Netflix has just quietly dropped the best TV series of 2023.
The streaming service has established itself as the home of must-watch TV and movies.
With the likes of Stranger Things, Squid Game and The Fall Of The House Of Usher all available, you can often be spoilt for choice when scrolling through what to watch.
While those shows get heaps of promotion and fanfare upon release, one show has gone under the radar and it might just be the best series of the year.
Watch the trailer for this series below…
Bodies is a murder mystery sci-fi series that stars Stephen Graham (This Is England) and is based on the DC Vertigo graphic novel of the same name – written by Si Spence.
The series follows four detectives from four points in time (1890, 1941, 2023, and 2053) who all stumble upon an unclothed body that is missing its left eye.
What’s more suspicious is that Graham’s character – Elias Mannix Still – appears in each timeline.
In 1890, he’s a wealthy aristocrat, in 1941, he’s that same character but just older.
But in 2053, he’s mysteriously back to his normal age where is running the new United Kingdom as an authoritarian leader.
The 2023 timeline is the only scenario where Graham himself doesn’t appear, but a teenage version of his character is prominent.
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Bodies also stars Jacob Fortune-Lloyd (The Queen’s Gambit), Shira Haas (Unorthodox) and Amaka Okafor (The Responder).
Since dropping on Netflix, it has found itself in the platform’s Top 10 TV shows and viewers can’t stop praising it on social media.
One viewer writes: “Bodies [on] Netflix was insanely good!! The plot was amazing and was what really captivated you…”
Another person adds: “Bodies was going so good, the stories told were greatly written to fit like a puzzle coming along until the very end.”
A third says: The show Bodies on Netflix is one of the best shows I’ve seen this year.”
“One of the best shows of the entire year!” agrees a fourth.
Someone else comments: “I just finished watching Bodies on Netflix and why is it literally the best show I’ve ever watched in my life.”
Since the series was released, it has earned rave reviews from critics and has a respectable 84% score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Speaking to Virgin Radio, Bodies creator, Paul Tomalin praised Graham’s performance throughout the show – describing his acting ability as ‘platinum’.
He explained: “What we did think is we’ve got Stephen Graham in this very unusual experiment.
“He’s got to bring a kind of cohesiveness to his performance that unifies all the strands. So it wasn’t sort of like ‘let’s stick Stephen in futuristic outfits and stuff and see what happens.’
“It was ‘how can his acting ability, his platinum acting ability, enrich the reality of things that are quite far-fetched?’.”
While Netflix has yet to confirm a second season officially, the show’s success could prompt the streaming service to order series two.
However, if that does come to fruition, Tomalin has already ruled himself out of returning.
Speaking to Hello!, he shared that he pitched Bodies as a ‘one and done’ series.
Tomalin added: “As the viewer, I hate it when you get this amazing thing, and at the end it’s like, ‘duh, duh, duh,’ and you’re like ‘right so I’ve got to wait a year and a half’.
“I think it’s a duty to an audience with something that’s this propulsive as a story concept to end it and solve it.”