back to top

17 Reasons "Cleverman" Is The Best Show You're Not Watching

This could be your new fave show.

Posted on

1. Cleverman is a gripping new Australian show set in the near future, featuring sci-fi and fantasy elements combined with real, raw characters and emotions.

It centres around Koen, an impulsive, self-centred young man who becomes the Cleverman - a hero with the power to save the Hairies, an outcast group who are hunted by the government-funded Containment Authority.
ABC

It centres around Koen, an impulsive, self-centred young man who becomes the Cleverman - a hero with the power to save the Hairies, an outcast group who are hunted by the government-funded Containment Authority.

2. It will take your breath away with heart-pounding action one minute...

3. And then make you cry your eyes out in the next scene...

ABC

4. Before giving you your damn life with completely badass moments once again.

5. It's also pretty spooky at times.

The Namorrodor only comes out when things are out of balance

6. The characters are complex and irresistibly flawed.

ABC

The seemingly good guys do very bad things - and those who might seem bad have a lot more going on beneath the surface.

7. Within the broad and rather epic story, the rivalry between brothers Waruu and Koen drives the plot.

ABC

It's intense, dramatic, and great.

8. Cleverman not only gives us an Australian superhero, but an Indigenous one.

Creator Ryan Griffen created the show to give his son Koen an Aboriginal superhero - he even named the main character after him.
Melbourne Inside Out / Via instagram.com

Creator Ryan Griffen created the show to give his son Koen an Aboriginal superhero - he even named the main character after him.

9. The show is rooted in ancient Aboriginal mythology, with stories taken from several Aboriginal tribes across the country.

He is the conduit between this world and The Dreaming #Cleverman

Stories of hairy people are common in many different tribes across the country and date back thousands of years. The majority of Aboriginal people still believe the hairy people exist, hiding away from humans with their own society and culture. Griffen had to get permission from elders before including them in the show.

10. Like any good genre piece, it works as great entertainment on the surface while also providing social commentary at a deeper level.

Sub humans are not people #Cleverman

It’s not afraid to tackle injustices done to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders since colonisation, including the forced removal of Aboriginal children from their families.

11. The production values are excellent...

12. With the the special effects created by Weta Workshop - the geniuses behind the special effects for the Lord of the Rings movies.

ABC
ABC

13. Several episodes were directed by Wayne Blair, of The Sapphires fame.

Other episodes were directed by actor/writer/director Leah Purcell.
Hopscotch

Other episodes were directed by actor/writer/director Leah Purcell.

14. The cast is 80% Indigenous - almost unheard of on mainstream TV, and a refreshing change.

ABC
ABC
ABC

15. There's also some stellar international stars in the mix.

ABC
ABC

Iain Glen of Game of Thrones plays millionaire mogul Jarrod Slade, and Frances O'Connor (who is Aussie, but has had huge success overseas) plays his wife, Charlotte, a doctor in the Zone - the area of the city where Hairies are confined.

16. Oh, and they're all a bunch of total babes.

Not that that's the most important thing, but also LOOK AT THIS HANDSOME.

17. It's already been picked up for a second season.

You can settle in for the long-haul - and you'll want to.
ABC

You can settle in for the long-haul - and you'll want to.

Catch Cleverman on the ABC in Australia, Sundance TV in the US, and BBC Three in the UK.