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28th Nov 2023

People are rediscovering this ‘great’ Netflix show which went overlooked upon release

Stephen Porzio

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Definitely one for those who loved The Last of Us and The Walking Dead.

If you’ve already watched the 16 big movies added to Netflix last week, you may be on the hunt for something else to watch on the streaming giant.

Well, one show on the platform that has recently been singled out for praise is The Rain, a Danish post-apocalyptic series.

The plot synopsis for the Netflix original reads:

“The eponymous rain in the Danish series The Rain references the virus carried by a bout of deadly rainfall that wiped out most of Scandinavia’s population.

“Six years later, two siblings emerge from their bunker and enter into a post-apocalyptic wasteland, joining a band of survivors as they set out to find safety. But even as they attempt to rediscover their humanity in the wake of tragedy, the ever-present threat of a resurgence of the virus lurks every time a cloud passes over their heads.”

The Rain ran for 20 episodes over three seasons between 2018 and 2020.

Despite receiving pretty positive reviews – its first season garnered an 82% Rotten Tomatoes score – it did not become as big a sensation as some of Netflix’s other international shows like Dark, Money Heist or Squid Game.

That said, the series appears to be attracting new fans five years after it premiered – perhaps as we move into a rainier part of the year.

the rainPeople are rediscovering this ‘great’ Netflix show – The Rain

A recent post on the popular Facebook group Netflix Bangers reads: “Raining here for the last two days so I decided to watch The Rain. I’m on episode 4 and quite enjoying it.”

Attracting hundreds of likes, many were quick to comment on the post and voice their love for the show, with one user writing: “Great series. I was surprised how much I enjoyed this show.”

You can check out some positive write-ups from critics for The Rain’s first season right here:

The Atlantic: “What The Rain lacks in originality it makes up for by remixing elements of YA fiction, postapocalypse drama, and cli-fi into a gripping kind of mashup.”

Decider: “It’s not so much that The Rain breaks new ground for the postapocaptic-dystopia narrative. It’s simply that it shows how much more ground there is to explore in that great big quarantine zone of a genre.”

Financial Times: “A dystopian Danish drama driven by conspiracy fears and environmental catastrophe. The three leads are exceptional.”

The Guardian: “Not just a knuckle-gnawing, post-apocalyptic thriller ride, not just a series about whether humanity can survive such a catastrophe. It asks whether people can learn to care for and love each other again, establish right from wrong – be human.”

All three seasons of The Rain are streaming on Netflix now. Check out a trailer for the show below:

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