The Golden Globes TV categories this year had some … unexpected names. Never heard of some (or most) of them? Here’s a rundown of all the surprise series that wound up in major categories.


What’s the deal: The Netflix original series follows the rise of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar and the FBI agents who worked to bring him down. The show is up for best dramatic series and best actor in a series for Wagner Moura, who plays Escobar — two of nine noms for Netflix.

How to watch it: You can binge watch Season 1 on Netflix now. Season 2 drops in August.

“Blunt Talk”

What’s the deal: Hip septuagenarian Patrick Stewart stars in this farce about a newscaster with a love for drugs, drink and prostitutes. The show is up for one nomination, for Stewart’s acting.

How to watch it: Season 1 is available on Starz. The network fared well with the Hollywood Foreign Press, scoring nearly as many nominations as HBO.

“Wolf Hall”

What’s the deal: The subdued yet intensely watchable PBS miniseries was an adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning historical fiction novel. The 16th-century story focuses on Thomas Cromwell (Mark Rylance), the lawyer-turned-confidante of Henry VIII (played by Damian Lewis). Both Lewis and Rylance are up for awards, as is the show, in the TV movie/limited series category.

How to watch it: Season 1 is free to stream for Amazon Prime subscribers.

“Penny Dreadful”

What’s the deal: Eva Green, Timothy Dalton and Josh Hartnett star in this moody Victorian London-set drama about paranormal mysteries brought on by Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and the devil himself. The show is up for one award for Green’s performance.

How to watch it: The first season can be streamed on Amazon and Hulu. Season 2 is currently available only to Showtime subscribers.


What’s the deal: Jason Reitman (indie-world star director of films including “Juno,” “Up in the Air” and “Thank You For Smoking”) makes his TV debut. Michaela Watkins plays a late-30s divorcee who moves in with her brother, a perpetual bachelor and creator of an online dating site; the show tackles all of these topics and more, including the exploits of Watkins’s character’s teen daughter. The show was nominated for best comedy, a surprise to many given that some people are still discovering it exists.

How to watch: The 10-episode first season — it just got renewed for a second one — is available on Hulu with a subscription.

“Mr. Robot”

What’s the deal: USA Network had the breakout hit this summer with this drama, about a vigilante hacker (Rami Malek) working with an underground hacking group and a mysterious leader (Christian Slater). Think “Dexter” but with computers. “Mr. Robot” swept the nominations, including one for best drama (!) along with acting nods for Malek and Slater.

How to watch: The 10-episode first season is available on demand or iTunes.


What’s the deal: Based on the popular time-travel romance novels, the show is often compared to “Game of Thrones” — except it’s about a woman from the World War II-era who suddenly winds up in the 1740s. Not only did the show land in the best drama category, but stars Caitriona Balfe and Tobias Menzies got surprise nominations for actress and supporting actor, respectively.

How to watch: The 16-episode first season is on demand (for Starz subscribers) and iTunes.

“Flesh and Bone”

What’s the deal: Speaking of Starz, this gritty ballet drama was also a shocking inclusion in the Globes list. The well-reviewed series wound up being so expensive for the pay-cable channel that executives cut the order to an eight-episode limited series. It paid off — the series got a best drama nomination and star Sarah Hay also landed a nod for lead actress.

How to watch: It’s on-demand for Starz subscribers.

“Mozart in the Jungle”

What’s the deal: The Amazon original was based on a book that The Post’s classical music critic Anne Midgette describes as: “a nonfiction tell-all by an oboist named Blair Tindall that purported to lift the curtain on the world of classical music and show a backstage reality as rife with sex, drugs and venality as — well, any other field, really, but people were too busy tut-tutting at the scandal of it all to think rationally about that.” Sound appealing? The show is up for best comedy, as well as a nomination for lead actor Gael Garcia Bernal.

How to watch: The 10-episode first season is available for Amazon Prime subscribers. (The first episode is free.)

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