In “Lucifer,” Lucifer Morningstar (Ellis) is a consultant for the Los Angeles Police Department who works closely with Detective Chloe Decker (German) on some pretty far-out cases. The 2008 series “The Dresden Files” follows a similar formula, except that instead of a consultant, Harry Dresden (Paul Blackthorne) is a private eye, and instead of being the literal devil, Harry is a wizard investigating the paranormal.
“The Dresden Files” is a unique urban fantasy that combines neo-noir and the police procedural genre, with the main protagonist Harry providing voiceover narration in each episode. Based on the popular novels by Jim Butcher, the show features heavy occult elements — vampires, demons, werewolves, and even ancient Egyptian deities are just a few of the dangers that the PI wizard finds himself facing. For some of his cases, Harry works with Lieutenant Connie Murphy (Valerie Cruz) of the Chicago P.D., who is unaware of the supernatural elements at play. Still, the two make a pretty good team, even though Harry often has to keep her in the dark about the more unusual aspects of his job. Also along for the ride is Bob (Terrence Mann), a sophisticated yet pretentious ghost with knowledge of the metaphysical world who hangs around with Harry — whether Harry wants him to or not.
“The Dresden Files” only aired for one season on SyFy, and the series had a lot of potential that sadly went unrealized. Still, the show’s depiction of a hard-boiled detective battling the secret world of the weird and unexplained is a fun romp that “Lucifer” lovers will likely appreciate.