While it comes to Movies or T.V. Series, am too devoted in researching before I start watching. Recommendations are always welcome but I make it a point to have a small research conducted at my end before I begin. In recent years, there have been several T.V. series produced in the US that have suddenly become a rage amongst us Indians – Game of Thrones, Dexter, Breaking Bad, How I Met Your Mother, Prison Break, and well, FRIENDS (this is probably the only SIT-COM that is even seen by those who have not seen it :P, everyone knows about it). However, we are specifically talking about Crime combined with Drama and Mystery. So, we at the Royale have compiled a list of 4 Crime T.V Series that are yet not so popular (in INDIA) but are worth the watch.
NOTE : KINDLY DO NOT ASK WHEN CAN YOU WATCH THESE T.V SERIES. AM SURE YOU WILL FIGURE A WAY OUT 😉
If it wasn’t for Matthew McConuaghey and Woody Harrelson’s superlative screen presence, Nic Pizzolatto’s (the WRITER/CREATOR) ingenious creation would have died a slow death. The script, cinematography, the casting, and the direction – all came together neatly to give us a magnificent work of art. Sadly, Season one had just 8 episodes and ran from January 12, 2014 to March 9, 2014.
Plot – Set in Louisiana, season 1 saw two homicide detectives, Rustin ‘Rust’ Cohle (Matthew McConaghey) and Martin ‘Marty’ Hart (Woody Harrelson) pursue a serial killer over a period of 17 years.
Some might find the series to be slow paced but I feel the pace does justice to the story-telling. This series is a crime anthology and will feature completely new set of actors and a new story line in the 2nd season.
Much has been already talked about the 2nd season as it features Collin Farrell and Vince Vaughn in the lead roles. The second season begins on June 21st.
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We really don’t need to exemplify James Spader’s screen presence, do we? He’s already won 3 Emmy Awards for his captivating performance as Alan Shore in Boston Legal. We all loved that badass lawyer, didn’t we? His charismatic performance as Raymond ‘Red’ Reddington completely drove the first season of The Blacklist. Megan Boone’s performance as Elizbeth Keen (an FBI profiler was) was also at par.
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Plot – On her first day as an FBI Profiler, Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone) finds herself in the crux when Raymond Reddington (James Spader), who’s in the FBI’s Top Ten Most wanted list, turns himself in and insists to speak with agent Keen.
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The Killing is based on a Danish T.V. series, ‘Forbrydelsen’. Developed by Veena Sud for Fox Television Studios, the series received a warm response for the first 2 seasons. However, the series was on the verge of cancelation after the 2nd season, and subsequently after the 3rd season as well. Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos who play homicide detectives have done a formidable job in all the seasons.
Plot (season 1) – Homicide detectives Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman) and Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) investigate the murder of a 17-year-old Rosie Larsen and discover that the murder is in connection with a political public figure.
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Although, the series can’t be categorized as an anthology as such, the 2nd season had a different case altogether. This was followed with a different story for the 3rd and the 4th season. The series has been critically acclaimed and many draw parallels with the David Lynch’s Twin Peaks which as a hit in the 90s.
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‘Disturbing, alluring, and mystifying’, these and other such words define David Lynch’s work. His movies leave the audience baffled and out of words, literally. The absurdist director is known for his surrealist movies and has been praised for his uncanny style. And with his weird style, David Lynch together with Mark Frost came up with Twin Peaks, a series that ran for 2 seasons in the early 90s.
Plot – An idiosyncratic FBI Agent, Dale Cooper, investigates the murder of a young girl Laura Palmer in an even eccentric town of Twin Peaks.
Kyle MacLachlan plays a remarkable character of Dale Cooper and is perfect to the T in his role. This series was developed in the 90s and so the charm comes with it naturally. The Pilot episode was ranked #25 on T.V Guide’s list of 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time. The drama, the suspense, and the story-telling of Twin Peaks can be considered as one best of the 90s era. The portrayal of melodramatic characters in a quirky way is heart of the series.
Also, in October 2014, it was announced that the series will return for another run in 2016 on Showtime. Several members of the cast will return for this limited series run.
If you are a noir fan, then these 4 series listed above are a definite treat.