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.
5. A Larger Story and Deeper Psychology at Play
For a procedural, there’s a lot going on in Backstrom. If you like your characters with a little history behind them, a little baggage by their side and a little chip on their shoulder then this one is for you.
Following our recent interview with Rainn Wilson and a binge-watch of 4 upcoming episodes of the show, we can tell you to expect more on Everett’s father (a man revered by those who worked with him, but who beat and scarred his son with a belt buckle) as Robert Forster joins the cast later this season.
Interested to know more about Valentine’s mother and the nature of her relationship with Backstrom? Stay tuned. Ditto for more on Valentine. Then there’s Gravely and Niedermayer and the rest of those misfits at the Special Crimes Unit.
And it’s all golden.