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Manhattan

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manhattan-poster Summary: Set against the backdrop of the greatest clandestine race against time in the history of science with the mission to build the world’s first atomic bomb in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Flawed scientists and their families attempt to co-exist in a world where secrets and lies infiltrate every aspect of their lives.

Creators: Sam Shaw

Starring: John Benjamin Hickey, Michael Chernus, Rachel Brosnahan, Christopher Denham, Katja Herbers, Alexia Fast, Harry Lloyd, Daniel Stern, Olivia Williams, Ashley Zukerman, David Harbour, Mark Moses, Carole Weyers

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The Strain

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thestrain-poster Summary: A thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers, wage war for the fate of humanity itself.
Creators: Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan
Starring: Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Mía Maestro, Kevin Durand, Richard Sammel, Jack Kesy, Jonathan Hyde, Natalie Brown, Ben Hyland, Sean Astin, Robin Atkin Downes, Drew Nelson
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A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK and is on its way across the tarmac when it suddenly stops. All window shades are pulled down except one, the lights are out, and communication channels have gone silent. Ground crews are puzzled and an alert is sent to the CDC. Dr. Ephraim “Eph” Goodweather, head of the CDC Canary project, a rapid-response team that handles biological threats, is assigned and sent to investigate. He and Dr. Nora Martinez board the plane, finding everyone except four people are dead.
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In a pawnshop in Spanish Harlem, a former history professor and Holocaust survivor named Abraham Setrakian knows something terrible has happened and that an unnatural war is brewing.
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So begins a battle of mammoth proportions as the vampiric virus that has infected the passengers begins spilling out onto New York City’s streets. Dr. Goodweather, who is joined by Setrakian and a small band of fighters, desperately tries to stop the contagion to save the city, and also his wife and son.
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Extant

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extant-poster Summary: Extant is an American science fiction television dramatic series created by Mickey Fisher and executive produced by Steven Spielberg. The story revolves around astronaut Molly Woods (Halle Berry) who returns home to her family inexplicably pregnant after 13 months in outer space on a solo mission.
Creator: Mickey Fisher
Starring: Halle Berry, Hiroyuki Sanada, Goran Visnjic, Pierce Gagnon, Michael O’Neill, Grace Gummer, Camryn Manheim, Maury Sterling, Brad Beyer, Sergio Harford, Annie Wersching, Tyler Hilton, Jeannetta Arnette, Tessa Ferrer, Charlie Bewley
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Molly Woods, an astronaut with ISEA (International Space Exploration Agency) is assigned a 13-month-long solo mission aboard space station Seraphim. She returns home to her husband John, a robotics engineer who created their son Ethan, a prototype android called a “humanich”. When she finds herself mysteriously pregnant, she begins a search for answers.

On August 7, 2013, CBS announced that it had placed a 13-episode straight-to-series order, bypassing the traditional pilot stage.[4] Steven Spielberg served as one of the executive producers. Production began in Los Angeles on February 10, 2014.

The series is broadcast in the United States on the CBS television network, and is a production of Amblin Entertainment. It premiered on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at 9:00 pm Eastern/8:00 pm Central.
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Falling Skies

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Falling Skies Summary: The chaotic aftermath of an alien attack has left most of the world completely incapacitated. In the six months since the initial invasion, the few survivors have banded together outside major cities to begin the difficult task of fighting back. Each day is a test of survival as citizen soldiers work to protect the people in their care while also engaging in an insurgency campaign against the occupying alien force.
Creators: Robert Rodat
Starring: Noah Wyle, Maxim Knight, Drew Roy, Will Patton, Moon Bloodgood, Seychelle Gabriel, Sarah Carter, Connor Jessup, Colin Cunningham, Mpho Koaho, Peter Shinkoda, Ryan Robbins, Brad Kelly
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Falling Skies
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Falling Skies is an American science fiction post-apocalyptic dramatic television series created by Robert Rodat and executive produced by Steven Spielberg. The series stars Noah Wyle as Tom Mason, a former Boston University history professor who becomes the second-in-command of the 2nd Massachusetts Militia Regiment, a group of civilians and fighters fleeing post-apocalyptic Boston following an alien invasion that devastated the planet six months before the events of season one.
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The series is broadcast in the United States on the cable channel TNT, and is a production of DreamWorks Television. The series premiered on June 19, 2011.
On July 18, 2014, TNT renewed the show for a 10-episode fifth and final season.
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Falling Skies tells the story of the aftermath of a global invasion by extraterrestrials (including mechanical attack drones called “mechs”, a species of green-skinned six-legged beings known as “Skitters” that appear to control the mechs, and a third mysterious species known as the Overlords, or “Espheni”, presumably the actual engineers of the invasion and the masters of the Skitters). Within a few days the invaders neutralized the world’s power grid and technology, destroyed the militaries of all the world’s countries, and killed over 90% of the human population. The aliens’ objectives are not explained, though the aliens try to round up children between the ages of 8 and 18 and attach a biomechanical obedience device onto (and into) their spines, referred to as a “harness”. The harness controls the child’s mind, and forcibly removing it generally kills the child. The story begins six months after the invasion and follows a group of survivors who band together to fight back. The group, known as the Second Massachusetts (an allusion to a historical regiment from the Continental Army), is led by retired U.S. Army Captain Dan Weaver and Boston University history professor Tom Mason who, while in search of his son Ben, must put his extensive knowledge of military history into practice as one of the leaders of the resistance movement.

