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Something Completely Different on TV
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TV shows which are surreal, odd, mind bending, alternate reality, weird, and strange.


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TV Show: Russian Doll ( 2019 )
Nadia keeps dying and reliving her 36th birthday party. She's trapped in a surreal time loop -- and staring down the barrel of her own mortality.
TV Show: Dispatches From Elsewhere ( 2020 )
Dispatches From Elsewhere centers around four ordinary people who feel there's something missing in their lives, but they can't quite put their finger on what it is. This diverse foursome is brought together by chance – or perhaps it's by design – when they stumble onto a puzzle hiding just behind the veil of everyday life. As they begin to accept the mysterious Dispatches from Elsewhere challenges, they come to find that the mystery winds deeper than they imagined, and their eyes are opened to a world of possibility and magic.
TV Show: Utopia ( 2013 )
Utopia is a British crime/thriller/action show based initially around a small group of people who find a rare manuscript of the same name. This leads the group to be targeted by a large organisation with little knowledge of the manuscript's relevance or importance.
TV Show: Legion ( 2017 )
Legion introduces the story of David Haller: Since he was a teenager, David has struggled with mental illness. Diagnosed as schizophrenic, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. But after a strange encounter with a fellow patient, he's confronted with the possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees might be real. He's based on the Marvel comics character Legion, the son of X-Men founder Charles Xavier (played by Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy in the films), first introduced in 1985.
TV Show: Maniac ( 2018 )
Set in a world somewhat like our world, in a time quite similar to our time, Maniac tells the stories of Annie Landsberg and Owen Milgrim, two strangers drawn to the late stages of a mysterious pharmaceutical trial, each for their own reasons. Annie's disaffected and aimless, fixated on broken relationships with her mother and her sister; Owen, the fifth son of wealthy New York industrialists, has struggled his whole life with a disputed diagnosis of schizophrenia. Neither of their lives have turned out quite right, and the promise of a new, radical kind of pharmaceutical treatment—a sequence of pills its inventor, Dr. James K. Mantleray, claims can repair anything about the mind, be it mental illness or heartbreak—draws them and ten other strangers to the facilities of Neberdine Pharmaceutical and Biotech for a three-day drug trial that will, they're assured, with no complications or side-effects whatsoever, solve all of their problems, permanently. Things do not go as planned.
TV Show: Intruders ( 2014 )
A contemporary, chilling, paranormal tale set in the moody Pacific Northwest, the series spins a fascinating and complex web of drama. As strange, apparently unrelated events start happening, multiple story-lines - a missing wife, an assassin covering his crimes, a child on the run - begin to intertwine to reveal a conspiracy that will forever change our understanding of human nature.
TV Show: Carnivàle ( 2003 )
Carnivàle is set in the United States during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl. In tracing the lives of two disparate groups of people, its overarching story depicts the battle between good and evil and the struggle between free will and destiny, the storyline mixes Christian theology with Gnosticism and Masonic lore, particularly that of the Knights Templar.
TV Show: Altered Carbon ( 2018 )
Altered Carbon is set in the 25th century when the human mind has been digitized and the soul itself is transferable from one body to the next. Takeshi Kovacs, a former elite interstellar warrior known as an Envoy who has been imprisoned for 250 years, is downloaded into a future he'd tried to stop. If he can solve a single murder in a world where technology has made death nearly obsolete, he'll get a chance at a new life on Earth.
TV Show: The Prisoner ( 1967 )
A British secret agent retires from his position... and is whisked away to a mysterious Village where people who know too much but can't be killed are kept for the security of the State. Which State? No one knows. The unnamed agent, dubbed "Number Six" since everyone in the Village, is only known by a number, defies the Village authorities and alternates between trying to escape and undermining his captors.
TV Show: Counterpart ( 2017 )
Counterpart is about a mysterious world hidden beneath the surface of our everyday existence. Howard Silk is a lowly cog in the bureaucratic machinery of a Berlin-based United Nations spy agency. When Howard discovers that his organization safeguards the secret of a crossing into a parallel dimension, he is thrust into a shadow world of intrigue, danger, and double cross… where the only man he can trust is his near-identical counterpart from this parallel world. The show explores themes of identity, fate and lost love, posing the eternal question, "what if our lives could have been different?"
