Jenkins directed all ten episodes of the series, and it shows — “The Underground Railroad” is a masterpiece. It tells the story of a young slave named Cora (Thuso Mbedu) who escapes a plantation in Georgia and makes a long, arduous journey across several states while being pursued by a dogged slave catcher named Ridgeway (Joel Edgerton).
It is, in every single episode, thoroughly devastating — but Cora keeps going through it all, because what else could she do?
You might be wondering whether “The Underground Railroad,” being set in the antebellum South, is based on a true story. The answer is a definite no.