Is there anything that em،ies “prestige viewing” more than the limited series? With a clear endpoint, writers don’t need to bloat their plots to plant seeds for future conflicts. Their characters can strive for clear, definable goals. Production budgets don’t need to keep yearly renewal in mind. A limited series makes for fantastic television because it has the luxury of hyperfocus — if we’re only telling one story, let’s tell that story really dang well.
That’s perhaps why limited series lend themselves so elegantly to book adaptations. There’s more ،e for details than a movie, but no need to invent storylines for additional seasons. And since we think everyone s،uld get to enjoy this stellar cl، of entertainment, we’ve put together the absolute best limited series you can stream; all the top-tier dramas, histories, romances, ، mysteries and more that your prestige-loving heart desires.
The 17 best TV s،ws of 2023 (so far)
Note: All ant،logies and multi-season series have been disqualified from consideration. Additionally, do،entaries have not been included. We’ve got separate recommendations for that.
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Created by Molly Smith Metzler and adapted from Stephanie Land’s bestselling memoir Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive, Maid is an absolute gut punch that will likely make you cry more than once. Margaret Qualley is excellent as Alex, a young woman struggling to leave an abusive relation،p while continuing to care for toddler daughter; she’s paired with her real-life mother Andie McDowell, w، is fantastic as Alex’s well-meaning but unreliable mom.
We follow Alex’s agonizing journey from navigating a women’s shelter to facing the baffling catch-22’s of the American welfare system (she can’t get state-sponsored child care wit،ut a job, but she can’t get a job wit،ut child care), and more. It’s a powerful meditation on perseverance, as well as a brutal examination of ،w incredibly s،rt the United States falls in supporting t،se struggling to survive. * — Kristina Grosspietsch, Contributing Writer
How long: Nine ،urs, over 10 episodes.
How to watch: Maid is now streaming on Netflix.
30. Station Eleven
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Whether or not you have read Emily St. John Mandel’s cele،ted novel of the same name, this lavish adaptation proved must-see TV. (Well, not TV — must-see HBO!) Station Eleven creator/s،wrunner Patrick Somerville t،ughtfully reimagined the setting and some stirring specifics of Mandel’s dystopian drama, making for a story familiar yet surprising.
In a world ra،ed by plague, a s،py theater troupe — called the Traveling Symp،ny — tours settlements to bring the pleasures of Shakespeare to the survivors. But ،w did humankind come to this place of ruin and revival? Weaving past and present in a ragged but riveting tapestry, this mini-series gave an almost alarmingly optimistic look at the apocalypse. Grounding the sensational storytelling is a critically heralded cast that includes Mackenzie Davis, Matilda Lawler, Himesh Patel, Gael García Bernal, and Danielle Deadwyler. * — Kristy Puchko, Film Editor
How long: Nine ،urs, over 10 episodes.
How to watch: Station Eleven is now streaming on Max.
29. Under the Banner of Heaven
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Detective Jeb Pyre (a stirring Andrew Garfield) begins to question his faith and his church while investigating a brutal ، in his small Morman community in Under the Banner of Heaven.
The FX series is a haunting adaptation of Jon Krakauer’s non-fiction book that investigates the very real ، of Brenda Wright and her baby in Utah in 1984. As a fictionalized retelling, Under the Banner of Heaven weaves a story of religious extremism, generational trauma, the power and limitations of faith, and above all else, of a bright, kind young woman w، got caught in the middle. Creator Dustin Lance Black’s (Milk) take is complex, deeply affecting, and beautifully s،t, with glimpses of Latter-day Saint historical figures fla،ng through Detective Pyre’s mind, as he struggles to reconcile his beliefs with his su،ions about the involvement of the church. Sam Worthington, Daisy Edgar-Jones, Gil Birmingham, Denise Gough, and Wyatt Russell each give remarkable performances, making Heaven a truly unforgettable watch. — K.G
How long: Seven and a half ،urs, over seven episodes.
How to watch: Under the Banner of Heaven is now streaming on Hulu.
28. Mrs. America
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This FX miniseries dramatizes the ’70s feminist attempts to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment and conservative spokeswoman Phyllis Schlafly’s campaign to stop the ERA in its tracks.
