Netflix fans praise 'phenomenal' dark thriller drama with 'brilliant' cast

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Netflix fans are obsessed with a new crime drama starring Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch.

Eric released on May 30 and is currently at the top of the Netflix TV charts in the UK. The six-episode limited series is created by BAFTA and Emmy Award winner Abi Morgan and follows a desperate father as he battles his demons on the streets of ’80s New York.

Vincent, one of the city's leading puppeteers, and wife Cassie (Gaby Hoffmann) are bereft after their son Edgar (Ivan Howe) disappears. Vincent becomes convinced that he can bring Edgar back with the help of his seven-foot-tall puppet, Eric.

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Cumberbatch, who also serves as an executive producer on the series, said: “This is a story about people finding their home. Whether it’s a child, a homeless person, a gay Black cop, a wife in an unhappy marriage, or even Eric on the show, it’s all about finding a place.”

Taking to X, formerly Twitter, viewers were full of praise for the show. @marcuskelson praised: "Just finished Eric on Netflix - utterly extraordinary story telling, gritty, suspenseful, breathtaking performances from all involved - the writing, direction, the incredible imagination of it all - unbelievably brilliant - where the wild things really are." as @kscarface_30 added: "#eric ...It's dark stuff but keeps you engaged brilliant performances by the leads especially my favourite Mr Cumberbatch".

@Okay_Wasabi wrote: "Eric on Netflix? Wow what a show! Benedict Cumberbatch??? What a performance" as @creme99 said: "If somebody told me that Benedict Cumberbatch would play the role of a troubled puppeteer, searching for his missing son; and drunk dances, (brilliantly) to ‘Gloria’ with an imaginary giant puppet, I’d say they were lying. All the awards to Benedict."

Critics were in agreement with fans, with The Guardian's Lucy Mangan predicting Cumberbatch 'will win awards' for the 'wildly ambitious' series. She adds: "Awards will doubtless – and rightly – be given to Cumberbatch for his portrait of Vincent’s descent into hellish despair and madness."

Empire's David Opie writes: "Cumberbatch is the star draw, flailing between desperate and cruel in admirably unlikeable fashion, while Gaby Hoffmann brings depth to what could have been a thankless role as Vincent's long-suffering wife Cassie."

Eric is available to stream now on Netflix.