Executive producer was Lena Waithe, who gained recognition for her role in the Netflix comedy-drama series Master of None (2015–present).
Waithe became the first black woman to win an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series in 2017 for writing the show’s “Thanksgiving” episode, which was loosely based on her personal experience of coming out to her mother.
Them received mixed reviews on debut, some praising it as genuinely disturbing, others lambasting creator Marvin for introducing supernatural elements which they say detract from the real theme of racism.
As one person suggests, for reasons not clear and frankly not expected, the producers decide that apparently the issue of racism is not enough — or needs some diversion for being too much?
Some have likened the series to American Horror Story which also contains a mix of the real and surreal.
Many of the scenes in Them are violent, confronting and genuinely disturbing, in ways you may never have imagined.
Think how you would feel coming upon the scene of a bloody car accident, with bits of cars and dead and dying people scattered all over the road.
A little voice in your head says stop and see what assistance you can render, while another screams loudly and urgently, get the fuck out of here you idiot.
That’s the kind of feeling Them generates.
The Emory’s dream home and promise of a new life quickly turn into a living nightmare, the focus of hate and a malignant evil that threatens to drive them all mad — before claiming their lives and very souls.
When Henry Emory, a war veteran, turns up to start his new job as an engineer, the receptionist automatically assumes he’s the new kitchen hand.
Back home the neighborhood cleansing campaign is led by the very white, Women Weekly-esque Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Wendell (Alison Pill), who we later discover was abused as a child.
She leads an organised campaign of terror and intimidation that threatens to consume her, her unwilling husband and all those around her.