The Lethal Weapon TV series has done well for Fox these last two years. Its ratings were high enough to take it from thirteen episodes to a full season order, then a second season -- though there's still no word on whether or not we're getting a third.
Yet so far, Lethal Weapon has fared much better amongst casual viewers than TV critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the audience gave season 1 a 91-percent, then bumped season 2 up to 95-percent. The critics weren't so kind. The "TomatoMeter" sits at 65-percent for season 1, and apparently critics didn't even find season 2 worth reviewing.
There's one clear conclusion that Fox may be drawing from this data: maybe the audience for Lethal Weapon is made up mostly of fans of the original movies.
If that's the case, then the recent rumblings of a Lethal Weapon 5 film in the works at Warner Bros. could spell bad news for this burgeoning buddy cop series.
It's possible -- pessimistic, but possible -- that the reasonable success of the Lethal Weapon series served only to remind Fox of what it had with this property. Now that they know there's a large and active audience waiting for more adventures from Murtaugh and Riggs, they could have decided to make the more obvious choice of producing another film for the franchise.
A fifth installment of Lethal Weapon has been in the rumor mill since long before the series came out. Shane Black, who write the first movie, even co-wrote a treatment for Lethal Weapon 5 that never got produced.
Big fans of the franchise can only hope that the series gets renewed for a third season and the fifth movie gets produced. Either way, it looks like the unlikely duo is not done yet.