Truth Seekers (2020) Review

Truth Seekers is a comedy horror series laden with intrigue and witty delivery.

Truth Seekers (2020) is a comedy horror web television series released on Prime Video on October 30th. It was created by Nick Frost and Simon Pegg with James Serafinowicz and Nat Saunders. The series stars Nick Frost, Samson Kayo, Emma D’Arcy, Malcolm McDowell, Susie Wokoma, and Simon Pegg. 

As a big fan of both Nick Frost and Simon Pegg, and comedy horrors, I couldn’t wait to watch Truth Seekers. The series is centred around Gus Roberts [Nick Frost] a broadband installer for internet company Smyle. Outside of work, he has an interest in paranormal investigation and occurrences, and has a YouTube channel named Truth Seekers. It’s not until Gus meets Elton [Samson Kayo], that his paranormal investigation career starts to pick up speed. Gus and Elton work together to unravel mysteries surrounding the paranormal and learn more about their own lives in the process.

The filmic style of Truth Seekers is grounded but atmospheric, with cinematographer Arthur Mulhern using lots of filming techniques we would expect to find in this genre, including dutch angles and the diegetic use of handheld cameras. The comedy style is typical for Nick Frost and Simon Pegg, but more understated than in a sitcom such as Spaced for example.

The series is eight episodes long which allows the show to build intrigue and then uncover the mysteries the characters have encountered in mostly the last two episodes. Some of the cases seem unrelated to the finale, but I would suggest this is a way for the viewer to empathise more with the main character, Gus, as a sort of shared experience. Although the format of the show features a different case per episode, it doesn’t feel reminiscent of an anthology series as the over-arching storyline is well connected.

The series finished with a set up for a second season so for now we will have to wait and see what happens next. I definitely have a few questions after watching the series, which I hope might be answered in an upcoming season.

I would recommend Truth Seekers to fans of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, alongside fans of comedy series. Although described as a partly horror series, I feel this is due to the subject matter rather than the actual format, and would probably describe it more as a mystery. 

Rating: 7.5 out of 10.

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