The Watch List: Graceland

By Sara Da Silva

(One single, mild, Season 1 Graceland Spoilers ahead, we’re talking first episode stuff)

With season 2 having recently begun, I thought I’d give you a few reasons as to why you should be watching Graceland. First thing’s first, it isn’t your typical procedural cop show but more of a drama. The show follows the undercover work of 6 agents from the FBI, DEA and ICE who all live together in one Southern California beach house, Graceland (whose name was chosen when the house was confiscated from a drug lord with a very big Elvis Presley obsession).

The first season looks at the addition of Mike Warren (Aaron Tveit, AKA the reason I began watching Graceland), fresh out of Quantico training, to Graceland. He is immediately thrown into undercover work and gets to prove his worth as an agent of the house. We soon find out in the first episode that Mike was sent there to investigate fellow agent Paul Briggs (Daniel Sunjata).

Don’t get me started on how perfect this cast is. I could probably write an entire article on each cast member, but I shall restrain myself. With Warren, Briggs and Joe “Johnny” Tuturro (Manny Montana) as FBI, Dale Jakes (Brandon Jay McLaren) as ICE, and Catherine “Charlie” Lopez (Vanessa Ferlito) and Paige Arkin (Serinda Swan) as DEA, the house is filled with secrets, rules and a lot of gorgeous people. But seriously, they are all such attractive people; it does make for easy watching.

Apart from the aesthetically pleasing housemates, Jeff Eastin has created a series of characters who are complex and incredibly driven. This, paired with the thrilling and intense story lines, makes me weak at the knees. Through plot twist after plot twist, this show never fails to surprise, even after having rewatched the first season multiple times. The best part, however, is the mixture of intensity and lightheartedness. Amidst scenes of undercover work and dangerous dealings, the bonds formed between the housemates add for a lighter and funnier side to the show.

With the first season being as incredibly intense as it was, this newest season looks to be even more gut-wrenching. Especially as the audience has fallen deeper and deeper in love with each character.

It’s difficult to express how much admiration I have for this show. But I hope I have given you ample reasons to at least watch the pilot episode which alone should convince you to keep watching. If you need more convincing then let me know, I have introduced many to the perfection that is Graceland.

Editor’s Note; I am one of those peoples and can definitely agree with Sara on this, Graceland is fantastic television, it’s well written, tense and has enough comedy peppered in to make it a perfect dish.


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