TV Show: Perpetual Grace LTD ( 2019 )
Perpetual Grace LTD follows James, a young grifter, as he attempts to prey upon Pastor Byron Brown, who turns out to be far more dangerous than he suspects.
TV Show: Black Mirror ( 2011 )
Over the last ten years, technology has transformed almost every aspect of our lives before we've had time to stop and question it. In every home; on every desk; in every palm - a plasma screen; a monitor; a smartphone--a black mirror of our 21st Century existence. Black Mirror is a contemporary British re-working of The Twilight Zone with stories that tap into the collective unease about our modern world.
TV Show: Happy! ( 2017 )
Happy! follows Nick Sax – an intoxicated, corrupt cop-turned-hit man — who is adrift in a world of casual murder, soulless sex and betrayal. After a hit gone wrong, his inebriated life is forever changed by a tiny, relentlessly positive, imaginary blue winged horse.
TV Show: The Heart, She Holler ( 2011 )
A live-action series starring Patton Oswalt, Kristen Schaal and Heather Lawless
TV Show: Snuff Box ( 2006 )
Both actors use their real names for their main characters. Berry plays a hangman ("High Executioner to the King of England"), and Fulcher his assistant. The majority of the programme is set in a "gentlemen's club for hangmen", although the show is also interspersed with sequences of sketches, often featuring different characters.
TV Show: Monty Python's Flying Circus ( 1969 )
And now for something completely different: Monty Python's Flying Circus was simply the most influential comedy program television has ever seen. Five Englishmen, all working under the constraints of conventional TV shows such as The Frost Report (for which the five Englishmen wrote), gathered together with an expatriate American in the spring of 1969 to break the rules. The result, first airing on BBC-1 on October 5, 1969, has influenced countless future men and women in the media and comedy since.
TV Show: 12 Monkeys ( 2015 )
Inspired by the classic blockbuster film, which commemorated its 20th anniversary in 2015, 12 Monkeys explores the provocative story of a time traveler from a decimated future in a high-stakes race against the clock. Utilizing a dangerous and untested method of time travel, he journeys from 2043 to the present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will all but annihilate the human race.
TV Show: In the Flesh ( 2013 )
Thousands of dead people have risen from their graves and nearly destroyed Britain. A cure has been found - but can the treated zombies be rehabilitated back into living society?
TV Show: Preacher ( 2016 )
Based on the popular cult comic book franchise of the same name, Preacher is a supernatural, twisted and darkly comedic drama that follows a West Texas preacher named Jesse Custer, who is inhabited by a mysterious entity that causes him to develop a highly unusual power. Jesse, his badass ex-girlfriend Tulip and an Irish vagabond named Cassidy come together, and when they do, they are thrust into a crazy world populated by a cast of characters from Heaven, Hell and everywhere in between.
TV Show: American Gods ( 2017 )
American Gods follows Shadow Moon, a man serving three years in prison who is given an early release. Shadow Moon is hired as Mr. Wednesday's bodyguard and finds himself in a hidden world where a battle is brewing between the Old Gods and the New Gods.
