1. Law and Order. Duh. Can’t even tell you how many times I’ve been sucked into one of these marathons. All those errands seem much less urgent when they are JUST ABOUT TO CATCH THE KILLER. Not that this show even needs an explanation for why it is the ultimate crime drama, but if it did I couldn’t do it any better than John Mulaney does here.
Sub-ranking: SVU is tops (duh), followed by Criminal Intent. Universal consensus is that, yes, we do get tired of all the sex crimes, but we just can’t bring ourselves to watch that super annoying guy on Criminal Intent for an extended period of time.
2 and 3. Criminal Minds/NCIS. The show so nice, they made it twice! A quick cast rundown will show that these series are basically carbon copies of one another.
Gibbs = Rossi
DiNozzo = Hotchner
McGee = Reid
Abby = Garcia
Ok, ok, so they’re not exact equivalents, but they’re pretty darn close. Let’s be honest, we still love ’em.
4. The Mentalist. Simon Baker is cute. If you like a side of blonde hair and half smiles with your murders, robberies, and kidnappings, this is the show for you.
5. Elementary. If you’re looking for a show that stars a nicer and less intelligent Dr. House split into a recovering drug addict with a British accent and a female former surgeon, then this is the one for you. As far as Sherlock Holmes adaptations go, this show is a total bust. There’s really very little carry-over from the Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson of Doyle’s creation to the characters portrayed by Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu. That being said, it’s easy viewing, and CBS has created a fun, marathon-worthy crime drama. It’s nothing mind-blowingly new and different, but it’s certainly worth a watch. (For a good Sherlock adaptation, check out BBC’s Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.)
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