Hidden gems to stream in October 2019
Feel like you’ve watched everything on TV? Try one of these addictive new shows that landed on Showmax this month. They’re all Plum Picks for a reason!
If you think that your job is difficult, spare a thought for Sam (Pamela Adlon – who is also the director and creator of dramedy series Better Things). She’s a single mom to three girls. She lives in LA. She’s trying to find a decent guy to date. And she’s an actress. She’s got her hands full, but she can more or less juggle everything. And even when she can’t, she isn’t willing to ask for help, which obviously results in situations anyone in her position knows all too well. Kiddie puke on her clothes right before an important audition? Check! Running late and being stopped at every intersection? Check! Having her date with the cute guy ruined by non-stop calls from her daughters? You bet!
Need to know: The first two seasons are short – 10 episodes each. They’re super-dry with the humour, so you’re not going to have that annoying sitcom-style audience laughter at every joke. And that’s great because it’s so different. Pamela is majestic in her lead role and every single working parent watching will be able to shout “that’s how I feel” and “that’s what I did” at some of the crazier situations she gets herself into. Keep an eye out for loads of cameos by big-name stars like Diedrich Bader (American Housewife), Matthew Broderick, Kevin Pollak, Julie Bowen (Modern Family), Constance Zimmer and rockstar Lenny Kravitz.
Vampires are alive and they’re taking over New York. But don’t expect a Dracula-style fanged bloodsucker jumping you in the shadows. Instead, big-screen director Guillermo del Toro has evolved vampires into a worm-like virus that arrives in the Big Apple onboard a plane full of dead passengers. Dr Eph Goodweather (Corey Stoll) from the CDC is in charge of the investigation and while he isn’t sure what he’s got himself into, he quickly realises that vampires are very real and very dangerous after meeting Professor Setrakian (David Bradley), a pawnbroker by day and a vampire slayer by night.
Need to know: It’s gross. It really is enough to send anyone with a weak stomach fleeing to the bushes. But that’s what makes it so good. The gore and imagination by Del Toro is on a whole new level. And yes, there is a coffin as The Master is flown into New York, the original source of the virus. The Strain is a brand-new take on the vampire mythology and it will keep you on the edge of your seats.