TV Show: This is Jinsy ( 2011 )
From newcomers Chris Bran and Justin Chubb comes This Is Jinsy, a truly original comedy about the eccentric residents of the fictional island of Jinsy.Packed with surreal sketches and catchy songs, each episode follows the adventures of the islands pompous Arbiter Maven (Chubb) and his beleaguered assistant, Sporall (Bran), as they enforce the wishes of The Great He, and generally find trouble at every turn.Based in the Great Tower in the parish of Veen, Maven and Sporall keep a close eye on the residents of Jinsy all 791 of them. Life on the island, you see, is rather Orwellian: each colourful member of the community, from local folk Dribbler Melody lane to weather monk Tracee Henge, is monitored by a surveillance system of tessellators (1,067 of them to be precise). But with their own lives as chaotic and unpredictable as a musical vest (dont ask), are they really the right men for the job?The pilot episode proved This Is Jinsys potential, earning a prestigious Rose dOr award nomination and praise from critics and industry insiders alike. Directed by BAFTA award-winner Matt Lipsey (Little Britain, Psychoville), the series features a range of guest stars including David Tennant, Harry Hill, Jennifer Saunders, Catherine Tate, Peter Serafinowicz, Don Warrington, KT Tunstall, and Simon Callow.Bouncing from one brilliantly bizarre moment to the next, This Is Jinsy is wonderfully oddball comedy that has all the makings of a cult classic.Should you enjoy the show (and we sincerely hope you do), you might wish to whet your whistle some more. In which case do check out the This Is Jinsy page on iTunes. You might also wish to increase your knowledge of the island and its inhabitants, in which case take a look through our residents gallery before popping along to Jinsy island's own official website, where you can get to know the peculiar rock and the even more peculiar folk who live on it in greater detail.
TV Show: Les Revenants ( 2012 )
Les Revenants is a unique, stylish and powerful supernatural drama. It follows the residents of a small French alpine town as they come to terms with a series of mysterious and unbelievable occurrences. As a small group of unknowingly deceased men, women and children return from the dead and attempt to re-join the family and friends they left behind years before, the town begins to experience a series of chilling local murders….Beautifully filmed, expertly plotted, and featuring superbly believable performances and an unforgettably atmospheric soundtrack by cult Scottish group Mogwai, The Returned is the most original and enthralling series in years.
TV Show: Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency ( 2016 )
Corpses—cops—trap—cult—assassins—Pararibulitis—vampires—lottery ticket—kitten—corgi—Everything is connected!Welcome to the world of Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency; a trippy mystery that thrusts a reluctant sidekick into the bizarre world of an unconventional detective who believes in the interconnectedness of all things. When washed-up rocker Todd Brotzman stumbles upon the murder scene of a millionaire, all hell breaks loose. Eccentric detective, Dirk Gently, wholly believes they're destined to untangle the peculiar events surrounding the mystery together, whether Todd likes it or not! A collection of wild and dangerous characters' further infiltrate and complicate their world, each episode landing them a few random steps closer to uncovering the truth.The series is an adaptation of the wildly popular novels by Douglas Adams.
TV Show: Tigtone ( 2019 )
Tigtone is the saga of a quest-addicted hero who slashes his way across a satirical fantasy universe with melodramatic ferocity, always obeying the letter of the law but never its spirit.
TV Show: Into the Badlands ( 2015 )
Into the Badlands is a genre-bending martial arts series very loosely based on the classic Chinese tale "Journey to the West". In a land controlled by feudal barons, Into the Badlands tells the story of a great warrior and a young boy who embark on a journey across a dangerous land to find enlightenment.
TV Show: Fringe ( 2008 )
When an international flight lands at Boston's Logan Airport and the passengers and crew have all died grisly deaths, FBI Special Agent Olivia Dunham is called in to investigate. After her partner is nearly killed during the investigation, a desperate Olivia searches frantically for someone to help, leading her to Dr. Walter Bishop, our generation's Einstein. There's only one catch: he's been institutionalized for the last twenty years, and the only way to question him requires pulling his estranged son Peter in to help. When Olivia's investigation leads her to a manipulative corporate executive, she and her team will discover that what happened on Flight 627 is only a small piece of a larger, more shocking truth and will explore the blurring line between the possible and the impossible.
TV Show: My Strange Addiction ( 2010 )
Some people turn to chocolate when stressed, others will indulge with a little retail therapy and maybe schedule a massage, but the individuals featured on My Strange Addiction resort to extreme and unusual things in an effort to emotionally regulate themselves. Some of the strange addictions explored in each episode are everything from an obsession with a blow dryer, to another eating toilet paper, to spending time with a silicone person, to eating detergent, to extreme body building, and to thumb sucking, you will see it all on My Strange Addiction.
TV Show: The OA ( 2016 )
The OA delves into the inexplicable reappearance of Prairie Johnson. Having gone missing seven years ago, the previously blind Johnson returns home, now in her 20s and her sight restored. While many believe she is a miracle, others worry that she could be dangerous.
