Crossing Jordan (2001–2007)
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Jordan (the star) is a self-centered, non-committal, irrational jerk that would be fired from any job in a real or even semi-real world.
Dr. Macy (the boss) is a chronically morose individual that should be taking psycho-therapeutic medication to make him socially functional.
Detective Woody (the irritatingly on again, off again love interest) is a character that epitomizes the show's writer's irrational sense of drama.
Lily (the grief councilor) is an overly emotional character the wears thin pretty quickly.
Nigel and Bug (supporting MEs) are the plot's magical advancement tools and comedic relief. They have superhuman scientific and computer skills and are the most likable and rational characters in the show.
Unbelievably, all other characters that are introduced to the show are presented as very unlikable people.
Frankly, the show is poorly written with over exaggerated drama. My wife enjoys the show and I have watched just over 100 episodes with her and I enjoyed it until the characters developed to the point where it became impossible to have any empathy for them. They are irritatingly dysfunctional and disappointingly predictable.
As despite the fact she can be a pain in the rear along with solving crimes that she needs to let the police do. Still she makes up for her erratic and careless behavior for the victims. As that is what makes her flawed but great at the same time.
She and her police detective turned bar owner father, played by Ken Howard as wished he did not leave the series early. Had also great rapport. As Jordan is really haunted by the death of her mother as a child.
The great ensemble also had Jerry O Connell as another cop and loved interest in Woody Hoyt. And also Steve Valentine, Kathryn Hahn, and Ravi Kopor ad wit and charm to the show!
Tim Kring brings us Jill Hennessy and a good cast. It is a solid standard police procedural. The group has good chemistry. It lasted 6 seasons, but it did get convoluted in the last few years. As the show went on, the characters' back story started to conflict with the flow of the show. Eventually it cracked under the weight of the back story.
The show has many various characters that come and go, but there are several that stay season to season.
Jordan is a sarcastic medical examiner, who goes above and beyond to try and help solve murders. It's almost as if she is an unofficial detective. She is the main character, so you get to see how crazy her life is and how determined she is to always find the killer.
Garret is the chief medical examiner, meaning he is Jordan's boss. He also happens to be Jordan's best friend. He is always mad at Jordan's getting into other people's business, but always backs her up.
Nigel is another medical examiner, who is very technologically advanced. He is funny and you can't help but love the accent.
Bug is another medical examiner, who is extremely smart and nice. It's funny, sarcastic, and thrilling. It is most definitely worth watching!
Woody is the detective that most frequently is in the episodes. He is very good friends with Jordan, although they have some extreme up and downs from season to season.
Lily is the last main character. She is the nice one who is always emotional. She is secretary who turns into a grief counselor. She is sweet and kind of holds all the characters together in the first few seasons.
This show is funny, sarcastic, and thrilling! Definitely worth watching! :)
Better once the detective is on more.
Also--the show is like CSI--but with powerful women. Nice.
However, this is definitely Jill Hennesey's show. She has definitely evolved from her days as Clair Kincaid on "Law and Order". She definitely shows a perfect blend of toughness and vulnerability that attracts a lot of men to her.
This show definitely is one of the few quality shows of this era.
I only wish that upon the series finale they had tied up all loose ends, but since they didn't, the finale ended in a way I could live with.
I eagerly await season one on DVD (Feb, 2008!) Thank you to all the wonderful writers, crew, and actors who worked on this wonderful show. It will always be special to me!
It had all the makings of a very good season finale with the story to continue in the fall. For whatever reasons (unknown as of this writing) that NBC decided to cancel, they apparently felt no loyalty to the fans to make a real series finale.
Six seasons is a good run for a crime drama, but NBC could have a least used a little talent to wrap it up.
In other words, for a show which purports to have a mystery element, the writers simply don't play fair with the viewers.
The show also suffers from more than a tinge of "Providence" syndrome - the heroine is SOOO perfect (albeit in a "bad girl" way), almost always right when she bucks the system (except for a few "very special" plots where she makes a mistake and Learns Something About Herself), and every man is in love with her. Annoying! I did like the characters of Bug and Nigel. They were funny and well-acted. But they don't make up for poor writing and utterly stale plots.
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.