Graceland recently wrapped up a gripping first season.
With the show having already been awarded a second season by USA (set to air next summer), let’s take a look back at some of the highlights and lowlights from a strong opening run... TV Fanatic Report Card Style!
Best Episode: The pilot easily takes the cake as the show’s best episode, if only because the plot line got heavy and even a little dark very quickly. This was the one installment where everyone was getting to know each other, and, most importantly, still getting along!
Best Character: Johnny was quite the surprise as far as characters go. Voted class clown in high school, he was always making light of the situation and then there was that bouncy house. Still, as the house started to collapse under the weight of all the lies, he gave a us a monologue to remember.
Best Quote: Jake declaring “I'm like a chocolate Jesus.” That’s certainly one way to describe ones desirability to the ladies.
Best Undercover Character: Paul Briggs playing a movie director from the pilot, only made better by Mike using the story line of the brother married to the stripper during his first case at Graceland.
Best Nickname: Probably Johnny's. Who knew a tall tale about shooting someone on the toilet would lead to such a colorful nickname for an already colorful guy?
Best Housemate Dispute: The great birthday debacle. Johnny really wanted to make the day special for Jakes, and was even more insistent on having that bouncy house and strippers. Even as Jakes attempted to thwart Johnny's efforts, we all know Johnny prevailed - at least until Charlie destroyed the bouncy house. RIP bouncy house.
Secret We Couldn't Wait to Come Out: I would have to say it was the real truth about why Briggs' captors let him go. What a game changer! Not only did Briggs give up his training officer, his girlfriend also died as a consequence. Heavy stuff.
Hopes for Season 2: More back story for all of our Graceland housemates, more compelling cases, but first and foremost: for Mike to make his way back to the house!
Overall Grade: A-
Now it's YOUR turn, TV Fanatics: What grade would you give Graceland Season 1?
C. Charles is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.