five reasons you should be watching life on nbc

Last night I settled in with a bag of Cheetos and watched one of my favorite current TV series, Life, which airs on NBC.  I’ve always been a sucker for crime procedurals and I think this is about the best one on the air at the moment.  However, much to my despair, almost no one seems to be watching it.

The show centers of LA homicide detective Charlie Crews and his partner Dani Reese.  The twist is that, at the beginning of the series, Charlie is returning to the job after spending more than a decade in prison for three murders he didn’t commit.  (Getting his badge back was part of the terms of his wrongful imprisonment settlement.)  On the surface, Charlie is calm, cheerful, and quirky, annoying his partner by quoting Zen philosophy.  But he’s also obsessed with unravelling the conspiracy that framed him.

I was hooked on this show within the first minute of the pilot (literally).  But in case I haven’t convinced you yet, here are five reasons you should check it out.

1.  Damian Lewis, who plays Charlie, is hot.  Really hot.  In that unconventional-yet-amazingly-sexy British way.  (He plays an American on the show, but in real life he’s British.)


2.  The dialogue will make you laugh out loud several times an episode.

Charlie [quoting something Zen]: It is the universe that makes fun of us all.
Dani: Why would the universe make fun of us all?
Charlie: Maybe it’s insecure.

3.  The mystery driving the plot forward – that is, Charlie’s investigation into the conspiracy that framed him for murder and sent him to prison – is twisty and turny enough to be fascinating, but clear enough that you feel like it’s actually going somewhere.  The first season had a very satisfying resolution but still left plenty of loose ends that have kept the second seasong going.

4.  This show actually portrays a relationship between a man and a woman (Charlie and Dani) who solve crimes together without it being full of cliched UST.  Okay, yes, the fandom is full of shippers.  But on the show itself, they like each other and trust each other and work well together but have absolutely zero interest in ever sleeping together.  It’s very refreshing.

5.  The fact that Knight Rider is getting higher ratings than this show is evidence of the decline of Western civilization.

In conclusion, Wednesday nights at 9 on NBC.  Please watch (it’s also on Hulu).  You won’t regret it.

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