8 Reasons ‘Evil’ Is The Best Show You’re Not Watching


To imagine X files with religious trauma and you have Bad, the best show you’re not watching. Listen, we understand why this has been off your radar. It was on CBS and then bounced to Paramount+ at a time when the streaming platform felt too babyish to care. But now, Bad reaches its long, dark claws in Season 3 (dropping June 12!), and it’s time to catch up.

Why? When there is then a lot to watch and so little time? Here are eight reasons you need to watch Bad.

1. Bad is like X files but with demons

Sparks fly between David and Kristen.
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Instead of UFO-obsessed Agent Mulder trying to convince the skeptical Scully, Bad features visionary priest-in-training David Acosta (Mike Colter) trying to convince outdated and fiercely rational Catholic therapist Kristen Bouchard (Katja Herbers) that the devil is in the details. And you better believe that between the exorcisms and the heated debates about mental illness and demonic possession, there is a searing sexual tension! Sure, sure, she’s married and he’s almost a priest, but her husband is away on a long rock-climbing trek and his call from God doesn’t mean David doesn’t experience urges. Can they resist the temptation or will they Benedetta it’s rising ? !

2. Everyone on Bad is hot as hell

Mike Colter as David Acosta, Aasif Mandvi as Ben Shakir and Katja Herbers as Kristen Bouchard from the Paramount + EVIL series.

The sexy Scooby Gang from “Evil”.
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Colter is a handsome, broad-shouldered guy. Herbers is a no-frills knockout. Rounding out their Scooby Gang, Aasif Mandvi plays tech expert Ben Shakir, who brings a smirk to the series in New York. Admittedly, the primary lust of the series is very much invested in Kristen and David’s undeniable sexual tension. But Season 2 gives Ben a love interest (Nicole Shalhoub), who not only smokes hot, but also has a bit of evil twin baggage that’s next level fascinating. Next, adding more smoke to the show is Christine Lahti as Kristen’s mother, a rocking GILF who is essentially New York’s answer to Blanche Devereaux.

3. BadMonsters of the week are really thrilling

A scary clown doll from

Meet Eddi.
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During seasons 1 and 2, Bad features a batch of recurring demons, some of which afflict individual characters, all of which come to life with incredible practical effects. But the night terror George and his friends are just the tip of the spooky iceberg. Child-taunting ghosts, marauding local legends, internet bogeymen, and Michael Emerson as the series’ manipulative antagonist, Leland Townsend, join the party.

But if you’re not sure Bad is for you, try “E is for Elevator”, episode 4 of season 2. Here, a New York urban legend promises a trip to hell, and one of our heroes comes close with a nightmare that becomes real . Full disclosure: I cut this episode off in the middle to turn on all the lights in my house. That’s how scary it is.

4. Bad also tackles current affairs and real malevolence

Michael Emerson eating popcorn in a church.

Leland showing all the respect he has for the church.
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Beyond its masterfully crafted monsters of the week, Bad also reveals horrific real-world issues, like the dehumanizing treatment of delivery workers under capitalism, anti-black racism within America’s healthcare system, and corrupt police forces. Because the show’s cast of characters includes those who suffer such injustices as well as those who profit from them, these topics are addressed with care and nuance, rather than coming across as “very special episode” vibes.

Fundamentally, Bad recognizes that for marginalized groups who are not protected by privilege, these evils are not uncommon, which only makes them more horrific.


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5. Darker than you’d expect from CBS

Michael Emerson as Leland Townsend from the Paramount + EVIL series.

Michael Emerson is a deranged delight as the central antagonist of “Evil.”
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Look, if you rolled your eyes when the network that brought you how I Met Your Mother promised a sexy and iconoclastic procedural drama, I get it. But Paramount+ is breaking broadcast rules. Characters drop swear words, confront graphic violence, and engage in kinky sex. Of course, this does not happen game of thrones levels of naughty debauchery, but that’s a lot to keep Bad sensation of freshness and audacity.

6. The evil the single motherhood version is creepy and accurate

Skylar Gray as Lila Bouchard, Dalya Knapp as Laura Bouchard, Maddy Crocco as Lexis Bouchard and Brooklyn Shuck as Lynn Bouchard from the Paramount + EVIL series.

The children of “Evil” are terribly real.
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Technically, Kristen is not a single mother. But with her husband estranged for long periods of episodes, she is raising her four daughters on her own. They’re not the brave kids from sitcoms like Full house Where Modern family. Kristen’s daughters are a deeply bonded and complex group of children. They reclaim their crowded home in Queens. They yell at each other, argue at the top of their lungs, and deliver their own brand of brotherly justice. While their mother grapples with possible demons, they wrestle with their own demons, from bodily insecurities and superficial influencers to peer pressure and online dangers. To handle it all, Kristen must rely on her resilience, help from her mother (for better and arguably ill), and a supply of canned margaritas. They say these canned cocktails are awful, but Kristen says “you get used to them.”

seven. Bad has a mischievous sense of humor

Andrea Martin in

Sister Andrea is not playing well.
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As a skeptical tech pundit, Aasif Mandvi brings a sharp-tongued sarcasm that makes them fun and reliable one-liners. But he’s not the show’s source of humor. Creators Michelle King and Robert King have incorporated irreverent humor into the series, through sarcastic remarks and bold visuals – including the reveal of a therapist’s version of Leland. Season 2 added new shades of comedy by bringing in cut-out character actress Andrea Martin as a sarcastic sister. For Season 3, this nun has become a regular on the show, and I can promise you she brings a sharp wit to her fights against Leland and the like. Yet the funniest episode owes a debt to Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin. For a creepy, silly good time, check out Season 2 Episode 7, “S is for Silence,” in which the central trio visit a monastery, where a vow of silence is meant to cap the chatter — but can’t. not stop the belly laughing.

8. Badthe long arc of is impossible to predict

Michael Emerson as Leland Townsend, Taylor Trensch as Mitch Otterbean and Christine Lahti as Sheryl from the Paramount + EVIL series.

A dinner you might want to skip.
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Of course, in the battle of good and evil, mention of the prophesied apocalypse is inevitable. But amidst the monsters and problems tackled week after week, Bad builds an overarching plot that plays out like a mafia drama. There are families of demons at war with the Catholic Church, and they have their clawed fingers in all kinds of bloody pies. But as new characters and weird twists turn the world of this divine squad upside down, it’s impossible to know what’s next. And that, my evil friends, is part of the fun.

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