When I moved to Alabama, my brother started watching a show on NBC. I really didn’t know what it was about or how it worked, but he claimed it was the most beautiful show to ever air on television.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) is a psychiatrist and formerly a surgeon. He now helps on special cases with the FBI along side of Will Graham (Hugh Dancy). This version, however, of Dr. Lecter is unlike any that the world has ever seen.
Based off of the book Red Dragon, a modern day cannibal hides among us, often helping catch the criminally insane. This is an adaptation of this story, taking some liberties to increase the story and characters, but primarily staying true.
I started watching this show (watching the entire first season in one day) and I fell in love with it. The detail and the quality of this show is unmatched by any other show or by most movies that I have seen.
If you don’t believe me, check out any one of these 74 beautiful pictures.
Much more than being beautiful, Hannibal has a fantastic story line throughout the seasons. Unlike most shows, Hannibal does not always end the same way. You have the minor villains and the psychopaths, but they are all just copycats of the real villain, Hannibal.
Hannibal is not only a psychiatrist and FBI helper, but also an amazing cook. He prepares feasts for his guests and rarely eats alone, although what he eats is often kept secret. Hannibal kills and harvests the organs of his victims for consumption. While this might sound gross and disgusting, the directors, producers and videographers make it an exquisite show and a piece of art. Cannibalism has never looked so appetizing.
On NBC, there are shows that deserve to be cancelled far more than Hannibal. Although, I realize that the images in the show are extremely disturbing and the content matter is not suitable for everyone, the content is not the problem (if it were, it would have ended after season one).
The show has nothing but high ratings and glorious praise on the Internet, receiving an 8.7/10 on IMDb, 97% on Rotten Tomatoes and 9/10 on TV.com. The worst rating that any episode has ever received on IMDb was an 8/10. Most of the lower ratings belong to season one while the show was still getting on its feet but season three has reached the pinnacle of it’s performance receiving back-to-back-to-back 9+/10 ratings.
Hannibal deserves to be renewed and to be given a fourth season, especially since showrunner, Bryan Fuller has a six-season plan. Fuller hasn’t had a solid show on TV since he was writing for Heroes, but this show needs to continue.
Hannibal is not on Netflix, but the third season (which you shouldn’t watch unless you have seen the first two) is on NBC.com.
And dear God, I hope it gets picked up by someone.
Images from NBC and the Huffington Post