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Mike Colter as David Acosta, Aasif Mandvi as Ben Shakir, and Katja Herbers as Kristen Bouchard
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By Sarah Deming

A Catholic priest, an atheist shrink, and a Muslim contractor walk into a Brooklyn bar. No, it’s not a joke; it’s our favorite team of paranormal investigators, celebrating their newly green-lit fourth season!

A brilliant genre mash-up of supernatural and procedural, Evil is the brainchild of Robert and Michelle King, the team behind The Good Wife and The Good Fight. The series follows newly-ordained—and extremely handsome—priest David Acosta (Mike Colter), skeptical psychologist Kristen Bouchard (Katja Herbers), and science whiz Ben Shakir (Aasif Mandvi) as they assess potential supernatural activity. Is your teenager possessed by Satan or is it just a bad asthma attack? Are New York bagels literally a miracle? David and his gang will get you answers.

Midway into its third season, Evil continues to delight and terrify while also exploring complex issues of race, gender, and faith. Now a full-fledged priest, David is recruited by a secret Vatican society called “the entity.” Kristen struggles to protect her four children from nemesis Leland Townsend, wonderfully played by Emmy-winner Michael Emerson (The Practice, Lost). Ben feels overwhelmed and gets help from his sister’s secret science club.

To celebrate the gang’s return for a fourth season, we binged Evil and picked out its 13 creepiest creations. Apologies to anyone with triskaidekaphobia.

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The Ghost in the Machine (S1, E4)

Two of Kristen\u2019s daughters wear VR headsets and reach their hands out as if spellbound while the other two look on from the background

Virtual nightmare: Lexis (Maddy Crocco), Laura (Dalya Knapp), Lila (Skylar Gray), and Lynn (Brooklyn Shuck) get a gift from their grandmother that goes horribly wrong.

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Evil understands the terror of parenting in the Internet age. When Kristen’s mother gives her four granddaughters VR goggles, a stranger from the Internet joins their game. Rose390 looks like a twin from The Shining crossed with the dead girl from The Ring. She makes the girls play with an Ouija board that says their father is in heaven: “You’re going to love being orphans!”

The Burned Girl (S1, E5)

A stranger in a plastic princess mask surrounded by Kristen\u2019s daughters in Halloween costumes as they shine flashlights into a hole

A mysterious, masked stranger peers into a hole along with Kristen’s daughters on Halloween.

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For Halloween, the Bouchard girls host a new neighbor, Brenda, who arrives in a mask she refuses to remove. Brenda tells a ghost story about a horribly burned girl, speculates about matricide, and dares everyone to lie in graves. The worst part? Brenda’s mom calls to apologize for her daughter’s absence. So, if that’s not Brenda, who is it?

The Serial Killer’s Secret (S1, E7)

Katja Herbers wearing a black shawl over a white turtleneck stands next to Mike Colter wearing a leather jacket and Aasif Mandvi wearing a brown jacket

The stars of Evil investigate another unnerving case.

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If a demon makes you commit murder, are you guilty? And if you confess during exorcism, should Kristen call the cops? Ethical head-scratchers abound in this episode, which features a terrific appearance by Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford (B Positive, Masters of Sex, Kinky Boots) as tortured housewife Bridget/murderous demon Howard. When Kristen asks Bridget/Howard how she killed the missing children, the answer reveals more than she bargained for.

The Goblin Birth (S1, E8)

Mike Colter taking a phone call next to a small bonfire

David listens intently to a caller.

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Ever since Children of the Corn, we have been advocating for trigger warnings on cornfields, so this one really freaked us out. David’s estranged father has been painting demonic sigils and living in a throuple at a commune upstate. Everyone there drinks ’shroom sangria, so it’s unclear whether what Kristen sees is real. We hope not, because the only thing scarier than a cornfield is the bloody birth of a goblin baby in the middle of a cornfield.

The Murderous Nurse (S1, E11)

Mike Colter in a hospital bed covered in a yellow blanket with Kristen Connolly, Kristen Bouchard, and Aasif Mandvi standing next to his bedside

David’s hospital stay turns out to be more perilous than his original injury.

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David is in the hospital recovering from a near-fatal stabbing, when a fellow African American patient warns him that the nurse with the squeaky shoes is murdering Black patients and collecting their ID bracelets as trophies. Only David’s incredible strength of will and Kristen’s quick thinking can save him.

