Ever get so mad at your brother you could kill him? It’s a threat you’ve likely uttered numerous times with no actual intent, but when the stakes are high, and your deepest, darkest secrets are on the line, you’d do just about anything to keep them buried. Such is the case in Bloodline. The new show from the twisty minds of the Damages co-creators revolves around a tight group of adult siblings (including Friday Night Lights‘ Coach Taylor, Kyle Chandler) who are forced to make murky decisions when their black sheep of a brother returns home. This isn’t your typical, bickering-at-the-twice-a-year-holiday-dinner kind of family drama. Sh*t gets serious—and seriously murderous—quick. The entire, 13-episode season is available on Netflix today, and if you’re not sold just yet, read on for three more reasons to tune in from star Kyle Chandler and co-showrunner Daniel Zelman.
1. Kyle Chandler’s likeness to Coach Taylor
So, there are no scenes of Chandler running football drills under the Friday night lights, but that Southern drawl and papa bear cuddliness-slash-intensity is reborn in his role as sheriff John Rayburn. “I get to carry Coach [Taylor] over in a way at the beginning of the show,” says Chandler. “And then I’m able to turn Coach like a piece of taffy into something completely different.” Also, for anyone who compares the health of their own relationship to the fictional marriage between Eric and Tammy Taylor (*raises hand*), you’ve got a new partnership to emulate: Chandler and Jacinda Barrett (as his on-screen wife) have the still-flirty, long-term marriage that wedded dreams are made of.
2. Family drama that rivals the Kardashians
On its surface, the Rayburn dynamic is like any other delicately balanced household (a web of he said/she said, obvious favouritism and forced-open scars). But with this family, you quickly get the sense that someone could snap any second. And at the end of a seemingly mild episode one, Chandler’s voiceover, as he (SPOILER ALERT) douses his unconscious brother in gasoline and lights him on fire, says, “What we did to our brother, we had to do. Please don’t judge us. We’re not bad people, but we did a bad thing.” Aren’t you glad you can binge all at once?
3. A story arc unlike anything else on TV
The baby of the family as troublemaker is an oft-used character crutch. But in Bloodline, everywhere-right-now Australian character actor Ben Mendlesohn (a.k.a. Jessa’s dad on Girls) is the drugged-up, unreliable eldest brother who holds the family secrets, threatening to unveil them at any moment. At first, it’s almost jarring to see the eldest portrayed as the black sheep, but it works in a big way. “I think it’s interesting to us because there is something more difficult for someone who is supposed to be first in line to inherit the mantle of the family name and to be the one who got it wrong,” says co-writer and producer Daniel Zelman.