First off, I must admit I love "Tao of Steve" and therefore love Donal Logue, the star of FX's new drama "Terriers."

First off, I must admit I love "Tao of Steve" and therefore love Donal Logue, the star of FX's new drama "Terriers."

Created by "Ocean's Eleven" scribe Ted Griffin and produced by Shawn Ryan ("The Shield"), "Terriers" has dark themes but lightens things up with some laugh-out-loud comedy from its leads.

Those leads are the lovable Logue as Hank Dolworth, a dishonorably discharged police detective, and Michael Raymond-James ("True Blood") as Britt Pollock, a slick and charming man with a hint of mystery. Britt's background is revealed in later episodes, and I don't want to spoil it for you.

The slightly odd couple works as unlicensed private investigators who will take on just about any job for a few bucks. After helping Hank's old friend, they stumble upon a real estate scandal involving Southern California power players, and everyone keeps telling them it's too big for them to handle.

Initially this premise seemed like a feeble attempt at creating a broader story arc in the pilot, but it expands nicely in later episodes while keeping the spotlight on the chemistry between the two leads.

And man, are these two good together - the snarky, quick back-and-forth banter makes you believe Logue and Raymond-James really are longtime friends. I would literally watch a show about these two digressing while sitting in their pickup truck on a stakeout - which they do a fair amount of anyway.

By the third episode, you begin to get a feel for how "Terriers" operates - smart writing, a paradox of grim and comedic moments all bolstered by strong performances.

And one strange yet intriguing aspect is the show's title. It's never explained, even though dogs are prominently featured - just not a terrier breed. I guessing there's a reason for this.

All this makes "Terriers" one of the best new shows and better than anything else on Wednesday nights this fall.