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Halt And Catch Fire

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Halt And Catch Fire Summary: Set in the early 1980s, series dramatizes the personal computing boom through the eyes of a visionary, an engineer and a prodigy whose innovations directly confront the corporate behemoths of the time. Their personal and professional partnership will be challenged by greed and ego while charting the changing culture in Texas’ Silicon Prairie.
Creators: Christopher Cantwell, Christopher C. Rogers
Starring: Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy, Mackenzie Davis, Kerry Bishé, Toby Huss, Morgan Hinkleman, Alana Cavanaugh, Bianca Malinowski, Scott Michael Foster, Eric Goins, Graham Beckel, Cooper Andrews
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Halt and Catch Fire takes a small group of people who are all profoundly driven, obsessed, and passionate about the future potential of computers, and sets them about the task of creating a machine from scratch – a goal, which, at the time, (early 80’s) seemed impossible next to the market control of corporate giants like IBM.
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This setting is unusual for a television drama, and is engaging enough in its own terms, but its actually not the unusual setting that make this show so watchable; its the deeply interesting characters and the rich dynamics between them that really makes it great viewing.
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The core character is ‘visionary’, Joe, a man with absolutely no moral or ethical compass – only an unstoppable drive to succeed at any cost. The people unlucky enough to be caught up with him in his mission to make a new pc are consistently at various stages of dissolution, coping with the ongoing aftermath of his wholly egotistical and single-minded goal.
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The interplay between the people caught up as staff working under Joe is often subtle, but riveting viewing. Definitely worth a look, not only for its unique setting, but for the rich interplay between its dark, complex, and intriguing characters.

The Last Ship

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The Last Ship Summary: The crew of a naval destroyer is forced to confront the reality of a new existence when a pandemic kills off most of the earth’s population.
Creator: William Brinkley
Starring: Eric Dane, Rhona Mitra, Adam Baldwin, Charles Parnell, Sam Spruell, Travis Van Winkle, Marissa Neitling, Christina Elmore, Jocko Sims, Andy T. Tran, John Pyper-Ferguson, Fay Masterson
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Orphan Black

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Orphan Black Summary: A streetwise hustler is pulled into a compelling conspiracy after witnessing the suicide of a girl who looks just like her.
Creators: John Fawcett, Graeme Manson
Starring: Tatiana Maslany, Dylan Bruce, Jordan Gavaris, Kevin Hanchard, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Evelyne Brochu, Skyler Wexler, Inga Cadranel, Michael Mando, Kristian Bruun, Matt Frewer
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Orphan Black
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The series begins with Sarah Manning, a con artist by trade, witnessing the suicide of a woman, Beth Childs, who appears to be her doppelgänger and, with Sarah, is one of many clones. Sarah takes on Beth’s identity and occupation as a police detective after Beth’s death. During the first season, Sarah discovers that she is a clone, that she has many ‘sister’ clones spread throughout North America and Europe, and that someone is plotting to kill them and her. Orphan BlackAlongside her foster brother, Felix Dawkins, and two of her fellow clones, Alison Hendrix and Cosima Niehaus, Sarah discovers the origin of the clones: a scientific movement called Neolution. The movement believes that human beings can use scientific knowledge to direct their evolution as a species. The Neolutionists thus advocate eugenics.Orphan Black The movement has an institutional base within the large, influential, and wealthy biotech corporation, the Dyad Institute. The Dyad Institute conducts basic research, lobbies political institutions, and promotes its eugenics program, aided by the clone Rachel Duncan. But it also seeks to profit from the technology the clones embody. It has thus placed “monitors” into the clones’ personal lives, allegedly to study them scientifically but also to keep them under surveillance. Sarah eventually discovers that she’s also wanted by the police and by a secret religious group, the Proletheans. A faction of the Proletheans carries out the clone assassinations. Orphan BlackThey use a clone, Helena, to kill the other clones. Yet Sarah and Helena share a surrogate birth mother and are twins both genetically and with respect to their early maternal environment. The Proletheans assassinate clones because they believe them to be abominations. Eventually, the Dyad Institute and the Proletheans discover Kira, Sarah’s daughter. Kira’s importance issues from the fact that she is the only-known biological offspring of a clone, all other clones being presumed sterile because they are childless. The plot lines of the series revolve around Sarah and Kira’s efforts to avoid capture by the clearly sinister Neolutionists and Proletheans as well as around the efforts made by each clone to give sense to her life and origin.Orphan Black The attempt to control the creation of human life provides the key or dominant theme which drives the various story lines. A second key theme forms around the intrigues made by the Dyad Group and the Proletheans along with the earlier intrigues made by the authors of Project Leda (see the Greek myth Leda and the Swan) and Mrs. S., Sarah’s foster mother, and her leftwing political network. Both themes intersect in the effort to control the creation of human life. Sarah, who matures because of her struggles, defends the bond which exists between parent and child against the Neolutionists and Proletheans.
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