Stars: Madeleine Stowe, Emily VanCamp, Gabriel Mann, Henry Czerny, Ashley Madekwe, Nick Wechsler, Josh Bowman, Connor Paolo, Christa B. Allen
OK, we're not going to tiptoe around this one: Revenge is practically a soap opera. A modern day take on the The Count of Monte Cristo, Revenge centers around Emily (VanCamp), a meddling girl who's focused on finding the people responsible for framing her father for terrorism, intent on ruining their lives with an almost sociopathic intensity. Instead of playing out in a predictable way, Emily's plotting makes for a darkly campy mystery that plays out in an unlikely, posh Hamptons setting.
It's over the top, but also surprisingly well acted. Madeline Stowe, even managed to snag a Golden Globe nom for her role as the ruthless queen bee, Victoria. But the ultimate selling point is the fast pace at which twists, turns, and cliffhangers are unveiled, leaving you like an adrenaline junkie, helplessly returning for your weekly fix.