… nowhere near the top of the big-dog pecking order. It's unlikely to topple Mad Men from its Emmy perch or American Idol from the ratings peak. It can't match HBO's upcoming Boardwalk Empire's budget or any network premiere's publicity push. Yet when it comes to scrappy, scruffy charm and sheer entertainment value, Terriers can run with the best of them. You just have to give it a few weeks to prove itself — because like many cable series, it's a bit of a slow build. …The New York Times says:
… has a genetic disposition at once vaguely melancholy and eccentrically sprightly, but the good mood always seems to prevail. This is a welcome love child, one we are eager to embrace rather than put up for adoption. …The Los Angeles Times says:
… a wonderfully well-conceived, well-made and well-played series about a pair of soft-boiled downmarket private detectives in over their heads in San Diego. In a fall season overly populated with cops and criminals, there may be more stylish or quirky or elaborately premised series coming your way, straining to cut an edge or push an envelope. But "Terriers," whose virtues are more traditional, is to my taste easily the best of them, and one of the brightest lights in the whole freshman class. …The San Francisco Chronicle says:
… only a little bit dark, a whole bunch of intriguing and plenty funny. It even - gasp - seems familiar in a breezy, light, buddy film kind of way. … Griffin has a knack for smart and snappy dialogue and knows how to craft a complicated mystery. …The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says:
… feels like another step outside the network's comfort zone, albeit one that may prove a more comfortable fit with some viewers weary of dark-themed shows. …AOL TV says:
… the late, lamented 'Veronica Mars' had a high school detective exposing the ugly side of the oceanside paradise. The diverting and enjoyable 'Terriers' occupies a different stylistic territory, but there's a noir strain underneath its shaggy exterior. As the best detective stories do, it features a smart, flawed lead character who is too stubborn and inquisitive for his own good. …HitFix says:
… terrific … much of what makes “Terriers” appealing is that bond between Hank and Britt, and the fantastic on-screen chemistry between Logue and Raymond-James …The Washington Post says:
… At long last, I have a favorite crime show, sort of: "Terriers," a funny and gripping new dramedy …The Boston Herald says:
… bears the stink of a series conceived by two buddies on a bender and rushed into production the next day. The premise is nonsensical, the characters little more substantial than fog and the central seasonlong mystery is less a whodunit and more a why-bother. … In the first two episodes, there are moments when almost everybody on camera comes off as if they’re waiting for something better to do. The title, one could guess, might be a reference to the pugnaciousness of the investigators, their sheer doggedness in tracking down felons and solving cases. That never comes across onscreen. … the kind of mutt that needs to be put down.The Boston Globe says:
… Like its lead actors, Donal Logue and Michael Raymond-James (Rene on “True Blood’’), this comic drama is scruffy, unconventional, and irresistible. …The Hollywood Reporter says:
… The writing is generally witty, the tone light, the tempo satisfying, the sense of place -- palm-reading shops, dead-end bars, beach-town slackers -- well drawn. … Like the Elmore Leonard-inspired Kentucky noir of FX's "Justified," this is a cops-and-robbers show that's pleasing, driven by casting and good writing that will satisfy fans of the form without giving the team behind "The Wire" much to worry about. …Variety says:
… Terriers" is an odd duck, in (mostly) a good way. On its face, there's nothing remotely new about the show -- a buddy dramedy about small-time detectives scrounging for work, one an ex-cop with an ex-wife and past booze problem. The tone, however, is reminiscent of an independent film, dragging those with enough patience through nuanced little twists and turns. While FX ought to have a hard time selling a concept this low -- one can envision network notes pleading "Raise the stakes!" -- the series proves aptly named, inasmuch as there's a surprising amount of fight in this underdog. … In a TV crime universe that's fond of neatness and morals couched in black and white, credit FX with gambling on a show that's messy, melancholy and gray -- a bit of a mutt, perhaps, but based on the five previewed hours, far from a dog.10 p.m. Wednesday. FX.
Sept. 8, 2010, 2:58 a.m. CST
Tell that to The Riches, Over There, and Thief. I loved me some Thief.
Sept. 8, 2010, 3:01 a.m. CST
Jeff Probst, Phil Keoghan, and Tom Bergeron wouldn't be household names. I loved me some live penthouse studio programming though.
Sept. 8, 2010, 3:06 a.m. CST
But that preview about the boxer coming in January got a bit of attention from me during the SoA premiere earlier tonight. I love me some Donald Logue though, so hopefully Terriers does get good.
Sept. 8, 2010, 7:08 a.m. CST
Ya know, Archer?
Sept. 8, 2010, 8:18 a.m. CST
Oh man I was just thinking about that show and couldn't remember the name of it! Thief was excellent! Never got that interested in The Riches. Recommended? Also SOA season premiere was awesome!
Sept. 8, 2010, 8:44 a.m. CST
Half-hour sitcom starring John Corbett as a gambling addict in Las Vegas? I thought Lucky was way ahead of its time, and I miss it dearly.
Sept. 8, 2010, 8:47 a.m. CST
by The McPoyle Clan
or basically most of the comedies they've tried except for Sunny, and Dirt, which is even cited in Laura Allen's credits!
Sept. 8, 2010, 10:02 a.m. CST
by The Garbage Man
13 episodes, starts sometime next year.
Sept. 8, 2010, 10:48 a.m. CST
I assume Herc was being ironic. Rescue Me. Sunny. That's it. Waiting for the axe to fall on Louie.<br><br> And Veronica Mars is gone. Live in the now man!
Sept. 8, 2010, 11:02 a.m. CST
I feel like it's ALWAYS on sale for 8.99 On topic, this looks good, but the print ads make me think it's about dog show contestants.
Sept. 8, 2010, 11:03 a.m. CST
Not every cable show has to be HBO.
Sept. 8, 2010, 12:04 p.m. CST
Tivo has the pilot for download. If I have chance to view before you, I'll write it up and send.
Sept. 8, 2010, 12:43 p.m. CST
Oh wait..... <p> Was that really brains on the pavement?
Sept. 8, 2010, 1:48 p.m. CST
Seem to remember it was Emmy nominated well after FX canned it also. And yes, it was a good show.<p>BTW, have good hopes for this. I've liked Donal for some time. I remember he had a role as an agent on X Files back in season one, I believe.
Sept. 8, 2010, 2:13 p.m. CST
their seasons, as with the final upcoming season of Rescue Me. Archer, The League, Justified are all returing, as I'm pretty sure Louie is also. They couldn't afford that top notch cast for Damages with the low, and dropping ratings, they were getting for it.
Sept. 8, 2010, 2:34 p.m. CST
by The Bicycle Sharer
Been chomping at the bit for this fucking show. No comparisons to Rockford, though, huh? Anyway, hopefully, this won't be another "Drive" or "The Inside" in that it'll stay the hell on. Getting tired of fucking twelve episode "complete series."
Sept. 9, 2010, 7:31 a.m. CST
by The McPoyle Clan
Logue has a certain appeal, even on that stupid sitcom he did with the guy from Reaper.
Sept. 9, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST
didn't like the characters, didn't care about the story<p> Changed the channel with 10 mins left<br> Couldn't take anymore