There came a time recently when I began to feel like I’d seen everything, so I broke down and signed up for AppleTV. Another reason is that I really wanted to check out their series “Servant.”
The clips we’ve been sharing piqued my interest. But they did not prepare me for what unfolded in front of my eyes, a tension-filled story that builds creepiness and mystery with each episode. It left me hooked, barely able to turn it off. And after I did, it stayed, swimming around in my head for hours.
The story follows a husband and wife going through a terrible situation. When wife and mother Dorthy (Lauren Ambrose) hires a mysterious nanny, Leanne (Nell Tiger Free), to care for her and her husband Sean’s (Toby Kebbell) baby, things spiral into chaos. Once Leanne, who is abnormally strange and quiet, arrives, the family tries to go about their daily lives, though a terrible secret hides behind normality. Dorthy’s brother, played by Rupert Grint, is a drug addict and an asshole, but he tries to help protect his sister at all costs.
I should also mention that a supernatural cult is involved in this series, not like a Branch Davidian-style cult, a cult that has strange powers.
The series tackles many issues, from mental illness to loss, hope, desperation, the struggles of marriage, and society’s demands on mothers. It approaches these things delicately and boldly at the same time, creating an amazing balance in the well-timed story.
I’ve been trying to put my finger on exactly what makes the series so incredible, but there are just so many things that “Servant” gets right, including powerhouse performances from the amazing cast, the gut-wrenching truth behind the illusion, the twists and turns. But the fact is that it all fits together so perfectly.
Let’s just be honest here. M. Night Shyamalan has a reputation for being hit or miss. This time, he absolutely nails it!
I feel the need to bring this up. If Apple TV doesn’t put out a cookbook based on the meals featured throughout the series, they’ll be missing a huge opportunity. I would buy one in a heartbeat.
“Servant” left me extremely impressed. It is creepy, tense, and emotional, everything a great series should be. It’s the best series I’ve watched so far this year, and I watch A LOT of TV. If we were ranking it by numbers, I’d give it a 5/5, no question. You can count on seeing “Servant” on this year’s top ten list! The good news is that you can stream it now on Apple TV. I highly recommend that you check out this brilliant series.