The #8 Show on Netflix Is a Terrifying Psychological and Supernatural Thriller—and It Stars One of My Favorite Actors

Anyone else have chills?

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I've had a small obsession with Mike Colter ever since I watched him play a bulletproof superhero in Marvel's Luke Cage. (I mean, I can never resist a smart alpha male character who's actually thoughtful.) So, when I caught wind of his supernatural drama, Evil, in 2020, I made a mental note to check out the series.

Fast-forward to the present day and, I'll confess, I still have not watched a single episode. Why, you ask? Because I am a total wimp when it comes to nightmare-worthy shows about demons. But now that the popular series is dominating on Netflix—landing at number eight on the streaming service's top ten most-watched shows, to be exact—I'm starting to think that watching this show just might be worth the risk.

In case you're unfamiliar with the plot, Evil follows Dr. Kristen Bouchard (Katja Herbers), a forensic psychologist who teams up with David Acosta (Colter), a Catholic priest in training, to investigate a series of mysterious paranormal occurrences. We're talking evil bugs, bizarre hallucinations and demon possession.

Stream On co-host Philip Mutz vouched for the series in an episode of the podcast, calling it one of the most underrated shows on TV. He said, “What I like about it is that it's very X-Files-y. For anybody who liked The X-Files, I think you'll like Evil. It's got one partner who believes and the other partner who's a skeptic, and they're teamed up to see [these] unexplained things that are happening.”

He also added that while it's “very scary,” it's also “fun and tense.” So maybe don't watch this one with a younger crowd, but if you live for spooky shows that seamlessly balance horror, crime and supernatural elements, then this one's definitely for you.

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While speaking with Alibi TV, Colter opened up about what makes the show so compelling, He explained, "It's interesting because it's a mix between a drama, a supernatural show and a genre fanboy show. There are a lot of ways we can go with the stories, but I think the core of the show is about our characters. There's a lot of character-driven development in Evil."

In addtition to Colter and Herbers, the talented cast includes Aasif Mandvi, Kurt Fuller, Andrea Martin and Michael Emerson. New episodes originally premiered on CBS, and all three seasons are now available to stream on Paramount+. Plus, newcomers can check out the first two seasons on Netflix.

Now, excuse me while I work up the courage to watch the pilot.

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