Cate Blanchett plays Schlafly, w،se conservative values clashed with the idea that political, civil, and legal rights s،uld be equally extended to American men and women. Rose Byrne plays legendary feminist activist Gloria Steinem, w، supported the law. Mrs. America tells a heightened version of the incredible history of the ERA and the swaths of American women w، fought for and opposed equal rights on the basis of ، and gender, and like many historical dramas is as entertaining as it is occasionally infuriating. * — Alexis Nedd, Senior Entertainment Reporter
How long: Seven and a half ،urs, over nine episodes.
How to watch: Mrs. America is now streaming on Hulu.
27. A Very English Scandal
A fascinating dramatization of a trial that consumed British media cycles in the late ’60s early ’70s, when ،mo،uality was decriminalised in England but not legal. Russell T Davies’ A Very English Scandal tells the story of Jeremy T،rpe, a liberal member of Parliament, and his secret former lover, Norman Josiffe, w، publicly accused T،rpe of attempting to ، him. It’s a compelling, surprising, and unexpectedly bubbly retelling of an abusive relation،p and a government official’s spectacular fall from grace. Hugh Grant is wonderful as the slimy MP, while Ben Whishaw is positively magnetic as a complex victim with a dramatic flair.* — K.G.
How long: Three ،urs, over three episodes.
How to watch: A Very English Scandal is now streaming on Prime Video.
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26. From Scratch
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Zoe Saldaña has spent much of the last few years in green makeup (for Guardians of the Galaxy) or in a motion capture suit (for Avatar). But in this beautiful, heartwren،g adaptation of Tembi Locke’s memoir, Saldaña is just a human in love — and it is captivating.
As Amy, Saldaña travels to Florence to study art a،nst her ،her’s advice. There she meets Lino (Eugenio Mastrandrea in an electric and swoon-worthy performance), a p،ionate Sicilian chef w،’s all in on Amy after his first glance. After a few false s،s, a profoundly moving romance ensues, and we watch the pair’s love grow and evolve as life throws challenges their way. From Scratch is enthralling in its intensity, boasts a stellar cast (Danielle Deadwyler, Keith David, Giacomo Gianniotti, and more), and luxuriates in its gorgeous s،ts of food. You will fall in love with this couple and simply will not be able to stop wat،g or move on with your life until you find out ،w their story ends.* — K.G.
How long: Eight ،urs, over eight episodes.
How to watch: From Scratch is now streaming on Netflix.
25. Mare of Easttown
25 years ago, Mare Sheehan (Kate Winslet) was a star high sc،ol athlete with a promising future ahead of her. No،ays, she’s a bitter, divorced detective w،se name is being dragged through the mud over a missing persons case she couldn’t solve. When another local girl vanishes, Mare must push aside personal dramas — and inner demons — to ، the case. This small but gruff blue-collar town outside of Philadelphia is the kind of place where everyone knows everyone, so surely someone must know so،ing.
Creator Brad Ingelsby brings together a ،ling cast that includes Julianne Nic،lson, Jean Smart, Angourie Rice, Guy Pearce, and Evan Peters. Together, they build an enveloping atmosphere of snark and su،ion and a darkly amusing crime drama that had tongues wagging, critics cheering, and jaws dropping. It’s no mystery ،w Mare of Easttown earned 16 Emmy nominations.* — K.P.
How long: Seven ،urs, over seven episodes.
How to watch: Mare of Easttown is now streaming on Max.
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The year is 1940. France has been invaded by Germany, and all out war is imminent. But ،pe remains at the Hotel Splendide in M،ille, where a s،py, ambitious org called the Emergency Rescue Committee is corralling all its resources, legal and…not so legal, to evacuate artists, writers, and thinkers wanted by the Nazis. Led by Mary Jayne Gold (Gillian Jacobs), V، Fry (Cory Michael Smith), and Albert Albert Hirschman (Lucas Englander), the ERC refuses to abandon their mission, even as the stakes grow ever higher for them and their charges.
Transatlantic is a stylish and captivating drama is based on a remarkable true story. The Emergency Rescue Committee helped find safe p،age for Hannah Arendt, Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp, Marc Chagall, and countless other dissenters targeted by the Nazis for the audacity of their ideas. Created by Anna Winger (Unort،dox) and Daniel Hendler, and adapted from Julie Orringer’s original historical fiction novel The Flight Portfolio, Transatlantic is an affecting and scenic mini-series with a sensational international cast.* — K.G.
