MAYOR OF KINGSTOWN: SEASON ONE
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Dianne Wiest, Kyle Chandler, Emma Laird, Derek Webster, Taylor Handley, Hugh Dillon, Pha’rez Lass, Tobi Bamtefa, Hamish Allan-Headley, and Aidan Gillen
Creators: Hugh Dillon and Taylor Sheridan
Mayor of Kingstown, the latest in writer-director Taylor Sheridan’s ever-expanding television empire, is a show that leaves me more intrigued about its potential than blown away by its debut season. It takes about five episodes to really get going, starting off like a slow, crime-of-the-week series built around an increasingly exhausted-looking Jeremy Renner. But you eventually realize that it’s setting the board for the season’s more serialized second half, which is fairly compelling. It’s not perfect – and to be honest, I almost gave up on it around the midpoint – but I’m glad I stuck it out despite its imperfections.