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Can we please get a 'Terriers' reboot?

In this Age of the Reboot, I know we should probably focus our attention on getting Firefly back on the air. But I’d like to shift gears a bit: Can we bring Terriers back? I’m very serious about this.

I just finished a weeklong binge of Terriers, FX’s 13-episode dramedy-buddy-P.I.-show. I don’t even know if I’m classifying it correctly by calling it a dramedy-buddy-PI-show. I want you to watch it, so I want to make sure I describe it properly. IMDb calls it a “crime, drama, mystery.” While I do think it’s all of those things, I think it’s so much more too. I also think it deserves to come back to television, after what we’ll call a five-year “hiatus.” Everything else is coming back; now it’s Terriers’ time.

We can go back and forth all day about what’s a good show to reboot and what’s a good show to revive, but let’s look at just plain good shows. While getting me to see a two-and-a-half-hour movie is like pulling teeth, I will willingly dedicate an entire day to bingeing on a new show—and the most recent binge was Terriers. When I finished, I found myself so sad and heartbroken that there were no more Terriers episodes to watch, so I watched them all again. Know what’s a clear sign of a great television show? The willingness to re-binge 13 episodes in one sitting.

The title Terriers reflects nothing about the show. Yes, there’s a dog in it, but he’s a bulldog and his name is Winston. The show is really about a former ex-cop who’s a recovering alcoholic, and his partner, a former ex-criminal. These two, Hank (Gotham‘s Donal Logue) and Britt (Once Upon a Time‘s Michael Raymond-James), have one of the most beautiful bromances. I know a lot of shows claim to have beautiful bromances, but the love between these two was real. I like to believe it still is real, because I imagine Hank and Britt are still driving around in Hank’s blue truck somewhere, causing trouble and then quickly trying to clean it up. That was the ebb and flow of Terriers—Hank and Britt got into trouble, then they got out of trouble.

But the show just wasn’t about these two guys and the trouble that followed them around. It wasn’t even a true case-of-the-week show. Terriers was about Hank’s struggle to get over not only his alcohol addiction, but also his ex-wife. There was a HUGE arc about Britt’s girlfriend, Katie, wrestling internally with a mistake until it ate her up inside (I’d tell you about it, but no spoilers). The show wasn’t simply a crime show, but a show about two people, the people close to them, and how their lives intertwined with one another. It’s easy to get hooked on Terriers because of its greater “mystery,” but you stick around with Terriers because you can’t stop rooting for Hank and Britt to succeed.

And the banter! The banter between Hank and Britt was nothing short of amazing. I’m such a sucker for good television dialogue, and it happens so rarely. Not to say that Olivia Pope doesn’t have amazing lines, but she’s usually talking at people. I feel like characters don’t truly talk to one another anymore, because their sentences need to move the action forward, not wax nostalgic about nonsense. Hank and Britt did that a lot. They talked about nothing, but for viewers, it was still something.

Since finishing my second binge of Terriers, I’ve done a lot of research about the show. I learned that it was hailed—multiple times, even—as one of the best new shows of 2010. So, naturally, it was immediately canceled.

The quick EW.com post about the cancellation (on December 12, 2010) currently stands with 437 comments from upset fans, most of them with messages along the lines of WHY. NO. HOW COULD YOU, FX? I now join their ranks, because I’m wondering those same things. Had Terriers premiered in 2015, might it have received a different fate? Probably. If it had premiered, and then subsequently gotten canceled, all in 2015, you can BET there would be crazy campaigns to get it picked up by another network—even Netflix (you can currently watch the entire series on Netflix, by the way). But being picked up by another network—or the Internet—wasn’t a thing in 2010. So Terriers went to the great TV graveyard in the sky. I truly hope there’s a flash-sideways somewhere, where Hank and Britt are celebrating their fifth-season renewal.

There were some soft rumors about a possible Terriers movie floating around in April 2014, but now it’s April 2015 and there’s nothing new on the Terriers front. Which is why I think it’s even more of a prime candidate to come back. It’s still beloved by fans, it’s getting a ton of love on Netflix, and everything else is being revived, so why not Terriers?

Let’s also not forget that it was created by Ted Griffin (who wrote Ocean’s 11), and its executive producer was Shawn Ryan (of The Shield fame). Those guys are great. I imagine there are a lot of people really excited about the idea of Coach coming back, buuuuttttt … can we at least put Terriers in the “maybe” column for the time being?

You should watch it, really. Then come back here, and we can talk about whether Hank and Britt went left or straight. (They went straight, right?)

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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