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15th Nov 2023

Underrated TV series with 90% on Rotten Tomatoes dubbed the ‘best show you’ve never seen’

Ryan Grace

Banshee is one for your watchlist

Gripping action series are ten a penny these days, and good ones can often slip through the cracks.

That’s exactly what’s happened with Banshee, an overlooked gem of a TV series.

This gritty crime drama features New Zealand actor Anthony Starr, best known for playing the corrupt superhero Homelander in The Boys.

In Banshee, Starr also plays a character whose morals aren’t too dissimilar to Homelander.

Here’s the trailer for the first season of the show…

Four seasons of non-stop action

Banshee originally aired from 2013 to 2016, spanning four seasons and 38 episodes.

The show follows an ex-convict (Starr), who is released from prison after 15 years and makes his way to the serene town of Banshee.

He assumes the identity of the town’s deceased police chief Sheriff Lucas Hood, in an effort to hide from a ruthless crime lord.

The plot also weaves in Hood’s former lover and accomplice, Anastasia, who has also assumed a new identity in the small town.

Critics say Banshee is criminally overlooked

Banshee has remained one of TV’s hidden gems despite the first season airing over a decade ago.

The series boasts an impressive 90% Rotten Tomatoes score, an 8.4/10 rating on IMDb, and an 8.8/10 on IGN.

Both critics and audiences alike love the show once they’ve seen it, many have just never given it the time of day.

The Independent’s Sarah Hughes lauds Banshee as “pulp television at its best.”

And the praise doesn’t stop there…

Ken Tucker from Yahoo! TV went as far as to say it “remains the best action show on TV by far.”

The past ten years has seen Banshee become one of television’s best kept secrets.

So, if you’re eagerly awaiting the new season of The Boys, or just need a new crime drama to sink your teeth into, Banshee is just what you’re looking for.