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This is one show worth watching in my opinion and I am surprised at the
negative reviews that are rubbishing it. It is obviously not technical
enough for those reviewers. I find Matt Passmore's character very
likable and I also like the way he goes about his work. He is a really
good detective who thinks outside the box. Nothing seems to get in his
way and even if it is a bit unbelievable that he gets to solve every
crime in record time, it is still entertaining. The supporting cast is
also excellent, I particularly like Carlos Gómez's character and Jordon
Wall is fitting into the series very well.
I've watched every episode so far and look forward to it each week. Living in Australia my only access to it is to download it each week off the internet, but it is well worth it.
8 out of ten for me
I work afternoons and like to watch a little TV when I get off work and
after midnight it's usually pretty bleak so I DVR shows that look
interesting to me, "The Glades" is one of them.
No, this isn't classic anything but it is pleasant and non offensive to watch. The cast is interesting, the subplots keep building and except for the weekly murder victim, has a minimum of violence, sex and drugs. No, your life won't change from watching it, the world won't stop turning if you miss an episode, but you won't feel like you wasted an hour if you watch it.
Oh yeah, the actual Everglades aren't vital to the stories, but Miami, New York, Las Vegas, San Francisco, or Honolulu weren't either in the popular cop shows that had those cities in their names.
I like the show and the actors. It's the typical cop show where the
smart, clever cop solves every murder in record time. Let's face it,
with all the cop shows around, there's nothing new under the sun in
Matt Passmore is likable (and very easy on the eyes!) and the interaction of the regulars on the show make it fun to watch. He has a love interest which makes for an on-going subplot since there are complications there.
I certainly hope A&E continues with this show since it has a lot of possibilities.
I enjoy cop dramas. Having said that, I REALLY enjoy The Glades. It's
such a nice change of pace, not as deep or dark as some of the fare is
What some call hubris, I would call being glib. It's nice to see a cop who's not always beating his chest or tearing his hair out over a case. The interaction of ALL the characters is also refreshing. Actually seems more true-to-life than most. The little gibes, off the cuff remarks to each other really lightens the "mood" of the show.
This is a great example that a good cop drama doesn't have to be heart-rending or bloody. Don't get me wrong, I'll still watch other cop dramas. But it's hard waiting a week for each episode of The Glades. It's on my DVD "series-to-buy" list, no other cop shows made it, yet.
Watching the previews to The Glades, I wasn't the only person I know
that saw the similarities between this show and the hit series on
Showtime, Dexter. The show is filmed in South Florida, revolves around
homicide investigations, and the lead, Matt Passmore, even looks like
Michael C. Hall of Dexter. However, unlike Dexter, Jim Longworth is a
great cop who is NOT a serial killer. He's a just a decent guy with a
good sense of humor who is a damn good investigator.
In fact, Passmore makes the show very enjoyable. Co-stars Carlos Gomez and Jordan Wall are great supporting Passmore and I do hope Michelle Hurd continues to take on a larger role in the show. The characters are good and are being developed nicely.
For this show to be successful, I do believe it will need to take on more interesting dark themes or it runs the risk of becoming a run-of-the-mill forensics series like Law and Order or Kojack...no knock on these shows, they were great for their time, but most audiences are looking for something fresh like Dexter and Breaking Bad. Let's hope The Glades remains fresh. I have watched the first 5 episodes and the back stories do seem to be building. If the show continues on this pace, it could be yet another hit for A&E. Rating 8 of 10 stars.
I've been in Florida for 35 years, working as both a script writer and newspaper editor. I've been on the sets of most of those made-in-Florida productions and invariably they try to over-sell the Sunshine State with the glamorous South Beach style that typifies almost every show since Miami Vice. The Glades, however, gets its right with stories about the warm heart of Central Florida, with stories most Florida shows forget. Instead of Cuban drug lords we get stories of the football heroes bred in Imokalee, the spiritualists in Cassadaga and the surfers in Melbourne. The cast is down-to-earth with the right accents and attitudes. Very shows have understood their material this well since Ivan Tors migrated to North Miami.
