I know what you're thinking. It's another one of those 'Give this Show a Shot' pieces. Backstrom, right? The one with the detective who hates ... just about everyone. Do we really need another show with a 'loveable' irascible male lead? Didn't FOX learn anything from Rake? And ok, you may get a guilty giggle about how non-PC it all is, but that's no basis for a whole hour's commitment once a week, is it? Maybe you'll DVR it. Maybe you won't. What else is airing on Thursday?
What if I told you that you were making a mistake? Not just you, but a whole marketing team in fact? What if the show is not about what you think it's about? Because, in case you're in any doubt, that is essentially what I'm telling you.
Backstrom is actually one of the most nuanced, sensitive and smart new dramas on air, but there's no way you'd know that unless you've seen a handful of episodes, and if you've been put off by a series of cheeky, un-politically correct promo trailers, then chances are, you never will.
Here then are 5 honest reasons to give this show your time on Thursday.
4. It’s Creatively Uncomfortable
Backstrom flies in the face of other comfortable ‘who dunnit’ procedurals with some genuinely creative writing. While it’s probably a little unfair to say you could watch just about every procedural on TV with one eye open and still not miss a beat (I quite happen to like Person of Interest on CBS and The Blacklist on NBC – two shows that require full attention) many cop shows past their sell by date are churning out stories that don’t require much of a leap of imagination to get from point A to point B.
Do you really want to be spoon-fed predictable procedural outcomes? Wouldn’t you rather be shaken up by an I didn’t see that coming reveal?
“I don’t see the worst in everyone. I see the everyone in everyone,” Backstrom tells Gravely in the pilot episode, as a new world of possibility suddenly opens up.
Get a little uncomfortable. What have you got to lose?