Boss starts tonight on More4 and become the latest stellar American drama to travel over to the channel, but while The Good Wife and Nashville had some build up, Boss has taken many by surprise. Luckily, it’s a very pleasant surprise though.

Boss shows us the struggles of Tom Kane, Chicago’s most successful mayor of recent years who’s recently been diagnosed with a degenerative neurological disease. Deciding to keep the news under wraps, we watch Tom’s battle to keep power of both the city and his mind, all whist keeping the news of his condition quiet.

While many of us (including this writer if he’ completely truthful) never feel that Kelsey Grammer has ever really escaped the grasp of his iconic character Frasier Crane, Boss finally could be the role that redefines Grammer for us in our minds. Gone is the blustering, pretentious psychologist as Grammer is utterly spellbinding in the guise of Tom Kane.

Grammer’s in the form of his life with Kane, thoroughly deserving the Golden Globe he picked up for the show’s second series, perfectly capturing the injured tiger that is Kane in a single look from his pained yet fiery eyes.

While the rest of the show is gripping, it’s Grammer’s performance that dominates the show, seizing a hold of you by the collar with an iron grip and never giving you the time to breath.

With Gus Van Sant behind the camera too, this is an utterly gorgeous show, and one that once again shows how far American TV has come in the last decade cinematically.

Despite the show’s incredible critical acclaim and award wins, its American network decided to pull the plug after its second year due to massively disappointing ratings. So savour each one of the eighteen episodes, as Boss is a drama really not to be missed.

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