A pair of hostage negotiators try to resist their budding attraction to each other.




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Series cast summary:
 Matt Flannery (18 episodes, 2006-2007)
 Emily Lehman (18 episodes, 2006-2007)
 Cheryl Carrera (18 episodes, 2006-2007)
 Frank Rogers (18 episodes, 2006-2007)
 Lia Mathers (18 episodes, 2006-2007)
 Duff Gonzalez (18 episodes, 2006-2007)


There's no crisis situation they can't handle... unless it involves each other. Matt Flannery and Emily Lehman are the top-ranked negotiators in the FBI's Crisis Negotiation Unit (CNU). They're trained to talk their way through volatile situations. They're experts at knowing what makes other people tick. They're also sleeping together... a secret that they agreed to keep to themselves, until Matt revealed it to the entire world during a tense hostage standoff. The public revelation causes friction between Matt, who doesn't take much seriously and relies on gut instinct, and Emily, an academic who analyzes every move. Their relationship also gets them into major trouble with their boss, Cheryl Carrera, head of the Los Angeles CNU, and raises eyebrows among their CNU colleagues, including intelligence officer Lia Mathers. While Matt and Emily should be split up for being romantically involved, they're too valuable as a team. Together, they're among the best in their field; Cheryl knows ... Written by Anonymous

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After meeting during the production of this show Ron Livingston and Rosemarie DeWitt began dating. After a three year relationship they were married on November 2nd, 2009. See more »


Emily Lehman: Trying to negotiate with him there will be like trying to diffuse a bomb with a Gremlin sitting on my shoulder pulling my hair.
Matt Flannery: Why is the Gremlin pulling your hair?
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Referenced in Family Guy: Family Gay (2009) See more »

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Standoff was a good show
22 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Standoff was a great show, even though it was canceled. The camera angle in the first couple of episodes was very impressive. The plots, dialog, and acting were excellent as well, and the actors were a perfect fit with the characters. As the season progressed, each episode was better than the last. The only thing that the show lacked was a twist at the conclusion. In every episode, the crisis was resolved at the end, which made the show a bit unreal. Nevertheless, the show had four things that I personally love: wit, humor, action, and drama. I would rate Standoff a 9 because of its lack of a twist and not a "happily ever after" ending, but I would recommend it to anyone who lives to watch shows with wit, humor, action, and drama like I do.

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