Television

Quirky Shows You May Have Forgotten About, But Shouldn’t

Eureka

Salli Richardson, Niall Matter, Joe Morton, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, and Colin Ferguson

Premise:

US Marshall Jack Carter (Ferguson) accidentally stumbles upon the town of Eureka when transporting a prisoner (his own daughter). The town is a technological marvel and is operated in secret by the corporation Global Dynamics, which in turn is run by the US Department of Defense.

Full of geniuses, the town is responsible for the high-tech advances the world has seen, and has yet to see.

Why It Was So Good:

The characters, really. Ferguson is great as the everyman who, while not a genius, routinely figures out the way to stop whatever terrifying and world-ending event the inventors in Eureka seemingly always find a way to start. Dr. Henry Deacon (Morton), the town’s mechanic and perhaps smartest person in a town full of geniuses, is also one of the moral compasses of the show.

Hi-jinks typically ensue each week, as many of the characters are obviously smart, but their quirks can make them both hero and anti-hero throughout the course of the show. It’s not all serious though.

For instance, the lovable yet neurotic Dr. Douglas Fargo (Grayston), who’s running adversarial relationship with Wil Wheaton’s Dr. Parrish make for some live-action Farnsworth/Wernstrom moments.

Otherwise, the writing is usually pretty solid and as expected, over-the-top, but most of the stories that are developed over five seasons will keep you coming back to your new favorite town.

Where Can I Watch It?:

netflix

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