Although the show only lasts two seasons, Castle Rock is strict and persuasive a piece of television horror. Based on Stephen King, this anthology series is set almost entirely in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine, where many of the author’s most famous stories take place. Shawshank State Penitentiary, Sheriff Alan Pangborn, and other characters and details from King’s works are scattered throughout the series, creating a thick atmosphere of horror and mysticism.
Although both seasons take place in Castle Rock, they follow almost completely different groups of characters. The result is an American Horror Story-like series with a touch of Twin Peaks flair. Hulu’s budget, King’s prestige, and an ensemble cast of talented stars including Andre Holland, Bill Skarsgård, Sissy Spacek, Barhad Abdi. , and Tim Robbins all elevate Castle Rock further. King fans should definitely watch this series, but it’s also a compelling anthology series in its own right, featuring a plethora of small-town myths and mysteries that ensure the story never drags on.
Of course, since it’s Stephen King, it also has a lot of commentary on human nature, which fans of Tales of the Walking Dead will surely appreciate. Nothing reveals people’s dark tendencies quite like ghosts, monsters, and family secrets, and Castle Rock creates powerful drama from these storytelling building blocks.