“The Man in the High Castle” only debuted on Amazon on Friday (Nov. 20) but has generated enough buzz to be a real contender at both the upcoming Critics' Choice and Golden Globes awards. Based on a 1962 alternate history novel by acclaimed sci-fi author Philip K. Dick, this period drama depicts a world in which the Axis powers won World War II and the United States is split into a Japanese run “Pacific States of America” and an east coast suffering under the totalitarian regime of Nazi Germany with a neutral zone dividng them.
It’s a fanciful concept that is beautifully brought to life. Among the executive producers are Ridley Scott (“The Martian”), Isa Dick Hackett (granddaughter of Philip K. Dick) and Frank Spotnitz (“The X-Files”) who is also the showrunner.
Alexa Davalos ("Mob City") and Luke Kleintank ("Pretty Little Liars") play resistance fighters with British imports Luke Evans as a man with hidden Jewish ancestry and Rufus Sewell as a Nazi officer.
When the show’s first episode streamed in January this year, it was Amazon’s most-watched pilot ever. And it currently merits a staggering 97% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes, with raves from the likes of Hank Stuever (Washington Post), who says the show is “expertly and realistically imagined” and Dominic Patten (Deadline), who called the show “binge-worthy," “meticulously crafted" and "damn fine.”
With such strong reviews, it is not surprising that the show ranks sixth on our Drama Series chart at the Critics' Choice Awards. Those kudos, bestowed by the Broadcast Television Journalist Association have been combined with the film awards this year. That means a one-time shortened eligibility period with only shows that aired from June 1 to December 31 eligible for consideration.
And we know that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which hands out the Golden Globes, loves new shows. "The Man in the High Castle" currently sits in eighth place on our Drama Series chart for these awards.
What do you think of "The Man in the High Castle"? Can it make an impact at this year's Critics' Choice and Globes and next year's Emmys? Be sure to cast your ballot for Best Drama Series at the Critics' Choice Awards below and join the discussion with Hollywood insiders in our red-hot TV forum here.
Photo: Rufus Sewell and Aaron Blakely in "The Man in the High Castle"; Credit: Amazon Studios.