The Capture is a thrilling British series about Shaun Emery, a military man who gets acquitted on charges of allegedly executing a prisoner of war without cause, based on the argument of faulty video evidence. But then finds himself back in the clutches of law enforcement when CCTV video the very same night of his release shows him assaulting and kidnapping a missing woman. Except he swears up and down that he didn’t do what was shown in the footage.
And so begins the cat and mouse game between Shaun and DI Rachel Carey, whose career and promotion hinges on catching the fugitive. Except as new facts emerge, she starts to suspect that something else is going on and that Emery might actually be innocent. It’s a gripping watch of just six seasons. With a second season already commissioned, here are a few shows you can watch in the meantime.
10 Bodyguard (2018)
Another British Series, Bodyguard stars Game of Thrones‘ Richard Madden as David Budd, a British Army war veteran who is reassigned to protect the Home Secretary, a woman whose political leanings are completely opposite of his beliefs.
As David tries to deal with his PTSD and paranoia about what’s really going on beneath the surface of the government, he soon finds himself on the run. Like The Capture, Bodyguard deals with themes of questionable government tactics. There are only six episodes in the first season, but each one is full of nail-biting tension.
9 The Five (2016)
A mystery is at the heart of this British thriller: four childhood friends reunite when DNA evidence from a murder scene is linked to one of their younger brothers, who went missing and was presumed dead 20 years ago.
As the four friends recount the events that led to his disappearance, reigniting old trauma and guilt, they try to piece things together, figure out what happened, and find the now grown man if he is actually still alive. Part of the series’ ensemble cast is O-T Fagbenie, who is best known for playing June’s husband Luke in The Handmaid’s Tale.
8 The Outsider (2020)
Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, The Outsider combines thriller with horror and sci-fi. Like The Capture, it deals with CCTV footage and other evidence that makes it difficult to deny that a local youth baseball coach and family man murdered a young boy. Except, like Shaun Emery, Terry Maitland is adamant that he’s innocent despite the evidence that can’t be explained away.
When Detective Ralph Anderson begins to question if Maitland, a friend, might be telling the truth, he and the department enlist the help of savant investigator Holly Gibney. And she quickly discovers there might be far more at play than anyone could have ever imagined.
7 Brave New World (2020)
From the perspective of future technological breakthroughs, Brave New World, takes things way into the future where the world has evolved to eliminate privacy, monogamy, money, and family. Instead, everyone lives in a presumed utopia, constantly tracked and surveilled by an AI system called Indra.
Based on the classic Aldous Huxley novel of the same name and streaming on the new NBC Peacock service, the series has been getting mixed reviews thus far, but might be worth checking out for those who love sci-fi.
6 Homeland (2011)
Another military-themed show, Homeland has already wrapped up with eight seasons so it will be a lengthy binge. It follows the story of a prisoner of war who is believed to have been “turned” by the enemy and thus poses a threat to the U.S. CIA officer Carrie Mathison must try to work with other operatives to figure out what’s really going on and ensure that no harm is brought to America.
But at the heart of the story is the fact that Carrie suffers from bipolar disorder. With a star-studded cast that includes Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, and Mandy Patinkin, it’s a good option if you’re looking for a show that you can binge over a series of weeks or even months.
5 24 (2001)
Another long binge, it will take a while to get through the eight seasons of 24 plus the ninth season follow-up, 24: Live Another Day, which was released six years after the show officially ended. It stars Kiefer Sutherland as counter-terrorist agent Jack Bauer who hunts down (and often kills) bad guys each season, with the help of his friend and talented CTU analyst Chloe O’Brien, who works behind the computer.
The series uniquely takes place in real time, so every season chronicles a single day, with each episode occurring as a single hour within Jack’s journey.
4 Defending Jacob (2020)
The same question of innocence versus presumed, seemingly irrefutable guilt is central to this Apple TV+ original series, which is based on the 2012 novel of the same name by William Landay.
Except the accused in the case of Defending Jacob is a 14-year-old boy, who, evidence suggests, murdered someone. And his parents, played by Chris Evans and Michelle Dockery, must fight to prove his innocence.
3 The Blacklist (2013)
If there are questionable things going on in the government, law enforcement, or the criminal underworld, rest assured that career criminal Raymond “Red” Reddington is aware of it and might even be involved in some periphery way himself. And he’s willing to help the FBI take down these unknown criminal masterminds, one by one, on one condition: he gets full immunity and can continue building his own criminal empire.
Every episode of The Blacklist focuses on a different criminal, known as a Blacklister, from a man who trains doppelgangers to commit crimes to one who can force people to believe false memories.
2 The Fall (2013)
Back to the U.K., this British crime drama follows a serial killer named Paul Spector who appears to be an average Joe and, ironically, a psychiatrist. But at night, he secretly heads out and attacks young professional women to fulfill his morbid desires.
Set in Ireland and starring Jamie Dornan and Gillian Anderson, there are three seasons and 17 episodes in all. And it will keep viewers at the edges of their seats all the way through.
1 Orphan Black (2013)
The theme of Orphan Black is that of a sinister organizer that’s experimenting with the concept of human life. Con woman and drifter Sarah Manning sees a woman in the subway who looks just like her, right before the mysterious woman commits suicide. After following a trail, Sarah discovers that she has several clones out in the world.
As the clones, all brilliantly played by Tatiana Maslany (who won an Emmy for her roles), meet and band together, they realize how their diverse upbringings and lives have made them each very different and unique. Some were highly intelligent while others, not so much. But they had one common goal: to stop the organization that created them and figure out why they did it.
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