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Republic of Doyle 

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Jake Doyle and his father Malachy run a private investigations agency in St. John's, Newfoundland. Their cases involve them in all sorts of dealings - not all of them on the right side of the law.
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Series cast summary:
Allan Hawco ...  Jake Doyle 78 episodes, 2010-2014
Krystin Pellerin ...  Leslie Bennett 78 episodes, 2010-2014
Mark O'Brien ...  Des Courtney 78 episodes, 2010-2014
Marthe Bernard Marthe Bernard ...  Tinny Doyle 78 episodes, 2010-2014
Sean McGinley ...  Malachy Doyle 77 episodes, 2010-2014
Lynda Boyd ...  Rose Miller 77 episodes, 2010-2014
Bob Cole Bob Cole ...  The Republic 77 episodes, 2010-2014
Steve O'Connell Steve O'Connell ...  Sergeant Daniel Hood / ... 49 episodes, 2010-2014
Sean Panting Sean Panting ...  Walter McLean 41 episodes, 2010-2014


Jake Doyle and his father Malachy run a private investigations agency in St. John's, Newfoundland. Their cases involve them in all sorts of dealings - not all of them on the right side of the law.

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Trouble is his business and business is good.


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6 January 2010 (Canada) See more »

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Allan Hawco is friends with actor Russell Crowe who has guest starred on "Republic of Doyle." Among various connections, Russell has played music with Alan Doyle lead singer for the Canadian folk rock band Great Big Sea (the performers of the show's theme song). Both Alan Doyle and Allan Hawco are from St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. See more »


Referenced in Murdoch Mysteries: Republic of Murdoch (2013) See more »


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Written by Alan Doyle, Sean McCann, Bob Hallett, Hawksley Workman, Jeen O'Brien
Published by Hawksleytown Publishing, Skinner's Hill Music Ltd, Kilbride Music Ltd, and Lean Ground Music Ltd
Courtesy of Great Big Sea/Warner Music Canada Co.
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And now for something completely different!
13 March 2018 | by sacredlakeSee all my reviews

I'm in the middle of Season 2 and am enjoying every minute of it. What a wonderful series, especially refreshing because the writing is such a departure from the typical canned, predictable script. The characters are strong, three-dimensional, and charismatic.

The setting is St. Johns, Newfoundland, unique and picturesque. I love the aerial views of the city, especially the shot in the introduction where the camera zooms over the water as it approaches a narrows between two mountainside cliffs.

Jake Doyle is the lead character, a cute and charming ne'er-do-well PI who is always trying to get out of scrapes that are generally of his own making. The series begins with him living at home with his dad (Malachy) and dad's live-in girlfriend (Rose) and somewhat surly teenage niece (Tinny). Additionally, he has to deal with a would-be apprentice, Des, a goofy, awkward, and geeky (smart) lad who is in love with Tinny.

The only problem I had with the series initially was with the female characters, who seemed to be deemed interesting only because of their looks and willing participation in Jake's sexual escapades. The ex-wife was not especially strong, particularly as her ambivalence about Jake became a bit confusing. However, as the series develops, the female characters indeed become three-dimensional, interesting, and strong: Leslie, the female police sergeant; Tinny, whose teenage angst morphs into remarkable self-possession; and the Crown attorney whose name I cannot recall.

I love seeing the evolution of the characters over the episodes, and the interweaving of plot lines throughout the series. The father and Rose seem to be a bit more flatly portrayed, more static rather than dynamic characters.

And about that action: there are plenty of rough-and-tumble fight scenes recalling the good old days of television, as opposed to bang-bang-you're-dead, where the presence of guns tends to dampen the fun.

I love the corny humor (thank you, Des), the unusual accents, Hawco's sweet rubbery babyface, the sense of loyalty and affection among the characters, the whole thing, actually. Highly recommend.

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