Terriers revolves around the messy cases and messier lives of Hank (Donal Logue) and Britt (Michael Raymond-Jones), unlicensed private investigators who just don't know how to say "no" in their own self-interest. Lest you get any idea about boring white-knights, that's not this show. Hank is a recovering alcoholic who was fired from the police force, Britt is a (semi-) reformed burglar, and they always take the job for the money, at least initially. Our heroes are trying to keep their personal affairs from becoming as murky and unpleasant as their professional prospects are quickly becoming, but without too much success. Hank's ex-wife Gretchen (Kimberly Quinn) might be trying to move on, but Hank isn't exactly ready to let go and Britt's relationship with his vet student girlfriend Katie (Laura Allen) is less perfect than it looks.
I really really don't want this show to get cancelled, and I'll give you my Top 5 reasons why.
1) There just isn't enough noir on TV.
Since we lost Veronica Mars a few years ago (RIP), there really hasn't been a show with a good old-school Maltese Falcon vibe. A crime-fighting show with an onion-like mystery and a maze of ever shifting alliances is a welcome antidote to the ripped-from-the-headlines earnestness of Law and Order SVU, Criminal Minds, etc.
2) This shite is funny.
Murder, drug overdoses, poisoned land, none of this should be humorous, but Terriers is proving that it can be. Hank and Britt spend a great deal of time overtly mocking the bromance concept and they are damn good mockers. The episodic mysteries tend to be on the more silly side (That giant bail jumper? Hilarious!) but without being completely ridiculous (The bank vice president? Not so hilarious.), so the viewer never feels bogged down by intractable disaster. Plus, for the most part, the characters are intelligent people (which doesn't mean they always make good choices), so they can follow each other's trains of thought, they can spar, they can expose the irony their lives are mired in.
3) There is a shaddy dude in a tan suit.
Come on, you see a guy at a construction site wearing a tan suit, you have to know what he's up to. At least I do.
4) The color palette.
Okay, this seems stupid as a recommendation for a show, but I love the look they've achieved: everything is so sun-drenched it's bleached out; Hank's little truck is the cutes p-o-s ever; and the costuming is minimal and genuine (it actually looks like these kinds of people would wear these kinds of clothes). All of the production components come together to look neither too shinny for the genera nor too stylized for the themes. As a viewer you can almost taste the salt and corruption in the air.
The addition of Hank's mentally troubled sister (played by Donal Logue's real-life twin sister Karina Logue) is brilliant. Steph is literal and forthright, providing wonderful contrast to the other characters' evasiveness and lies of omission.
There you have it, my pitch for Terriers. If you've been looking for wit and intrigue, you've been given a gift, but I suggest you jump on board NOW before F/X gets chop-happy.
(On a side note, I only watched one episode of The Shield. I couldn't do it. But I really like the shows made by the people who made The Shield.)
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Reason to Watch Terriers 6) Now that he's not on SuckBlood, Michael Raymond-Jones is really hot.
Reason to Watch Terriers 7) The title song is terribly catchy.