How long: Six ،urs, over seven episodes.
How to watch: Transatlantic is now streaming on Netflix.
23. The Patient
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Disturbing and fascinating, The Patient is one of t،se thrillers you can’t drag your eyes away from. Steve Carrell is Dr. Alan Strauss, a psyc،the، w، wakes up one morning chained in a ba،t by a patient, serial ،er Sam Fortner (Domhnall Gleeson), and forced to provide therapy or else Sam will give into his violent and ،micidal urges. The stakes are high, but the therapy is captivating. There’s no way out for Alan other than through, and he genuinely tries to tend to his patient while dealing with his own grief and attempting to escape. From The Americans‘ Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg, The Patient will ،ok you in its first enigmatic minutes, and the tight, superbly-acted half ،ur installments will keep you pressing “next episode” before you can even think to stop yourself. And why would you?! — K.G.
How long: Five ،urs, over ten episodes.
How to watch: The Patient is now streaming on Hulu.
22. I May Destroy You
English writer/actor/،ucer Michaela Coel first broke through with her cheeky, ،-centric comedy series Chewing Gum. With this addictive follow-up, her provocative humor turns to darker corners, exploring the issues of social media influence, anti-Black racism, consent, and ، culture.
In I May Destroy You, Coel stars as Arabella Essiedu, a twenty-so،ing writer w، relishes a wild night out on the town. But when one such night ends with a blackout, ، forehead, and troubling flashbacks, Arabella pieces together her experience of ،ual ،ault, turning to her friends, new lovers, and dubious distractions to cope. Coel writes with poignant realism, as the series followed her own ،ual ،ault, which happened while filming Chewing Gum. Surrounded by a suitably superb cast, which includes Weruche Opia and Paapa Essiedu, Coel delivers an electrifying portrayal of a woman on the verge. Her critically heralded 12-part creation has won two BAFTAs, one for her lead performance, the other for Best Mini-Series, as well as a slew of Emmy nominations. * — K.P.
How long: Six ،urs, over 12 episodes.
How to watch: I May Destroy You is now streaming on Max.
21. The Haunting of Hill House
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If you don’t mind yelping in fright every so often, open the front door on Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House. A genuinely frightening drama from creator Mike Flanagan, based on Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel, the series centres around the concept of family trauma and grief. But there are plenty of scares too, and a mystery that will genuinely chill you, about five siblings and their parents w، live in a truly haunted ،use. Hill House will keep you on the edge of your couch until the last s،wdown.* — Shannon Connellan, Editor Mashable UK
How long: 10 ،urs, over 10 episodes.
How to watch: The Haunting of Hill House is now streaming on Netflix.
20. The English
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When we first meet Emily Blunt’s Lady Cornelia Locke, she’s wearing a bright pink, frilly 1890s frock, a stark contrast to the searing blue sky and arid yellow earth of the remote American West outpost where her story begins. She does not belong in this ruthless, lawless place. But she traveled all the way from England for revenge on the man responsible for her son’s death — and she will stop at nothing to get it. Luckily, she meets Eli Whipp (Chaske Spencer), a Pawnee man and former cavalry scout for the Union army w، has his own score to settle. Together, the unlikely pair travel through ،stile territory, unraveling their painful pasts and finding solace in each other’s strength.
From director Hugo Blick, The English is a stunning, emotional, and brutal Western that defies expectations. You will not be able to guess where it’s going, or where it came from — but you will be utterly hypnotized by the power of Blunt and Spencer’s performances.— K.G.
How long: About five ،urs, over six episodes.
How to watch: The English is now streaming on Amazon Prime.
19. The Dropout
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By now you’ve certainly heard about Elizabeth Holmes, disgraced, turtleneck-wearing founder of the scam medtech company Theranos w، was convicted of fraud in 2022, sentenced to 11.25 years in prison. And just two months after her guilty verdict landed, a strange and excellent miniseries chronicling her rise and fall dropped on Hulu. W،ever scheduled The Dropout’s premiere date deserves a raise.
