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The story behind Detective James Gordon's rise to prominence in Gotham City in the years before Batman's arrival.

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 James Gordon (46 episodes, 2014-2016)
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 Harvey Bullock (46 episodes, 2014-2016)
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 Bruce Wayne (46 episodes, 2014-2016)
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 Alfred Pennyworth (46 episodes, 2014-2016)
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 Oswald Cobblepot (46 episodes, 2014-2016)
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 Barbara Kean (46 episodes, 2014-2016)
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 Selina Kyle (46 episodes, 2014-2016)
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 Edward Nygma (46 episodes, 2014-2016)
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 Butch Gilzean (35 episodes, 2014-2016)
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 Leslie Thompkins (32 episodes, 2015-2016)
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 Fish Mooney (25 episodes, 2014-2016)
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 Sarah Essen (24 episodes, 2014-2015)
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 Tabitha Galavan (23 episodes, 2015-2016)
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 Carmine Falcone (23 episodes, 2014-2016)
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 Theo Galavan / ... (22 episodes, 2015-2016)
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 Renee Montoya (22 episodes, 2014-2015)
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 Crispus Allen (22 episodes, 2014-2015)
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 Lucius Fox (22 episodes, 2015-2016)
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 Harvey Dent (19 episodes, 2014-2016)
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 Nathaniel Barnes (19 episodes, 2015-2016)
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In crime ridden Gotham City, Thomas and Martha Wayne are murdered before young Bruce Wayne's eyes. Although the idealistic Gotham City Police Dept. detective James Gordon, and his cynical partner, Harvey Bullock, seem to solve the case quickly, things are not so simple. Inspired by Bruce's traumatized desire for justice, Gordon vows to find it amid Gotham's corruption. Thus begins Gordon's lonely quest that would set him against his own comrades and the underworld with their own deadly rivalries and mysteries. In the coming wars, innocence will be lost and compromises will be made as some criminals will fall as casualties while others will rise as supervillains. All the while, young Bruce observes this war with a growing obsession that would one day drive him to seek his own revenge as The Batman. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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One of three new television series scheduled for release in 2014 based on DC Comics characters. The others being Constantine (2014) and The Flash (2014). See more »

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The character of Selina Kyle/"Kat" is presented as a homeless street kid who is constantly dirty and unkempt. However, in every scene she appears in throughout the series, she is clearly wearing perfectly immaculate, expertly applied makeup. See more »

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James Gordon: G.C.P.D.
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A different take on the Batman universe - but a very good one
25 January 2016 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

As a pretty engaged Batman fan (I read the comics, played the heck out of the Arkham games, saw all the movies, the first Animated Series and I even play the tabletop miniature game) I was apprehensive about this show.

After all, what could be good about a Batman show without Batman? Not to mention the fact that all the rumors mentioned different takes on characters, etc?

I tried it anyway... and I'm glad I did!

There is an awful lot to like here. First of all, the characters are interesting: interesting enough to make you forget all about Batman! You root for Gordon, you're annoyed at Bullock, Fish gives you the creeps and Penguin... let's just say he's moved up in my favorite villains list (and he was near the bottom, let me tell you!).

The acting is great (again I must mention Penguin) and while some have said it's over the top... maybe it is, but it's never distracting and fits within the universe that we're presented with.

As I mentioned above, the series has its own take on the universe - you'll soon recognize certain characters, even though they're introduced in ways that are different than what you knew from the comics - and yet, even as a seasoned Batman fan, I was never bothered by the differences and enjoyed the fresh perspectives on familiar characters.

Also, don't worry about the writers shoe-horning in characters, just to get them on screen. Every character I've seen makes sense within the series.

The first season (which I'm basing this review on) has overarching plot lines, but occasionally has "freak of the week" episodes. I was never bored, though (as I regularly was when watching Flash or Arrow) and it's obvious the writing went towards longer plots when it was clear the show was doing well. It never steeps to "cop show" levels, which is an achievement.

Finally, I must commend the "atmosphere" of the series. It all feels very "Gotham", including the shots of the city skyline, the sets, the extras... it all comes together feeling very Batman, without actually having Batman in the mix...

Do I have any criticism? Not really, no. I would love it if they do a Batman series to tie into this one... there's so much they could work with.

Go see it and enjoy it!


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