Gone are the days when a family’s only medium of watching TV series used to be cable TV network. Thanks to technological advancements and the internet that yielded over-the-top platforms. All of a sudden, we have (close to) limitless list of TV shows breaking geographical and broadcasting constraints, and on a single platform, we have endless options to choose from.
Mike Hale, a known television critic for New York Times, have recently unveiled a list of top 30 TV shows from around the world that have astounded audiences with their content quality, storytelling, ability to create suspense/buzz in their viewers and series produced outside the US, which were commercially available to American audiences and which premiered in or after 2010.
Without wasting much time, let’s go through the top 1-10 TV series. Special highlights to No.28.
- ‘Prisoners of War’ (Israel): Created by Israeli director, screenwriter and producer Gideon Raff, it won the Israeli Academy Award for Television for Best Drama Series in 2010. In India the series was officially redesigned as 110-episode television series O.W – Bandi Yuddh Ke by Nikhil Advani in 2016 and 2017 with Gideon Raff consulting for the series. Currently is streaming on Hulu.
- ‘Sherlock’ (Britain): It’s another synonym of mystery. For those who have watched the series definitely know the pain of waiting for another series to arrive or the excitement of watching episodes back to back. Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat, Steve Thompson made this modern retelling of Sherlock Holmes stories the most smartly entertaining show on TV (for the first few seasons). Currently streaming on Netflix and org.
- ‘The Bureau’ (France): The first 2 seasons created strong hype among viewers. A foreign-intelligence agent Mathieu Kassovitz, after returning from Syria makes a mistake whose grim actions have excited people across the series. Currently streaming on Sundance Now.
- ‘Happy Valley’ (Britain): It was a big hit in 2014 with heartbreaks, thrills and laughs coming from Sarah Lancashire as haunted Northern Police Sergeant Catherine Cawood. 2 years later another series was aired that was considered even better than the first one. It’s currently streaming on Netflix.
- ‘Gomorrah’ (Italy): By Roberto Saviano from his book of the same name, it’s all about Neapolitan gangland politics and mafia tale. It’s brutal, brooding and addictive. 2 (out of 4 seasons) are available in America due to legal issues. Currently, the stream on Netflix.
- ‘The Crown’ (Britain): It covers the life of Queen Elizabeth II from her wedding (in 1947) to the present day. Season 2 highlights time period between 1956 and 1964. With Claire Foy as Elizabeth, writer Peter Morgan took viewers craze to a whole new level by adding jealousy, scheming, greedy and crackpot members of her family. Its currently streaming on Netflix.
- Chewing Gum (Britain): A comedy series following religious, Beyoncé-obsessed 24-year-old Tracy Gordon who comes to know that the more she learns about the world, the less she understands it. Currently streaming on Netflix.
- ‘Fauda’ (Israel): It a two-sided thriller story of Israeli-Palestinian conflict that shrewdly exploits the exigencies and emotions and its dusty locales. Currently streaming on Netflix.
- ‘Killing Eve’ (Britain): A usual male-fronted crime drama with a gripping story. Adapted by Phoebe Waller-Bridge from best-selling Villanelle novels. Its currently streaming on Netflix.
- ‘A Very English Scandal’ (Britain): Its all about British politician Jeremy Thorpe and Norman Scott, the former lover he was accused of trying to kill. Currently streaming on Amazon, its definitely a very English dramatic scandal! Currently streaming on Amazon.
- ‘Sacred Games’ (India): Mumbai city is not only the city of dreams but a home of mafias and now it’s under threat! Sacred Games revolves around political conspiracies, action, and thrills and leaves viewers with a question ‘Will Mumbai survive from atomic bomb attack’. Currently streaming on Netflix.
One good thing about the list it that it’s coming from all around the world and each and every genre has one (or more) TV series in the top list. Britain grabbing 12 out of 30 spots in the list turns to be the country that has entertained viewers from around the world.
For the 1st time, India’s TV show has been featured and we hope to see quite a few more on the list in the coming time.
To go through the entire list, click here.