FX has produced some of the best programming on television over the past decade. The Shield remains the best cop drama of the past twenty years, for instance, and the creator on that show– Shawn Ryan– has a brand-new series debuting tonight on the same network. Terriers has the potential to be a big hit, but what are the critics saying about the show? Find out below, my fellow Terriers enthusiasts…
By now, you should have already read our article concerning “What you need to know before Terriers debuts” (click the link if you haven’t), set your DVR’s, and made plans to watch FX’s newest show. The early word that we’ve been hearing is that the show’s very solid, but that the first couple episodes get off to a bit of a slow start. That said, some of FX’s best shows have had a slow-burn sort of feel to them, so we’re not concerned if that’s the case. In fact, it sounds like the critics are overwhelmingly positive about the series.
Here’s a collection of things that critics are saying about FX’s Terriers (because this is a brand-new column, we weren’t given the opportunity to see the show before its debut, but if anyone from FX wants to throw us a bone– no pun intended– we’ll be happy to take a look at your wares), in no particular order. First up, USA Today says that it’s not the best show on TV– and especially in comparison to some other, bigger-name shows– but that it’s got its own pluses: ” …nowhere near the top of the big-dog pecking order. It’s unlikely to topple Mad Men from its Emmy perch or American Idol from the ratings peak. It can’t match HBO’s upcoming Boardwalk Empire’s budget or any network premiere’s publicity push. Yet when it comes to scrappy, scruffy charm and sheer entertainment value, Terriers can run with the best of them. You just have to give it a few weeks to prove itself — because like many cable series, it’s a bit of a slow build.”
Meanwhile, over at The New York Times, good things are also being said about Ryan’s newest show: “…has a genetic disposition at once vaguely melancholy and eccentrically sprightly, but the good mood always seems to prevail. This is a welcome love child, one we are eager to embrace rather than put up for adoption.” Ten bucks says that Shawn Ryan loves having his show referred to as a “love child”.
The Los Angeles Times also has a few nice things to say about the series: “…a wonderfully well-conceived, well-made and well-played series about a pair of soft-boiled downmarket private detectives in over their heads in San Diego. In a fall season overly populated with cops and criminals, there may be more stylish or quirky or elaborately premised series coming your way, straining to cut an edge or push an envelope. But “Terriers,” whose virtues are more traditional, is to my taste easily the best of them, and one of the brightest lights in the whole freshman class.” Sounds good so far, right?
Finally, let’s hear what someone who didn’t like the show has to say. Take it away, Boston Herald: “…bears the stink of a series conceived by two buddies on a bender and rushed into production the next day. The premise is nonsensical, the characters little more substantial than fog and the central seasonlong mystery is less a whodunit and more a why-bother. … In the first two episodes, there are moments when almost everybody on camera comes off as if they’re waiting for something better to do. The title, one could guess, might be a reference to the pugnaciousness of the investigators, their sheer doggedness in tracking down felons and solving cases. That never comes across onscreen. … the kind of mutt that needs to be put down.” Well, that’s certainly…well, that’s definitely the Boston Herald’s opinion.
So, which side of the fence will we fall on? We’ll find out tonight, when Terriers debuts on FX. Check your local listings for showtimes, and be sure to hit the “Subscribe” button up top to get all future Terriers-related articles delivered straight to your inbox as soon as they’re published (free of charge, of course). We’ll be covering Terriers‘ premiere season all season long, so make sure you’ve set your DVR’s if you want to stay caught up on all the information we’ll have here.
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