'The Bridge' (FX)
This police drama took place on the border between America and Mexico, and it seemed torn between adapting the serial killer story of the original Scandinavian series "Bron," and spending time on the stranger, darker aspects of life in El Paso and Ciudad Juarez. The former was nonsense that played into too many modern tropes about evil masterminds, while the latter was strong, distinctive, and worked well alongside excellent lead performances from Diane Kruger (as an American cop with undiagnosed Asperger's) and Demián Bichir (as her much more gregarious, if self-destructive, Mexican partner). One of the series' two showrunners departed at season's end; hopefully the remaining one understands which side of "The Bridge" to focus on.
- Alan Sepinwall