WATCH: Black Bird feels like the spiritual successor to Mindhunter
The new psychological thriller series features one of the final performances from the late, great Ray Liotta.
Apple TV+ has been absolutely killing it recently with their original programming.
Yes, it took them a little while to find their footing, but this year alone they've given us three of the 2022's best shows so far: Severance, The Afterparty and Slow Horses.
Looking into the not-too-distant future for the streamer, we're also very excited about billionaire comedy Loot and psychological thriller Surface, but the one that has absolutely got our attention in a chokehold is Black Bird.
From writer Dennis Lehane (Shutter Island, Gone Baby Gone), it tells the James Keene (Taron Egerton - Rocketman, Kingsman), who has been sentenced to 10 years in a minimum security prison, but strikes up a deal with the FBI: befriend suspected serial killer Larry Hall (Paul Walter Hauser - I Tonya, Richard Jewell) and elicit a confession out of him so they locate the bodies for as many as 18 of his victims.
All of this must take place in the extremely dangerous confines of one of America's most dangerous maximum security prisons, and there is a something of a ticking clock element: if Keene doesn't get the confession before long, then Hall may find a way to walk free on a technicality.
And all of this is a true story!
The show also stars Greg Kinnear (As Good As It Gets), Sepideh Moafi (The Deuce) and the late, great Ray Liotta, who passed away in May of this year.
For those of us who are still painfully missing the slick psychological thrills of Mindhunter - especially considering how awesome the now-abandoned third season sounded - then this looks like it could absolutely fill that void.
Black Bird kicks off with two episodes arriving on Apple TV+ on Friday, 8 July. Check out the fantastically tense trailer here:
Clip via Apple TV