Six years before “The Sopranos,” “Cracker” introduced us to another overweight, profane, adulterous, abusive — and surprisingly endearing — TV protagonist: the criminal psychologist Dr.
Edward Fitzgerald (Robbie Coltrane), also known as “Fitz.” But unlike Tony Soprano, Fitz uses his powers for good instead of evil.
Characters’ personal struggles are even more important to “Being Human” than their external battles.
Ghosts wrestle with past trauma, werewolves have anger issues and vampires are essentially you’re looking for a noir-tinged procedural with feminist leanings and complex characters.
Transported from the 1800s to the present day, this Holmes and Watson live in a world where terrorism, globalism and mass media are growing concerns.
This Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) is aloof but charismatic, a dazzling, anti-social genius who freely refers to himself as a sociopath.
There’s a feminist angle inherent in this premise, and each multi-episode mystery plays it up without reducing the characters’ struggles to simplistic empowerment narratives.
Along with fighting the violence and corruption that often spring from misogyny, the women of Bletchley persist in their investigations despite constant condescension from men who always underestimate them.There’s a remarkable attention to period detail, and its mysteries offer a fascinating glimpse into how profoundly the war shaped the lives of ordinary citizens and how everyday violence and vice continued unabated.But what holds the show together and brings you back for more is Foyle’s quiet, unflappable sense of decency, and insistence on the value of all human life — even in the shadow of unthinkable you love a good antihero crime series.Despite the presence of modern technology — Watson has a blog now instead of a diary; Sherlock tracks killers using GPS — the most important crime-solving device is still the one whirring between the ears of our deductive hero.Far more humorous than its source material would suggest, “Sherlock” is fast-paced, full of clever visualizations for Holmes’s brilliant deductions and loaded with charm to you like murder shows or Idris Elba.Set during (and after) World War II, this British police procedural follows small-town detective Christopher Foyle (Michael Kitchen) and his driver Samantha Stewart (Honeysuckle Weeks) as they solve murders on the home a battle-free World War II-set drama.