The US weekly entertainment magazine Variety has named the six-part Egyptian horror ‘Ma Waraa al-Tabea’ (Paranormal) as among The Best International TV Series of 2020.
“The series marks the first Arabic TV series that takes a real stab at going global,” the magazine said.
“Each episode is a standalone based on a different paranormal phenomenon, with romance and dark humor always laced-in. The Arabic take on the horror genre makes for a pleasantly different flavor.”
Egyptian actor Ahmed Amin, the star of the show, noted that his series ranks as among the best rated drama series on the IMDB website at #180 with an 8.5 rating.
The Netflix original series is based on the best-selling horror novels written by the late Ahmed Khaled Tawfik.
The plot centers on Refaat Ismail (Ahmed Amin), a cynical hematologist with a dark sense of humor, whose world is turned upside down when his lifelong scientific convictions are questioned.
The series takes place in 1969 as Refaat enters his 40s, and begins to experience a series of paranormal activities.
Throughout the show, Refaat is accompanied by his university colleague, Maggie (Razane Jammal). Together, they enter the paranormal world in an attempt to save their loved ones from the danger that surrounds them.
The series, produced by Mohamed Hefzy and Amr Salama, marks the first collaboration between Netflix and Egyptian producers.