Eric Netflix 2024 Series Review: A Haunting Tale of Loss and Redemption

Eric 2024 Series Review


Netflix’s latest original miniseries, “Eric,” defies expectations with its unique blend of mystery, psychological drama, and social commentary. Created by BAFTA and Emmy winner Abi Morgan, this show takes viewers on a dark and introspective journey through the streets of 1980s New York.

At the heart of the story is Vincent Anderson (played brilliantly by Benedict Cumberbatch), a mad genius-like puppeteer who hosts a “Sesame Street”-esque show. His son, Edgar (Ivan Howe), watches the show being filmed, but their seemingly close relationship masks deeper issues. Vincent’s contempt for his son becomes painfully evident as they walk home together.

When Edgar goes missing, Vincent spirals into self-destructive behavior, drowning his sorrows in alcohol and substance abuse. But it’s the appearance of a 7-foot-tall talking puppet named “Eric” that truly haunts him. Edgar had created Eric to save his father’s failing show and connect with him in a way words couldn’t. Now, Eric forces Vincent to confront his past misdeeds as a father and husband.

As Vincent searches for his son, the series delves into the gritty underbelly of New York—a city plagued by corruption, crooked cops, and political incompetence. Edgar’s disappearance uncovers a web of cover-ups and other unsolved cases, pushing Vincent to confront not only his personal demons but also the systemic issues around him.

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The show’s strength lies in its supporting characters, who frequently overshadow the main protagonists. Each character embodies an aspect of the city’s decay, such as homelessness, racism, police misconduct, and the AIDS epidemic. Abi Morgan skillfully integrates these themes into Vincent’s delusions, crafting an authentically realized vision of 1980s New York.

“Eric” successfully balances true-crime realism with hallucinatory elements, leaving viewers both disturbed and captivated. Though it may not fully develop all its ideas, it provides a memorably twisted experience that stays with you long after the credits roll.

In a sea of cookie-cutter series, “Eric” stands out as a haunting and thought-provoking exploration of loss, redemption, and the ghosts that haunt us all.


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