Love a good sci fy or Marvel/DC comics show, but also go in for a bit of the good ol' cop catches the murderer. Best yet, excellent acting and filming, as in shows like 6 Feet Under, True Detective, or the now (alas) classic Breaking Bad.
Excellent, extremely exciting, well-written and acted with flair--Manhattan is transportation back in time to the moment right before the Atom bomb. A picture of American idealism and paranoia, human error and scientific wet dreams. The teams of scientists and the flock of military MPs and support around the 1940s Los Alamos project have come back to life. Manhattan is filmed so that you can almost taste the dust--and want to back up because we all know what is coming. This show is cinematic in its scope, resonant, trying and captivating all at once.
James St Patrick is a little bit black James Bond, little bit gangster hip--in short, perhaps he is the next Denzel, a versatile actor with style and who is a pleasure to watch as he plays to and away from the social and racial stereotypes of the 21st century. The overall plot line might sound so-so (street punk becomes drug kingpin leads a doublelife as a night club mogul trying to outwit an old white disco powerenterprise while unwittingly having an affair with a cop, his childhood love, who could could at any moment bring him down) but the writing within this overall plotline and the filming and acting is so strong that one cannot help but check in every week and then impatiently await the next episode to find out who is on top, how, why and what secrets might or might not get uncovered. Behind all of this are exciting issues of trust, greed and social image. Excellent scripting, but even better gestual and facial expressions that often say so much about the internal motives of each character. I think one might keep their eyes on this show--as perhaps these actors need to be nominated for an Emmy, especially Omari Hardwick and Lela Loren.
Perhaps the best TV show since 6 feet under. Reinventing the southern genre + crime and grit -- even the cliché alcoholic cop is turned to good use. Never heard dialogue on TV like this--meaty and smart, it's like savoring a great novel. The actors are aged in fabulous ways and though much of this "takes place" in an interrogation room, the sense of it being recounted in a stilled space does not come in too often to detract from the gripping story unfolding. Season 2 is anxiously awaited!