MARE OF EASTTOWN
Starring: Kate Winslet, Julianne Nicholson, Jean Smart, Angourie Rice, John Douglas Thompson, Joe Tippett, Cameron Mann, Jack Mulhern, Izzy King, Neal Huff, James McArdle, Guy Pearce, David Denman, Evan Peters, Cailee Spaeny, and Robbie Tann
Creator: Brad Ingelsby
You'd be hard-pressed to find something to dislike about HBO's Mare of Easttown. The detective procedural, directed by Craig Zobel, is the perfect vehicle for a miniseries of this scale. It's never grandiose and seldom epic, but it's always engaging, consistently challenging the characters and never seeking easy routes to resolution. It's Spotlight by way of True Detective, a combo that works brilliantly as the writing supports every facet of Kate Winslet's Pennsylvanian detective, a performance Winslet genuinely pulls off perfectly. Nothing about this series is meant to be mind-blowing, but it's as excellent (and excellently-crafted) as it is believable.