UNDERRATED: 'The Returned'

The best series of this year wasn't the Red Wedding-stained "Game of Thrones" (though it's awfully close) but this addictive, atmospheric and quietly chilling French import, which ran on the Sundance Channel. Reinventing the idea of zombies into something more mysterious than anything "The Walking Dead" could imagine, this series unfurled patiently, somehow pulling off the trick of slowly revealing its mystery while keeping you wanting more.

( Jean Claude Lothe / Sundance Channel )

The best series of this year wasn't the Red Wedding-stained "Game of Thrones" (though it's awfully close) but this addictive, atmospheric and quietly chilling French import, which ran on the Sundance Channel. Reinventing the idea of zombies into something more mysterious than anything "The Walking Dead" could imagine, this series unfurled patiently, somehow pulling off the trick of slowly revealing its mystery while keeping you wanting more.

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