Last night, I had dinner with some friends, and I mentioned the best TV series I’d seen this year. To my surprise, none of the four other women had heard of it. So, I want to spread the word! If you’re in the mood for an incredible show, here you go…
Have you seen Alias Grace, the six-part miniseries on Netflix? Alex and I devoured it this month, and it was brilliant, chilling and totally gripping. We ended up staying up past midnight multiple nights to watch “just 15 more minutes,” and then “just 15 minutes more.”
The story follows Grace Marks, an Irish immigrant and housemaid in Canada, who was convicted of a double murder (of her boss and his lover!) in 1843. A handsome psychiatrist, who suspects she is innocent, meets with her in prison to figure out the truth — she tells him that she can’t remember anything about the day of the murder, so he sets out to see if she is lying, insane or innocent.
The show is based on the 1996 novel by Margaret Atwood and was adapted by Sarah Polley, who is a master screenwriter. (Did you ever see Away From Her?) Alias Grace has a 99% score on Rotten Tomatoes — higher than the Sopranos or Mad Men.
Most of all, Alias Grace feels timely. “‘Alias Grace’ offers a look at what it was like before women had any rights,” Polley told the New York Times. “To look back and forward is very important at this moment when women’s rights are incredibly precarious and fragile.”
Here’s the trailer. I’m jealous of people who haven’t yet seen the show!
Will you watch it? What shows or movies have you enjoyed this year?