You may have heard good things about FX’s new series Terriers but haven’t gotten around to watching it. If you’re thinking it’s too late to start now, I’m here to tell you that it isn’t and to give you a crash course on the show so you can tune in and start enjoying what is easily one of the best new series this fall.
Maybe putting Terriers on a top ten (or top five or even a top three) list of best new shows this fall isn’t saying much given what we have to work with, however even without the curve established by mediocre premieres this fall, Terriers stands out as quality programming. Terriers is smart, surprisingly emotional at times and oftentimes funny. It’s easy to watch, easy to enjoy and I wouldn’t even be bothering to do this little crash course if I thought it were the kind of show you couldn’t jump into part-way through, but there are some things that would be helpful to know going into the series.
Rest assured, nothing I say will actually ruin the previously aired episodes. So if you’re planning on getting caught up eventually (and I definitely recommend you check out the first four episodes), you can still do that even if you tune in for tonight’s new episode!
Terriers airs Wednesdays at 10:00 p.m. ET on FX.
Terriers is not about dogs!
For the most part, each episode focuses on a new case. Cases shown in previous episodes have ranged from proving infidelity to capturing escaped convicts. Whatever it is they’re working on usually finds a way to needle its way into their personal lives, which is where the show really shines and sets it apart from most other case-of-the-week series. The characters are another stand-out quality to the show but we’ll get to those in a minute.
Hank and Britt have also gotten themselves somewhat involved in some kind of big-business conspiracy involving land that may or may not have cancer-causing agents in the soil. This case, which they sort of accidentally stumbled upon, was almost too much for them to deal with and is a recurring issue for them. It was introduced in the pilot and then re-introduced later. Something tells me we haven’t seen the last of it but I expect we’ll be caught-up on the necessary specifics if/when it pops up again.
As for the characters…
Detective Mark Gustafson
I think that about covers it. Shawn Ryan and the other writers have really done a great job with this show. I think what I love most is how easy it is to watch and enjoy. It’s dark when it needs to be dark, with moments of amusement and levity thrown in to keep a nice, easy balance. So if you haven’t already, check it out. Wednesdays at 10 on FX.
And, for those of you with access to Hulu, if you want to start from the beginning, there’s no time like the present!