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.