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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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As a tie-in, the "Nikki Heat" and "Derrick Storm" books Castle writes are published in real life. The novels are written as stand-alone stories that don't require watching the TV series, but also contain in-jokes and references to events on the show. While the books are credited to Richard Castle, the ghost-writer's identity can be found in the author's bio in the form of an eponymous award that Castle has won. See more »


We see the Castle constantly ask the detectives working with him (or the detectives themselves) to put out APB's (All Points Bulletins) or BOLOs (Be On the Look Out) to bring suspects and witnesses in. When found NYPD just walk up to people and place them in the squad car, taking them to the station for the CSI's to interview even though it's pretty clear they didn't want to come. If there is no probable cause for an arrest or an active arrest warrant, the police can't make you go anywhere against your will. Once in a while, a wealthy or educated person will assert this and ask a lawyer to be present but this is rare. See more »


Richard Castle: I really am ruggedly handsome, aren't I?
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Referenced in American Dad!: The Kidney Stays in the Picture (2012) See more »

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Excellent start!
10 March 2009 | by (Bozeman, MT) – See all my reviews

I fully enjoyed the pilot episode of Castle. Nathan and Stana have great chemistry, with him providing a ton of comedy as the crime fiction author to her straight laced cop. Castle is an engaging hero with a surprising amount of support from the characters around him, especially with his daughter and his mother.

I find the premise has tons of promise as the series progresses, both with the types of plots that can come from Castle's novels and with his romantic interests. The idea that a series of murders can be copied into real life seems a bit trite, but the execution was far better than I expected. The fact that Castle can keep up with Detective Beckett as far as crime scene analysis and motives is smart, but also a great source of comedy. Beckett's apparent infatuation with Castle's book series not only suggest that she's a potential love interest, but hints at a lot of character subtlety that has yet to come.

If crime drama crosses with romantic comedy sounds at all for you, then you should definitely watch and support Castle.

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