Just in time for Halloween: Stream the freshman season of this scary-good supernatural drama from the folks who brought you The Good Wife and The Good Fight!
By Nate Millado
Evil is not for the faint of heart. It's that terrifying—which makes the supernatural drama the perfect Halloween binge!
For the uninitiated, Evil centers on priest-in-training David Acosta (Mike Colter) and forensic psychologist Kristen Bouchard (Katja Herbers) as they assess whether the Church's unsolved mysteries are worth pursuing—or whether there's a more scientific explanation behind the phenomena.
Evil is the brainchild of Robert and Michelle King—the husband-and-wife duo behind The Good Wife and The Good Fight—so you know you're in for some quality entertainment along with genuine jolts. Luckily, all episodes of its freshman season are available to stream on CBS All Access and Netflix, so here's your chance to catch up on CBS' scary-good series before its second season.
The Boogeyman is Real!
Surely, anyone innocently named "George" can't be that bad, right? Dead wrong! This leathery demon is the stuff of nightmares. He haunts poor Kristen in her sleep—or is she awake?—zips around the room like The Flash, pees in the corner (rude!), and slices her fingers off for each incorrect answer during a "fun" game of True or False. George introduces himself in the pilot ("Genesis I"), but unfortunately for Kristen, reappears throughout the season ("177 Minutes," "Let x = 9," and "Book 27").
Bridget in the Bathtub
It's Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford like you've never seen before! In the episode "Vatican III," Bridget (Ashford) cops to murdering a boy named Enrique during her exorcism. Kristen, David, and Ben (Aasif Mandvi) cross-reference her claims with any open cases—and to determine whether the woman really is possessed by a demon named Howard. If you want to see just how versatile an actress Ashford is, catch her comedic side on the new CBS sitcom, B Positive (premiering Nov. 5).
Orson Isn't Well
Is accused serial killer Orson LeRoux possessed—or just plain psycho? That's the question Kristen and David attempt to answer throughout the season (in episodes "Genesis 1," "Justice x 2," and "Book 27"). Either way, on a creep factor scale of 1 to 10, Orson is 100.
Child of the Corn
In the "2 Fathers" episode, an intoxicated Kristen follows a woman's screams into a cornfield—and is shocked by what she sees: David's dad's wife Esther birthing out a baby that's most certainly not human. But wait, there's more! Esther tears into the sticky sac with her teeth to welcome her goblin child into the world. That's some sangria you drank, Kristen!
Hurts Like Hell
Nurse Ratched's got nothing on Nurse Plague! After David is stabbed (at the end of the "7 Swans a Singin" episode), he's sent to Harbor Hospital, where his nurse pumps him with pain meds. During a drug-induced trip, David witnesses patients being wheeled out by freaky-looking attendants to attend a "black mass." One of the unlucky sacrificial lambs happens to be David's roommate, Harlan.
The big reveal of the "Room 320" episode is thought-provoking—but definitely disturbing! Word to the wise: Watch with a friend.
Treat or Trick?
When your show is called Evil, you've gotta up the ante for Halloween—and yikes, does the "October 31" episode deliver! First, there's an Exorcist homage replete with hissing, cackling, speaking in tongues, projectile vomiting—the whole nine.
But what's really unnerving is the new girl "Brenda," who hangs with the Bouchard kids and their friends. Brenda tells creepy ghost stories and asks disturbing questions. ("If I dared you to kill your mom ... how would you do it?") Here's the kicker: Brenda's mom calls and says her daughter is sick in bed. So, who's really behind that creepy doll mask?
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