Your Next Box Set: Numb3rs
On the lookout for a new boxset to spend your evenings devouring? Each week, hmv.com will be recommending you a series that you will have wishing those cold nights would go for a good while longer…
This week, we recommend Numb3rs, a real oddity in crime shows, a hopelessly addictive oddity…
What it is?
Numb3rs is an extremely odd, but addictive beast. It’s a procedural in the sense that there's a new case each and every week, but mixes the forensic thrills of CSI with the action and spectacle of a Law and Order type series.
It's basic premise is this. Professor Charlie Eppes is a maths genius, his brother Don is an FBI agent, they team up to solve crimes. Somehow, from this, a great TV show bursts forth every week.
Who’s in it?
David Krumholtz, best known for playing the geeky Alan in 10 Things I Hate About You, plays maths (they say math, we're not going to, silly Americans) genius Professor Charlie Eppes, while Rob Morrow (Northern Exposure, Joan Of Arcadia) plays his brother, FBI agent Don Eppes. They're joined by Dylan Bruno, Diane Farr, Alimi Ballard, Sophina Brown and Aya Sumkina, who all play fellow agents, while Navi Rawat plays Charlie's long-time girlfriend Amita and Judd Hirsch plays the pair's wisecracking father Alan Epps.
Why should I watch it?
The premise makes it sound a touch geeky and standoffish, but Numb3rs is actually a show with a great big heart. The relationship with Krumholtz and Morrow goes through so many ups and downs as they attempt to solve some incredibly complex cases and keep their relationship in tact. The scenarios are fresh and original with each episode and it's incredibly easy to find yourself watching six or seven in a row.
Describe the show in three words…
Brainy and brawny. Totally addictive though.