Free time is never as abundant as we would like, so we must choose very well how we use it. That’s especially true for TV series, as there are so many to choose from and they require so much time that we might just want a short-term engagement. Thinking of whoever finds themselves in this situation, today’s dose of recommendations focuses on 4 amazing miniseries that you can stream this weekend.
Other reasons that have led me to opt for this theme is the recent premiere in Netflix of ‘Bronca’, a sensational miniseries that at the end of the year will appear on countless lists of the best of the year – and I say this thinking not only of the best Netflix series of 2023, since I also include all those that are seen on other platforms or television channels.
Before getting into the subject, I remind you that we also have another review of 4 short and addictive series that you can watch on Netflix and another list with 3 great miniseries that you can watch totally free on streaming. Without further ado, let’s go with today’s chosen:
‘Believe me’ (‘Unbelievable’, 2019)
Created by Susannah Grant, Ayelet Waldman, Michael Chabon. Distribution: Toni Collette, Merritt Wever, Kaitlyn Dever
Within the Netflix catalog we have several sensational miniseries to choose from that offer two complementary stories. On the one hand, the difficulties of a rape victim to trust her word and the effects that all this has on her and therefore the investigation carried out by the police officers played by Collette and Wever, a strange couple but with a lot of chemistry. Of course, for me the MVP here is Dever.
Criticism of ‘Believe me’
‘Locked up with the devil’ (‘Black Bird’, 2022)
Created by Dennis Lehane. Distribution: Taron Egerton, Paul Walter Hauser, Sepideh Moafi, Greg Kinnear, Ray Liotta
There are many series that unfairly go unnoticed for having premiered on Apple TV +, but perhaps this is one of the most unfair cases. Based on an unusual true story, there is much to celebrate in it, from the absorbing story it proposes to the magnificent technical display common to productions on this platform, but I cannot help but think that the best are its two protagonists, with Egerton defending wonderfully a character that many could get out of hand and Hauser embroidering the peculiarly disturbed mind of his.
Review of “Locked Up by the Devil”
‘Quiz, the scandal of Who wants to be a millionaire?’ (‘Quiz’, 2020)
Created by James Graham. Distribution: Matthew Macfadyen, Sian Clifford, Mark Bonnar, Aisling Bea, Elliot Levey, Risteard Cooper, Trystan Gravelle, Michael Jibson, Helen McCrory, Michael Sheen
In just three episodes, all of them directed by Stephen Frears,, around one of the most famous scams in the history of television, offering an agile but very solid portrait of a fascinating true story. His great assets are his script, which knows how to build each chapter with its own entity but adding to the whole, and a stupendous job from its protagonists.
Criticism of ‘Quiz, the scandal of ‘Who can be a millionaire?’
‘The Night Of’ (2016)
Created by Richard Price and Steven Zaillian. Distribution: John Turturro, Riz Ahmed, Bill Camp, Payman Maadi, Poorna Jagannathan, Sofia Black-D’Elia, Afton Williamson
A gripping crime thriller based on a British series that didn’t get as much recognition as it deserves at the time, something that has changed over the years. Fleeing from any unnecessary sensationalism, here the different steps from the accusation to the resolution of the case are explored with hypnotic precision, a millimeter script and excellent performances by Turturro and Ahmed.
Criticism of ‘The Night Of’
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