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After a serial killer imitates the plots of his novels, successful mystery novelist Richard "Rick" Castle receives permission from the Mayor of New York City to tag along with an NYPD homicide investigation team for research purposes.
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Series cast summary:
 Richard Castle / ... (173 episodes, 2009-2016)
 Kate Beckett / ... (173 episodes, 2009-2016)
 Martha Rodgers / ... (173 episodes, 2009-2016)
 Javier Esposito / ... (173 episodes, 2009-2016)
 Kevin Ryan / ... (173 episodes, 2009-2016)
 Alexis Castle / ... (173 episodes, 2009-2016)
 Lanie Parish / ... (173 episodes, 2009-2016)
 Captain Victoria Gates (93 episodes, 2011-2015)
 Captain Roy Montgomery (61 episodes, 2009-2014)


Richard "Rick" Castle is a millionaire playboy who recently killed off his main character when a serial killer starts killing people like he does in his books. He teams up with New York police detective Kate Beckett to solve the case. He finds inspiration in Detective Beckett and starts shadowing her for his next book.

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This show has a close association with the Whedonverse in that many actors from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) have been featured (including Marc Blucas, Ethan Erickson, Leonard Roberts, Bailey Chase and D.B. Woodside). The creators also insert several allusions to the TV series Firefly (2002) via in-jokes and other references. In the episode "Vampire Weekend", Nathan Fillion starts the episode by appearing in his "Firefly" costume. See more »


In the first season they film the outside of the precinct a handful of times. When they do this you can see that it is the 9th precinct not the 12th precinct. See more »


Richard Castle: I really am ruggedly handsome, aren't I?
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Ah, a Breath of Fresh Air.
10 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The pilot episode for ABC's new crime show "Castle" left me wanting more, much more in fact, and that is exactly what a good pilot should do. The relationship formed between the two leads is unquestionably one of the best and is, so far, most endearing. It is impossible to not like them.

I'll start with Nathan Fillion(of "Firefly" fame). Nathan plays Richard 'Rick' Castle. His charm and wit and spot-on comedic delivery make him alone the reason to tune in each week. Move over David Boreanaz 'cause Nathan has got you beat in the plucky-comedic-male-sidekick-to-tough-and-serious-female-cop role. Nathan comes off as the friend we all want and treasure. Having followed Nathan's career rather closely I am glad to see him in this role. It fits his nature and you can tell he knows it too just by watching him. It's in his postures and mannerisms and facial expressions. I believe he said in an interview that he is "72%" this character and that sounds about right. He is comfortable in this role. Similar to how he was comfortable when playing Malcom Reynolds in "Firefly"(which, by the way, is the greatest show of all time...period).

Then there is Stana Katic, who plays Detective Kate Beckett, and God is she gorgeous and enticing. No wonder Nathan's character can't get enough of her. Stana manages to instill in the portrayal of her character enough grit and fortitude to be mysterious and alluring, while retaining a good amount of the audiences confidence in her ability to be a bad-ass. On the other side, though, she is beautiful and her lightly-flirtatious nature does not detract from the other part of her character but rather enriches it making her feel real rather than just a cliché tough female cop(because TV is full of them right now).

What it comes down to, ladies and gentlemen, is chemistry and these two have it. They are a joy to watch even when they are not in scenes together and that is what will keep viewers tuning in each week. This show has great promise.

Before I go I will note that it was nice to see real authors on the show(I will not reveal who). It adds another layer to Castle's character and makes for an amusing poker scene. I hope the producers arrange for more cameos of this nature.


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