The Overlooked

Overwhelmed by Peak TV? Aaron Barnhart catches you up on the shows you missed with carefully curated selections you can enjoy in a weekend.
  • POSTED June 18, 2019

    Casketeers
    A New Zealand mortuary is the unlikely setting for this uplifting Netflix reality series.
    Funeral home owners Kaiora and Francis Tipene star in the Kiwi reality series, Casketeers. (Netflix)
  • POSTED June 13, 2019

    Detectorists
    This quirky britcom about treasure hunters digs deeper than you might expect
    Toby Jones and Mackenzie Crook star in Detectorists (BBC)
  • POSTED June 11, 2019

    Babylon Berlin (Season 1)
    This Netflix import set in 1929 presents Berlin in all its pre-Nazi glory and grit.
    Severija Janusauskaite, Volker Bruth and Liv Lisa Fries star in Babylon Berlin (Photo: Netflix)
  • POSTED June 6, 2019

    Frasier (Season 4)
    Few comedies were as funny in their prime, but that doesn't mean Frasier should be revived.
    John Mahoney, Jane Leaves, Kelsey Grammer, David Hyde Pierce, and Peri Gilpin starred in Frasier (CBS)
  • POSTED June 4, 2019

    Anne with an E
    The spunky orphan girl of L.M. Montgomery's beloved books is darker and sadder in this Netflix adaptation.
    Amybeth McNulty stars in Anne with an E (Netflix/CBC)
  • POSTED May 28, 2019

    Mercy Street
    This fact-based PBS Civil War drama still resonates two years after its cancellation.
    Hannah James, Gary Cole, Josh Radnor and Mary Elizabeth Winstead star in Mercy Street  (PBS)
  • POSTED May 23, 2019

    Wormwood
    Errol Morris’s detective work paid off in this 2017 miniseries about a CIA scientist’s mysterious death.
    Errol Morris imagines CIA scientist Frank Olson’s last days, with help from Peter Sarsgaard. (Netflix)
  • POSTED May 21, 2019

    King Corn
    This classic about the triumph and tragedy of our modern food system is the antidote to overheated docs like What the Health and GMO OMG.
    Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, the duo behind the 2008 PBS documentary, King Corn. (Photo: Mosaic Features).
  • POSTED May 16, 2019

    Longford
    The creator of The Crown penned this character drama about evil and redemption that resonates in an age of mass incarceration.
    Jim Broadbent stars as the 7th Earl of Longford, a portrayal which earned him both a Golden Globe and BAFTA. (Photo: Giles Keyte/HBO)
  • POSTED May 14, 2019

    Casting JonBenet
    The 1996 murder inspires a film about what happens when people are invested in one outcome and won’t be convinced otherwise.
    An image from the Netflix film Casting JonBenet (Photo: Netflix)
  • POSTED May 9, 2019

    Crime + Punishment
    A stunning documentary about abusive policing at the NYPD has lessons for every city and town in America.
    Officer Edwin Raymond in an image from the Hulu Original documentary Crime + Punishment
  • POSTED May 6, 2019

    The Americans (Season 1)
    The celebrated spy thriller's early episodes are far more relevant today than when they first aired.
    Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys star as Liz and Philip Jennings in The Americans (FX)
  • POSTED May 2, 2019

    Life on Mars (UK)
    The irony! Most viewers of this BBC classic about a time traveler locked in a world of obsolete technology will watch it on DVD.
    Philip Glenister and John Simm star in Life on Mars (UK)
  • POSTED April 30, 2019

    American Crime
    American Crime is tough to watch. But isn’t that why we watch shows like this?
    In Season 3 of American Crime, Felicity Huffman plays a white lady of privilege who suddenly becomes aware of her role in a rotten system — a role that invites comparisons to her real life. (ABC)
  • POSTED April 25, 2019

    Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (Frontline)
    NY’s most powerful prosecutor takes on a small Chinatown bank in this doc from the director of Hoop Dreams.
    Vera Sung, Jill Sung, and Thomas Sung of Abacus Federal Savings Bank, in a promotional image for <i>Abacus: Small Enough to Jail</i>. (PBS)