Gotham is a show that if it went any more dramatic, I wouldn't watch it. It is a great alt-verse of Batman, where we see the origins of a great many villains. The thing is that Batman himself is about 20-30 years away from the Bruce Wayne we see in the show. So the focus is less on this kid developing the detective skills he'll be famous for in the future (let alone any of the other things he does), and focuses a great deal more on the Jim Gordon angle, with a focus on relatively normal, but weird crimes, while at the same time not being a procedural show.
It is drama without the drama, Batman without the Batman, and a crime show without the procedural. I'm enjoying it, but it needs to not fall off the precipice it's edging across.