When it comes to unique TV series, FX never fails to deliver. Like now, their new show Terriers (don't get fooled because it is not about dogs although there is a dog in the pilot episode) brings clever writing, stellar acting and a very promising story to watch.
Hank Dolworth (Donal Logue) is the cop end of the team. After losing his job and his marriage due to a drinking problem, heís now sort of a loner, living a simple life and running jobs as a detective to get by. Britt Pollack (Michel Raymond-James) is a former thief whoís moved up in the world with his detective ďcareerĒ and his girlfriend Katie. The series seems to fall mostly under the drama category, though there are definitely moments worthy of laughing out loud.
The pilot episode follows Hank and Britt as they attempt to track down the daughter of a friend of Hankís and inadvertently uncover a business conspiracy, which becomes a recurring issue in the season. Later episodes include detective cases that are resolved for the most part by the end of the hour, but often tie in with Hank and Brittís personal lives in some way. Given that they canít put up fliers or start a website for their not-quite-legit business, thatís to be expected. These guys donít have business cards and their office is a pick-up truck, so they find work where they can.
There are a lot of things Iím loving about this series, the first of which is that there isnít a yin and yang dynamic to Hank and Brittís relationship. Yes, Hank was a cop and Britt was a thief but this isnít some sitcom where the two poke fun at one another for their backgrounds or have clashing personalities. Itís more that theyíre two guys who started out in opposite backgrounds and somehow ended up in the same place. Their backgrounds are definitely relevant to who they are but they donít define their characters completely or the relationship they have with each other.
So if you want to watch a crime investigation TV series with a light approach and fun characters then Terriers can be best for you.
For me, this series is really very promising...
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