2. 'Hannibal' (2013 - 2015)
Talk about something that should have never worked -- a primetime series that aired on network television, centered around one of the bloodiest franchises in either literature or film. What's more, the series was robbed, due to complicated rights issues, of the series' signature character, plucky FBI agent Clarice Starling. Instead, Will Graham, the lead from "Red Dragon," was centralized, as events from "Hannibal Rising," "Hannibal," and modified (and legally dissimilar) scenarios from "Silence of the Lambs" filtered in and out.
"Hannibal" creator Bryan Fuller made a kind of Hannibal greatest hits mixtape, and stars Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy were more than game. By the end of the series' frustratingly short run, it had become one of the boldest, most artistically uncompromised series to ever air. Instead of a run-of-the-mill procedural, it had become something abstract and gorgeous; a collection of vivid, viscera-strewn tableaus that were as beautiful as they were horrifying. Hopefully it'll come back one day, with Starling, too.