70 Thrilling TV Shows to Watch Right Now

70 Thrilling TV Shows to Watch Right Now

May 17, 2024

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If you’re craving heart-pounding suspense, nail-biting twists, and relentless excitement, look no further. Embark on a rollercoaster of emotions and delve into the adrenaline-fueled worlds that await. Buckle up, dim the lights, and prepare for a binge-worthy journey that will leave you exhilarated and constantly guessing what comes next. These shows are an invitation to experience the thrill like never before.

61. Slow Horses

7.8

Country

United Kingdom, United States

Actors

Gary Oldman, Jack Lowden, Kristin Scott Thomas, Olivia Cooke

Moods

A-list actors, Binge-Worthy, Easy

What if the UK’s MI5 was run not by sleek secret agents, but rather, a bunch of second-rate, hand-me-down spies? Slow Horses gives us a taste of that as it centers on Slough House, a division of MI5 that serves as a detention center for their smart but hopelessly damaged goods.

In this six-part miniseries, the Slough House agents reluctantly exchange their humdrum duties for a big and unexpected case. Led by the eccentric Jackson Lamb (a very funny and effective Gary Oldman), they track a group of Right-wing terrorists and their hostage before it’s too late. With its brisk pace, endearingly bumbling characters, and deft balance of suspense and humor, Slow Horses might just be one of the finest thrillers out there. 

62. The Alienist

7.8

Country

United States, United States of America

Actors

Brian Geraghty, Dakota Fanning, Daniel Brühl, Douglas Smith

Moods

A-list actors, Binge-Worthy, Dark

Adapted from Caleb Carr’s blockbuster crime novel, The Alienist follows a team of amateur investigators in 1896 New York: Daniel Brühl as Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, the formidable titular “alienist” who studies the psychology of those alienated from society; Luke Evans as John Moore, a newspaper illustrator; and Dakota Fanning as Sara Howard, the first female employee of the New York Police Department. The show’s trio of amateur yet brilliant detectives need to solve crime mysteries involving haunting and gruesome murders, while the dynamic among them is key to the success of their detective work. Compelling characters, dark aesthetics, and an interesting and unconventional plot are some of the characteristics that make The Alienist a fascinating must-watch for crime lovers.

63. The Kingdom: Exodus

7.8

Country

Belgium, Denmark, France

Actors

Annevig Schelde Ebbe, Baard Owe, Benny Hansen, Benny Poulsen

Moods

Challenging, Dark, Mini-series

In 1994, Danish auteur Lars von Trier came up with a TV series called The Kingdom, an absurd supernatural comedy that takes place in a rundown hospital in Copenhagen. The show was well-received enough to warrant a second season, but just as von Trier was polishing up the third and final installment, the deaths of more than one lead actor pressed pause on the project, till now.

More than 10 years in the making, The Kingdom part III, also called Exodus, is still very much centered on the weird patients and staff members that populate the Riget hospital, as well as the possible evil buried beneath it. The comedy/horror has a robot dishwasher and a giant head. Danes and Swedes are perennially at war with each other. Willem Dafoe and Alexander Skarsgard make odd cameos.

I’m not sure it’s possible to write a coherent synopsis without sounding like I’ve fallen off the rails, but know that it is a unique headscratcher of a show, more interesting as an experience than anything else. Von Trier was also openly inspired by Twin Peaks, in making it, so David Lynch fans in particular will truly enjoy diving into this world.

64. Gaslit

7.8

Country

United States of America

Actors

Betty Gilpin, Dan Stevens, Darby Camp, Julia Roberts

Moods

A-list actors, Funny, Mini-series

As one of the biggest political scandals in recent memory, Watergate has had its fair share of film and TV adaptations. But while plenty fixed their eyes on President Richard Nixon and his men, only a handful focused on the surrounding but equally vital participants. Gaslit seems like an attempt to fix that—it’s a political thriller that looks at the affair’s forgotten players and examines how their seemingly trivial actions formed ripples and grew into the massive wave that brought a presidency to an end. 

One such player, the main one in this limited series, is Martha Mitchell, played to jumpy perfection by Julia Roberts. Previously dismissed as a hysterical gossip, here Martha is finally given her due as a political whistleblower. Sean Penn, Shea Whigman, and Betty Gilpin make up an all-star cast, but along with Roberts, it’s Dan Stevens who really steals the show. He’s a chameleon as junior counsel John Dean, deeply immersed in the character’s confused but well-meaning intentions. 

Another thing that sets Gaslit apart from the others is its self-aware humor. It has a bumbling quality to it—where others replay the infamous break-in with solemnity, Gaslit pokes fun at its absurdity. It’s a series that knows when to be serious and when to dole out the jokes, making it a finely balanced and refreshing political drama.

