) is an American science fiction drama web television series created by Lana and Lilly Wachowski and J. Sense8 is being produced by the Wachowskis' Anarchos Productions and Straczynski's Studio JMS, along with Javelin Productions and Georgeville Television.Unpronounceable Productions has been set up to oversee production for the show.
Freema Agyeman, Terrence Mann, Anupam Kher, Naveen Andrews and Daryl Hannah also star.
The show aims to explore subjects that its creators feel have historically not been emphasized in most science fiction shows to date, The first season was written by the Wachowskis and Straczynski and most episodes were directed by the Wachowskis, with the remainder being divided between their frequent collaborators James Mc Teigue, Tom Tykwer and Dan Glass.
For the production of the second season, Lilly Wachowski remained active as co-creator but took a break from writing and directing, marking it as the first time the sisters didn't work as one unit in their professional careers.
Sense8 is shot almost entirely on location in a multitude of cities around the world.
The first season, consisting of 12 episodes, became available for streaming on Netflix on June 5, 2015, and has been met with generally favorable critical reception.
It has become notable for its presentation of LGBT characters and themes, winning the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Drama Series.
It has also received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music.
On August 8, 2015, Netflix announced that it had renewed the show for a second season.
Sense8 tells the story of eight strangers: Riley, Will, Sun, Capheus, Wolfgang, Kala, Lito and Nomi, each from a different culture and part of the world.
When the eight suddenly experience a vision of the violent death of a woman called Angelica, they discover that they are "sensates": otherwise normal humans linked with a mental and emotional connection, making them able to sense and communicate with each other, as well as share their knowledge, language and skills.
While trying to live their lives and figure out how and why this connection has happened and what it means, they are aided by another sensate, Jonas, who is trying to protect them from a similarly empowered sensate called "Whispers", who leads an organization that hunts down his own kind by tapping into their psychic link.