Based on both the titular film series and the Thomas Harris novels that inspired it, NBC's Hannibal comes to us via the mind of Bryan Fuller. Known primarily for black comedies like Dead Like Me, Hannibal represents Fuller's first foray into truly visceral horror.
Hannibal functions as both a prequel to Red Dragon, and a continuity reboot. What were originally short passages in the book are now fully-realized subplots. Established character histories have been altered, and entirely new characters have been created. Despite the changes, Hannibal's battle of wits with Will Graham remains as fascinating as ever, bolstered by terrific performances from Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen.
Despite low ratings, the show managed to earn a second season. Look for more of Hannibal's gourmet meals in 2014.