65. Lies Hidden in My Garden

7.8

Country

South Korea

Actors

Baek Hyun-joo, Cha Mi-kyeong, Cha Sung-je, Choi Jae-rim

Moods

Gripping, Thrilling, Well-acted

A mysterious rotting smell and hard thuds heard from above start the series off on an eerie note. Moon Joo-ran (Kim Tae-hee) is a seemingly perfect housewife, but under the guise of her well-kept home are a secretive husband and a son who possibly resents her (currently unknown) condition. Meanwhile, Chu Sang-eun (Lim Ji-yeon) is trapped in an abusive marriage and dreams of escape. As Joo-ran becomes paranoid about the smell in her backyard and Sang-eun gathers evidence to leave her husband, the two women find a harrowing revelation. Leads Kim and Lim immediately offer memorable, haunting performances, while the setup described above is a captivating start to a psychological thriller that promises a web of secrets and lies.

66. Kohrra

7.8

Country

India

Actors

Barun Sobti, Ekavali Khanna, Harleen Sethi, Manish Chaudhary

Moods

Dramatic, Intense, Suspenseful

Netflix India has been dominating the police procedural and mystery market, and Kohrra, its latest addition, is one of its better entries. Officer Balbir (Suvinder Vicky) is under pressure to resolve the case of a dead Non-Resident Indian and his missing white friend, but the fear of local backlash and global attention raises the stakes as the show weaves internal and external politics in India. Drugs, lies, and old grudges eventually surface, complicating the quiet pursuit of truth with public spectacle. This makes for a thrilling mystery, but Kohrra also excels as a family drama as we watch Balbir mend his relationship with his daughter, while his partner Garundi (Barun Sobti) deals with the pressure to get married. 

67. Enigma

7.8

Moods

Dark, Intense, Thrilling

True to its name, Enigma opens with a student sharpening a pencil menacingly before ferociously stabbing a teacher. Encased by stunning visuals, the story gets severely darker when another student troubled by an unseen entity drowns in a swimming pool. Farinda, a daydreamer who’s undeniably intelligent, notices that the incidents coincide with the presence of the new clumsy biology teacher, Mr Ajin. Superb transitions and editing and a solid dose of gore strengthen the underlying criticism of rigid schools that stifle their students from experiencing more than just good grades. It’ll be hard not to watch the [dark] magic continue to unfold. 

68. Feedback

7.8

Country

Poland

Actors

Arkadiusz Jakubik, Dominika Bednarczyk-Krzyżanowska, Jakub Sierenberg

Moods

Challenging, Character-driven, Dark

After years of trying to regain sobriety, it’s totally chilling to wake up the next day, with no memory of last night, only aware that you failed to stay in control, again. Feedback follows a washed-up rock star trying hard to figure out what happened last night, but not just because it was an oopsie. Instead, for Marcin Kania, it’s the night his son went missing. With angry spiraling scored by electric guitar, temptations to drink abound, and the demeaning judgment of everyone around him, it’s hard for him to convince the cops to take this case seriously, especially when he only has blurry recollections of last night. But it’s easy to root for this unreliable narrator, who’s trying hard to be his best. He just might find him, but he might also find out what happened to the son he failed to guide properly, and hopefully redemption for how much he’s failed his family.

69. Criminal Record

7.8

Country

United Kingdom

Actors

Cathy Tyson, Charlie Creed-Miles, Cush Jumbo, Peter Capaldi

Moods

A-list actors, Challenging, Character-driven

With the various police procedurals available online, it can feel like an oversaturated genre, at best. At worst, with the struggles the world has to do with regards to the justice system, police procedurals can glorify the institution. Criminal Record examines this, but it doesn’t give the easy answers other shows have when discussing the systemic failure of the police, especially when it comes to race, age, and sex. Peter Capaldi stands in as the old guard, though his skin-crawling presence keeps Dan Hegarty’s real intentions an enigma until the very end. However, it’s Cush Jumbo as the empathetic June Lenker that drives the show, with her persistence meeting Hegarty’s every move, and her frustrations mirroring the real rage the world feels with regards to past injustices. The way the two clash creates a novel rookie-veteran dynamic that makes Criminal Record so striking.

70. My Undead Yokai Girlfriend

7.8

Country

Japan, United States of America

Actors

Ai Yoshikawa, Hayato Sano, Takashi Sorimachi

Moods

Action-packed, Easy, Funny

Some people can get totally desperate when it comes to their love life, but rarely does this desperation end up with summoning an ancient warrior princess spirit. My Undead Yokai Girlfriend plays on this desperation, hilariously juxtaposing modern day love troubles with an ancient demonic revenge plot, and the mix plays out in a fun and cutesy way, with Hachi understandably over-the-top stressed out over the fact he accidentally summoned and bonded with a yokai spirit that can drain his life force. As Hachi tries to solve this through smartphone technology and research, Izzy learns more about modern day Japan, all while they both evade Hachi’s police father assigned to investigate Izzy’s victims. It’s silly, but it’s fun, and surprisingly introduces Japanese mythology in an engaging way.

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