The Mysteries of Laura
Network: NBC
Genre: Detective show with humor
Star: Debra Messing
Time slot: Wednesday at 8:00 p. m. EST

If you want to have TV fun on Wednesday night, if you want to relax and laugh, if you want to watch fresh network TV, may I suggest The Mysteries of Laura. Debra Messing is perfect as a slightly wacky police detective. She cracks cases and lives life with her own zany sense of style. There’s never a dull moment. The supporting cast is equally terrific!

The cast includes Ms. Messing, Josh Lucas, Laz Alonso, and Max Jenkins, all well-cast. The head writer and show runner is Jeff Rake. He adapted the show based on a Spanish series. Darn, I was hoping it was an original idea. Other writers credited are Beth Armogida, Bill Chais, Margaret Easley, Amanda Green Javier Holgado, Laura Putney, Gregorio Quintara, Blair Singer and Carlos Vila.

I love the dialogue and the humor. Most of all I love the small touches that give the show depth. Here is an example. Last week we saw a shot of Laura’s ex-husband on the couch reading The Spirited Child while babysitting their two boys who are portrayed as beyond spirited.

Some critics have been less enthusiastic, even highly negative about the show. But I give the program two thumbs up. I agree with the critic who called this show “a refreshing change of pace.” Among critics we are in the minority. I loved this show before I read a single review. I have watched the first three episodes with increasing enthusiasm. Check it out and see what you think, Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m EST on NBC.

On this blog I have the last word…..until you comment. I say it’s a show that delivers fun and appropriate stories for the early family hour. It may not be the only great show on network TV this fall (Madam Secretary is another), but it is the most fun.

Now it’s your turn to have the last word. Comment on this show or tell us about your new fall favorite..

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