The Dresden Files was created by Jim Butcher, way back in 2000. The series is set in Chicago, narrated in first-person by Harry Dresden, a wizard and private detective.
The series covers just about every fantasy and/or magical element in the history of the known universe, and even touches on the idea of eldritch abominations--like Cthulu, but nastier. Harry's encountered them before and survived.
On the other side of the coin is the short-lived tv show, which aired on SciFy. While it lasted, it was immensely popular with those who watched it. The major divergence from the book series included Harry living in his place of business, having a lot more sex than his book counterpart, and ghost!Bob. (In the book, Bob was a spirit of Air and Intellect, and a major perv. Although ghost!Bob picked that trait up, just...not as much.)
Overall, both series are a lot of fun. For those of you in the right area, the tv show is on Hulu. The books are available just about everywhere (I know they're in Spain for sure).
I can't really say I've got a definitive list of favorites from either series, but Butters (an ME in the book) is definitely on there.
Personally I love the Dresden Files, because of the many awesome characters who aren't overpowered or always win. Murphy is one of the best characters in my opinion, because despite being a 'vanilla... more
Murphy kind of reminds me of some of the PPC agents. She has to deal with trolls, faeries (I'd say that was the Dresden 'verse version of 'Sues, personally), vampires, and things that go bump in the... more