7 Fantastic New TV Shows That Hooked Us In 2013

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“Hannibal”
Hannibal
When you think about the fact that Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz had to sleep in separate beds in episodes of I Love Lucy in the late 1950s, and that the first episode of Leave It To Beaver was delayed because it required multiple shots of a toilet, you realize how far television has come in terms of what’s actually allowed to be on the air. Primetime programming is now regularly filled with all variations of sex, violence and bad language – albeit still within limits. Cable shows have always had a bit more freedom in this respect, being a subscription service, but network is starting to catch up. It’s for that reason that Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal deserves to be celebrated, not just for pushing boundaries, but for doing so in bold and intensely effective ways.

I admit that I didn’t catch the series as it first aired. Instead, I chose to marathon the entire first season this past October to get into the Halloween spirit. And I can’t even begin to tell you about the nightmares I had as a result. The show is a stunning mix of psychological horror and both implied and graphic violence that is paired with thrilling and scary drama and backed by some truly phenomenal performances. The last episode ended on a delicious cliffhanger and I am hungry for the show’s return (February 28 at 10:00 p.m. on NBC). (By Eric Eisenberg)
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