Network: Netflix
Stars: Emma Stone, Jonah Hill, Justin Theroux

Patrick Somerville’s Maniac, starring Jonah Hill and Emma Stone, was one of the more unique shows to drop this year. Under Cary Joji Fukunaga’s direction, they were able to create a world of the not-so-distant future that’s trippy as hell. Hill and Stone play a couple of loners with mental health issues who sign up to test a new drug that’s supposed to fix them for good. They’re then brought into clinical trials that not only bend reality and fantasy, but also inextricably connect them subconsciously.

Maniac is like something out of a Kurt Vonnegut novel, and the show’s retro ambience has some Mouse Hunt charm to it. Justin Theroux turns out a great performance as the embattled Dr. James K. Mantleray, who was able to invent said miracle drug even though he has a chronic masturbation addiction. Also, Sonoya Mizuno, as Dr. Azumi Fujita, steals multiple scenes with her British accent, haircut, and chain smoking.

If you’ve ever experienced depression due to loneliness or the death of somebody close to you, Maniac serves as a great way to help you deal with some of those feelings. —Angel Diaz