Lovecraft Country is based on Matt Ruff’s 2016 novel of the same name. This sci-fi horror series focuses on a young Black man named Atticus 'Tic' Freeman who sets out in search of his missing father during the 1950s. (Please don't let the words 'sci-fi' and 'horror' turn you off if those aren't usually your jam.)
Atticus is joined by his Uncle George and his friend-slash-love-interest Leticia on a journey that leads them to encounter murder, monsters, magic and a whole lot of overt racism. That's right, one of the show's central themes revolves around life as a Black person in the '50s—from the prejudice and violence they face to the heartache and loss they experience.
In the premiere episode, Atticus sets out with George and Leticia to find Atticus's father using a cryptic note he left behind as guidance. They are led to the town of Ardham, Massachusetts, where they quickly encounter a terrifying, racist sheriff who warns them of the town's "sunset laws." He explains that this means the three Black travelers have until sunset to leave town or else the laws expire and the sheriff will be allowed to kill them (yup, this show gets real dark, real fast). Oh, and as it would happen, sunset is just minutes away.
The three race to escape the town before the sun disappears, with the sheriff hot on their tail. And just when you can't take the tension anymore and think this sheriff is their biggest threat, all hell breaks loose. What somehow seemed like a "normal" show suddenly thrusts the viewers into a truly off-the-walls alternative world with the arrival of (spoiler alert) horrifying monsters. And this is just the beginning.