Astrid was traumatized by the mysterious disappearance of a school class in 1999. Twenty years later, when she finds out that the only survivor from 1999 mysteriously died, Astrid sets off to discover what really happened.
These series cut across genres--superheroes, post-apocalyptic action, supernatural thrillers, and classic science fiction--but they should all come with a warning from the Surgeon General. Don't blame us when you mutter "one more episode" to yourself at 3 am.
Long gone are the days of the studios' monopoly on quality content. In 2020, Netflix will spend $17 billion on original content compared to $4 billion for HBO. And Netflix lavish spending is producing some quality shows--Netflix won 27 Primetime Emmys in 2019 versus 34 for HBO.
In his 2007 TED Talk, JJ Abrams discussed the "mystery box": a box of magic tricks he bought as a kid that he has yet to open, because the mystery is more exciting than the knowledge of what is inside. These shows follow people trying to open the mystery box, usually in a world of missing persons, time travel, and alternate realities.
In 2021, there were an estimated two million podcasts, so its not surprising that some of the most popular have inspired TV series--if you like investigative journalism, psychological thrillers, true crime, and creepy horror-adjacent stories--this is the list for you.
These shows build on elements of Twin Peaks--evil bubbling underneath an apparently wholesome small town, detective work, surrealism, some horror, and undertones of the supernatural--all with a nod to David Lynch's distinctive style.