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5 Must-Watch Shows For Its Portrayal Of Political Extremities

One or more shows from this list will definitely haunt you long after you’ve watched it

By Asiya Anwar  November 18th, 2021

With democracy in crisis across nations and overpowering bureaucrats imposing outrageous laws – watching political shows is like streaming real-life issues on-screen. Besides powerful scenes, daunting dialogues, and unprecedented storylines, the brilliant cinematography and hard-hitting performances will convince you to binge-watch this genre all weekend.

1. The Handmaid’s Tale

Set in a dystopian society ruled by the Republic Of Gilead that has overthrown the US government, this show makes for a phenomenal edge-of-the-seat thriller. It follows the story of a concubine living under the totalitarian regime and how she faces outrageous obstacles in her pursuit of escaping from the hellhole. Now is the best time to catch up with all 4 seasons of 21 times Emmy nominated show to watch season 5 just in time in 2022.

Political Shows

Where to watch: Amazon Prime, Hulu

2. Bodyguard

Nope. Not the Bollywood film of the same namesake. Known to be the most-watched UK drama series in recent times  – with season 2 STILL in the talks since 2018 (that’s right!), this is one political thriller in the truest sense. Starring Richard Madden (Robb Stark of GOT fame) and Keeley Hawes in the protagonist roles, the show follows the professional and personal life of a war veteran recently assigned to protect the home secretary. In addition to a gripping plotline and subliminal sound effects, Madden’s enunciation of “Ma’am” deserves a separate article and a separate fan base.

Political Shows

Where to watch: Netflix

3. Peaky Blinders 

First things first, the mind-blowing opening theme by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds is luring enough to press enter to every next episode. Set in the timeframe of post-World War I, in 1919 England, this show blankets crime and politics quite impeccably (and ruthlessly). The title of the show is the namesake of the most feared local ruling gang, ‘Peaky Blinders’. Supreme performances and twisted storylines sprinkled with betrayal, status hierarchy, business and trade, and love (in bits and pieces), and A LOT of on-screen smoking definitely makes it a compelling watch. 

Where to watch: Netflix 

4. Killing Eve

All the offense and hate to make the comparison but Villanelle would effortlessly put You’s Joe Goldberg to shame. Intense and constantly jumpy, the protagonist of the show is bewitching and insanely merciless in her actions. It might have the label of a spy thriller but below the surface, it is as political as it can get. This story is a prime example of how seemingly immoral and corrupt people are merely pawns at the hands of powerful bureaucratic individuals and there is more than what meets the eye.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime 

5. Ozark 

Starring Jason Bateman and Lauren Linney, Ozark is named after the lakes of the Ozark in Missouri, USA. Predominantly shot in blues and greys, this show is set in stark dark reality and the consequences of some risky actions taken mindlessly. Ozark, in pure genuinity, is known to be a place of conservative politics and power. This is just one of the reasons hinting as to why this show should not be missed and there’s a lot to learn and apply from the portrayal of the narrative.

Where to watch: Netflix

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