The Forgotten Criminal Drama You Can Stream on HBO Max


Two words to convince you: Antony Starr. Prior to terrorizing audiences as the villainous superhero Homelander in “The Boys,” Starr directed “Banshee” on Cinemax in 2013. He plays a mysterious ex-con who steals the identity of Sheriff Lucas Hood , who is killed in a bar fight on his way to the town of Banshee, Pa. The Dead Hood had traveled from Oregon for his new job, meaning no one in town knew who the new sheriff was. Luckily for the anonymous ex-convict, he has resourceful allies, namely hacker Job (Hoon Lee), who tampers with Hood’s records to make the mysterious criminal’s new character a little more legitimate.

From there he brings a fierce form of justice to the town of Banshee. Essentially, he’s trying to find some sort of redemption for all the crimes he’s committed in the past, while also trying to forge a new path. However, he does run into a problem when he meets locally revered crime boss Kai Proctor (Ulrich Thomsen), whom he runs into (sometimes literally) throughout the series. That’s not to mention that his equally criminal ex-girlfriend Carrie (Ivana Miličević) is now married to the local district attorney in Banshee. Clumsy.

“Banshee” stayed a bit under the radar during its four seasons from January 2013 to May 2016, and didn’t find the mainstream. But that doesn’t make him any less worthy of your time – especially when Hood tries to balance his role as sheriff with his thirst for crime. “Banshee” is a truly captivating watch that critics and viewers hold in high regard. On Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an overall critical rating of 90% and an audience rating of 91%, with its third and fourth seasons boasting perfect critical approval scores of 100%.

But does the show ever reveal the real name of its central criminal? You will only have to stream “Banshee” on HBO Max to find out.