If you’re looking for a laugh and a good shock, I recommend a dark comedy like HBO’s “Barry” or Amazon Prime’s “The Boys.” Both have excellent performances guaranteed to make you laugh, but also brutal imagery and dark storylines that keep you on your toes. “Barry” stars Bill Hader as a hitman who wants to quit and become an actor. Superhero show “The Boys” follows a crew as they try to take down a corporatized, sadistic version of the Justice League.
If you’re into shows described as gritty, dramatic and a little weird, I recommend two HBO original series “The Leftovers” and “Watchmen.” Both were created by Damon Lindelof, co-creator of the hit series “Lost,” and contain the most intriguing and genuinely jaw-dropping cinematography I’ve seen on television. In “The Leftovers,” 2% of the human population vanishes from thin air; the series follows the aftermath of the random and terrifying event as the world tries to move on. “Watchmen” takes place in the present day following events that happened in the comics the show is based on. The series follows a cop turned vigilante trying to uncover the mysterious death of her town’s police chief.
If you’re looking for something more lighthearted, I recommend the improvisational comedy game show, “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” The hilarious skits and charming guests like Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles have me rolling with laughter.
Author’s note: This is my last article for The Commuter. Thanks for reading my articles about television and film. I hope you enjoyed the shows and movies I’ve reviewed as much as I did. Stay safe and happy watching. –Cade O’Connell