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I will be the first to admit when I heard yet another movie from years ago was being made into a TV series I cringed. Too many times these are horrible (looking at you Exorcist). To my pleasant surprise Lethal Weapon is AWESOME! The show is really well written, acted and produced. It may actually be better than the first movie (lets face it the sequels were just okay).
The story centers on the partnership of Roger Murtaugh (Damon Wayans) and Martin Riggs (Clayne Crawford…who may have the best hair on TV). Riggs has moved to Los Angeles after the death of his pregnant wife. He lives in a trailer, drinks too much, has an attitude and is still suffering from the death of his wife. Murtaugh has been out after a heart attack and is put with Riggs. They are like oil and water. Riggs doesn’t care for rules. He just wants to get the bad guys. After a tense beginning they bond and become family. And they’re always getting into trouble. There boss Captain Brooks Avery (Kevin Rahm) is always frustrated with them but in the end has their backs. Riggs is also seeing Dr. Maureen Cahill (Jordana Brewster) for psychological help. It seems down the line they could be an item. The first season introduces us to all the main people and back-story on the characters. By the end of the season Riggs has learned some stuff about how his wife was killed and it sets up season two perfectly.
Rounding out the great cast is Keesha Sharp as Roger’s wife Trish. She’s a lawyer and no push over. She wears the pants in the relationship and rules over their house and 3 kids. She has taken in Riggs as well as family. Every episode is like a mini movie that is action-packed with awesome stunts.
There’s not one negative thing I can say about the show. It’s just great and the new season moves to Tuesday nights. You can pick up Lethal Weapon: The Complete First Season on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday, September 19.