'The Fall' (Netflix)
I don't love "The Fall" the way a lot of people seem to. In the world of first-year murder investigation dramas, I put a wide gap between the top tier, featuring "Broadchurch" and "Hannibal," and then "The Fall," which too often tiptoed right up to the edge of exploitation with its ritualistic -verging-on-fetishistic depiction of a serial killer and the detective trying to bring him down. Still, I can't deny the creepy, committed performance by Jamie Dornan as the killer, nor the interesting and equally committed work by Gillian Anderson as his adversary. There's also ample value to the Belfast settings which, at least for American audiences, helped make "The Fall" look and feel distinctive. Plus, at only five episodes, "The Fall" doesn't overstay its welcome, even if the first season offers nothing even vaguely resembling resolution.
- Daniel Fienberg