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Detective Kevin Ryan (Seamus Dever) could be seen carrying a copy of one of Castle's books at least once in every episode.
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The actress who plays Ryan's wife in the show, Juliana Dever, is Seamus Dever's (Ryan's) real life wife.
When Stana Katic first met Nathan Fillion, she had just gotten out of hair and makeup for the final callback between her and one other actress, and realized she was wearing a blouse that was too long. She asked for a pair of scissors, saw Nathan Fillion getting coffee, and greeted him. He asked if she wanted to run lines, and she replied, "No, but speaking of lines, can you cut a straight line?" To which he replied "I can try." And so he cut her blouse shorter for her. The producers saw this and she got the part.
According to Andrew W. Marlowe, Nathan Fillion read with 125 actresses to find the perfect Beckett.
In the Nikki Heat novels, Richard Castle writes about the shadowing of Detective Heat by a writer by the name of Jameson Rook. In chess, "castle" and "rook" are interchangeable names for the same piece. To begin with, Castle's name was a tribute to the name of the real best-selling novelist Stephen King, whose surname is also a chess piece.
Often, Detective Beckett can be seen drinking from a coffee mug that reads "Innocent Bystander".
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.
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.
In scenes at the precinct, when Nathan Fillion, Jon Huertas, and Seamus Dever interact with background extras whose characters are meant to remain nameless, like recurring extra L.T. Tolliver, they subtly break the fourth wall by addressing the actors by their names, rather than ad-libbing or improvising names for the characters.
Seamus Dever and Jon Huertas both had roles on the TV show NCIS (2003) as guests before playing their roles as Det. Kevin Ryan and Det. Javier Esposito on Castle. Darby Stanchfield (Meredith) also played Gibbs' first wife, Shannon, on NCIS in flashbacks.
Most people notice the prominent in-jokes/references to Nathan Fillion's previous TV series Firefly (2002) however, there is another, lesser known recurring reference: Whenever the subject of comic books comes up, Beckett expresses an admiration for the works of comic book writer/artist Frank Miller. This is most likely a subtle recurring in-joke/reference to the fact that Stana Katic, who plays Beckett, previously appeared in Frank Miller's directorial debut The Spirit (2008).
In the episode "The Final Frontier," the evil space creatures are called "Creavers." In Firefly (2002), the evil characters are the "Reavers." Castle also teases Beckett that he doesn't understand her fascination with a show that was on for "one season." Firefly was on for one season and has a huge following at comic book conventions all over the country.
Though they shared an engaging chemistry on screen, off-camera issues between Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic allegedly got so bad in the later seasons that they were required to attend couples counseling together.
Nathan Fillion, Jon Huertas, and Seamus Dever are the only actors who appear in every episode. Of the actors who appeared in every season, Molly C. Quinn is absent from the most episodes at 30, followed by Susan Sullivan from 27, and Stana Katic from just two.
Beckett was about 19 when her mother was murdered. In "Castle: Rise (2011)", it is mentioned Beckett is 31; since episodes appear to be set in the year in which they aired, it can be assumed she was born in 1980. And in "Castle: Always (2012)", Beckett visits her mother's grave, the headstone of which reads that she died in 1999.
In the recurring intro of season 2, Castle compares his and Beckett's relationship to "Turner & Hooch". Scott Paulin, who plays Jim Beckett (Kate Beckett's father) plays a role in Turner & Hooch (1989).
Richard Castle's apartment is the same set as was used for the main character's (Mick's) apartment in the short lived series Moonlight (2007).
On April 18, 2016, ABC announced that they would not be renewing the contracts of Stana Katic and Tamala Jones for a ninth season. Because Katic is a such a fan favorite and, as the leading lady, a large part of the show's success, the reaction to the announcement was so negative that, in an almost unprecedented occurrence, fans took to social media and actively campaigned for the series' cancellation.
Though she plays their commanding officer, Stana Katic is younger than both Jon Huertas and Seamus Dever.
Only his mother ALWAYS refers to Castle as "Richard". She's also the only one who regularly calls Beckett "Katherine".
There have been multiple guest appearances on Castle by actors from different Star Trek series. Michael Dorn (Worf) was Beckett's psychiatrist, Tim Russ (Tuvok) plays Dr. Malcolm Wickfield, Penny Johnson Jerald (Kasidy Yates) plays Chief Iron Gates, David Burke (Steven Price) appears as Chief John Brady, Jonathan Frakes (William T. Riker) directed the episodes "Kill the Messenger" and "The Final Frontier", Armin Shimerman (Quark) played the prop maker Benjamin Donnelly in "The Final Frontier", Robert Picardo (The Doctor) appeared as Doctor Death, and Ethan Phillips (Neelix) was in the episode "The Final Nail". Denise Crosby (Tasha Yar) was in "Death Wish", Nana Visitor (Kira Nerys) in "An Embarrassment of Bitches" and Ellen Geer (Kila Marr in the TNG episode "Silicon Avatar") in "The Blue Butterfly".
Nathan Fillion (Richard Castle) and Darby Stanchfield (Meredith) play characters who were previously married to one another. In the movie Waitress (2007), they played husband and wife.
The last of all of Nathan Fillion's starring (Regular) female cast-mates from Firefly will have made their appearance as of (5-2-16). That will be Jewell Staite. The others are Gina Torres, Morena Baccarin, and Summer Glau. The only male cast-mate has been Adam Baldwin who has had a reoccurring role on the series as an NYPD Detective.
