Reaper tells the story of slacker extraordinare Sam Oliver who finds out that his parents sold his soul to the Devil. As part of his contract, he now has to work for Devil, returning escaped souls back to hell - these souls aren't your normal fugitives. Somehow going to hell then escaping lands you fantastic powers along the way. And more trouble for Sam.
While the premise itself is interesting, what really makes the series is its dramedy aspect. Its equal parts humor and drama, making it something light and easy to watch while maintaining a serious edge. If anything, I recommend it for Ray Wise - the actor who plays the devil. To me he is the devil, or at least how I now imagine him in my mind. Dark humor, sadism, sarcasm, and the ego the size of hell all rolled into one tanned bastard.
And even though the series involves a guy name Sam and the forces of Hell, it's not a copy of Supernatural, I promise. It's an entirely different take on the concept. (Why they would name him Sam when Reaper and Supernatural are on the same network? No idea.)
( here's the trailer placed conveniently under a cutCollapse )
Reaper got weak publicity, so it's not really well known in comparison. At least when you compare it to other CW series. I assume this is in part because Dawn Ostroff (the head of CW) disliked the series, and only accepted it as part of the network because of the strong support shown by others in the network. Rumor has it that she also doesn't like Supernatural or Smallville (luckily the series' popularity overrides her), and looking at this season's programming (Vampire Diaries, 90210l Melrose Place), it's pretty obvious what she does like. But enough of me ranting.
If anyone is interested, here's the first episode of the series!