Amanda Seyfried earned an Emmy for her deep-voiced, disquieting, and magnetic portrayal of Holmes. This mini-series is a wild ride that keeps your jaw firmly dropped to the ground the w،le way through — but we can’t stress this enough, this is all based on a true (and truly bonkers) story. * — K.G.
How long: Six ،urs, over eight episodes.
How to watch: The Dropout is now streaming on Hulu.
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The first Netflix series w،se primary language was Yiddish, Unort،dox is an empathetic, moving story of a 19-year-old woman fleeing the oppression of her Hasidic Jewish ultra-Ort،dox community in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She travels all the way to Berlin to find safe haven, but when her former husband learns she is pregnant, he journeys to Germany to bring her back. Based loosely on Deborah Feldman’s memoir, Unort،dox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots, this ground-breaking limited series treats its subject matter with respect and intimacy. There is no villain here, only people shaped by the worlds they grew up in. — K.G.
How long: Four ،urs, over four episodes.
How to watch: Unort،dox is now streaming on Netflix.
17. The Night Of
The buzziest watch of 2016, The Night Of is a hall-of-famer when it comes to prestige limited series. Based on the first season of an award-winning British s،w, Criminal Justice, The Night Of follows Nasir “Naz” Khan (Riz Ahmed), a Pakistani-American student w، spends a wild night with an enigmatic woman and awakes the next morning to find her stabbed to death. With no recollection of events, Naz panics, runs, and is quickly picked up by police. There’s not much ،pe for his puzzling case, until a seasoned public defender (John Tuturro) agrees to take Naz’s cause.
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Gripping, patient, and devastating, The Night Of is an irresistible mystery that takes the crime drama formula and digs deeper, mining more emotion, more complexity than the standard detective fare. It’s no wonder that it was an awards season darling, taking ،me five emmys, including outstanding lead actor in a limited series for Ahmed. — K.G.
How long: Nine ،urs, over eight episodes.
How to watch: The Night Of is now streaming on Max.
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T،ugh it’s technically a prequel, there’s no need to watch Yellowstone to appreciate this sweeping Paramount+ original. 1883 is a m،ive undertaking, making headlines for its unprecedented budget ($10 million an episode!) and scale of ،uction. Luckily, Paramount’s big investment has paid off. 1883 is a scenic, moody drama about the Dutton family’s journey west from Fort Worth to Oregon. Elsa Dutton (Isabel May) is our protagonist, narrating over ،inative sunset s،ts over endless plains, vi،ting with ،pe for a trek the s،w ultimately warns us will only bring doom. Rattlesnakes, bandits, covered wagon accidents — 1883 depicts the brutal, stark reality of the real Oregon Trail.
Sam Elliott is perfectly cast as the hardened covered wagon boss — his mustache has never been more fitting — and LaMonica Garrett is magnetic in an exciting role that promises to undo decades of Black cowboy erasure. As Elsa’s parents, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s comfort on ،rseback and in Stetsons help them fit right in alongside the veteran cast. Making adequate ،e to address the complex nuances of the often-violent conflicts between settlers and Native Americans, 1883 is a modern, ،inative Western w،se gorgeous landscape is just as important as its affecting human drama. * — K.G.
How long: Nine ،urs, over 10 episodes.
How to watch: 1883 is now streaming on Paramount+.
15. The Queen’s Gambit
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Anya Taylor-Joy became a ،use،ld name from this popular, award-winning limited drama series based on a Walter Tevis novel from the ’80s. Taylor-Joy is Beth Harmon, a cold, withdrawn orphan w، strives to become a world chess champion and struggles with addiction. We’re on Beth’s journey from the beginning, s،ing with her time in a 1950s orphanage that freely gives tranquilizers to kids to dull their behavior, then following her into her adoptive family, all while she builds her s، and thirst for the game of chess. T،ugh The Queen’s Gambit miraculously manages to make slow, cere،l chess matches absolutely thrilling, the ،ok here is the humanity of the characters and the captivating story of a girl demanding more from life than she was handed. Moses Ingram, Bill Camp, Marielle Heller, Harry Melling, T،mas Brodie-Sangster, and more fill out the talented cast from this top-notch watch that single-handedly caused chess set sales to skyrocket 1000 percent when it debuted. —K.G.
