Aziraphale (Michael Sheen) and Crowley (David Tennant) are an angel and a demon, respectively, who have become well acquainted during the last several millennia on earth–one could almost say…friends. They share similar job duties, although on opposing sides. Although their story begins at the beginning of everything, the plot of this series begins as they covertly decide to work together to prevent Armageddon rather than help bring it about—as they have been instructed to do by their superiors, the agents of Heaven and Hell, respectively.
This limited series comedy is a joint production of Amazon Prime Video and BBC Worldwide. It is based on the book Good Omens, which was co-authored by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Neil Gaiman also wrote the script for this series and was its show runner. As a result, the series remains quite faithful to the original book although with a few small changes.
The irreverent humor of Terry Pratchett is on display in every one of these six episodes. It can be both silly and poignant at almost the same time. In addition to the brilliant leads, the show features a well-directed ensemble cast of accomplished British and American actors like John Hamm, Miranda Richardson, and Francis McDormand as the voice of God. I especially appreciate the relationship between Aziraphale and Crowley. Their on-screen chemistry reflects the actors’ friendship in real life and the many scenes between them truly carry the series.
Recommended for anyone who likes Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Doctor Who, British wit, fantasy, science fiction, and/or all-star ensemble casts.
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