Preacher (Season 1)

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Preacher  developed by Sam Catlin, Evan Goldberg, and Seth Rogen for AMC starring Dominic Cooper is a welcome addition to my list of top shows to watch. A dark comedy featuring a small-town preacher with a dubious past who suddenly becomes a host to a mysterious entity that allows him to literally compel people to think and act in a certain way through speech. Initially half-heartedly taking on his father’s church and duties, Jesse Custer upon discovering his new abilities, realizes that he now has the power to effect actual change to the lives of his flock. Naturally, everything comes with a price and we see him making more problems that actually solving them. In one of the best moments of the show, he accidentally sends a teenager, Eugene Root / “Arseface”, to hell. Throw into the mix, his Irish, vampire best friend, Cassidy who quite literally dropped down from the sky and his extremely capable ex-girlfriend,  Tulip O’Hare and you have a rip-roaring fun show that doesn’t shy from asking questions often skirted by other shows who are often too quick to borrow religious elements but would rather gloss over the tricky parts.

Aside from the great acting particularly from Ruth Negga and Dominic Cooper, the show’s season finale is one for the books. Don’t take my word for it and watch it.

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