Martha's beau, Chet, has only been seen in one outdated photograph. He has never been on screen as an adult.
The 12th precinct was also the setting of the sitcom Barney Miller (1974). That series featured Ron Glass, who also starred in Firefly (2002) with Nathan Fillion.
Castle's full legal name is Richard Alexander Rodgers. There is a theater on Broadway called the Richard Rodgers Theater. Castle's mother Martha was an actress on Broadway.
Both Castle and CSI: NY (2004) have very similar guest characters, including CSI:NY episodes where Seamus Dever (Det. Kevin Ryan) and Arye Gross (M.E. Sidney Perlmutter) guest star on two separate occasions.
An apartment like the one in Tribeca used for Castle's loft would cost about $12 million to buy, and one like Beckett's apartment in SoHo would run between $4 and 5 million.
When he's stressed, Castle has a subconscious habit of leaning to the left.
Season eight is the first time a season of the show will be split into two parts, with a mid-season finale and an extended break over the winter.
Beckett's badge number is 41319. Esposito's badge number is 41077. Ryan's badge number is 42344.
The series premiere aired a couple of weeks before Nathan Fillion's 38th birthday, and the series finale aired a couple of weeks after Stana Katic's 38th birthday.
Melinda Gordon's husband (Ghost Whisperer) has appeared on Castle as Det. Ryan's brother in law. Seamus Dever has appeared on Ghost Whisperer as a haunted man.
Later seasons featured less interaction between Castle and Beckett, often explained by plot devices such as Castle becoming a PI or Beckett pretending that they were broken up. Reportedly, this was due to the fact that the real life relationship between Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic had deteriorated so much that the two found it difficult to work together.
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Castle makes multiple references to the Godfather Vito Corleone in the series, usually when the case is mob-related.
During the first season Beckett has the badge number 0334 but in the later seasons it is 41319
The season five episode "Castle: The Fast and the Furriest (2013)" aired the day of the Boston Marathon bombing. In light of the event, ABC chose to postpone the airing of the following episode, "Castle: Still (2013)", which deals with Beckett stepping on the sensor trigger of a bomb, and aired "Castle: The Squab and the Quail (2013)" in its place. Even with the switch in air dates, on the season five DVD set, "Still" and "Squab" are listed in the order they were originally intended to air, instead of in broadcast order like the other episodes.
Rob Bowman directed the first and the last episode of the show.
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While Beckett is shown to be an only child, Stana Katic comes from a modestly large family, and is the oldest of six siblings.
Although she's a woman, Captain Victoria Gates is always referred to as "sir".
Before she started solving murders in her role as Kate Beckett, Stana Katic played a woman suspected of committing a murder in an episode of CSI: Miami (2002).
Stana Katic and Darby Stanchfield (Castle's ex-wife Meredith) are both set to appear in the action thriller The Rendezvous (2016). In the book on which the film is based, their characters are sisters.
In 'Watershed' the background song playing at the beginning is the same song recorded by the page brothers in 'Lucky Stiff', the fourteenth episode of season 3.
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Four actors from this show have connections to the DC comics universe. Stana Katic (Beckett) is the voice of Talia al Ghul in Batman: Arkham City as well as Lois Lane in Superman: Unbound; Nathan Fillion (Castle) and Susan Sullivan (Martha) have voiced recurring characters on the Justice League animated series and select DC Animated Universe movies, most notably Hal Jordan/Green Lantern and Queen Hippolyta of Themyscira, respectively; and Molly Quinn (Alexis) voiced Kara-El/Supergirl in Superman: Unbound. Additionally, Adam Baldwin, who had a cameo as a detective on the show, has voiced a number of Justice League characters, as have Michael Dorn and Robert Picardo, who have recurring roles on Castle.
In almost every episode, Castle makes a reference to "The Godfather"
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The actress Toks Olagundoye, who plays Hayley, previously starred in a series called "The Neighbors," also on ABC. Her character, Jesse Joyner-Kersee, worked at a fictitious restaurant called "Salsa CASTLE." Most of the time, only the word CASTLE was visible on her name tag.
During the progression of the series, it's revealed that before pursuing her career in law enforcement, wanting to follow in her mother's footsteps, Beckett was planning on becoming a lawyer. Stana Katic actually plays a lawyer in the TV movie Sister Cities (2016).
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

After Castle and Beckett get married, Ryan is the only one that calls them the Castles.
When Castle and Beckett's relationship is purely platonic, he addresses her by her surname; after it becomes romantic, he begins to address her more frequently by her first name. Conversely, Beckett addresses Castle almost exclusively by his last name, calling him "Rick" only a small handful of times and rarely, if ever, calling him "Richard".
At some point in season two (possibly while Beckett was with Detective Demming, given his jealousy of their relationship), Castle creates, or at least adds to, a bucket list with "Be with Kate" as his number one goal.
After Castle and Beckett begin their romantic relationship in season five, as a sign of affection she occasionally calls him by the pet name "babe".
Canceled on May 12, 2016 after eight seasons.
On the cover of the season eight DVD set, the wedding ring on Beckett's finger doesn't appear to be the same ring she actually wears in the series; it more closely resembles the engagement ring Castle gives her in season six's "Castle: Valkyrie (2013)".
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The plot device for this episode - someone mimicking the murders in Castle's fiction - was previously used in episode 2.15 of Bones. Coincidentally, Darby Stanchfield, who played the wife of the first victim in the Bones episode, plays Rick's ex-wife (and Alexis's mother) Meredith.
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