Snowpiercer (TNT / Netflix): a tough, political action drama with plenty of ideas and engaging characters. In 2020, the thought of a group of people in a confined setting yearning for freedom couldn't be more relevant.
The Boys (Amazon): this controversial and exciting take on the superhero genre is worth the binge. The show simultaneously tackles corporate America, racism, sexism and (anti-)heroism. It manages to reconcile many diverging viewpoints into action-packed episodes, while remaining character-driven. Top points for the gorgeous 6K cinematography.
Teenage Bounty Hunters (Netflix): a real gem of a show, with charismatic and funny leads who stumble through their early adult lives while trying to do their jobs as bounty hunters.
Alex Rider (IMDb TV / Amazon): finally, a take on Alex Rider that delivers exactly what the novels cannot but tease with glamorous action, slick editing and an awesome soundtrack. The main character is grounded and well fleshed out thanks to an array of good supporting characters and a gritty London setting. It's a shame this took so long to get made!
The Umbrella Academy (Universal / Netflix): a human and comedic look at a dysfunctional family of 'heroes' who all have reasons to hate each other. Very engaging and well directed.
Aunty Donna's Big Ol' House of Fun (Netflix): an over-the-top sketch show whose leads cannot but charm you. It makes no sense whatsoever and is reminiscent of shows like Danger Five with crazy gags and stream-of-consciousness comedy.
Watchmen (HBO / Warner Bros): a gripping, genre-blending and timelessly relevant story. Continuing (in spirit) Christopher Nolan’s realistic take on modern superheroes, this sequel to the original graphic novel succeeds on all levels. Its compact 9-episode run is also a refreshing change from American shows with extended runtimes.
The Mandalorian (Disney / Lucasfilm): what can be said about this show that hasn't already? It's a visually dazzling, well-directed story with great moments and interesting mysteries at its heart.
Dear White People (Lionsgate): I was dubious of this adaptation at first, given my appreciation for the original film. However, the show lifts its material to new heights, with cinematic visuals, great character-driven episodes and a sense of humour like no other show I’ve seen. It’s unmissable.
Mindhunter (Netflix): with more focus and tension, the second season of Mindhunter really demonstrates what this show does best - meticulous research, character drama and real-life horror.
The Purge (Blumhouse / Universal): an underrated action show that manages to flesh out some of the ideas broached in the movies themselves. Whatever the story lacks in depth makes up for with sheer thrills and endearing characters who just want to get through the Purge.
Swamp Thing (Warner Bros / DC): it’s a real shame this show was cancelled immediately after its first season. With lots of atmosphere, grit and genuinely disgusting body horror, DC’s Swamp Thing excels at telling a kind of small-town horror story wrapped in 80s-style low budget filmmaking techniques.