Luther (BBC America)
10 episodes (approx. 10 hours), for purchase via Netflix, Amazon, iTunes, and VUDU
Catch up and observe the show’s Golden Globe-winning lead Idris Elba (as morally inscrutable London detective John Luther) in his comfort zone, i.e. ruthless, vulnerable, and unmistakably British. Not to mention The Affair’s flame-haired head-turner Ruth Wilson as his murderous muse. And because Luther is the real-deal procedural: ballsy, brainy, brawny, and devastating -- from the very first frame.
Mr. Robot (USA)
10 episodes (approx. 10 hours), via 24-hour USA marathon starting Dec 29 at 11pm, USANetwork.com, USA On Demand, for purchase via iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play
USA’s first critical smash in recent memory will rightly sit near the top of most year-end lists. Mr. Robot was 2015’s most unique small-screen vision, a blend of paranoid techno-thriller and wry cultural critique made by (i.e. creator Sam Esmail) and for obsessives. Robot knowingly seduces with a familiar, Kubrick-by-way-of-Fincher vibe, but sucks you in through the singular perspective of reclusive, psychologically brittle super-hacker Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek) as he fights for his sanity and our freedom.