Sleep is Overrated: Stay Up with These 7 Dark Gripping Miniseries

Sleep is Overrated: Stay Up with These 7 Dark Gripping Miniseries
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Weekend plans? How about binging these gems?

There's something uniquely satisfying about a miniseries. Maybe it's the concise storytelling, the tightly-packed episodes, or the fact that you can experience a whole rollercoaster of emotions in just a weekend.

If you're in the mood for tales that are dark, riveting, and filled with suspense, this list is for you.

Chernobyl (2019) – 5 Episodes

If there was ever a show that could give you chills down your spine, it's Chernobyl. This five-part HBO series transports you to the chilling world of the 1986 nuclear disaster in the Ukrainian SSR. It's a grim look at the errors, human cost, and politics that surrounded the most catastrophic nuclear accident in history.

You'll find yourself hanging onto every scene, feeling a mix of horror, sympathy, and disbelief. It's haunting, beautifully crafted, and an absolute must-watch.

Where to watch: Max / Prime Video with Max subscription

The Jinx (2015) – 6 Episodes

This one’s for all the true crime junkies. The Jinx is a documentary miniseries about the mysterious life of real estate heir Robert Durst, who's been linked to three murders over three decades but never convicted.

Through a series of interviews with Durst himself, the series takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions. The twists are wilder than anything fiction could cook up.

Where to watch: Max / Prime Video with Max subscription

Mare of Easttown (2021) – 7 Episodes

Kate Winslet shines in this raw and gritty detective drama. Set in a gloomy Pennsylvania town, the show follows detective Mare as she unravels a local murder while battling personal demons.

The story has a way of making you feel connected to its flawed yet relatable characters. Expect lots of dark secrets, broken families, and twists that'll have you yelling at your screen.

Where to watch: Max / Prime Video with Max subscription

Devs (2020) – 10 Episodes

Silicon Valley meets suspense in Devs. This miniseries invites us into the world of a secretive tech company that may or may not have discovered the secret to... everything.

It’s a cerebral thriller that makes you question free will, destiny, and the nature of reality itself. The cinematography is breathtaking, and the story is mind-bending.

Where to watch: Hulu

The Fall of the House of Usher ( 2023) – 8 Episodes

This eerie narrative is a modern-day loose adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's masterpieces, enveloping the decline of a wealthy American family into vengeance, power, and betrayal.

The series is a fusion of Succession and Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart, following a pharmaceutical empire built under dubious circumstances that begins to tumble as its heirs meet mysterious fates.

Where to watch: Netflix

Sharp Objects (2018) – 8 Episodes

Amy Adams in a psychological thriller? That’s a big ‘yes!’ Sharp Objects is a slow burn that's worth every second. Based on the novel by Gillian Flynn (the same author behind Gone Girl), this series is about dark family secrets, trauma, and a mysterious set of murders in a small town.

The eerie atmosphere, coupled with Adams' compelling performance, creates a deliciously unsettling vibe. And the ending is the cherry on top of this twisted sundae

Where to watch: Max / Prime Video with Max subscription

The Outsider (2020) – 10 Episodes

Based on Stephen King 's novel of the same name, The Outsider is a supernatural crime drama that starts with a straightforward murder investigation. However, as the plot unfolds, there's an eerie realization that there might be more sinister forces at play.

If you love a good mix of crime drama with a sprinkle of the supernatural, then this one's for you.

Where to watch: Max / Prime Video with Max subscription