We were right to fall head over heels for Lethal Weapon.
Snuggled in with Empire on Wednesday nights, it has been doing pretty well for itself in the ratings, but we can't give Empire all the credit.
The show is engaging, features exciting action sequences, one of the season's best bromances with Riggs and Murtaugh and one of our favorite new married couples on TV.
That's why we're not surprised at all that the freshman series was just given an additional five scripts, for a total of 18 episodes, what the network is calling a full season order.
“Lethal Weapon delivers an explosive and wildly entertaining core relationship between two cops, with dynamic performances by Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford, surrounded by cinematic action, endearing humor and true heart,” said Fox Entertainment president David Madden.
“Matt Miller, McG, Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz have done a tremendous job on this show, which has proven to be a self-starter and solid companion for Empire.”
The series is based upon the movie franchise of the same name, but it's very quickly set itself apart by making Riggs and Murgaugh more grounded than they were in the original material.
Sure, Riggs is still a little off kilter, but we understand him a bit more. We saw the moment when he lost his wife and her unborn baby and the grieving he did afterward that made him think his life might not be worth living.
We've very quickly gotten to know Murtaugh's family, and his wife Trish (Keesha Sharp) is far more than her dazzling smile. They've welcomed in the orphaned Riggs so that he's part of their family.
Despite the subject matter – they're still hunting criminals, after all – Lethal Weapon makes you feel good while watching, and that's always welcome after a hard day at work.
Lethal Weapon airs on Wednesdays at 8/7c on Fox.
If you haven't caught all of the episodes so far, you can watch Lethal Weapon online right here via TV Fanatic!
Carissa Pavlica is the managing editor and a staff writer for TV Fanatic. She's a member of the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA), enjoys mentoring writers, wine, and passionately discussing the nuances of television. Follow her on Twitter and email her here at TV Fanatic.