Watching the previews for this show, I recognized many actors whose work I'd enjoyed in the past: Rob Morrow, Judd Hirsch and Peter MacNicol.
I watched the first episode with great trepidation. Would the show itself live up to my expectations? Would the actors I enjoyed in their other works have roles worthy of their talents? Would I even like the show?
I was surprised to answer "yes" to every question. When an interesting concept is combined with a terrific cast and great writing, good things happen.
Unlike some other crime based shows, "Numb3rs" uses mathematics as a tool. Many shows will use something like triangulation to locate a person, place or thing. "Numb3rs" takes that concept much further and relies on statistics and the abilities of mathematics professor Charlie Eppes (David Krumholtz) to help his brother, FBI agent Don Eppes (Morrow), solve puzzling cases.
While it may sound like a dry concept, the heart of the show is the relationship of the brothers and their father Alan Eppes (Hirsch). Some of the best scenes are father and sons puzzling out a case - or life - together. They are all still dealing with the death of Alan's wife, the mother of his sons. Their grief is an undercurrent in their relationship and in many of the plots as well. It adds to the depth and development of the characters.
The supporting cast is equally good and definitely helps bring the show and its characters to life. Peter MacNicol is nearly perfect as Dr. Larry Fleinhardt, a physics professor and close friend of Charlie's. More often than not, Larry will be called upon to help Charlie work out the correct equation. Amita Ramanujan (Navi Rawat) is Charlie's graduate student and unrequited love interest - although that may change with the next season. Amita increasingly helps Charlie think the equations through to solve the case.
David Sinclair (Alimi Ballard) and Terry Lake (Sabrina Lloyd) are Don's FBI partners. Both shine in the roles. Ms. Lloyd has chosen not to return for the second season and she will be missed.