A "political drama" that juxtaposes the stories of a young female F.B.I. agent (Bibb) and a mobster (Paymer).




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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »


Complete series cast summary:
 Paige Van Doren (13 episodes, 2003-2005)
 Lisa Cohen (13 episodes, 2003-2005)
 Roy Ravelle (13 episodes, 2003-2005)
 Jennifer Sampson (13 episodes, 2003-2005)
 Amiel Macarthur (13 episodes, 2003-2005)
 Todd Stevens (13 episodes, 2003-2005)
 Donovan Stubbin (13 episodes, 2003-2005)
 Jonah Malloy (13 episodes, 2003-2005)
Paul D'Elia ...
 Mobster (13 episodes, 2003-2005)
 Janet Malloy (10 episodes, 2003-2005)
Stan Kelly ...
 Blair (8 episodes, 2003-2004)
 Jada (6 episodes, 2003-2004)
Jaycee Porter ...
 Joanie Sampson (6 episodes, 2003-2004)


A "political drama" that juxtaposes the stories of a young female F.B.I. agent (Bibb) and a mobster (Paymer).

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Drama | Crime



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Release Date:

2 December 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lines of Duty  »

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(13 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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_Shadowhunters (2004)_ was filmed simultaneously in the same Richmond, Virginia hospital as some episodes of this series. See more »


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A Series Gone Wrong
31 December 2003 | by (Phoenix, AZ) – See all my reviews

Judging by the decline in ratings/shares after the first five shows, (from 6.2/10 on Dec. 2 to 4.1/7 on Dec. 30) I think "Line of Fire" needs an immediate change of direction in order to survive. For starters, I think the Lisa Cohen (Leslie Hope) character needs to go a near permanent hiatus. Her character in completely unbelievable, and she is about as qualified to lead the Richmond F.B.I. taskforce as I am to be the head of the U.N. She doesn't even 'fake smoke' in a convincing fashion.

Secondly, the Jennifer Sampson character should migrate over to "Dr. Phil" for a nightly cameo so she can get Phil's homespun advice on how to raise her bratty kid. Frankly, I'm a bit tired of watching her mismanage her son for fifteen minutes of eash episode each week. And what happened to the Jeffrey D. Sams character? Has he been written out of the script completely? Maybe he's leading a groudswell effort to reform the cast of "Breaking News" so he'll have a replacement series to fall back on once "Line of Fire" reaches its inevitable demise.

In order to save the series, the writers need to make Jonah (David Paymer) the main character and let his twistedness take over the direction of the show. He is the only character compelling enough to allow "Line of Fire" the luxury of a sustainable viewing audience. And from his secondary business, a little more brothel action would be nice, as well.

There are two more episodes scheduled to air and five more in the can. I have a suspiously sneaky feeling that A.B.C. will bump this show for another lame 'Fake/Reality' series or counter program "The Simple Life" with something equally dubious. As Sam Cooke would say, "Somebody Have Mercy."

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