One of the biggest shows on Netflix so far this year is The Sandman– a new fantasy drama series based off the original comic book series by Neil Gaiman. At the time of writing, it’s at No. 1 on Netflix in the UK, having climbed there since it released on 5th August.

Incase you missed it- the show doesn’t have quite the same name recognition as Stranger Things and Bridgeton– here’s why you should watch it and make it your next binge:

The fantasy Netflix series follows the earlier show¬†Good Omens, which was released by Amazon for Prime Video, as another big budget and acclaimed streaming series from Neil Gaiman. The show is adapted from a comic series written by Gaiman in the 1990s, telling the story of Dream, also known as Morpheus, who is the show’s titular Sandman. Dream is the personification of dreams and nightmares, and is played by Tom Sturridge, known for his roles in The Boat That Rocked, Far From The Madding Crowd, and Journey’s End. After being captured and then held for 116 years, Dream finally manages to escape his imprisonment, and embarks on a journey to restore his realm of The Dreaming.

The series has been received praise and acclaim from both critics and fans of Gaiman’s work, lauding in particular its sense of immersing you in an amazing fantastic world, acting, costumes and eye catching visuals. This first season is a total of 11 episodes, meaning roughly eleven hours of mind bending creative fun.

Dream is accompanied by a wide and varied cast of characters, some more benevolent and some more menacing. Joining Sturridge is a star studded cast, including Patton Oswald as David The Raven, David Thewlis as John Dee, Jenna Coleman as Johanna Constantine, Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer Morningstar, Sanjeev Bhaskar as Cain, Stephen Fry as Gilbert, Mark Hamill as Mervyn Pumpkinhead and Charles Dance as Sir Roderick Burgess.

The show has also garnered praise for its diversity of actors, and representation, which Gaiman has commented has always been “at the heart of the story.” The series is an engrossing ride with a dark dreamy feel, with The Guardian dubbing it “the moody goth older brother” of the upcoming House of Dragon and Lord of The Rings: The Rings of Power. The show’s quirky characters, surreal moments and even its unconventional aspect ratio all make it a definite must see, and a true blockbuster series with amazing effects.

After the ten episodes of Season 1 released on 5h August, a special full length bonus episode was released on 19th August as a surprise. The extra episode, called Dream of a Thousand Cats, additionally features Sandra Oh, David Tennant, James McAvoy, Joe Lycett, Michael Sheen and Neil Gaiman himself. It seems likely given the show’s initial successthat a second season will be already in the works at Netflix to continue Dream’s adventures. For now though, if you’ve not dived into The Dreaming realm, then you’re missing out.


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