Why “Hunted” Is the Best New Show You’re Not Watching

Unless you’ve noticed Melissa George’s face—and perpetually pouted lips—displayed on the side of buses, you probably haven’t even heard of her new show on Cinemax and BBC One. From Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files) comes an Alias-style espionage series that is as stylistically beautiful as it is complexly plotted. Conspiracies abound, and at the center of it all is George’s Sam Hunter.

After losing her child and almost being murdered herself, Sam disappears for a year to recover; but her desire to learn who tried to kill her brings her right back to her old job at Byzantium. Her boss at the organization, Rupert Keel (Game of Thrones’ Stephen Dillane), is suspicious of her sudden return; but her skills in the field far outweigh his doubts about her motives. She joins Deacon Crane’s (LOST’s Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) team as they investigate a crooked businessman. Sam must infiltrate the man’s family while continuing her hunt for answers about who tried to kill her.

Melissa George is no stranger to the spy world; her character on Alias, Lauren, was as duplicitously vile as her Sam is duplicitously good on Hunted. She easily navigates this world of crooks, spies and terrorists as she unravels the mysteries surrounding “Hourglass.”

This visually compelling series keeps you fully engaged throughout each hour-long episode. The sharp writing allows this skilled cast of actors to convey emotion and motive instead of blatantly stating it (as so many shows on basic cable do). Also, the writers don’t let too many of the mysteries to go unanswered for long—although the answers usually lead to more questions.

Hunted is a twisty thriller series that will suck you in. And, with the show already picked up for a second season, you would be remiss not to delve into this show.

The show airs on Fridays at 10 on Cinemax and on Thursdays at 9 on BBC One

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