This was different, and I liked it. I avoided this at first. I recently got HBO Max to watch Synder's Justice League. After watching that, I seen this and said what the hell why not, y'know? I was thoroughly surprised by this "hybrid-genre" series. Although I wasn't interested in Lovecraftian lit, I was aware of it. (I lean more trekkie, than high fantasy). After the first episode I was pretty engrossed into the series. I thought the premise and how it weaves through major events in American history ala Forrest Gump pretty enthralling. The blending of real world events, science fiction, classic horror, social commentary, magic, religious undertones, some anime vibes (in the episode based in Korea) and yes time travel, puts this series in a class of its own. I really can't compare it to anything off the top of my head. As time passes I think people are really really going to like this season.
Good job HBO, I gotta go buy some AT&T stock.