What ever happened to this little gem? The Shield's creator made a show with Ocean Eleven’s screenwriter, and it is essentially a buddy-cop show, but set in Ocean Beach in San Diego, and sort of a cop show, if both of the cops were living paycheck to paycheck and not actually cops. I missed it when it originally came out, but it has elements that remind me a lot of Justified -- weird, unique villains who only seem to make sense in that place, and one-off procedural elements that make episodes stand alone, but enough of a thread to keep you wanting to get to the next one. The back-and-forth between the partners is smooth, and you see pain without it slapping you across the face in bold font. Unfortunately, the show never got an audience and was canceled after one season. That is a damn tragedy. Bring it back, FX. DO IT FOR ME!
13. The League
Everyone expects me to love this show so much, which I feel like is either an insult or a compliment, depending on who is delivering said verdict. On a whole, The League is funny -- it was early on the whole damaged-bro-hang atmosphere, Ruxin is essentially the non-animated Cartman of the show, Rafi is just the best, and once it sorted itself out, it became a very solid pick to watch right as you go to sleep. Now, this is for a couple of reasons: 1) there isn’t much in the way of intensity and murder to give you nightmares, and 2) the stakes are so damn low, it doesn’t matter if you fall asleep. And maybe partially for that reason, and partially because seven seasons is SO many for anything, it sits here.