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Sacred Games is an Indian crime drama web television series created by Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane, and Varun Grover. It is adapted from Vikram Chandra’s novel of the same name, and stars Saif Ali Khan in the lead role. The series follows Sartaj Singh (Khan), a seasoned and cynical Mumbai police officer, who receives a phone call from gangster Ganesh Gaitonde (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), who says that if Sartaj does not solve his case within 25 days, he will commit suicide.
- Cast: Nawazuddian Siddiqui as Ganesh Gaitonde, Elnaaz Norouzi as Zoya Mirza, Kubbra Salt as Kuckoo, Jatin Sarna as Bunty, and Rajshri Deshpande as Subhadra.
- No of seasons: 2
- IMDB Ratings: 8.5/10
- Rotten Tomatoes:
Boardwalk Empire is an American period crime drama television series created by Terence Winter and airing on premium cable channel HBO set in Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the Prohibition era. The series stars Steve Buscemi as Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, a political figure who rose to prominence and controlled Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the Prohibition period of the 1920s and early 1930s. The pilot episode was directed by Martin Scorsese and produced at a cost of $18 million.
The series premiered on September 19, 2010, and completed its five-season run on October 26, 2014. Boardwalk Empire received widespread critical acclaim, particularly for its visual style and basis on historical figures. The series received 57 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, including two for Outstanding Drama Series; it won 18 awards in total.
Cast: Steve Buscemi as Enoch Nucky Thomas, Kelly Macdonald as Margaret Thompson, Shea Whingham as Elias Eli Thompson, Michael Pitt as James Jimmy Darmody, and Aleksa Palladino as Angela Darmody.
No of seasons: 5
IMDB Ratings: 8.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Modern Family is an Emmy-winning American sitcom that airs on ABC. Modern Family was created by Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd and produced by Levitan Lloyd Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television for ABC. It premiered on September 23, 2009, following the American Labor Day broad- cast of the made-for-TV film Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
The show features a large ensemble cast composed of Ed O’Neill (from Married… with Children) as Jay Pritchett, Sofía Vergara (from Who Wants to Be a Millionaire) as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, Julie Bowen (from Ed) as Claire Dunphy, Ty Burrell (from George Lopez) as Phil Dunphy, Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett, Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker and Sarah Hyland (from Bones) as Haley Dunphy.
- Cast: Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy, Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy, Sarah Hyland as Hayler Dunphy, Ariel Winter as Alex Dunphy, and Sofia Vergara as Gloria
- No of seasons: 11
- IMDB Ratings: 8.5/10
- Rotten Tomatoes: 85%
Rick and Morty
You might have heard of Rick and Morty, the hit animated series from Adult Swim. The show follows the exploits of a mad scientist named Rick and his grandson, Morty. They travel through space and time—for the most part, anyway—and get into all kinds of ridiculous situations that lead to loads of pop culture references. What more could you want?
- Cast: Justin Roiland as Rick Sanchez, Spencer Grammer as Summer Smith, Chris Parnell as Jerry Smith, Dan Harmon as Birdperson, Sarah Clarke as Beth Smith.
- No of seasons: 5
- IMDB Ratings: 9.2/10
- Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
Game of Thrones
If you enjoy any of these elements, then Hotstar’s Game of Thrones is an excellent choice. Game of Thrones is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. It is an adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin’s series of fantasy novels, the first of which is titled A Game of Thrones.
The series takes place on the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos and chronicles the power struggles among noble families as they fight for control of the Iron Throne, while other ancient threats awaken in the north. The first season is a faithful adaptation of the novel, with some changes made to streamline events from Martin’s sprawling narrative. Later seasons, including the upcoming sixth season, have diverged from Martin’s books as the producers have introduced original characters and plot lines.
The first season premiered on HBO on April 17, 2011 to positive reviews and was highly successful, averaging a gross audience of 6 million viewers per episode across all platforms including repeats and on-demand viewings. The show has received 38 Primetime Emmy Awards nominations (including Outstanding Drama Series), including two wins for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Peter Dinklage) and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama
- Cast: Emilia Clarke as Daenereys Targaryaen, Kit Harington as Jon Snow, Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark, and Maisie Williams as Arya Stark.
- No of seasons: 8
- IMDB Ratings: 9.2
- Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
Gangs of Wasseypur
A five-part crime epic, this series is set in a north Indian town known for its high crime rate and the coal mafia that runs it. The story begins with Shahid Khan’s father, Sardar Khan (Manoj Bajpayee), who moves to Wasseypur to start a new life. But the town has other plans for him, as he becomes entangled in the fight between two rival families over control of illegal coal mining. The series chronicles Khan’s rise as a gangster and his eventual demise due to betrayal by those closest to him. The series consists of two parts, with each part consisting of three episodes each.
- Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Faizal Khan,
- No of seasons: 2
- IMDB Ratings: 8.2/10
- Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
The show is about a group of students who attend Greendale Community College, where they are learning about the human condition. The show takes place mostly in a study group room at the college, but there are also many adventures and misadventures that go on outside of school.
Community was created by Dan Harmon and has had several different writing teams over its run. The first season was written by Harmon and Rob Schrab, with the following seasons written by Harmon alone. Community has had numerous cast changes, with some characters leaving for other projects or being killed off-screen. However, the core group of characters have stayed together throughout most of the series’ run.
- Cast: Joel McHale as Jeff Winger, Danny Pudi as Abed Nadir, Alison Brie as Annie Edison, Gillian Jacons as Britta Perry, Brie Larson as Rachel, and Ken Jeong as Senor Ben Chang.
- No of seasons: 6
- IMDB Ratings: 8.5/10
- Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
If you’ve never seen HBO’s Chernobyl, then you need to stream that right now. The 2019 mini-series, which is available on Hotstar in India, chronicles the events surrounding the 1986 nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl power plant in Ukraine. It starts moments before the accident and tracks it through its aftermath—the eventual meltdown of a reactor core, impact on workers, and an international effort to contain radiation from spreading across Europe.
Chernobyl is both depressing and awe-inspiring. It explores the cost of systemic failure for those who are forced to live with it—from irradiated children to brave firefighters who fought to save thousands of lives even after knowing they would lose their own. And then there’s Jared Harris’ Valery Legasov, a character that doesn’t even exist at all (the real Legasov died by suicide two years after being involved in cleaning up Chernobyl).
Rebecca Ferguson plays control room operator Ulana Khomyuk while Stellan Skarsgard stars as Soviet Deputy Prime Minister Boris Shcherbina in this critically acclaimed television series. There are only five episodes since each installment runs for roughly an hour and fifteen minutes but they’re worth watching if you want a compelling drama with history lessons sprinkled throughout. If HBO’s Chernobyl feels too long for your taste though, watch National Geographic’s 2016 documentary titled simply: Chernobyl’s Nuclear Disaster instead.
- Cast: Jared Harris as Valery Legasov, Stellan Skarsgard as Borsis Shcherbina, Paul Ritter as Anatoly Dyatlov, Jessie Buckley as Lyudmila Ignatenko, and Con O’Neill as Viktor Bryukhanov.
- No of seasons: 1
- IMDB Ratings: 9.4/10
- Rotten Tomatoes: 95%