Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

2013-, ABC Studios et al

I'm not exactly sure what drew me to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but I have a feeling it was probably a clip featuring Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson. With his laid-back, disarming charisma, he's really the engine of this show; his wry sense of humor emerges unexpectedly, and he'll put a self-aware spin on absurd events, which are frequent. That he's surrounded by a varied and colorful ensemble makes a good thing better; in particular, Daisy and Coulson share a special relationship. Roll everything into a silly but well-crafted, self-contained universe where anything can happen, often with rapid-fire plot twists, and you've got endless possibilities for fun.

Some of the first season episodes were a little rough around the edges, but you've got to give a show at least a season to find its sea legs. By the third season, the series earned a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and that's no mean feat. My only problem is that I'll binge-watch an entire season in two or three evenings, then have to wait a whole year for the next season to arrive. But so far, the wait's been worth it every time.





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