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Sherlock Holmes meets Twilight Zone meets American Gods in the crazy tale of Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, another production that might be worth your time despite killing a lot of it. The series is based on novels by Douglas Adams, the beloved British author who wrote The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

The story begins as follows: Todd Brotzman (Elijah Wood) is a hotel bellhop who is having a very bad day – his landlord is demanding rent money, he sees himself in a bloody fur coat in the hotel, his sisters is having panic attacks because of a weird and rare disease that she carries and, worst of all, he discovers a murdered millionaire in the hotel’s penthouse and soon after that gets fired. First of all, as soon as all these strange things happen, Dirk Gently (Samuel Barnett) shows up, the detective hired by said dead millionaire to investigate his own murder six weeks before he was killed in what appears to be an animal attack. The animal attack has to do with a hammer shark trapped inside of a kitten. Quirky enough for you? Check out some clips below.

"Dirk is a holistic detective, which means that he believes in the “fundamental interconnectedness of all things” and he investigates his cases by doing absolutely nothing and relies on coincidence and happenstance to guide him toward a solution. He says: “My intuitions are rarely wrong but also rarely completely right.” It seems unclear why anyone would spend either money or confidence on Dirk’s abilities, but, as these things do, they always seem to pan out." (The Guardian)

The show is filled with weird characters, from punkers who suck out people's energies to a dumb cop clearly inspired by Trump.

"There is a lot of that True Detective by way of Cheech and Chong mumbo jumbo going around. “Every second is a chance to save your life,” Todd overhears on a television broadcast. “Every choice is a new beginning. This is your chance to fix everything.” These are the kids of platitudes that seem profound when you’re coming down off of MDMA but completely fall apart when examined more deeply.

Just like this year’s Preacher adaptation on AMC (a sister network to BBC America) Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency manages to blend genre conventions and humor quite effectively, which is something we need more of in this very earnest age of The Walking Dead and Westworld. However, it ultimately fails at being anything other than goofy. That is another universal trait of that kid from your high school with the good weed: he always thought he was a lot deeper than he really was." (The Guardian)

"Duglas Adams once wrote a detailed explanation of how to tell the difference between Friday and a fried egg. Comparing Adams’s Dirk Gently novels to this new TV adaptation feels equally absurd. It’s a compulsively watchable show, but its breathless, urgent tone brings it closer to E4's Misfits than to anything Adams wrote.

Given the enduring success of Adams’s Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (15 million books sold and counting), it’s only natural that producers keep returning to his equally funny, but less well-known, series about a penniless psychic detective.

Dirk Gently has already been played by Harry Enfield on the radio, and Stephen Mangan in a shortlived BBC Four show. Now, under the guidance of writer-producer Max Landis, it’s Samuel Barnett’s turn to fill his shoes, which he does with plenty of sub-Doctor Who arm-waving and chirpy enthusiasm." (Telegraph)

Watch the first season trailer below.

"As a character, Dirk Gently is not unlike the Doctor in “Doctor Who”: He arrives in people’s lives, chattering a mile a minute, and throws just about everything into an uproar. The key difference is, Dirk has a talent for plunging people into dangerous situations, while the Doctor has a knack for ingeniously getting them out of whatever jam they’re in. Dirk is reactive, especially in the first two installments of this program, which makes the entire narrative wobbly and indistinct from the start." (Variety)

The first season of the series has only eight episodes but, no worries, Dirk Gently and his crew return this Fall.

Check out the teaser below.

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