4. Hannibal
There has never been a show as captivating and haunting in its beautiful horror as Hannibal. The first season of the Bryan Fuller series pushed audiences to the edge visually and emotionally with masterful aplomb. In all its twisted glory, the series delivered week after gruesome week, with Mads Mikkelsen as the perfect pre-Silence of the Lambs Hannibal Lecter and Hugh Dancy as the addled-but-brilliant Will Graham. The show succeeded on so many levels — right down to some seriously fucked-up but beautiful-looking dinner parties — it’s hard to pick out just one reason why it stood out in a season of seriously spectacular television.

Though perhaps it all boils down to Hannibal’s ability to feel fresh and new even when its not. Where knowing how the story ends (spoiler alert: Hannibal gets caught) could’ve very easily killed the intensity and tension the series worked so hard to establish, Fuller has managed to weave it into the show’s very fabric via hints and visual cues that it actually amplifies the situation. The relationship between Hannibal and Will is electrified and teetering on the edge of something very, very bad. And with a supporting cast that includes Laurence Fishbourne, Raul Esparza, Eddie Izzard, and Gillian Anderson? It’s no wonder the whole thing just worked.

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