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TV series starring Antony Starr praised as being one of ‘best shows you’ve never seen’

Kit Roberts

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TV series starring Antony Starr praised as being one of ‘best shows you’ve never seen’

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Keeping up with what to watch is a task of Sisyphean proportions, the second you finish one great series another is waiting in the wings.

But one series has taken many people by surprise, even being dubbed 'the best series you've never seen'.

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You probably know him better as everyone's favourite psychopathic Superman, Homelander.

The hit Amazon series The Boys sees corporate superheroes idolised by the public.

Behind closed doors however, the supes get up to all manner of awful shenanigans, from super-orgies to super-doping.

Starr plays Homelander, a take on Superman who appears to be America's darling, but is actually a highly dangerous narcissist.

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The show's fourth season is not expected until next year, but there is another place where fans can get their fix.

One series from before The Boys sees Antony Starr swapping Homelander's slicked blonde hair and barely-contained murderous rage for a buzz cut and a sheriff's badge.

Antony Starr is best known for his role in The Boys. Credit: Unique Nicole/WireImage
Antony Starr is best known for his role in The Boys. Credit: Unique Nicole/WireImage

This is Banshee, which ran from 2013 to 2016, and has the New Zealand actor taking on the role of a mysterious ex convict assuming the identity of Sheriff Lucas Hood.

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Hood is actually the murdered police chief of the town, but the convict has to conceal himself in a bid to hide from the ferocious crime lord Rabbit, who is played by Ben Cross.

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But things are complicated further when his old flame, who also happens to be Rabbit’s daughter, also relocates to the same town and assumes a new identity.

Called Banshee, the show has been praised by the Independent’s Sarah Hughes as ‘one of the best TV shows you’ve never seen’.

She added: “This is pulp television at its best, a fast, furious blast of over-the-top plotlines, scenery-chewing villains and tightly shot action scenes.

Antony Starr in Banshee. Credit: Cinemax
Antony Starr in Banshee. Credit: Cinemax
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“Written by acclaimed literary novelists Jonathan Tropper and David Schickler, Banshee comes across like the result of an all-night speed-writing jag yet its gleeful indulgence in pulp’s conventions – a man with no name, a bad girl trying hard to be good, a sharp-suited villain whose slick words disguise his true evil – is what makes it such fun.”

Hughes is not alone either, Collider's Allison Keene reflected the show's creative violence.

She wrote: "Banshee’s story is full of twists and unexpected connections, as well as its telltale brutal violence.

“In a sick streak of creativity, the show continues to find new, gruesome ways to kill people.”

So, if you're looking to get your fix of The Boys before season four, look no further!

Topics: Film & TV, News, US News, Film and TV, The Boys

Kit Roberts
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