Airs on: Fox
Seasons: Currently amidst season 2
Similar to: Tim Burton/Joel Schumacher Batman films
Gotham centers on the early career of Gotham City’s future police commissioner and one day Batman collaborator — or the world’s most famous vigilante justice enabler — Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie). Gordon shows up in Gotham City as the only decent cop in a city so crooked that criminals act with impunity. As Gordon does whatever he can to keep the city from descending deeper into chaos, an outrageous brand of criminals starts to emerge from the shadows, beginning on their paths towards supervillain infamy.
The series most closely resembles a procedural cop show, but viewed through an acid-trip induced haze (think of the Tim Burton Batman films crossed with David Fincher’s Seven). Gotham’s first season suffered from an inconsistent tone (too many characters, too many dangling plot threads), but the show seems to have tightened things up during its current run. That being said, the performances are still extremely broad, the plots are way over the top and the violence is gruesome (the show isn’t afraid to depict characters playing with decapitated heads or disposing of severed limbs). Gotham is a divisive show amongst comic book fans (the series takes plenty of liberties with Batman’s sacred mythology); however, those who go in with no expectations may find elements to enjoy.