Counting down the best TV in 2010
8. "Luther" (BBC America)
This compelling six-episode British series starring Idris Elba (Stringer Bell from "The Wire") caught me by surprise. I expected a gritty cop drama with shades of "CSI," but I got a psychologically twisted-up portrait of a tortured cop with shades of "Dexter." Idris carries his weight as John Luther, just back on the job after a breakdown, but Ruth Wilson steals the show as his new friend Alice — a murderer he failed to convict. Their rapport is creepy and unexpected — but it also makes perfect sense. Luther is a good man with a devil on his back.
Pictured: Idris Elba.