Small Town Procedural With Big Laughs And Medium Drama

March 1, 2015 9:11 PM

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Whether I like it or not, I inevitably come into certain series with expectations that cloud my judgment. Enter CBS’ Battle Creek, which is as much an anti-buddy comedy as it is a procedural crime drama. Normally, my eye would get a little twitchy at that self-proposed description, but I found myself gleefully diving into the pilot’s murder mystery with little regard for my predispositions, and with much love for both the cast and creative team behind it all.

Battle Creek is the long-gestating brainchild of Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, and this modern day version was co-created by House mastermind David Shore. Though this series ostensibly feels nothing like those two precursors, the main characters here share traits with Walter White and Gregory...

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