At some imperceptible moment in pop culture history, the Devil became a bore.
Scenes in movies and TV that once inspired terror — cackling demons possessing the body of a young girl, dark prophecies about the number 666, preachers warning terrified congregations about “the father of lies” — now seem passé.
“Lucifer” is now a debonair nightclub owner in a Netflix series.”The Exorcist” is the subject of countless spoofs. And few modern preachers devote weekly sermons to the machinations of His Satanic Majesty.
But one television show has found a way to make evil frightening again — and tap into many of the modern anxieties dividing contemporary America. The Paramount+ series, “Evil,” which wraps its third season on Sunday, is one of the creepiest shows to ever air on television. Yet it also offers what one Catholic writer calls “some of the most moving and thoughtful explorations of faith, good and evil” that TV has ever seen.
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