The Sentinel (1996–1999)
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The Switchman 

After spending years in the Peruvian jungle during his tour in Army Special Forces, Cascade PD Detective James Ellison developed hyperactive senses, which came back to him five years after ... See full summary »

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The Switchman
Ken Earl ...
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Colonel Winters
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Captain Mathis (as Roger R. Cross)
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Master Sergeant (as William De Vry)
Deryl Hayes ...
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Tour Guide
Jason Furukawa ...
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Althea McAdam ...
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Aurelio DiNunzio ...
Waiter (as Aurelio Di Nunzio)
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After spending years in the Peruvian jungle during his tour in Army Special Forces, Cascade PD Detective James Ellison developed hyperactive senses, which came back to him five years after his return to the US. He can see people in darkened windows at night from two hundred yards, hear the music playing on the radio of the car he's chasing after he's lost sight of it, and can distinguish between wood and plastic after both have been in a three thousand degree fire. Blair Sandburg, a local anthropology student, tells Ellison that he is a "Sentinel," who in ancient tribes would protect the village and seek out game using such hyperactive senses. Sandburg becomes Ellison's back-watcher and teacher of how to use his new powers as Ellison brings a whole new edge to the war on crime in Cascade, Washington. Written by Jeff Cross <blackjac_1998@yahoo.com>

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Garett Maggart's name was misspelled "Garrett" in the opening credits. This was fixed in all future episodes. See more »

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The Pilot episode "The Switchman" contains a couple of references to Seattle, the intended setting. See the trivia section for details. See more »

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Jim Ellison: [throwing Blair up against a wall] Listen, you neo-hippy witchdoctor punk!
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The most satisfying show ever!
28 April 1999 | by (SF Valley, California) – See all my reviews

I really, really love this show. I don't think I have enjoyed a show this much since "Quantum Leap". This is one of those rare drop whatever you're doing, lock yourself up in your room, "shut-up-and-don't-bother-me" type of shows. It has everything you watch television for: action, drama, humor, personality, good stories, plus the one thing missing from most television-ORIGINALITY! I cannot think of another show that was ever like this one. It also has characters that you can really care about (which, if you examine it, you'll find is the deciding factor in most of the shows that are historically considered really great television). Richard Burgi, Garett Maggart and Bruce A. Young are the stars of this show and I feel that this is the best television work so far in their careers.


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