Wednesday, November 25, 2020

10 Foreign TV Shows (in English!) to Binge Now

Looking for your next great TV addiction? The pandemic has caused the production of many shows to be delayed, and one of the ways that networks and streaming services have responded is by bringing international fare to American audiences. Here are ten shows from other countries that you can enjoy without subtitles on U.S. channels.

The Capture (Peacock)
Watch this if you liked: Homeland or Bodyguard

This riveting thriller begins with someone witnessing a shocking event on CCTV and only gets more fascinating with every new revelation. Holliday Grainger (Animals) anchors a sleek, completely involving series that mixes technological advances with disconcerting conspiracies. Its already-commissioned second season can’t come soon enough. All six episodes of season one are available to stream on Peacock.

Stateless (Netflix)
Watch this if you want an intense combination of: Rectify and Orange is the New Black

This Australian drama is set at an immigration detention facility, looking at the experience from a number of perspectives including a guard, a refugee, a bureaucrat, and a woman running from her past. Strong performances from actors like Yvonne Strahovski (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Jai Courtney (Suicide Squad) anchor a powerful story. All six episodes of this limited series are available to watch on Netflix.

Dead Pixels (CW)
Watch this if you liked: The League or iZombie

This half-hour comedy follows three friends who spend all of their time playing a beloved video game called Kingdom Scrolls whose routine is disrupted by the arrival of an overeager new player. It’s fun and probably more relatable now during the pandemic since most TV viewers find themselves in front of screens all day. Watch all six episodes on the CW, and hopefully the show will eventually return for the second season ordered last year by British network E4.

Five Bedrooms (Peacock)
Watch this if you liked: Friends or The Baker and the Beauty

This Australian series follows five acquaintances who decide to go in on a house together, getting to know each other much better as roommates. It’s a fun, light show that’s solid entertainment featuring great characters and performances. Watch all eight episodes of season one on Peacock, and get ready for season two, which resumed filming this June in Australia, to premiere sometime next year.

Normal People (Hulu)
Watch this for a serious show that combines elements of Master of None and The Affair

This Irish limited series premiered way back in April, but if you haven’t seen it yet, now’s the time. I waited for months until I went back and realized just how incredible it is, featuring astonishing performances from actors Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones as two friends who navigate a complicated and unstable romance over the course of a number of years. Watch all twelve half-hour episodes on Hulu.

Pure (HBO Max)
Watch this if you liked: Fleabag or Hello Ladies

This British dramedy focuses of Marnie, a 24-year-old woman who experiences constant debilitating sexual thoughts. It does incredible justice to its premise, ensuring that its graphic images and moments aren’t gratuitous. That’s thanks in large part to star Charly Clive and a terrific supporting cast whose characters have excellent storylines of their own. Watch all six half-hour episodes on HBO Max, which is sadly the entirety of this superb show since Channel 4 in the UK opted not to renew it for another round.

We Hunt Together (Showtime)
Watch this if you liked: Dexter or Killing Eve

This darkly funny drama features a cat-and-mouse game between criminals and the police, pitting two clever killers against two determined cops. All four actors are fantastic, especially Hermione Corfield (The Halcyon) and their backstories and subplots are rich with intrigue. British network Alibi recently picked up a second season, and all six episodes of season one can now be streamed on Showtime.

Roadkill (PBS)
Watch this if you liked: Babylon or The State Within

This very British political thriller is only four episodes long but has a tremendous number of excellent supporting characters with their own interwoven plotlines. Hugh Laurie (Avenue 5) is commanding as a flawed politician with a web of problems in his orbit, and the only disappointment to be found in this show is that there isn’t more of it. Watch all four episodes on PBS now.

Two Weeks to Live (HBO Max)
Watch this if you liked: The End of the F***ing World

Who knew that Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) was so funny? She’s a terrific fit for the role of a battle-trained young woman raised in isolation by her mother, played by Sian Clifford (Fleabag), acclimating to the real world. The comedy is formidably incorporated into a rather violent show. Watch all six episodes on HBO Max.

Quiz (AMC)
Watch this if you liked: A Very English Scandal or Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

This three-part limited series dramatizes the true story of a contestant, played by Matthew MacFadyen (Succession), accused of cheating during his appearance on Who Wants to be a Millionaire? These three hours play out with the excitement of watching the live game show, featuring great performances by MacFadyen, Sian Clifford (Fleabag) and Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex). Watch all three parts on AMC.

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