Top thirty crime procedurals, #9: Hannibal

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Basic premise: Hannibal Lecter in a TV series.

Why it’s here: This show represents the ultimate in dramatic irony — we know who’s responsible for the murders, but no one else does. It’s very, very gory at times, but the gore never seems unnecessary — it’s always part of the story. Mads Mikkelsen is brilliant as Hannibal — not Anthony Hopkins brilliant, but few people are. Hugh Dancy is also good as Will Graham, although Ed Norton did that role best.

Why it’s not higher: They play really fast and loose with the source material: if you’ve read the books, you’ll notice some pretty big discrepancies. I’ve only seen the first season — the second one comes out next year — and I’m loathe to rate it much higher until I see where they’re going with everything.

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