A new show on A&E is starting to catch on, a little like a stone that
begins its roll down a nice, low-grade slope that gently falls away,
eventually to lend same stone a fast free flow to the bottom. "The
Glades" begins as a teaser, introducing us to Detective Jim Longworth
(Matt Passmore previously of "McLeod's Daughters"), a laid back,
smart-arsed lawman, who blurs the thin blue line's line of authority on
a regular basis. While he appears to lead with a smile in most
situations, his wit works shrewdly away. He's great at subtly
extracting personal information from others when necessary, but he's
even better at withholding his own. Watch carefully, when he talks to
Callie, his partner, or a perp. He often looks slightly over their
heads or off to the side, not allowing them to see into his soul.
Carlos Sanchez, his partner who is a go-by-the-book cop, is often the
humorous object of some 'I'm not laughing with you, I'm laughing at
you' dissonance. It appears Longworth's cockiness carries over to his
job, and personal life, but I think that will be fleshed out, at least
to some point, as we get to know him better. Slow talking, slow
walking, wise Callie is the perfect 'possibly' for this lawman - a good
balance to his jump-in-feet-first and who-cares persona. Although, she
does bring some intriguing baggage to the mix, for sure.
I was an avid fan of of "McLeod's Daughters" and it is great to see Rachel Carpani, Passmore's real life girlfriend/fellow McCleod's player, acting alongside at times on the show.
With a Creator such as Clifton Campbell, who has also been involved in such greats as '"White Collar", "Profiler", and "21 Jump Street", I have very little doubt that we will continue to see even better story lines as well as Longworth's past life unfold to mysteriously complicate his relationships along with his duties. All this and the lush environment of the 'Glades' delivers something to look forward to on Sunday nights. 10/11/2010
We love this show. The action is light, the dialogue snappy, the love
interests are sensitive without any sappiness.
This is one of the best of the multiple detective shows that inhabit our TV universe. First of all it is unique insofar as the hero is not constantly in a jam with his superiors and is not full of the most unpleasant character flaws, which most cop shows emphasize. Nor does he have a not-very-understanding wife and family. Passmore plays it extremely well, quick with his tongue, reserved about his insights, and most of all able to do what most cops on TV cannot: communicate nuanced feelings with his eyes and face.
His co-star is an amazingly well depicted woman with way too much to do but always responsible and never too lazy to do whatever she does and do it very well. She's a great actress and the only other film I've seen her in, The Perfect Getaway, she did the same thing as here: playing someone completely down to earth but with enough interiority and mystery to make her very compelling.
We hope the show goes ON!
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
I have only watched the first 10 episodes; so there may not be any real spoilers in here, but just in case -- anyone who has never seen the show before, watch it for yourself first before reading on. OK, so on my Amazon Prime (in Germany, which always lags behind US in regards to TV) I found four seasons of The Glades popping up. An IMDb 7.5 rating, plus four seasons, the show MUST be good, right? Well, there is Florida as a back drop. And that's pretty much it. We've all had to grow to the main characters in, e.g., Dexter, Life, Burn Notice -- but at the end of those first seasons you could not imagine anyone else playing Dexter, Det. Crews, or Michael, and their looks really improved over time. This is not the case with The Glades. I thought it might be a lost in translation thing, because I actually have to watch the show in German (Engl audio option missing, thanks Amazon). But now it seems that in English the main actor is even more annoying, and so are the other characters. That whole struggling single mom thing -- but then she goes back and forth between let's be friends and no can do 'cause I'm married and bla bla bla. I mean, really, in what universe would this situation play out this way? Ridiculous. Then, there is the "oh, I heard about you, Mr, in Chicago..!" from anyone he ever seems to encounter. But not much seems to have really happened that could have had a significant influence to how he is doing his job now. Well, except, that his character claims to have been a good detective back in Chicago. I know, it's just TV, but I don't WANT to buy that whole stick the way it is portrayed. It's weird, actually -- even though it is not over-exaggerated, the show and characters do not come across authentic. And, as many have noted, the main character is way too arrogant over nothing.
This is a very entertaining show and definitely worth watching. It sort
of has a "The Mentalist" vibe due to the lead character. They are both
charismatic rule breakers with a past. It is a different show but just
My one problem is that the show has slightly gotten stale after a few seasons. Not so bad that it's an issue but it is a shame that it couldn't continue it's momentum.
If your thinking "great another cop show" well give it a chance as there is more to The Glades then you might think. Best thing is they finished the show before it was too late.
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