TV Show: Cop Rock ( 1990 )
Steven Bochco (Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blue) brings you another bold take on the police procedural genre with the provocative and notorious Cop Rock. Combining the gritty, character-driven drama Bochco fans expect with the pulsating rock and show-stopping grandeur of musical theatre (including songs composed by Grammy, Emmy, and Oscar winner Randy Newman), Cop Rock followed the lives of detectives and officers who didn't just walk the beat… but had the slick moves to keep the beat as well!
TV Show: Twin Peaks ( 1990 )
Set in the fictional town of Twin Peaks in northeast Washington state, this is the story of FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper and his investigation of the murder of a popular local teenage schoolgirl, Laura Palmer.
TV Show: Off the Air ( 2011 )
"Off the Air" is a series on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming block. The series lacks storylines and plots, and consists only of a collection of animations, internet videos, and archival footage, which are held loosely together by a theme. The series does not air on a regular schedule, with new episodes airing unannounced.
TV Show: The Eric André Show ( 2012 )
TV Show: The Good Place ( 2016 )
The Good Place is a smart, unique comedy about what makes a good person. The show follows Eleanor Shellstrop, an ordinary woman who enters the afterlife and, thanks to some kind of error, is sent to the Good Place instead of the Bad Place, which is definitely where she belongs. While hiding in plain sight from Michael, the wise architect of the Good Place (who doesn't know he's made a mistake), she's determined to shed her old way of living and discover the awesome (or, at least, the pretty good) person within.
TV Show: Garth Marenghi's Darkplace ( 2004 )
"Garth Marenghi's Darkplace" is the brainchild of celebrated horror writer and self-styled "fabulist" Garth Marenghi, author of such genre classics as Afterbirth (a mutated placenta attacks Bristol) and Crab! ("One of the three best horror books about crabs I've ever read" - Hard Gore Magazine). Back in the 1980s, he branched out into television production, writing and starring in a series so radical, so scary and so downright crazy that when the bosses of Channel 4 saw what they had on their hands, they ran away screaming, like little girls. Only now, twenty years on and amid the worst programming drought in television history, have the station finally allowed the show on the air. Intercut with new interviews with Marenghi himself and his co-stars Dean Learner and Todd Rivers, Garth Marenghi's Darkplace is perhaps the most disturbing vision of hospital life ever broadcast.
TV Show: Wayward Pines ( 2015 )
Imagine the perfect American town... beautiful homes, manicured lawns, children playing safely in the streets. Now imagine never being able to leave. You have no communication with the outside world. You think you're going insane. You must be in Wayward Pines.
TV Show: Watchmen ( 2019 )
Based on the DC Comic graphic novel, Watchmen is an alternative history series following a group of costumed crimefighters investigating the murder of one of their own.
TV Show: Hannibal ( 2013 )
Criminal profiler Will Graham is tasked by FBI agent Jack Crawford, the head of Behavioral Sciences, to help investigate the disappearances of eight young girls across Minnesota. Graham and Crawford's team investigate several subsequent murders, while also trying to catch the Chesapeake Ripper. With the investigation weighing heavily on Graham, Crawford decides to have him supervised by psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter, who, unbeknownst to them, is the Chesapeake Ripper himself, actively seeking to derail the investigation.
TV Show: Banshee ( 2013 )
Banshee stars Antony Starr as Lucas Hood, an ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, Pennsylvania, where he continues his criminal activities, even as he's hunted by the shadowy gangsters he betrayed years earlier.
TV Show: Psychoville ( 2009 )
Psychoville is a BBC dark mystery psychological thriller television sit-com written by and starring The League of Gentlemen members Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton. It debuted on BBC Two on 18 June 2009. Pemberton and Shearsmith each play numerous characters, with Dawn French and Jason Tompkins in additional starring roles. The first series was followed by a Halloween special, broadcast on 31 October 2010, which saw Imelda Staunton added to the main cast along with previously supporting actors Eileen Atkins and Daniel Kaluuya. The second series started broadcasting on 5 May 2011 and ended on 6 June. Reece Shearsmith has officially announced that there will not be a third series.
