More people need to watch the most bingeable show on Netflix
From netflix evolved into an endless mega repository of content (in a GOOD way), there were constant discussions about the shows being “worthy”.
Netflix arguably pioneered this concept, dropping entire seasons of one show at a time, eliminating the need to wait for weekly episodes. You can order UberEats, lay in your pajamas all day and consume Card castle in a pile of your own filth to your heart’s content.
But I’ve never been a binger. Not really. I’ve always been more of the “one episode per night” type.
In fact, as far as I can remember, only A The Netflix TV show made me sit on the couch with the posture of an exhausted baboon, streaming an entire season’s content in one sitting.
That show was The Sinner.
A murder mystery show with a twist, The Sinner is top-notch television. Unlike most crime shows, in which sleuths scour clues trying to uncover Who is the murdererThe Sinner shows you — in its very first episode, in broad daylight — Exactly Who is the murderer. The Sinner is less of a “whodunit” and more of a “whydunit”.
The mystery lies in discovering the patterns. What initially appears to be a senseless and wanton act of violence slowly turns into something much more complex.
In Season 1, Jessica Biel stars as Cora, a mother who brutally stabs a stranger to death on a beach as her husband watches. The detective on the case is Harry Ambrose, ably played by Bill Pullman in a performance that somehow conforms to detective tropes while subverting them. (Hear Pullman talk about his role on CNET’s I’m So Obsessed podcast). It’s a weird unit, our Harry, with some interesting flaws. Who is the real sinner, huh detective?
Why is The Sinner the most bingeable show on Netflix? It is difficult to find a single concrete answer. The services, in particular of Biel and Pullman, are original and measured. The well-designed spaces in which this mystery takes place are dark, compelling, and suitably spooky. The show’s motifs and aesthetics also do a lot of work – one song, played endlessly throughout, will haunt you in your dreams.
But it’s the series’ structure, the well-crafted storytelling, that really keeps you hooked. The twists are perfectly drip-fed and never feel undeserved. This, combined with the powerful central mystery – why a seemingly normal, well-adjusted woman would brutally murder a stranger – makes it almost impossible to stop watching. Even better, the answers, when they arrive, seem more than satisfactory. The Sinner will not disappoint. It will leave you on edge, a little grubby, but more than satisfied.
The following seasons of The Sinner ever enough reach the same heights. Its second run was solid, but I wouldn’t recommend the show beyond that. But The Sinner’s first season, as a standalone, is as good as it gets. If you’re looking for a murder mystery to back up your dark urges and drag you kicking and screaming from start to finish, look no further. Just be warned: I started this show at 7pm on a Sunday night. I finished it at 3 am the next morning.
Be sure to plan your viewing carefully. Because once you start watching this show, it’s almost impossible to stop.
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