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Torchwood

Eve Myles, Indira Varma, John Barrowman, Gareth David-Lloyd, Naoko Mori, and Burn Gorman

Eve Myles, Indira Varma, John Barrowman, Gareth David-Lloyd, Naoko Mori, and Burn Gorman

Premise: 

Cardiff policewoman Gwen Cooper (Myles) suddenly realizes that there was more to the world than what she once knew. She’s soon recruited into the secretive organization known as Torchwood, lead by Captain Jack Harkness (Barrowman).

The group clandestinely guards a rift in time that is centered around Cardiff and keeps Earth safe from various extraterrestrial forces.

Why It Was So Good:

Created by Russell T. Davies (the man responsible for bringing Doctor Who back to television), some initially viewed Torchwood as Doctor Who for adults. In fact, Barrowman has played Harkness throughout that series. But, Torchwood is really so much more.

First thought of as a crime procedural with a supernatural twist, the show regularly tackled ideas of corruptibility and even existentialism, while never shying away from homosexuality and bisexual relationships, but only if they moved the show forward. None of these ideas were ever used gratuitously, instead focusing on portraying each theme as realistically as possible.

Each character can be related to in multiple ways, as each develops realistic relationships based on the natural course of each episode.

At times, Gorman and Mori steal the show in the first two seasons, which really isn’t easy to do when you’re sharing a screen with Barrowman (fans of CW’s DC television universe can attest to this). David-Lloyd, as Ianto (pronounced Yan-toh) Jones has perhaps one of the most emotional over-arching journeys ever seen on TV.

Series one and two follow a similar plot line and format, while the third is a five-part miniseries that cements the show as one of BBC’s better offerings in the last ten years. The fourth season hit a true creative snag, as it moved to the United States and aired on STARZ, but helps bring the show to a resounding end.

Where Can I Watch It?:

netflix amazon-instant-video-2-5-for-ios-app-icon-smallamazon-instant-video vudu playstation

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