TV Show: Hunderby ( 2012 )
Helene is a shipwreck survivor washed ashore near a small English village. There, she is swept off her feet by widowed pastor Edmund and the two soon marry, with the puritanical Edmund believing his bride to be untouched by another man. But it seems that she has a history, and a dark one at that.
TV Show: The League of Gentlemen ( 1999 )
Dark, surreal comedy about the strange inhabitants of the small town of Royston Vasey.
TV Show: Sense8 ( 2015 )
A group of people around the world are suddenly linked mentally, and must find a way to survive being hunted by those who see them as a threat to the world's order.
TV Show: Kings ( 2009 )
Kings is a modern variation on the David-and-Goliath story, David Shepherd, a brave warrior in a city under siege, wins the gratitude of his king by rescuing the prince from enemy territory. His ensuing fame and rise through the ranks earns him the affection of the king's daughter, but David begins to realize it's getting harder and harder to tell his allies from his enemies. Although the series is loosely based on the Biblical story of King David, it is set in a kingdom that is culturally and technologically similar to the present-day United States.
TV Show: Eerie, Indiana ( 1991 )
Marshall Teller is a young boy who moves with his family to the small town of Eerie, which he soon discovers is the focus of all sorts of strange and inexplicable events, and is inhabited by oddballs, weirdos, and even Elvis Presley. Along with his best friend Simon, Marshall investigates and collects evidence about his weird new home town.
TV Show: The Bastard Executioner ( 2015 )
The Bastard Executioner is a blood-soaked, medieval epic that tells the story of Wilkin Brattle, a 14th century warrior, whose life is forever changed when a divine messenger beseeches him to lay down his sword and lead the life of another man: a journeyman executioner. Set in northern Wales during a time rife with rebellion and political upheaval, Wilkin must walk a tight rope between protecting his true identity while also serving a mysterious destiny
TV Show: Lost ( 2004 )
Out of the blackness, the first thing Jack senses is pain. Then burning sun. A Bamboo forest. Smoke. Screams. With a rush comes the horrible awareness that the plane he was on tore apart in mid-air and crashed on a Pacific island. From there it's a blur, as his doctor's instinct kicks in: people need his help.Stripped of everything, the 48 survivors scavenge what they can from the plane for their survival. Some panic. Some pin their hopes on rescue. A few find inner strength they never knew they had -- like Kate, who, with no medical training, suddenly finds herself suturing the doctor's wounds. Hurley - a man with a warm sense of humor despite the desperate situation - does his best to keep his cool as he helps those around him to survive. Charlie is a faded rock star who harbors a painful secret. Sayid is a Middle Eastern man who must wrestle with the racial profiling directed at him by some of his fellow survivors. Jin and Sun are a Korean couple whose traditions, values and language are foreign, and thus causes much to get lost in the translation. Sawyer has an air of danger surrounding him, and his intense sense of mistrust for everyone around him could prove to be fatal to his fellow castaways. Michael has just gained custody of his nine-year-old son, Walt, after the death of his ex-wife - they are a father and son who don't even know each other. Locke is a mysterious man who keeps to himself, and who harbors a deeper connection to the island than any of the others. Self-centered Shannon - who actually gives herself a pedicure amid the chaos - and her estranged controlling brother, Boone , constantly bicker and must learn to get along if they are to survive. And young Claire is eight months pregnant and ill-prepared for the hardships of motherhood - especially on a deserted island.
TV Show: Taboo ( 2017 )
1814: James Keziah Delaney returns to London from Africa and is encircled by conspiracy, murder and betrayal.
TV Show: Atlanta ( 2016 )
Two cousins work through the Atlanta music scene in order to better their lives and the lives of their families.
TV Show: Firefly ( 2002 )
Five hundred years in the future, a renegade crew aboard a small spacecraft tries to survive as they travel the unknown parts of the galaxy and evade warring factions as well as authority agents out to get them.
