Trust (FX)


Trust (FX) – Premieres 25th March

An anthology series based on a true story, the first series follows at the kidnapping of John Paul Gettys grandson, John Paul Getty III in 1973. 

After the suicide of his son George, Getty makes sure that the reason behind his death is kept unknown for fear of what the public opinion would be. At the funeral of his son, Getty hosts the wake at his home in England where his other son, John Paul Getty II, plans to propose a business opportunity. Only to be upstage by the unannounced arrival of his own son John Paul Getty III.

As the wake finishes, Getty III asks if he can stay at the house for a few days, where during that time Getty I takes a shine to him and plans to bring him into the family business. After being shown around the business and how the finances are set up Getty III reveals that he needs $6k to pay off some folks in Rome that he is in debt to. Getty I offers a deal where he’ll pay the money as long as his grandson accepts to work on the oil rigs for 6 months. An offer Getty III rejects out of hand.

Getty I then refuses to give the cash to his grandson, who in turn heads back to Italy. Where after a night on the town ends up being kidnapped, though when this is revealed both the police and Getty I believe this is a scheme to get the cash out him.

For an opening episode it goes along at a good pace, and manages to set up the backstory nicely without ever dragging. It’s worth a watch.



Snowfall (FX)


Snowfall (FX) – Premieres 5th July – Renewed

Set in South Central LA in the early 80’s, this is a drama that tells the story of the beginnings of the crack cocaine epidemic in LA.

The show follows three people, Franklin a low lever dealer who after picking up some cocaine for one of his clients decides to change the drugs he deals. Gustavo a wrestler who also works as a cartel enforcer, and disgraced CIA operative Teddy, who after finding out his colleague overdosed at a mansion where he was running a drug ring to finance Central American insurgents, manages to talk his superiors into letting him take over.

The opening episode manages to get all three of the stories up and running without it getting bogged down in exposition, meaning the story goes along at a decent pace. It’s a solid bit of drama that’s worth a watch.


Feud (FX)


Feud (FX) – Premieres 5th March – Renewed

Biographical drama focusing on the personal feud between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis during the production of the film What Happened to Baby Jane.

It kicks off just after the death of Joan Crawfords husband, where at an awards ceremony Joan is peeved with the success of Marilyn Munroe and after being interviewed proclaims that she is returning to acting.

After finding out that there are no scripts that interest her Joan starts looking into books that could be adapted to film and finds What Happened To Baby Jane. She then gets the director/producer Robert Aldrich on board and is give n the task to get a studio on board while she heads off to talk Bette Davis into signing up to the project.

After virtually every studio turn down the opportunity to take on the film sighting their doubts about having to older women in the lead roles, Aldrich ends up at Warner Brothers where both Crawford and Davis are blacklisted by the studio head.

There he manages to talk them around with the offer that they’ll be paid first. And from then on as the filming is about to start the game of oneupmanship and and visible loathing of each other begins between the two stars.

For an opening episode it’s a enjoyable start.


Legion (FX)


Legion (FX) – Premieres 8th February – Renewed

Set in the X-Men universe it’s centered on David Haller, who while in a psychiatric hospital it lead to believe he has schizophrenia. After meeting a new impatient Syd, her disappearance leads to him being picked up a government agency and begins to learn that he’s in fact a mutant. Not only that, he’s the most powerful mutant to exist.

While being interrogated he’s recounting of events leads the story to flit between what actually happened, false memories and him going into dream like periods where he can talk to other communicating to him.

During one of his subsconious chats to Syd, she lets him know that her and the group she is with are going to break him out, leading him to escape to meet her boss Ms Bird, who reveals that he has mutant powers and her team need his help in their war against the government.

The show itself unsurprisingly jumps around a fair bit, similar to the film 12 Monkeys, where you’re never 100% as to what is going on as David struggles to work out what’s real or not. Though that said It’s a solid opener.


Taboo (FX)


Taboo (FX) – Premieres 10th January – Renewed

Set in 1814 James Delaney, who was presumed dead in Africa, returns to London with just 14 stolen diamonds to his name to attend his fathers funeral. Delaney plans to take over the remains of his families shipping empire, which also includes some land owned in Canada, much to his half sisters annoyance who was planning on selling the business and land to the East India Company.

After the funeral Delaney discovers that the shipping empire is now just one building being used by the local prostitutes, he has a son that his guardian want compensation for taking car of him, and that after having his father exhumed he was killed by being fed a steady supply of arsenic and plans to avenge his death.

He begins by meeting with the East India Company who in a deal with his sister and her husband have settled on a fee well below its true value. Where after revealing that he knows about the impending peace treaty between the UK and US and the strategic worth of the land, cancels the deal leading to head of the East India to give the order to get Delaney to sell at any cost.

Its a decent start and one for those that want a fictious story set roughly in the same time frame as Frontier, especially if you enjoy the classic aspect of the Great British Bastardry employed by the East India Company.


Better Things (FX)


Better Things (FX) – Starts 8th September – Renewed

Comedy about an actress and single mother of three, juggling her parental life along with her job and dating. It’s very much like a female version of Louie as in it’s structure, way it’s shot and the fact Louis CK is involved in it.

If you liked Louie it is more of the same.


Atlanta (FX)


Atlanta (FX) – Starts 6th September – Renewed

Comedy about a fella discovers that his cousin is an up and coming rapper, and decides to try and become his manager to escape the dead end job he’s in, and to final be able to provide for his girlfriend and young daughter.

The show isn’t joke heavy, but a slow burner like Legit or early Louie.