There are only a handful of shows on TV right now that I will not miss…ever. Justified, Strike Back, Bates Motel and Hannibal come to mind. And then there is Banshee. From producer Alan Ball (Six Feet Under), the HBO/Cinemax cult hit series continues to get better and better and crazier with every episode. This is the best show no one is talking about.
When a criminal (Antony Starr) is released from prison, he finds himself on the run from his former boss (Ben Cross) and in search of his former partner and lover (Ivana Milicevic). In the town of Banshee, he witnesses the murder of the new town sheriff, Lucas Hood, and decides to assume his identity to keep himself hidden. But once embroiled in the politics of the small town, run by a maniacal former Amish man turned criminal crime boss Kai Proctor (Ulrich Thomsen), Hood finds more than a price on his head as he tries to stay alive and balance his identity with his alter ego.
Banshee is an adult show that literally has it all. Violence, sex, comedy, action, and romance all thrown together with spectacular writing and directing and outstanding production design. Banshee is crack for TV watchers and trying to survive in between seasons may require a period of detox. Antony Starr is bursting with charisma, why he wasn’t known to me before this show is staggering. And the supporting cast including Frankie Faison as bar owner Sugar Bates, Hoon Lee as Hood’s partner in crime Job, Trieste Kelly Dunn as the only female cop in Banshee, and Matt Servitto and Demetrius Grosse as the other two deputies all put in fantastic performances in every single episode. Do yourself a favor and check out Banshee immediately!
The Blu-ray set from HBO is absolutely gorgeous with a crystal clear picture and a great audio track, as well as a good chunk of extras that are essential for fans of the series. Many HBO shows are very high profile like True Blood, Boardwalk Empire etc. but for my money Banshee beats them all.
Available now on Blu-ray and DVD.