Tuesday, October 18, 2011

TV Series of the Month – Angel

This month’s TV series is Angel (1999-2004).

The fantasy drama series, spun off of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is about Angel, a vampire with a soul, who relocates to Los Angeles to open a supernatural detective agency (of sorts) to help people in need. Co-creators Joss Whedon and David Greenwalt have a fantastic TV reputation (Whedon having made Buffy, Firefly, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, and Dollhouse; and Greenwalt having worked on The Wonder Years, The X-Files, Buffy, Eureka, Moonlight, and the new series Grimm). The cast is one of my favorites in TV. It stars David Boreanaz, and co-stars Alexis Denisof, J. August Richards, Charisma Carpenter, Andy Hallett, Amy Acker, Vincent Kartheiser, James Marsters, Mercedes McNab, and Glenn Quinn. The series regulars, made up by these actors over the five seasons, created possibly my favorite characters on TV of all-time (Winifred ‘Fred’ Burkle or Wesley Wyndam-Pryce anyone?). The show also had wonderful supporting characters played by Stephanie Romanov, Christian Kane, Julie Benz, Elisabeth Rohm, Daniel Dae Kim, Keith Szarabajka, Sarah Thompson, Juliet Landau, and Eliza Dushku among others. The writing and production staff was also one of TV’s best – here is a few highlights: Jane Espenson (Battlestar Galactica), Drew Goddard (Lost), Ben Edlund (Supernatural), Shawn Ryan (The Shield), Steven DeKnight (Spartacus: Blood and Sand), and David Fury (24). Angel is great because of its characters and Whedon’s ability to mix comedy, drama, action, fantasy and pretty much any other genre together perfectly. It is among my ten favorite shows, and I highly recommend it. Check out the trailer.

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