Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Laurence Fishburne, Hettienne Park, Gina Torres, Gillian Anderson
If Hannibal doesn't make it past its recently green-lit second season, creator Bryan Fuller will no doubt be welcomed into the horror community with open arms and production budgets. Because somehow, by some act of network TV magic, he and the creative team behind NBC's Hannibal have conceived grisly and imaginative post-murder imagery that rivals, if not exceeds, what's being done in the genre film wise. There's the shot of victims' back-skin being elevated into angelic wings (seen above), the one where a young girl's lung-free body is mounted onto a deer's head, or the sight of a guy's throat cut open and vocal chords used as violin strings.
Again, this all aired on NBC, shortly after Parks and Recreation and The Office. It's no wonder that Hannibal—starring the great Mads Mikkelsen as the titular cannibalistic doctor and the similarly impressive Hugh Dancy as his long-time fictional counterpart, Will Graham—barely received its second season pickup, due to low ratings. As critics everywhere and the show's small but loyal following know, though, it's much more than a small-screen slaughterhouse—intelligent, fearless, cold-hearted, and shocking, Hannibal is an expertly crafted gem that's unlike anything else on television. —MB