Banacek came along just a bit before my time. When it began airing again on cable recently, the name rang a bell, but that's all. I'm pretty sure I didn't watch it back in the day—at about age 11—but I suspect that my parents might have.
I don't care much for cop shows and I'd always assumed Banacek was just that—another cop show. But as I skimmed those little one or two sentence show descriptions that are part and parcel of digital cable these days it occurred to me that there might be something more to it. There was.
Turns out that Thomas Banacek is not a cop at all, but an insurance investigator. Which sounds like a decidedly less than riveting premise for a TV show, but there's a little more it than that. Turns out that Banacek is a somewhat dashing and debonair insurance investigator who's called in to help when various high-ticket items (and occasionally people) go missing in a way that seems to defy logic or explanation.