TV Show: Defiance ( 2013 )
Set on a future Earth, Defiance introduces players and viewers to a world where humans and aliens live together on a planet ravaged by decades of war and transformed by alien terra-forming machines. It centers on Jeb Nolan, the law-keeper in a bustling frontier boomtown that is one of the new world's few oasis of civility and inclusion. Nolan is a former Marine who fought in the alien conflict and suffered the loss of his wife and child in the war. The trauma transformed him into a lone wanderer in the wilds of this new and dangerous world.
TV Show: Dollhouse ( 2009 )
In Dollhouse, Echo is an "Active," a member of a highly illegal and underground group of individuals who have had their personalities wiped clean so they can be imprinted with any number of new personas. Hired by the wealthy, powerful and connected, the Actives don't just perform their hired roles; they wholly become - with mind, personality and physiology - whomever the client wants or needs them to be. Whether imprinted to be a lover, an assassin, a corporate negotiator or a best friend, the Actives know no other life than the specific engagements they are in at that time.
TV Show: Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams ( 2017 )
A diverse anthology of ambitious, moving tales inspired by Philip K. Dick's short stories, featuring an all-star cast and taking a thrilling, audacious journey into the far reaches of the imagination.
TV Show: Son of Zorn ( 2016 )
Featuring the voice of Jason Sudeikis, Son of Zorn is a new hybrid live-action/animated comedy.Upon arriving home on Earth for the first time in 10 years, ZORN, a fully animated, legendary warrior, finds that reconnecting with his live-action son, ALAN, and ex-wife, EDIE, while suffering through a mundane office job and the banality of suburban life, is harder than waging actual war in his distant, mystical homeland of Zephyria.
TV Show: Haven ( 2010 )
When FBI Special Agent Audrey Parker is dispatched to the small town of Haven, Maine, on a routine case, she soon finds herself increasingly involved in the return of "The Troubles", a plague of supernatural afflictions that have occurred in the town at least twice before. With an openness to the possibility of the paranormal, she also finds a more personal link in Haven that may lead her to the mother she has never known.She and her partner, police detective Nathan Wuornos, find themselves frequently facing problems caused by both the effects of the Troubles, as well as the activities of town folk who take more drastic measures against those who are Troubled.
TV Show: The Young Pope ( 2016 )
The Young Pope tells the controversial story of the beginning of Pius XIII's pontificate. Born Lenny Belardo, he is a complex and conflicted character, so conservative in his choices as to border on obscurantism, yet full of compassion towards the weak and poor. The first American pope, Pius XIII is a man of great power who is stubbornly resistant to the Vatican courtiers, unconcerned with the implications to his authority.
TV Show: The New Pope ( 2020 )
Following the events of The Young Pope, Secretary of State Voiello succeeds in having Sir John Brannox, a charming and sophisticated moderate English aristocrat, placed on the papal throne, adopting the name John Paul III. The new pope seems ideal, but he conceals secrets and has a certain fragility, and Voiello immediately understands that it will not be easy to replace the charismatic Pius XIII. Hanging between life and death, Lenny Belardo has become a Saint, with thousands now idolizing him, fueling the contrast between fundamentalisms. Meanwhile, the Church is under attack from external threats and scandals striking the symbols of Christianity and risking irreversibly devastating the hierarchies.
TV Show: Brave New World ( 2020 )
Based on Aldous Huxley's groundbreaking 1932 novel, Brave New World imagines a utopian society that has achieved peace and stability through the prohibition of monogamy, privacy, money, family, and history itself. 
TV Show: Beforeigners ( 2019 )
Beforeigners follows a new phenomenon that starts happening all over the world. Powerful flashes of light occur in the ocean, and people from the past appear. They come from three separate time periods: The Stone Age, The Viking era and late 19th Century. No one understands how this is possible, and the people from the past, called "beforeigners", have no memory of what's transpired. Only one thing is certain: they keep coming and there is no way back.A couple of years later, Alfhildr, who comes from the Viking Age, is teamed up with burned-out police officer Lars Haaland as part of the police department's integration scheme. While investigating the murder of a beforeigner, they begin to unravel a larger conspiracy behind the origin of the mysterious mass arrivals.
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