The Philadelphia homicide squad's lone female detective finds her calling when she's assigned "cold cases" -- older crimes that have never been solved.


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Series cast summary:
 Lilly Rush (156 episodes, 2003-2010)
 John Stillman (156 episodes, 2003-2010)
 Nick Vera (156 episodes, 2003-2010)
 Will Jeffries (156 episodes, 2003-2010)
 Scotty Valens (151 episodes, 2003-2010)
 Kat Miller (106 episodes, 2005-2010)


Lilly Rush is a Philadelphia police detective working for the department's homicide squad and being assigned 'cold cases': crimes that were committed many years before and have not been solved. Lilly must try to re-think the crime scenes and interview other people involved with the victims to find a link to solving the cases. Written by Anonymous

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28 September 2003 (USA)  »

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Silas Weir Mitchell auditioned to play Nick Vera. See more »


Throughout the series the detectives interview people years (sometimes decades) after the crime takes place, and yet they all seem to remember it like it was yesterday and are able to give accurate detailed descriptions to the police. See more »


Scotty Valens: Did your dad follow up with this guy?
Daniel: Not that I heard about.
Nick Vera: If I spent five years in a box getting tortured while some guy is taking my wife to dinner...
Scotty Valens: I'd follow up.
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Referenced in Wheel of Fortune: Winter Holiday 3 (2010) See more »


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by E.S. Posthumus
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Canada 7.5, USA 10
20 February 2005 | by (Calgary AB Canada) – See all my reviews

First there was "Cold Squad" set in Vancouver masquerading as.... Vancouver! Now while Vancouver is only barely Canadian it was refreshing to see a Canadian-made show set in Canada rather than New York having Vancouver's Coast Range mountains in the background as in one infamous example in a Jackie Chan movie. (I bet all those people in Brooklyn and Harlem enjoy the snow-capped peaks they can see from Manhatten.) "Cold Squad" was a reasonably good police procedural and worth a look.

Then there was "Cold Case" set in Philadelphia masquerading as Philadelphia - or so I think, never having been to Philly. The star was and is most appealing, the soap opera aspects not too overdone, the use of music unsurpassed, and the writing! Perhaps the best written show now on television, writing not merely skillful as in "Law & Order" and "CSI" but filled with compassion, heart, sympathy and simply that most elusive quality of love.

I admit that several of the episodes have so moved that I have found tears in my eyes by the ending. I know it is emotionally manipulative in use of music, plot and scene but it is quite simply superb. This programme, at best, touch the heart.

P.S. Having seen the first show of the new (2005-06) season I must modify my above opinion. This is not, in my opinion, "perhaps the best written show now on television"; this is probably the best written television programme ever.

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