3. Hannibal
When word first broke that another adaptation of Thomas Harris' series of novels based upon Hannibal 'The Cannibal' Lecter was in the works (and on TV no less), people were immediately skeptical. And while I would normally attend the (dinner) party for skeptics, the fact that Bryan Fuller, the creative mind behind such deliciously macabre series as Dead Like Me and Pushing Daisies, was running the show not only put my mind at ease, it cranked my anticipation up to 11. A huge fan of the best-selling books (well, some more than others) and their feature films adaptations (ditto), my hopes were high that Gaumont International TV (the folks who made and then sold the show to NBC) had found the right man to do Hannibal justice. Boy, was I right. Commence own horn tooting...

Or would that be rude? I don't want to offend Dr. Lecter, given Mads Mikkelsen's interpretation is as scary as ever. The devil incarnate, with a great tailor. Just as cultured and unpredictable as previous incarnations (Brian Cox and Anthony Hopkins Oscar winning portrayal), Mikkelsen delivers something different but equally terrifying. Hugh Dancy also shines as the troubled Will Graham, a 'special' investigator with the F.B.I. who suffers from overactive empathy and a bromance with the good doctor. The rest of the cast is just as captivating, especially Laurence Fishburne and Caroline Dhavernas as well as Eddie Izzard and Ellen Muth in, uh, ‘fun’ guest spots. I'd be truly remiss if I didn't mention the show's unparalleled look, combining ingenious set-design with gorgeous gore and stunning cinematography. As odd as it sounds, Hannibal might be the most beautiful series on television. If you can stomach it.

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