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Do you ever find yourself waiting for the next season of your favourite show to air? You have nothing you really want to watch, finding yourself viewing repeats of The Office. You're not in a position to "commit" to a new TV series, but you need to pass the time until your favourite shows start up again.
Don't worry, we're hear with 5 binge-worthy HBO miniseries to help bridge the gap.
None of these series are for casual viewing. They all either tackle large cultural problems or traumatic events, (both historical and fictional), and contain graphic content. But they are all incredibly well-done and binge-worthy.
The Night Of (2016)
TV-Mature. 8 hours 45 minutes. 8.5 IMDb. 94% Rotten Tomatoes. 90 Metacritic.
After a night of partying with a woman he picked up, Nasir Khan (Riz Ahmend) wakes up to find her dead and is charged with her murder. With no recollection from the night of the murder, we're all left questioning Nasir's guilt or innocence.
The Night Of is a modern-day murder mystery that tackles race, religion, justice and incarceration. The critical acclaim from this series helped spark more miniseries from HBO.
Sharp Objects (2018)
TV-Mature. 7 hours 1 minute. 8.2 IMDb. 92% Rotten Tomatoes. 78 Metacritic.
Camille Preaker (Amy Adams) confronts the psychological demons from her past when she returns to her hometown to cover a violent murder. Sharp Objects is a chilling, slow-burn crime story based on the novel by Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl, Dark Places). This series is a faithful adaptation of the novel.
Sharp Objects weighs heavily on its strong cast. The story moves slow at times, but it's propped up by strong performances from Amy Adams and Patricia Clarkson. If you love a character-driven mystery and don't mind the slow burn, Sharp Objects is worth a watch,
TV-Mature. 5 hours 32 minutes. 9.4/10 IMDb. 96% Rotten Tomatoes. 82 Metacritic.
A dramatic retelling of the 1986 explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, one of the worst man-made catastrophes. Minute-for-minute the best TV that I have personally watched,
Chernobyl is intense, frustrating, heartbreaking and terrifying. At times it's difficult to wrap your head around the fact that these are historical events. Chernobyl shows the resilience of the soviet citizens, but also demonstrates the consequences of withholding vital information during crisis.
TV-Mature. 8 hours 49 minutes. 8.1 IMDb. 95% Rotten Tomatoes. 85 Metacritic.
Watchmen takes place in an alternate history where masked vigilantes are treated as outlaws. Watchmen is an expansion to the universe created by Alan Moore, embracing the nostalgia of the graphic novel, while breaking new ground in this original story.
This miniseries has been polarizing for audiences, as it tackles many current topics with complex characters. Fans of the original graphic novels or movie should enjoy this expanded take on the Watchmen universe.
Show creator Damon Lindelof has bowed out from Watchmen, leaving the series in limbo. Lindelof said he doesn't want to "close the door" entirely if an idea for a future season develops, but that door, "it's barely ajar."
The Outsider (2020)
TV-Mature. 8.8 IMDb. 80% Rotten Tomatoes. 69 Metacritic.
After an unspeakable crime is committed, detective Ralph Anderson (Ben Medelsohn) launches an investigation leading him to one prime suspect, Terry Maitland (Jason Batemen). Investigators are baffled when conflicting evidence puts their key suspect in two places at the same time during the crime.
Based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King, The Outsider is anything but ordinary. The miniseries is still ongoing with weekly installments and the finale wrapping up on March 8, 2020.
All of these miniseries are available to watch on Crave + Movies + HBO, included with the movies pack. Sharp Objects and The Night Of are included with a basic Crave subscription. To learn more about Crave click here.