NUMB3RS was a CBS drama that ran from 2005 to 2010, starring Rob Morrow and David Krumholtz. Set in Los Angeles, the show follows FBI Agent Don Eppes, who calls in his mathematician brother, Charlie, as a consultant. This twist, along with the strong theme of family ties, set the show apart from CBS's many other crime dramas. Other major characters included Charlie and Don's father, Alan Eppes, played by Judd Hirsch, Larry Fleinhardt, Charlie's college and mentor, and Amita Ramanujan, Charlie's student, girlfriend and eventual wife.

During its first four seasons, NUMB3RS was Friday evening's most popular show, and its creators, Nicolas Falacci and Charyl Heuton, won the Carl Sagan Award for Public Understanding of Science in 2006.

This show was excellent during its first few years, but the quality dwindled as it went on. The math became drier and drier, and the secondary characters, especially Larry Fleinhardt, disintegrated into cardboard cutouts. Its cancelling in the spring of 2010 was a mercy killing, in my opinion. But, I still miss the early days.

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