mentioned “The Good Wife”). The director of all mini-series episodes is Jean-Marc Valle, the author of “Dallas Buyers Club.”

Why watch

The “Who” paragraph, in principle, is already quite eloquent, and the source is also excellent. Although the plot is difficult to really retell, this is a very witty statement on the topic of the family, second husbands and second wives, and society as a whole.

7. Feud: Bette and Joan

FX, from March 5

What is it about?

The new, third anthology series by Ryan Murphy (the other two: “American Horror Story” and “American Crime Story”), this time about the most ardent personal confrontations in history. For the first season, the rivalry of actresses Joan Crawford and Bette Davis during filming the film “What Happened to Baby Jane?” is chosen. If all this sounds boring and incomprehensible, then here is a more appropriate description: drama, a lot of drama, and a lot of drama in the best style of the show “Windows,” only much more elegant.

Cast

Joan Crawford will play Jessica Lang, Bette Jane will play Susan Sarandon. Also starring Alfred Molina, Sarah Paulson, and Catherine Zeta-Jones. One of the episodes was shot by Lisa Johnson, the author of the indie hit “Elvis and Nixon,” and among the many producers somehow squeezed Brad Pitt.

Why watch

Ryan Murphy today is almost the only person on television who sees in the small screen not freedom for big directors and screenwriters, namely that the power of television. Murphy knows how to make “soap” so that “soap” no longer has to be ashamed of the fact that it is “soap,” and surely “Enmity” will be another proof of this thesis. It’s like watching Battle of psychics, but without an emotional hangover after. And don’t be shy.

8. Twin Peaks

Showtime, from May 21

What is it about?

The sequel to one of the best series of all time is 25 years later. Of course, this is not a new series, but given how much time has passed since the last second season, it is more correct to consider it still for a new one. There are no details about the plot and will not be until the day of the premiere.

Cast

All the same: David Lynch, Mark Frost, Kyle McLachlan as Agent Cooper; almost all the actors from the original series will appear in the new one. And the list of actors in new roles, in general, can drive you crazy: Tim Roth, Jim Belushi, singer Skye Fairerra, Trent Reznor, Naomie Watts, Michael Sera, and a few dozen more names. However, it is possible that Lynch, who joked so much and none of them listed in the end, will not be in the frame.

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Why watch

“Why?” is a good question, of course, but when it comes to Lynch, it is somehow inappropriate to ask it. This is clearly not the kind of person who would do a sequel just like that or if “the money ran out.” “Twin Peaks” in any case will be one of the most high-profile events of the year, and whether it will be the greatest triumph or the greatest failure is not so important, because both options are interesting in their own way, and nothing in the middle, in this case, can not be.

9. American Gods

Starz, premiere in April

What is it about?

The tv adaptation of the famous novel by Neil Gaiman is about a mysterious man named Shadow, who is involved in the battle between the old gods and the new – media, technology, and other phenomena of modern life.

Cast

Gaiman himself closely follows the production and keeps everything under his control, which is already good. Still, in the showrunner’s chair, Brian Fuller is almost the only visionary on modern TV (his last work was “Hannibal”). Together with him, Michael Green is working on the series, who wrote the scripts for the new Wolverine film “Logan,” the new “Alien” and the new “Blade Runner,” which at the same time causes suspicion (according to Green’s already existing works, you can not say that he is capable of something fantastic), and inspiration – after all, if a person was given three such important franchises at once. , then it’s clearly not in vain. The shadow is played by a little-known actor Ricky Whittle. There are no especially famous names, except that someone will rejoice when they recognize Crispen Glover in the role of Mr. World.

Why watch

Neil Gaiman is one of the best storytellers alive, and if this seems like a weak compliment to you, recall that there are J.K. Rowling and George R.R. Martin among his contemporaries. And “American Gods” is perhaps the main of his works, so if Green does not turn out to be a charlatan, and Fuller has not lost the skill of brilliant visualization, then we are waiting for – and here it is not even ashamed to use such an expression – an unforgettable adventure.

10. Mindhunter

Netflix, summer-fall

What is it about?

The series is based on the autobiography of John Douglas, an FBI agent who in the late 1970s caught serial killers, communicating with other serial killers, and trying to understand the logic of their thinking.

Cast

The producer and, in all likelihood, the showrunner of the series is David Fincher. The exact extent of his involvement in the filming process is still unclear, but, according to rumors, he will sit in the director’s chair himself. After all, Fincher has already made one series for Netflix. Why not repeat it? The two main characters – FBI agents – will play Jonathan Groff (Jesse from the series “Glee”) and Holt McCallaney, a little-known actor who, however, has already appeared twice in small roles in Fincher’s films.

Why watch

And not just because of Fincher. The story of Douglas itself is extremely entertaining, and he, in fact, is the prototype of all the “psychos who catch psychos” in modern cinema, TV, and literature, from Jack Crawford (from novels, films, and a series about Hannibal Lector) to the hero Khabensky in “The Method.”

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