Devs is an American sci-fi thriller television mini-series created, written, and directed by Alex Garland that premiered in 2020, on FX on Hulu.
The mini-series follows software engineer Lily Chan (played by Sonoya Mizuno), who works at Amaya, a quantum computing company run by Forest (played by Nick Offerman). Lily soon becomes embroiled in the mysterious death of her boyfriend, who died on the first day of his new job at Devs. The series explores themes related to free will and determinism, as well as Silicon Valley. It received generally positive reviews, with critics praising its imagination, acting, and soundtrack.
[Content warning for physical violence/torture]
A tech entrepreneur is fueled by an obsession driving a secret posse of programmers to change our understanding of reality and free will itself.
Devs frames itself as a technological dystopia waiting to happen, as delving into the potential of quantum computing. Really it's a human drama: the characters are driven by loss and love.
The aesthetic is drawn from tech startups: all open office spaces and minimalist designs and young clever people and old men placing themselves in charge. Devs is dark and atmospheric and occasionally brutal, worth watching for Nick Offerman's performance as troubled boss Forest.