Here are five of my favorites. How about you?Breaking Bad
Cold and cruel, made even more so because of the surprise. I love this show!Credits:
Created by Vince Gilligan
Starring Bryan Cranston, Anna Bunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte, Bob Odenkirk, Giancarlo Esposito, Jonathan Banks Laura Fraser, Jesse Plemons
Created by David Chase
Starring James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli, Dominic Chianese, Steven Van Zandt, Tony Sirico, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Drea de Matteo
There are many levels of deceit running through The Blacklist. Former FBI agent Raymond Reddington turned master criminal surrenders to the FBI after years of being on the run. His condition is that he’ll only talk to special agent Elizabeth Keene, Lizzie for short. Odd, yes. But even spookier is how Raymond suggests, without any absolute evidence, that her charming, tightly-wound schoolteacher husband, who by all account seems perfect in every way, is in fact, a duplicitous spy. There’s just enough that’s not quite right, just enough to keep her off-kilter. Now that the series is two shows in to season 2, it’s apparent that the thread of Lizzie’s husband will be an ongoing theme. I can’t wait to see how this plays out!
Credits:Created by Jon Bokenkamp
Starring James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff, Ryan Eggold, Parminder Nagra, Harry Lennix
Twin Peaks, created by Mark Frost and who else but David Lynch, ran for two seasons only, in 1990 and 1991. It followed the investigation into the murder of homecoming queen Laura Palmer. The show itself was a disturbing cross between horror, sci-fi, and camp. There are plenty of layers of deceit in this show, but when time travel and the supernatural were thrown into the mix, the opportunities for betrayal grew exponentially. The mildest character, Laura’s dad, Leland Palmer, who loved his family, turned out to be someone, or something, you didn’t think possible. If you haven’t watched this show, watch it. It will keep you up at night. I promise.
Credits:Created by Mark Frost, David Lynch
Starring Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook, Richard Beymer, Lara Flynn Boyle, Joan Chen, Eric Da Re, Sherilyn Fenn, Warren Frost, Harry Goaz, Michael Horse, Piper Laurie, Sheryl Lee, Peggy Lipton, James Marshall, Everett McGill, Jack Nance, Kimmy Robertson, Russ Tamblyn, Kenneth Welsh, Ray Wise
The Twilight Zone
When I discovered The Twilight Zone, I was transfixed. The show originally ran from 1959 to 1964, for a total of 156 episodes. Each episode provided a small disturbing nugget of a morality tale. Plenty of the episodes focused on sci-fi, paranormal, drama, psychological thriller, suspense, horror. There were a few chilling episodes that highlighted deceit. One of the most memorable in this genre aired in 1963. Called “In His Image,” it featured a seemingly normal mild-mannered fellow, Alan Talbot, who’s just met the love of this his life. His new love interest thinks he’s normal enough until his memory betrays him, he hears voices, throws a religious fanatic under a train, and meets his doppelganger. He might just be having a nervous breakdown. Or is it something more? By our standards now, the episode does not pack the same punch as a Breaking Bad or Sopranos episode. But it stands out for me as one of the first in this ‘I-am-not-who-you-think’ genre. See if you can find it.
Credits:Series created by Rod Serling
Episode directed by Perry Lafferty and written by Charles BeaumontStarring George Grizzard, Gail Kobe, Katherine Squire, Wallace Rooney, James Seay, George O. Petrie
Bianca's Note: I love, love, love the Twilight Zone! I have too many favorite episodes to count, but one of my favorites is "Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder."Nancy Wood is the author of Due Date, published in May 2012. She's offering the choice of a signed paperback or eBook, so enter below for your chance to win!
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