This Is A Public Service Announcement (But Not With Guitar). It’s Actually Just A Public Service Announcement.
Lovers of quality television – please be advised that FX’s late, great Terriers has just been made available on Netflix Instant for your streaming pleasure. Currently unavailable on any other format (other than via iTunes downloads), Terriers proved to be one of the great tragedies of television over the past five years. A simultaneously dark and hilarious crime drama, Terriers followed the exploits of private investigators Hank Dolworth (Donal Logue, Grounded For Life) and Britt Pollack (Michael Raymond-James, True Blood) whose small operation (the source of the show’s title, which proved confusing to too many) fought to do right by their small Ocean Beach community of San Diego, California. Created by Ted Griffin (the screenwriter of George Clooney’s Ocean’s Eleven remake) and co-produced along with Shawn Ryan (creator of the venerable FX drama The Shield), Terriers was, in a word, brilliant. It was a show that shot out of the gate in incredibly confident fashion and only got better as the season progressed before meeting an all too untimely death. Beyond simply masterful storytelling, the chemistry between Logue and Raymond-James was a joy to behold and it gave their performances a very lived-in and realistic feel. Unfortunately, in part because of its sphinx-like title , Terriers never found an audience in averaging barely a half million viewers per week  despite being one of 2010’s most well-reviewed series . Frankly, the fact that the ridiculous mess that is FX’s newest hit, American Horror Story, draws about three million viewers per week and has been renewed for a second season while Terriers  attracted a sixth of that audience and only lasted one season makes me physically ill . While it had the misfortune of not being able to find enough viewers when it was actually alive, perhaps in death more people will find it and wonder, “How did I not watch this while it was on?” Why not become one of those people yourself? Do it. Do. It.
 “Is this a show about dogs?” seemed to be a common response. FX’s promotion, which didn’t really reveal much of what the show was actually about, was at fault as well.
 Those numbers are brutally bad, even for a cable network like FX who draws close to four million viewers for its biggest hit, Sons Of Anarchy.
 I personally had it as my third-best series of 2010, behind only the mind-blowing third season of Breaking Bad and the equally brilliant fourth season of Mad Men.
 Plus it had a badass theme song.
 If you’re asking yourself whether I will take any and all opportunities to take a shot at American Horror Story, the answer is “Yes.”