A "sexy, brilliant" Boston medical examiner... Despite a checkered career, Dr. Jordan Cavanaugh goes above and beyond to solve cases.


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Series cast summary:
 Dr. Jordan Cavanaugh (117 episodes, 2001-2007)
 Dr. Garret Macy (117 episodes, 2001-2007)
 Dr. Nigel Townsend (117 episodes, 2001-2007)
 Lily Lebowski (115 episodes, 2001-2007)
 Detective Woody Hoyt (88 episodes, 2002-2007)
 Max Cavanaugh (49 episodes, 2001-2005)


Dr. Jordan Cavanaugh is a forensic pathologist who lost her job with the Boston medical examiner's office because her passion for solving homicides frequently extended beyond the autopsy table. Years later, an old ally rescues Jordan from court-ordered anger management training in Los Angeles and rehires her to her former job in Boston. Jordan is still feisty and mercurial and a pain in the butt, but management tolerates her because she is good at her job. She and her father, a disgraced former Boston police detective, often solve crimes together by using a role-playing game they've played since Jordan's childhood. It goes: "You be the killer, and I'll be the victim and we'll figure out how this happened." The driving force in Jordan's life and career is the crime she took the longest time to solve -- her mother's murder. Written by A.B. Gilpin

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Jill Hennessy is such a fan of the folk duo Indigo Girls that a poster of the act hangs in the kitchen set of her character. See more »


Throughout the series, the Boston Police Department is shown to be driving Dodge Intrepid cruisers. In real life, the BPD drives Ford Crown Victorias. See more »


Devan Maguire: So, you still think we would have hated each other in high school?
Jordan: Oh, yeah!
Devan Maguire: So, you, uh... want to get some dinner?
Jordan: No, not really.
Devan Maguire: Good, me either.
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Quincy on estrogen
30 July 2006 | by (San Diego, California, United States) – See all my reviews

My first reaction when I caught my first episode of "Crossing Jordan" was that this show was going to be kind of "Quincy" on estrogen. Now after watching this show for a couple of seasons, I have to say that my original impression was selling this show short.

The ensemble cast of Jill Hennesey, Mel Ferrer, Kathyrn Hahn, Steven Valentine, Ravi Kapoor, and Jerry O'Connell represent one of the strongest in recent dramas since E.R. The characters played by these actors and actresses are well written and you really care about them.

The mystery aspect of the show is good, but its the characters that make the show so good.

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