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The Outsider: The Terrifying, Brilliant Show You're Probably Not Watching

2020 has barely begun but The Outsider is already a strong contender for one of the year's best dramas. 

Based on the Stephen King novel by the same name which came out in 2018, the HBO miniseries has just a few episodes left before its first season wraps up, and if you're not watching it, you're missing out.

Thankfully you've got a few weeks to catch-up before the finale. Here's the basic premise:

When a young boy is gruesomely murdered, a seasoned detective is put onto what is ultimately an open-and-shut case. The evidence is overwhelming, the witnesses are many but, when new evidence arises, what first seemed like a straightforward crime has become increasingly tangled.

The first episode plays like a conventional police procedural and the slow pace can potentially be offputting, but viewers who stick by The Outsider are rewarded episode after episode once an eery supernatural force begins to bleed into the unfolding events.

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The Outsider: The Terrifying, Brilliant Show You're Probably Not Watching
Ben Mendelsohn as Det. Ralph Anderson in HBO's The Outsider. Photo: HBO.

Nothing is what it seems in this horror-drama and that's what makes it so gripping.

The series stars Ben Mendelsohn as detective Ralph Anderson who employs an unconventional yet brilliant private investigator, Holly Gibney, played by two-time Oscar nominee Cynthia Erivo.

The Outsider: The Terrifying, Brilliant Show You're Probably Not Watching
Cynthia Erivo as Holly Gibney. Photo: HBO.

For King fans, the Holly Gibney may be familiar from the Mr Mercedes series but Ervio brings her to life in an incredibly dynamic way as The Outsider edges towards its endgame.

Mendelsohn, similarly, is brilliant and brings something fresh to the hardened cop trope that's so well-trodden. He's balanced out perfectly by his on-screen wife Jeannie Anderson, played by Mare Winningham.

But it's the unnerving side to the series that will have the hairs standing on the back of your neck for days after you watch an episode.

If you're looking for a dark, thrilling series you're in luck, The Outsider really is what you're looking for. Or maybe it's looking for you.

The Outsider airs on Showtime at 1 pm and 8.30 pm or via Foxtel Now.