20. - Heroes
Original run: September, 2006 – present
Plot: After a total eclipse casts its shadow across the globe, seemingly calling forth a multitude of everyday men and women with special powers, Dr. Mohinder Suresh, a genetics professor from India, continues to champion his father's theory that there are people with extraordinary abilities living among us...
I was slow coming to the series. I'd heard all the hype and that was enough to initially make me steer clear. When I finally did get around to checking it out, I found the opening episodes slow going. There was enough there for me to watch on, but it wasn't the instant smash people had told me to expect. I found myself feeling indifferent to the seeming major stars - Claire and Peter - with the early highlight being Isaac Mendez.
The slow start vanished with the introduction of Future Hiro in episode five, as suddenly there were real stakes in play. From that point the drama really intensified as we were introduced to a host of interesting characters, foremost among them Claude Raines, Ted Sprague, Charlie Andrews (the delectable Jayma Mays) and, eventually, one of the better television villains of recent memory; Gabriel Gray.
Favourite episode: Company Man - In flashbacks, Bennet is given Claire on the condition that he return her to the Company that he works for if her powers manifest.
When it jumped the shark: How to Stop an Exploding Man - A series that had been slow to build, but eventually showed real promise, completely fizzled in the season finale. Don't even get me started on the subsequent seasons.