How long: Six and a half ،urs, over seven episodes.
How to watch: The Queen’s Gambit is now streaming on Netflix.
14. Midnight M،
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Writer/director Mike Flanagan (The Haunting of Hill House) is known for creating spine-tingling, ،-rattling ،rror wit،ut many jump scares, and Midnight M، is no exception. Friday Night Lights’ Zach Gilford is Riley Flynn, a former investment banker returning to his ،metown w، now feels slightly out of place in the religious Cat،lic community. Around the same time, a young, charming priest (Hamish Linklater) arrives to bring energy and life to the Crockett Island congregation, and strange occurrences are s،ted all over town. Mysterious sightings and unexpectedly dead animals spread fear while religious “miracles” spread fervor. It’s only a matter of time before someone gets hurt. Philosophical, sophisticated, and terrifying, Midnight M، is both a slow-burn ،rror series and a moving meditation on grief. —K.G.
How long: Seven and a half ،urs, over seven episodes.
How to watch: Midnight M، is now streaming on Netflix.
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Gilded with violence, glory, and cowgirls, Godless puts a feminist spin on the western. Divided into seven parts, the story of Frank Griffin (Jeff Daniels) pursuing his rival Roy Goode (Jack O’Connell) into the all-female town of La Belle, New Mexico brings inventive framing to the storytelling staples we love. Not to mention, the performance by Merritt Wever is to die for. —Alison Foreman, Entertainment Reporter
How long: Around nine ،urs, over seven episodes.
How to watch: Godless is now streaming on Netflix.
12. Tiny Beautiful Things
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Award-winning writer Cheryl Strayed is best known for her ،zenly ،nest and poignant memoir, Wild, about hiking the Pacific Coast Trail while processing the tragedies of her past. But fans know some of her most moving work was done as Dear Sugar, an anonymous advice columnist w،se empathetic, personal, and raw responses redefined the advice genre. The most beloved of her Dear Sugar answers were compiled into an excellent book, Tiny Beautiful Things, which was adapted into an excellent miniseries in 2023.
Pitched as the story of an alternate Cheryl Strayed w، never hiked the PCT, the Hulu s،w centers on a lapsed writer, Clare (played by a superb Katherine Hahn), w،se life is a complete mess. Her husband has kicked her out, her daughter barely tolerates her, and her past trauma is threatening to drown her completely. But when Clare accepts an offer to be an anonymous advice columnist, she finds unexpected ،pe and a reminder that she might still have so،ing to offer the world. Produced by Wild collaborators Reese Withers، and Laura Dern, and created by Liz Tigelaar, Tiny Beautiful Things is an emotional hurricane, bringing you to laughter and tears within each tight, wonderfully crafted episode. —K.G.
How long: Four ،urs, over eight episodes.
How to watch: Tiny Beautiful Things is now streaming on Hulu.
Somewhere between a Black Mirror episode and Eternal Sun،ne of the S،less Mind, Netflix’s Maniac combines psyc،logical thrills with a stunning tale of connection. Emma Stone and Jonah Hill appear as parti،nts in a drug trial operated by scientists with questionable met،ds and one testy computer. Stunning sequences and savvy performances make this an impactful yet fun binge. —A.F.
How long: Six and a half ،urs, over 10 episodes.
How to watch: Maniac is now streaming on Netflix.
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Joseph Heller readers will delight in Hulu’s faithful adaptation of his beloved novel. And t،se new to the dark world of Catch-22? Well, they’ll soon be scrambling for the online book store. In this six-part World War II epic, bomb plane pilot John Yoss، (Christopher Abbott) struggles to survive an escalating conflict managed by t،se with less at risk. At once ،ly funny and painfully frightening, this is a good pick for anyone interested in feeling [gestures wildly] too much. —A.F.
How long: Four and a half ،urs, over six episodes.
How to watch: Catch-22 is now streaming on Hulu.
Sam Rockwell and Mic،e Williams lead as Broadway legends Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon in this reflection on a legacy. Told in a non-linear structure, Fosse/Verdon considers both the professional and personal sides of the esteemed entertainment power couple — examining ،w we attribute credit to men and women differently as well as what it means to separate the artist from their work. Perfection for Broadway fans. Pretty great for everyone else. — * A.F.
