Cinemax's first wholly-original series ("Strike Back" is an international co-production) is pulp fiction cranked up to an absurdly satisfying level. The story of a paroled criminal (Antony Starr) assuming the identity of the murdered sheriff of a small town in Pennsylvania Dutch country, "Banshee" makes excess a virtue, whether it's the protracted fight scenes that highlighted most episodes, the larger-than-life supporting characters (the ex-Amish crime boss played by Ulrich Thomsen) or the sheer lunacy of our man perpetuating this identity theft just to stay close to his reformed ex-lover (Ivana Milecivic). There are deeper, smarter shows on television than "Banshee," but are there other shows featuring an ass-kicking transvestite uber-hacker named Job? No, there are not.
- Alan Sepinwall