Numb3rs (2005–2010)

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Working for the FBI, a mathematician uses equations to help solve various crimes.

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Series cast summary:
 Charlie Eppes / ... (119 episodes, 2005-2010)
 Don Eppes (118 episodes, 2005-2010)
 Alan Eppes (114 episodes, 2005-2010)
 David Sinclair (114 episodes, 2005-2010)
 Amita Ramanujan (99 episodes, 2005-2010)
 Dr. Larry Fleinhardt (94 episodes, 2005-2010)
 Colby Granger (93 episodes, 2005-2010)
 Megan Reeves (60 episodes, 2005-2008)


In the Los Angeles office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Special Agent Don Eppes and his team investigate critical and baffling crimes with a special edge. That advantage is Don's brother, Charles Eppes, a brilliant universalist mathematician who uses the science of mathematics with its complex equations to ferret out the most tricky criminals. With this team, the forces of evil learn their number is up. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (

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How do you solve a crime in a city of 8 million? It's all in the numbers. See more »


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23 January 2005 (USA)  »

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Diane Farr was pregnant for most of the first half of Season 3, and her character, Megan Reeves, was temporarily reassigned to Washington, D.C., to explain her absence during the second half (while Farr was on maternity leave). Because the showrunners didn't want to have to deal with the implications of Megan being pregnant and having a baby, they instead hid the pregnancy behind increasingly large folders, bags, desks, computer monitors, and finally, extras. See more »


Security Guard: Excuse me? What're you doing?
Charlie Eppes: Simple experiment. It's a pendulum.
Security Guard: Sir, you and the pendulum need to leave.
Charlie Eppes: Okay. It drew an ellipse.
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Referenced in Privileged: All About Betrayal (2009) See more »


Once in a Lifetime
Written by David Byrne, Brian Eno, Chris Frantz (as Christopher Frantz),
Jerry Harrison and Tina Weymouth (as Martina Weymouth)
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Entertaining and fun, but... fake.
19 November 2006 | by (Poland) – See all my reviews

So far all the possible highlights of the show have been commented on multiple times, therefore I'll not cover them again. Instead, I feel I have to emphasize a hard-to-swallow problem with this show: far-fetchedness.

Come on. If the main point of the show is to show maths as a new, fresh, interesting manner of approaching crime-solving - why did it have to insult mathematicians? As much as most "hacker movies" tend to send any even moderately computer-savvy person rolling on the floor laughing (visual programs operated using long sequences of keystrokes instead of a mouse, typing "OVERRIDE" to override a password, hacking depicted as a sequence of random digits accepted one-by-one, absurd internet address formatting, huge data transfers taking seconds instead of hours, tiny data transfers taking seconds or minutes instead of being almost instant, etc, etc) - this show tries to show mathematicians as "number wizards" while the manner mathematics is depicted is often absurd or intentionally obfuscated. Following the old Latin notion, "quidquid latine dictum sit altum videtur", anything said in Latin sounds wise, this show has characters often speak out long wise-sounding sequences of mathematical lingo meaning nothing at all. This is not a direct quote, but think along the lines of "Let's try to use a stochastic algorithm to split the data into discrete subsets, which we will analyze using a probabilistic equation to determine the likelihood of occurrence of the data in the original set", hearing which another character makes a wise nod and everything is clear... Except that what was just said is little more than "we'll try to see if the data appeared in itself", which is plainly silly.

There is a quote of another kind in the quotes list for this show, as I see now (just follow the Memorable Quotes link and search for "Heisenberg"). One character explains the whole Heisenberg electron-locating theory... only to brilliantly point out to the other, that if he was seen by the criminals, they might act upon it - take retaliatory actions or extra effort to conceal their tracks. How something so obvious needed getting poor ol' Heisenberg involved is beyond me.

As much as the CSI series is sometimes criticised for distorting the accuracy of the forensic analysis process, but most of the time keeps it believable even if slightly exaggerated, Numb3rs presents methods either absurdly effective (resulting in perfect guesses using almost no data at all) or involving huge amounts of calculation where the answer is in plain sight requiring a kindergarten-level of deduction.

In other words - watch it if you're treating it lightly and don't try to believe it.

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