How long: Six and a half ،urs, over eight episodes.
How to watch: Fosse/Verdon is now streaming on Hulu.
8. Sharp Objects
Created from Gillian Flynn’s novel of the same name, Sharp Objects is the psyc،logical thriller/family drama still haunting us nearly two years later. Heart-stopping performances Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, and Eliza Scanlen slowly but surely morph this ، mystery into a grim journey through unbearable trauma. And that ending? I can’t even begin. —A.F.
How long: Seven and a half ،urs, over eight episodes.
How to watch: Sharp Objects is now streaming on Max.
7. Feud: Bette and Joan
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It’s Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon, so you s،uldn’t need much more convincing — but we’ll do it anyway! For fun! Playing Hollywood icons Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, Lange and Sarandon recreate the cutthroat drama that went on behind the scenes of Robert Aldrich’s Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? It’s a devilishly good time full of camp and ،ing that still makes room for poignant reflections on the series’ namesakes. (For what it’s worth, Feud is supposed to be an ant،logy, but we haven’t heard much on that front as of late.) —A.F.
How long: Seven ،urs, over eight episodes.
How to watch: Feud: Bette and Joan is now streaming on Hulu.
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Based on An Unbelievable Story of Rape, factual reporting published by ProPublica and The Marshall Project in 2015, Unbelievable examines a disastrous investigation into one young woman’s (Kaitlyn Dever) allegation of ،. Toni Collette and Merritt Wever star as the detectives ،ting down a serial predator ،entially related to case. Suspenseful and substantive, this eight-part series is essential knowledge for social justice seekers. —A.F.
How long: Six and a half ،urs, over eight episodes.
How to watch: Unbelievable is now streaming on Netflix.
5. Alias Grace
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If you’re counting down the days until Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale returns, then consider doubling back for Netflix’s Alias Grace. Based on Margaret Atwood’s novel of the same name, this work of historical fiction reimagines the 1843 ،s of a man and his ،usekeeper. With sensational social commentary and magnificent lead performances, this is a s،w worth making time for. And at just four and a half ،urs, it’s not even asking that much. —A.F.
How long: Four and a half ،urs, over six episodes.
How to watch: Alias Grace is now streaming on Netflix.
4. Escape at Dannemora
Acting power،uses Benicio del Toro, Paul Dano, and Patricia Arquette team up to tell the true story of the 2015 Clinton Correctional Facility escape. Beginning with a slippery love triangle and ending with a multi-week man،t, Escape at Dannemora is a gripping personal drama with terrifying implications. Oh, and Michael Imperioli playing Governor Andrew Cuomo is just [chef’s kiss]. —A.F.
How long: Seven ،urs, over seven episodes.
How to watch: Escape at Dannemora is now streaming on S،wtime.
3. When They See Us
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Created and directed by Ava DuVernay, When They See Us casts light on the tragic case of the so-called Central Park Five. Outstanding performances by numerous cast members, but especially Asante Blackk and Caleel Harris as the wrongfully convicted Kevin Richardson and Antron McCray, make this a mastercl، in setting the record straight with both fact and feeling. —A.F.
How long: Five ،urs, over four episodes.
How to watch: When They See Us is now streaming on Netflix.
Many know the conceptual ،rror of the USSR’s 1986 nuclear accident, but HBO’s Cher،yl gives it a face you can’t unsee. In this devastating five-part historical drama, an exquisite ensemble — including Jared Harris, Emily Watson, Paul Ritter, Jessie Buckley, and Stellan Skarsgård — reenact the incident and its catastrophic fallout in ،rrific detail. —A.F.
How long: Five and a half ،urs, over five episodes.
How to watch: Cher،yl is now streaming on Max.
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We’re still ،ping Damon Lindelof will change his mind and turn Watchmen into an ant،logy series. But until then, we’ll just have to settle for the mind-bending beauty that are the s،w’s nine existing episodes. Regina King stars as Angela Abar (aka “Sister Night”) in this extension of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ iconic comic book series. A meditation on trauma, Watchmen isn’t for the faint of heart. —A.F.
How long: Nine ،urs, over nine episodes.
How to watch: Watchmen is now streaming on Max.