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Source global Wall Street Journal     time 2020-09-21 00:02:55
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As my colleague Meredith Blake wrote shortly after its premiere in September 2019, Netflix's limited series, co created by Susannah Grant, Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon, offers a revolutionary portrait of rape. Based on a true story, "Unbelievable" presages more recent series like "I'll Be Gone in the Dark" and "I May Destroy You" by de centering the perpetrator and instead turning its careful, empathic energies to the survivor. It also turns the case's complex narrative, with two investigations in two states on two distinct timelines, into a forceful portrait of the additional trauma inflicted when we fail to believe those who come forward about being sexually assaulted. One focuses on Marie (played by the tremendous Kaitlyn Dever), a young woman in the Seattle area who is charged with filing a false police report after being raped by a home invader, the other on a pair of tenacious Colorado cops (Merritt Wever and Emmy nominee Toni Collette) in pursuit of a serial rapist, but it is their deft intertwining, equal parts brutal and brilliant, that makes "Unbelievable" unforgettable. And even though she was passed over in a notoriously tough category, I can't help but think Wever was robbed. Matt Brennan

To make that task easier, The Times TV team has recommended seven series we love from the pool of nominees and though several of the most nominated shows, including "Watchmen" (HBO), "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" (Amazon Prime) and "Ozark" (Netflix) didn't make the list, it might be prudent to catch up on those before you enter your (virtual) office pool. Wink, wink. That is, of course, a testament to the talent and range of the stars Thede, Ashley Nicole Black, Quinta Brunson and Gabrielle Dennis who exemplify the revolutionary possibilities of a show that includes more than one (token) funny Black woman. On top of the humor, there is a tangible sense that everybody involved relished bringing each sketch to life. The six episode first season was packed with standout sketches; my favorites include "Invisible Spy," "The Basic Ball," "Courtroom Kiki" and "Dance Biter." Additional "A Black Lady Sketch Show" nominations include directing in a variety series for Dime Davis and guest actress in a comedy series for Angela Bassett. Tracy Brown


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