Critically-Panned Fantasy Shows That Are Actually A Lot Of Fun

After HBO’s “True Blood,” the sexy vampire drama based on “The Southern Vampire Mysteries” by Charlaine Harris, proved to be an incredible success, NBC decided to try their hand at a television adaptation of another Charlaine Harris series. In 2017, the network released “Midnight, Texas,” based on the book series of the same name. 

When the show was released, Scott D. Pierce of The Salt Lake Tribune described it in these words: “This is a show about a town filled with people who have supernatural powers, and yet its greatest power is to bore its viewers into TV-induced comas.” His review criticized the show for attempting to throw an array of supernatural elements together with dull and uneven results. Many critics echoed these sentiments. However, a few appreciated the ambitious messiness of “Midnight, Texas.” Lorraine Ali of the Los Angeles Times described the show as something that “sounds like a jumble of every paranormal trope from Ed Wood’s ‘Night of the Ghouls’ to HBO’s True Blood, that’s because it is, and wonderfully so.” 

“Midnight, Texas” is not the most coherent show. It is, however, a fast-paced monster-of-the-week endeavor packed with lovable weirdos and infectious tongue-in-cheek silliness. In my opinion, it’s far from dull. There are ghosts, succubi, and weretigers! Oh my! 

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