Owning your own home is the American dream, or so we’ve been told. The reality is that it can be extremely difficult to buy your own home in today’s housing market, and the implied threats from potential stalkers won’t help make that any more bearable. Next month, Netflix will launch a new series called The Watchers, and if the first trailer gives you vibes from American Horror StoryIt’s probably because series creator Ryan Murphy works on both shows. But there’s nothing supernatural at play here, instead it’s just good old-fashioned fear and paranoia.
Naomi Watts and Bobby Cannavale headline the show as Nora and Dean Brannock, a couple who think they finally have a dream home of their own. It’s perfect for your family, and it has everything you think you wanted. Unfortunately, the house has a stalker who calls himself The Watcher. And now, The Watcher is also stalking the Brannocks with an increasingly bizarre and threatening series of messages.
The Brannocks choose to stay in their home despite constant harassment from The Watcher. But the worst part is the terror that The Watcher inspires. They can’t trust any of their neighbors, and potential friends become enemies simply because the Brannocks can no longer take anyone at face value. All they have is each other, and even that may not be enough to get them out of this crisis.
Mia Farrow also stars in the series as Pearl, with Noma Dumezweni as Theodora, Richard Kind as Mitch, Terry Kinney as Jasper, Margo Martindale as Mo, and Jennifer Coolidge as Karen Calhoun. Additionally, Joe Mantello will appear on the show alongside a supporting cast that includes Christopher McDonald, Michael Nouri, Isabel Gravitt, Henry Hunter Hall, and Luke David Blumm.
Murphy and Ian Brennan developed the series based on Reeves Wiedeman’s New York Magazine article. All seven episodes will premiere on October 13 on Netflix.