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The Widow

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It took me an episode and a bit to really get into this show, but I'm glad I gave it a chance. Kate Beckinsale was pretty good, and it had the requisite twists and turns of a BBC drama so I kept watching. Unfortunately it did have a bit of a "white savior" thing going on, where the people of a non-white nation couldn't solve a problem until a white person showed them how, but until that part of the final episode the series was very good.

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Swamp Thing

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Tragically ended too soon when North Carolina failed to live up to their promises and the project suddenly grew far more expensive. The acting and writing were good for a pilot, but it was the setting that made the show magical. The swamp was absolutely stunning, and gave the show a perfectly creepy atmosphere. I was really looking forward to the rest of the season.

Millennium

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I'm still fond of this show a couple decades after it was cancelled, which doesn't usually happen with me. Henriksen did a fabulous job, which is a good part of the reason I loved it so much. Perhaps it's rude to say so, but he just looks like he's seen far too much to ever get away from it. The show was also more shocking and gripping than most of the shows on at around the same time period. If you don't believe me, give the first episode a watch and remember that this was on Fox alongside the X-Files. The last season lost some of the edge, I feel, but the first two genuinely could make you feel like the new millennium might just be the end of it all.

The Tick

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Tragically lost too soon! A charmingly whimsical superhero show that deserved at least one more season. Why, the Tick's backstory (creation?) wasn't even explained! That, if my suspicions are correct, would have made a great plot for at least half a season.

Instinct

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Instinct is elevated above its procedural limitations by a very talented cast. Alan Cumming does a fabulous job as a quirky former CIA employee, and both Naveen Andrews and Bojana Novakovic do wonderfully in their roles as well. It's unfortunate that the show ended on a cliffhanger, but given that it was canceled mid season you can't really blame the show for that. Worth a watch.

Ghost Whisperer

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I quite liked this show, and not only for Jennifer Love Hewitt, I swear! Well, mostly for her. She carried the show very well, with her tear ducts doing most of the work. It was a very sappy show, yet still very enjoyable. The Inbetween seems like a remake to a large degree, for those looking for more like this.

Forever

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Another show gone too early. The cast was talented and had great chemistry, so the tiresome format didn't grate as much as it usually does. The central mystery was quite compelling, and I was really hoping to see more of it in future seasons.

Elementary

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I wasn't sure about an American remake of Sherlock Holmes (if you don't understand why, watch the American Doctor Who TV movie), but gave it a try nonetheless. To my surprise it was a very well done interpretation of the British duo. Sherlock had all of the right qualities, just updated a bit for modern times. Watson was perfect. It now seems odd to me to see a guy portraying Watson. It's well written, and overall very enjoyable.

Here And Now

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The science fiction aspect had me curious, but it soon became clear that it was only a hook to draw people into a show about families and face relations and would never progress to any satisfying degree. Don't appreciate the bait and switch of it.

Defying Gravity

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I quite liked this show. It spent more time that was necessary on backstory, but the concept and characters were very interesting. Would have loved to have seen where other seasons would have gone.