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Critics Can’t Stop Raving About the New #5 Show on Netflix

Finding a really good, post-apocalyptic drama (complete with villainous corpses) can be quite a challenge. Especially when it feels like there’s a plethora of mediocre shows and cliché-stuffed remakes out there (sorry, Freakish). But luckily, Netflix has gifted us with the rare gem that is Black Summer, and critics can’t stop raving about it.

The series recently claimed a spot on the streaming service’s list of top-rated shows. (It’s currently ranked at number five behind Manifest, Sweet Tooth, Elite and Cocomelon.) The rise in popularity came just a few days after Black Summer season two premiered on Netflix.

Set in the same universe as Netflix’s Z Nation, the eight-episode zombie show follows a small group of strangers who must band together in order to survive an apocalypse. From its fast-paced action to the genuine jump-scares, this show will probably (no, definitely) make you want leave your lights on when you go to bed at night.

Black Summer stars Jaime King as a mother (Rose) who's been separated from her daughter and Justin Chu Cary as a criminal named Julius James. Other cast members include Christine Lee (Ooh “Sun” Kyungsun), Sal Velez Jr. (William Velez), Kelsey Flower (Lance) and Erika Hau (Carmen).

Globe and Mail critic John Doyle describes the series as “formally brilliant, politically loaded, terse and terrifying.” Meanwhile, The New York Times claims that the show “stands out from the pack, thanks to a pensive, almost dreamlike economy.”

But critics weren’t the only ones to sing the show’s praises. Black Summer also earned a stamp of approval from Stephen King, who happens to know a thing or two about the horror and fantasy genres. He tweeted, “BLACK SUMMER (Netflix): Just when you think there's no more scare left in zombies, THIS comes along. Existential hell in the suburbs, stripped to the bone.” Yep. NBD.

Looks like we’ve all got some binge-watching to do.

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