1 of 39Banshee (Cinemax)
This sexy, pulpy action drama could easily just rely on its pay cable thrills, but it's actually much better than just that. Once you buy into the wacky premise — a former thief gets paroled and, while seeking out his ex-lover in a small town in Pennsylvania's Amish country, actually becomes the town sheriff — you'll find fully drawn characters and layered, complex relationships. Antony Starr is the perfect smartass action hero, but he also has a heart, which you learn as he becomes more and more attached to the town he can't seem to leave behind. Plus: The ensemble is full of colorful characters you won't see anywhere else on TV. (Hoon Lee's Job and Ulrich Thomsen's Kai Proctor are among the highlights.) This show is one of the most fun hours you can find.
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