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Jeff Jensen
October 26, 2015 at 05:35 PM EDT

Wicked City

type
TV Show
Current Status
In Season
tvpgr
TV-14
seasons
1
run date
10/27/15
performer
Erika Christensen, Ed Westwick
broadcaster
ABC
genre
Drama
We gave it a D-

Television doesn’t need any more serial-killer dramas, though I would surely watch one if it was wicked smart. Like Hannibal. Hannibal was a profoundly deep, form-busting pulp serial, one of the best shows of the year. Wicked City is not. It’s a profoundly unnecessary, formally cloddish collection of grating cop-show clichés, antiseptically scuzzy nihilism, and just stupid, stupid stupidity, wrapped in cheap, loud nostalgia for the L.A. of the hair-metal ’80s. Jeremy Sisto plays the morally murky detective. Ed Westwick plays the misogynistic psycho. Erika Christensen plays his wrongheaded thrall. Hopefully they’ll find better work soon. With a rebel yell, I cry NO! NO NO NO NO MORE! D–

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