hannibal series premiere cast nbc 'Hannibal' premiere poll: What did you think of Dr. Lecter's TV series debut?After months of anticipation, NBC’s “Hannibal” finally premiered tonight, but did it live up to the hype?

Critics were generally enthusiastic about the idiosyncratic take on the police procedural format from executive producer Bryan Fuller (“Pushing Daisies”), with star Hugh Dancy earning especially high marks for his central turn as eccentric FBI profiler Will Graham. However, there was also a fair share of grumbling about the show’s slower pace, arguably pretentious visual style and stomach-churning violence. (As noted in our review, a debate about the show’s overuse of young women as victims is one worth having.)

While Dancy’s character was previously portrayed by William Petersen and Edward Norton in the feature films “Manhunter” and “Red Dragon” respectively, Mads Mikkelsen has the more daunting challenge of following up on Anthony Hopkins’ Oscar-winning performance as Hannibal “the Cannibal” Lecter in “The Silence of the Lambs.” (A role which he reprised in 2001’s “Hannibal” and “Dragon.”)

There’s no question Dancy carries the pilot (and the show), but audience response to Mikkelsen’s very different approach to the role of Hannibal could be even more crucial to its future.

What did you think of the premiere? Will you keep watching? Vote in our poll and leave a comment below to let us know your take.

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