The Severed Finger (S2, E1)

Maddy Crocco looking into a bathroom mirror holding her canine tooth and a bloody rag

Tooth trouble: Lexis inspects her teeth in the bathroom mirror while clutching a bloody rag.

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Puberty is hard for everyone, but Kristen’s daughter Lexis—conceived with the help of the demonic RCM Fertility clinic—has grown fangs. In the middle of routine surgery to remove them, the supposedly unconscious Lexis chomps down, severing her doctor’s finger and making us spill whatever was left of our drink.

The Teka Teka Girl (S2, E4)

Aasif Mandvi standing in a wooden elevator shaft looking petrified

Ben is struck with terror during an elevator ride (literally) from hell.

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After a local teen disappears, the team discovers “The Elevator Game,” an urban legend that sends players on an elevator ride to hell. Ben gives it a go and gets trapped alone in the underworld. But the scariest part is when Kristen is wedged between floors and hears “teka teka,” the sound of a legless ghost dragging herself across the hall.

The Evil Doll Altar (S2, E6)

Christine Lahti in a bedroom looking at a doll on an altar between two candles while Maddy Crocco looks on in the background

Sheryl admires the creepy altar she's constructed while Lexis looks on in dismay.

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From her secret affair with her daughter’s nemesis Leland to her inappropriate gifts of VR goggles, Grandma Sheryl (Christine Lahti) has to be the world’s worst free babysitter. Sheryl hits a new low when she shows granddaughter Lexis a candlelit altar where she prays to a cracked porcelain doll named Eddie who makes Chuckie look cuddly. Lexis is terrified and so are we.

The World’s Worst Date (S2, E10)

Tim Matheson and Christine Lahti laying on the floor next to a black sofa holding hands with IVs attached to their legs

Oh, what a night: Edward and Sheryl after one too many strange cocktails

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Grandma Sheryl drinks too many cocktails with Leland’s bff Edward (Tim Matheson), who delivers the scariest line of dialogue in the whole show: “If you tried to stand right now, could you?” She can’t. Soon, Edward and Leland are strapping her down and giving her an IV of a mysterious brown liquid. What is it? We don’t even know! In the morning, Sheryl acts like nothing happened.

The World’s Worst Dinner Party (S2, E13)

Christine Lahti wearing a party hat and holding a platter of greens and human flesh while Michael Emerson stands beside her with some in his hand

Stomach turner: Leland peels a piece of human flesh off a platter held by Sheryl.

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In the Season Two finale, the team assesses a vegetarian medical student seized by the sudden desire to eat human flesh. The trio tries to counsel poor Mitch (Taylor Trensch) through his cravings, but Leland foils them and brings Mitch home to a Hannibal Lecter–style dinner. “Kumbaya” plays as Leland carves a demonic sigil off the scalp of a corpse and presents it to Mitch as an amuse-bouche.

The Haunted Toilet (S3, E2)

Christine Lahti wearing a full white fur coat and looking backwards over her shoulder

Sheryl glances warily over her shoulder.

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Kristen’s husband Andy discovered a shrunken head in a jar (courtesy of Grandma Sheryl, of course) lurking beneath their bed. He flushed the head down the toilet in the previous episode, but as every New Yorker knows, old plumbing can be a nightmare. The toilet terrifies his littlest daughter—and us—by overflowing with blood.

The Radio Show from Hell (S3, E4)

Mike Colter in a green hoodie and beanie and a brown jacket looking surprised

David finds himself on a lonesome stretch of highway at night.

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A trucker’s wife believes he is possessed by a haunted stretch of I-95, so our heroes drive out to investigate. As soon as they hit exit 13a, their road trip playlist is preempted by screams. A flying object with two red eyes appears in the darkness. The radio tunes itself to 666 AM, and a voice drawls, “It’s a short slide to hell, Ben.”

The Blood-Sucking Nightmare (S3, E6)

Andrea Martin dressed as a nun standing next to a creepy black monster with its hand on her throat

Sister Andrea confronts Mosquito Demon (Marti Matulis).

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We love feisty Sister Andrea, played by the talented Andrea Martin of SCTV fame. When she hears a strange gurgling inside David’s room, the good sister discovers a repulsive winged creature crouched over him, sucking blood through a proboscis. Grabbing a Bible, she fights it off, but David only scolds her for disturbing his sleep.

“What are you doing?” she asks.

