MANHUNT: UNABOMBER (Discovery Channel, Amazon Prime)
Based on the real-life mid '90s case of the Unabomber, the mail bomber who terrorized the United States and frustrated law enforcement for almost 20 years - Paul Bettany is excellent in the lead role. but the supporting cast is top notch as well, everyone from Mark Duplass to Chris Noth and especially Sam Worthington, who plays a a brilliant but untested FBI profiler.
The eight-part series does a good job showing the back-breaking work that went into catching Ted Kaczynski and how many false leads and dead ends the investigators had to chase.
ALIAS GRACE (Netflix)
Our next recommendation is a Netflix Original Series made in conjunction with the the Canadian Broadcast Corporation, or CBC. It's a true historical drama called Alias Grace.
Based on the Margaret Atwood book from 1996, the six-part series is adapted by Sarah Polley. It's about a double murder that took place in Canada in 1843. It is actually stunning how timely this show is. It really shines a light on how women, especially the poor and working class, were stripped away of any true identity and treated like property, and the lead performance by Sarah Gadon is magnificent.
MASTER OF NONE (Netflix)
And to lighten the load a bit, our final offering is the Netflix series, Master of None. Created by and starring Aziz Ansari, who was so good as Tom Haverford on Parks and Recreation, Ansari really delivers the goods in this topical, sophisticated and clever series. He plays Dev, an actor in New York City who pals around town with his diverse group of friends, but the show really works when talking about family and all that entails.
The first season premiered in 2015, but in the second season, there is one episode in particular that brought the show a lot of acclaim titled, appropriately enough, Thanksgiving.
The episode is incredibly powerful but also funny and thoughtful. The episode centers around the evolution of the friendship between Dev and his best friend Denise, played by Lena Waithe, and how Thanksgiving played a part in it. But it also deals with a really serious topic -- Denise's struggle to come out as a gay woman to her family.
Lena Waithe, who plays Denise, co-wrote the episode with Aziz Ansari, and it's largely based on her life and struggles to come out of the closet to her family. Angela Bassett guest starred as Denise's mom, Catherine.
The episode was a big winner for the show. It received a 2017 Emmy Award for best comedy writing. And it also made history, because with the award, Waithe became the first black woman to ever win an Emmy for comedy writing. It's definitely a show well worth your time.
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