Because you should be. Based on the Dark Horse Comics series of the same name by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá, The Umbrella Academy’s premise is kind of unconventional in its genre space – seven kids born (unexpectedly and, um, kind of abruptly) to seven different moms are purchased, I mean adopted by eccentric billionaire-entrepreneur Sir Reginald Hargreeves, who turns them into protégé superheroes at the questionable expense of a normal childhood. Six of them, anyway, because “Number Seven” is reminded constantly that she has no powers and isn’t special and doesn’t even matter, unlike the others, and who could have predicted that, as adults, the family would be totally dysfunctional? The sibs are reluctantly reunited when dad dies, and at the end of the first episode and a lot of domestic drama, the plot makes a unpredictable swerve into… something else entirely, featuring two time-travelling assassins who complain about their shitty job protocols and cheap accommodation between missions.
It’s as bizarre as you’d expect, and even more compelling.
The show’s ensemble cast includes Ellen Page (Hard Candy, The X-Men, Inception), Tom Hopper (Game of Thrones, Black Sails), Robert Sheehan (Misfits, Mortal Engines), and Adam Godley (you’d recognise him), with singer Mary J. Blige (!).