[tps_title]#3. The Returned – Season 1[/tps_title]
Network: Channel 4 / Sundance
Seriability: Heavily Serialized
The highest-placed new serial on this list. This gem of a French horror series subverts the trend for quick answers in favor of layers and layers of delicious mystery.
New viewers should be aware that The Returned (aka Les Revenants) is very much open-ended, in order to avoid potential frustration with the apparent lack of resolution at the end of the first season. But for those of us who don’t mind the slow-burn, it’s that apparent lack of resolution that makes the show work.
The Returned makes intelligence use of the zombie trope to explore the core concept of death and the lack of resolution mortal resolution brings. And yet, the show is about more than mystery: characters, mood and visuals play a major part in making this an exceptional show with great binge-watch appeal.
To put it simply, once this show gets its undead claws into you, you’ll be returning again and again.