Starring: Uzo Aduba, Matthew Broderick, Dina Shihabi, West Duchovny, John Rothman, Jack Mulhern, Sam Anderson, Clark Gregg, Taylor Kitsch, Carolina Bartczak, Tyler Ritter, Ron Lea, and John Ales
Creators: Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster
Painkiller is the latest in a recent string of shows that aren’t bad but are unnecessary because they are covering ground that a different show decently covered not long ago. Much like Love & Death told the same story as Candy, Painkiller tells the same story as Dopesick, and it’s difficult to say if my blah opinion is based on the show itself, or because the award-winning Dopesick is still in my head. Nothing about it is terrible - the acting is decent, the story is interesting - it’s just…why? That said, it’s certainly watchable for those who didn’t see Dopesick because they don’t have Hulu.