We’re wondering the same thing.

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By Maria Neuman

As skeptical clinical psychologist Kristen Bouchard on the hit drama Evil, Katja Herbers is often pursuing unsolved mysteries until the wee hours of the morning. Which is why on her treasured days off, Herbers uses her time to catch plenty of zzzzzs. Here, the Dutch actress takes us through a typical weekend day, filled with meditative moments and spontaneous cat naps (and we mean that literally).

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8:00 a.m.

A contrasting street of old and new Brooklyn buildings.

Brooklyn

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We shoot Evil during the weekdays, mostly in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and often starting as early as 5:30 a.m., so on days off I love to sleep in a little bit. By the time Friday rolls around we’ll also be doing night shoots, so my workdays can feel very long.

9:15 a.m.

A display of baked goods and bagged coffee at Paloma coffee shop in Brooklyn.

Paloma

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I have a weekend subscription to The New York Times, so I take my paper, go out, and sit at one of the many coffee shops in my neighborhood. One of my weekend spots is called Paloma on Manhattan Ave. in Brooklyn. Everyone who works there is friendly, and I think it’s the best coffee in New York.

11:30 a.m.

Katja Herbers lays down with her cat blissfully asleep around her neck.

Kitty love

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I love to do small projects in my apartment and often go to the local paint store. The Dutch have a word, gezellig, and it roughly translates to “cozy” but can be used to describe any comforting activity—from reorganizing a bookshelf to creating a nice corner for your cat. On weekends my kitty, Lientje, totally dictates my time. If she settles down on top of me for a nap, I just choose to lay still and do the same.

1:30 p.m.

A large pile of sourdough loaves cooling at Bakeri in Brooklyn.

Bakeri

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My favorite lunch spot is Bakeri in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. During the height of the pandemic, when everyone was in lockdown baking bread, they gave me some of their sourdough starter that is about 100 years old. I started baking and gained 20 pounds—I realized I can’t make a loaf of bread every day and not eat it!

3:00 p.m.

A cozy and colorful table inside Bakeri Brooklyn.

Inside Bakeri

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Dancing is my main exercise. I’ll often dance while cleaning my apartment, even if I just follow a dance tutorial off the internet. I know I need to do some strength training, but the most I do is some ballet moves, squats, or the occasional turn on my rowing machine.

3:45 p.m.

The Brooklyn storefront of McNally Jackson Booksellers book store.

McNally Jackson Booksellers

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I love independent bookstores like McNally Jackson in Williamsburg. I’ll buy another coffee (Dutch people drink a lot of coffee!), grab a book, and sit and read. I recently finished Luster by Raven Leilani. It blew my mind, and I thought it was pretty cool that she also happens to be from Brooklyn.

6:30 p.m.

A stock photo of an upscale mexican dish with verdant green margaritas.

Margaritas and tacos

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I’ll meet friends for margaritas and tacos and then maybe go and listen to live music. I love jazz and have been known to follow people around the East Village who are carrying an instrument and ask them if they are playing anywhere that evening. I like to find smaller, indie music scenes where people are trying to be creative.

8:00 p.m.

The poster for Six Degrees of Separation at the Barrymore Theatre

Six Degrees of Separation

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There are so many great actors in New York and getting to see them on stage (like Allison Janney and John Benjamin Hickey in Six Degrees of Separation) is amazing. What I find most special about being in the theater is seeing any type of art together with other people. It’s like we’re in this little bubble together for two hours, watching the actors make something. It’s very impactful.

10:30 p.m.

What time I go to sleep depends on how many lines I must learn for the next week. I knew when I first saw the script for Evil that it was going to be special. The creators, Michelle and Robert King, also did The Good Wife, so I knew mine would be a complicated and fun character. If I’m awake enough after studying lines, I’ll watch TV, turn out the lights, and sleep with Lientje.

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As told to David Hochman

What's funny about Aasif Mandvi's role on Evil is that the role isn't meant to be funny. Mandvi was a comedy guy before playing tech whiz Ben Shakir on the supernatural drama.

He made his name in theater, having won an Obie Award for his one-man show Sakina's Restaurant and playing the lead character in the Pulitzer prize–winning play Disgraced. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart put him on the map as a comedian; he went on to create and star in the Peabody Award–winning web series Halal in the Family, which logged more than 500 million media impressions within days of its announcement. With guffaws or without, Mandvi is a serious force.

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