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 May 16, 2019

    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)
  • POSTED April 23, 2019

    Conan O’Brien has seen the future of late-night comedy, and it isn’t a 60-minute show.
    Out with the suits, in with denim. Conan O'Brien in a promotional photo for the 30-minute Conan on TBS. (Team Coco)
  • POSTED April 19, 2019

    Derry Girls
    This raunchy comedy about Catholic schoolkids living through the troubles is Northern Ireland’s biggest hit.
    Left to right, Orla (Louisa Harland), Clare (Nicola Coughlan), Erin (Saoirse-Monica Jackson), James (Dylan Llewellyn), and Michelle (Jamie-Lee O'Donnell) in Derry Girls (Channel 4/Netflix)
  • POSTED April 16, 2019

    An overlooked clause in the U.S. Constitution is the basis of 2017’s most riveting and important documentary.
    An image from the trailer for Ava DuVurnay's documentary, 13TH (Netflix)
  • POSTED April 1, 2019

    Comrade Detective
    Amazon’s weirdly subversive miniseries parodied ’80s buddy-cop films, Communist propaganda and 21st-century anti-Americanism.
    Florin Piersic Jr. and Corneliu Ulici star in Comrade Detective, with an assist from Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Amazon)
  • POSTED April 1, 2019

    Rectify (Season 1)
    Aden Young’s quiet performance stood out in this 2013 drama about an ex-prisoner’s bewildering first weeks of freedom after leaving death row.
    Aden Young stars in Rectify (Sundance TV)
  • POSTED April 1, 2019

    Slings and Arrows
    Enjoy this classic comedy set in a Canadian Shakespeare company... while you still can.
    Martha Burns, Paul Gross, Oliver Dennis and Sarah Polley in Slings & Arrows (Rhombus Media)
  • POSTED April 1, 2019

    Jane the Virgin
    It has all the tropes of a telenovela, but this show is an American original. Too bad more Americans aren’t watching it.
    Gina Rodriguez stars in Jane the Virgin (The CW)
  • POSTED March 31, 2019

    WGN’s historical drama about the first atom bomb foreshadows the perils of the nuclear age — and the joys of Rachel Brosnahan.
    Olivia Williams, John Benjamin Hickey and Alexia Fast in Manhattan (WGN America)