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Raines 

Los Angeles. Present day. Michael Raines, an eccentric but brilliant cop, solves murders in a very unusual way - he turns the victims into his partners. These visions are figments of Raines... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
Jeff Goldblum ...  Michael Raines 7 episodes, 2007
Matt Craven ...  Captain Dan Lewis 7 episodes, 2007
Nicole Sullivan ...  Carolyn Crumley 7 episodes, 2007
Linda Park ...  Sally Lance 7 episodes, 2007
Dov Davidoff ...  Remi Boyer 7 episodes, 2007
Malik Yoba ...  Charlie Lincoln 7 episodes, 2007
Madeleine Stowe ...  Dr. Samantha Kohl 6 episodes, 2007
Rachel Winfree ...  Chrystal 2 episodes, 2007
Ryan Van de Kamp Buchanan Ryan Van de Kamp Buchanan ...  Detective 2 episodes, 2007
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Los Angeles. Present day. Michael Raines, an eccentric but brilliant cop, solves murders in a very unusual way - he turns the victims into his partners. These visions are figments of Raines' imagination, and he knows it, but when he can't make the dead disappear, he works with them to find the killer. Through his discussions, along with the evidence, Raines' image of the victim changes until he has a clear picture of what really happened. Only when the case is closed do the visions end. Other detectives question Raines' sanity, and occasionally so does he. However, as long as his unique methods are helping catch criminals, Raines imagines he'll be just fine. Written by everydayfun2004

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For Detective Raines ... There's a method to his madness.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

TV-14
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Extravagantul Raines See more »

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Runtime:

(7 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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While this series was cancelled, it seems to have been reborn overseas as Stellan Skarsgård's River (2015). See more »

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When the opening sequence begins the keypad on the door of Raines' car is missing but at the end of the sequence it is back on the door. See more »

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Finally, a clever network show!
16 March 2007 | by skellbagSee all my reviews

Since I've only seen one episode so far, I can't give the series as a whole a ten rating. but nevertheless, the pilot episode of this program presents a series with great potential, all based on a REALLY clever idea. I was glad that this show wasn't just another supernatural affair, a la 'The Sixth Sense' or something along those lines. Instead, it is a study of one L.A. detective's determination, and even maniac ism, to solve murder cases. The victim's "form" throughout the show as Michael Raines (played perfectly by the always-great Jeff Goldblum!) starts to piece together their personalities from evidence gathered while investigating said crimes. They're not "ghosts" or "unresting dead", but actual figments of Raines' detective mind.

There is a line in the show, a bit of dialog, that sort of describes how this came out: Raines' ex-partner (surprises to come!) reminisces about Raines' method to talk to himself during investigations... to "talk through" his cases to get to know his victims. Well he does that now, except trauma, both emotional and physical (Raines' was shot prior to the pilot episode) has him actually "seeing" the victims and he talks to himself. It's real clever, and interesting. Because it's all in the mind, anything can happen.

Anyway, give this show a shot. It's not one of these over-the-top "what ridiculous shlt is gonna happen next" kinda network show that's been on the last few years. It is written, co-created, and directed by Frank Darabont ('The Shawshank Redemption', 'The Green Mile') and all the acting is excellent. Goldblum always delivers quirky, yet still likable and believable characters, and there's always something new around every story corner. This is the kind of quality show that could be on HBO Sunday nights. GO WATCH!!!


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