Everyone seems to love PBS’s Sherlock, and why not? Creative crimes, innovative visuals, an duo with chemistry to burn (Star Trek‘s Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock and Martin Freeman of the UK Office as Watson)—there are few more satisfying ways to burn off a winter evening in front of the tube. But there are three more new and newish crime dramas that you should make an appointment to catch.
The Blacklist. If you haven’t checked it out already, do it immediately. Mysterious Red Reddington (James Spader, chewing the scenery and everything else at hand) partners with rookie FBI agent Elizabeth Keen (the gorgeous Megan Boone, more than capable of holding her own with Spader) to work their way through a list Red has compiled of the world’s most nefarious criminals. It’s innovative, smart and genuinely suspenseful. Mondays, 10pm Eastern, NBC
Elementary. Another adaptation of Sherlock Holmes lore, Elementary reflects Sherlock‘s light tone—this time, Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) is a recovering alcoholic and Watson (Lucy Liu) is female and his live-in AA sponsor. It’s pure entertainment, and Liu is still easy on the eyes. Thursdays, 10pm Eastern, CBS
Almost Human. The latest TV project from superdirector J.J. Abrams (Alias, Star Trek) scratches our Battlestar Galactica sci-fi itch with a futuristic cop drama about a human police officer paired with an android in 2048. Catch up on the show before it wraps its first season in a few weeks. Mondays, 8pm Eastern, Fox
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