With so many streaming options right now, finding a good TV series can be a tad bit difficult. Fret not, that’s why we’re here. In this list, we will be discussing a couple of underrated HBO TV series that you cannot miss out on, on Hotstar. We’ve watched all of these, and they’re bloody good. So, buckle up, you’re in food a good ride.
Scenes From A Marriage
It’s a story of a long-term couple who are in love until they’re not. The iconic duo and real-life BFFs, Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac, plays the role of the troubled couple. On the outside, they seem to have it all – a beautiful house, a car, great marriage, amazing jobs. However, behind closed doors, they’re wrecked. When Jessica says she isn’t happy, Oscar is bewildered. He doesn’t understand what is missing. More than that, the show twists the narrative by making Jessica ambitious while making Oscar the primary caregiver in the household. Only the viewers get a glimpse of what happens within their marriage. It’s honestly brutal and reveals an untold truth about marriage.
The White Lotus
The White Lotus is hilariously depressing. Yes, you’ll feel these two emotions play with your mind as you watch this underrated HBO TV series. This dark comedy is about a couple of rich, white, privileged people who are on a vacation at a Hawaiian resort. In all honesty, this show makes fun of white people and their blindness towards the realities of the world. There are some moments that will make you laugh, reflect, and make you feel better that you’re not them. It’s a fun watch to witness the dumb things rich, white people do.
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Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant’s performances as the couple in The Undoing is spectacular. It’s a story about how Nicole, a therapist, faces the fact that her husband might not be the person she thinks he is. As the story unfolds, disasters keep on happening. They point to her husband’s doings, but she isn’t able to comprehend them. Who does she believe? It’s only six episodes so you can watch it at a stretch.
The third season of Succession is coming out soon so we’d suggest you watch the other seasons by then. It’s one of the best family dramas you’ll ever watch. Each member of the Roy family, three brothers and one sister, is gunning to get the throne their father has built. Who will finally get it all? We shall have to wait and see. Succession opens our lives to the richest of the richest who live their lives who hold an enormous amount of power. At the core of it all, it shows what each member is willing to go through to survive the succession.
What happens in room 104 stays in room 104. Each episode has a different story to tell, but everything happens in room 104 at a motel. Every circumstance is quirky, and you would not expect the outcome at all. You will find a lot of genres played out in this anthology mini-series. With every episode, the weirdness only increases.
Band of Brothers
Some of us at PinkLungi are suckers for war series. The book turned TV series, Band of Brothers is the story of Easy Company, 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division from 1942, and their role in WW2. If there is anything that history textbooks have taught us, it’s that the war was brutal. This show covers it all. Right from the harsh training, battlefield camaraderie to the sad realities of the soldiers’ lives, the show manages to keep us hooked.
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Bill Hader, the lead, is a Midwest hitman but does theatre when he’s not going around killing people. He even leaves his job as a hitman to pursue an acting career. This dark comedy shows how Bill’s character grapples with the realities of his two lives, and how each catches upon him. If you’re looking for a show to binge-watch over the weekend, Barry is a good choice.
Big Little Lies
A murder takes place in a seemingly well-established neighbourhood. As viewers, we all know who the murderer is, but the circumstances it takes place in makes you wonder if it was for the best. Big Little Lies is told through the eyes of three mothers — Madeline, Celeste and Jane. They have to make sure that no one spills the secret while looking after their own broken lives. When you have Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, and Meryl Streep on-screen together, you know it’s going to be good!
I May Destroy You
In Michaela Coel’s I May Destroy You, Arabella is sexually assaulted in a nightclub. After the events take place, Arabella is forced to live another life to confront the trauma, shutting down her past. It’s thought-provoking, shocking, and will make you cry bucket-loads. It explores what it means to be human, and that’s the takeaway of this underrated HBO TV series.
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