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Every person who subscribes to at least one streaming service is always currently on a deep dive into at least one show. You mix in something every now and then (I’ll sprinkle in a WW2 doc or episode of Chef’s Table occasionally) but for the most part you’re locked in until you run out of episodes. In the golden age of TV and streaming it seems like there’s eons of good content, so we’ll do periodic breakdowns of what you should use your time to watch.
The Show: Godless
How I’m Watching: Netflix
Am I Still Using My Parents Netflix Account: Yeah, so what, you wanna fight about it?
What’s It About: This small Wild West mining town occupied almost entirely by women due to a mining accident comes in the cross-hairs of a psychopathic outlaw hunting down his former protege.
Who You’d Recognize: Harry Dunne himself, Jeff Daniels, playing a psychotic one-armed bandit who was raised by Mormons. Which it’s fun to imagine if Harry in Dumb And Dumber was a psychotic one-armed bandit raised by Mormons. Sam Waterston from Law & Order with an incredible stache. The little kid from Love Actually and some bit players from Sons Of Anarchy & Boardwalk Empire.
Is There Eye-Candy: Yes for both sexes, especially so if you’ve got a fetish for bearded old amputees.
You Should Watch It If: You like stuff about the Wild West and if you enjoy shows where literally anyone could get shot at any time. If you prefer your TV choices to have tense scenes and likable characters, this one might be for you. Especially good for someone who prefers long, detailed episodes (almost all seven clock in at over an hour long) but don’t want to sign on for the commitment of 20+ hours via multiple seasons. Godless is a limited series, so you’re getting seven damn fine episodes and that’s it.
You Shouldn’t Watch If: Someone getting their face blown off from near point blank range bothers you. Also if you don’t like watching shows where it looks like nearly everyone smells terrible.
What The Toughest Critics Are Saying: Rotten Tomatoes has it at a certified fresh 89%. Metacritic has it checking in at a 76. My girlfriend says “I really love this show!”
What I’m Saying: The only bad part about this show is that it only has seven episodes instead of seventy-seven. I’m six episodes in and so invested for the finale that I might take off work the morning after I watch it to digest it. I was looking for something short to watch before Season 2 of The Crown debuts but now I’m lamenting the loss of Godless like it’s a family member.
For a shitty period in history with way more room to be scumbaggish, it’s amazing how many of the characters I’m all-in on with their likability. Even the characters that are absolute bastards are enthralling. If you want some peak Jeff Daniels commanding a screen, you’ve got seven episodes of it on Netflix. They’re long episodes but seem anything but that, as they move quickly and manage to progress both the plot and characters with great effectiveness.
Godless is essentially a nine-hour Wild West masterpiece, and you’re doing yourself a disservice if you don’t give it a shot tonight. .
Image via Godless