Castle (2009–2016)
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Flowers for Your Grave 

After a serial killer starts displaying the victims the way done in Richard "Rick" Castle's books, Castle teams up with Detective Kate Beckett to solve the case. He then starts to shadow her for his new book.


Rob Bowman


Andrew W. Marlowe (created by), Andrew W. Marlowe

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Nathan Fillion ... Richard Castle
Stana Katic ... Kate Beckett
Susan Sullivan ... Martha Rodgers
Monet Mazur ... Gina Griffin
Ruben Santiago-Hudson ... Captain Roy Montgomery
Molly C. Quinn ... Alexis Castle (as Molly Quinn)
Stephen J. Cannell ... Stephen J. Cannell
James Patterson ... James Patterson
Jon Huertas ... Javier Esposito
Seamus Dever ... Kevin Ryan
Dan Castellaneta ... Judge Markway
Tamala Jones ... Lanie Parish
Keir Dullea ... Jonathan Tisdale
Colby French ... Detective
Brian Avers ... Harrison Tisdale


Murder mystery author Richard 'Rick' Castle's book, in which he kills off his bestseller series' hero, Derek Storm, is published. On that very day, NYPD detective Kate Beckett questions him about two murders in the exact style of his novels; on a lawyer Martin Fisk and a social worker, Alyson Tisdale. He's professionally flattered to have a copycat. Her boss, Captain Roy Montgomery, accepts his help as case consultant and teams them up, due to Castle being friends with the Mayor. Another copy killing follows. The evidence found by the police leads to the arrest of a fan, Kyle Cabot. Castle and his author friends decide the 'story' doesn't make sense and has a few holes in it, leading Castle to keep investigating, which he does brilliantly, as even Beckett must grudgingly admit. Written by KGF Vissers

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Official Sites:

Alibi [UK]





Release Date:

9 March 2009 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Keir Dullea plays the father of the episode's murder victim. Castle (2009) later paid homage to 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), the film for which Dullea is most famous, in Castle: The Wrong Stuff (2015). See more »


Beckett opens a copy of Castle's book, A Skull at Springtime, in the obsessed fan's apartment. She opens to the title page where there are lots of scribbles, but the copyright information on the opposite page is for the book Storm Fall, Castle's most recent book (also seen on the shelf in the background of the shot). See more »


[first lines]
Gina Griffin: Murder... mystery... the macabre. What is it about a hard-boiled detective, a femme fatale and the cold steel of a gun that keeps our bedside lamps burning into the wee hours of the morning?
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Alternate Versions

The original presentation version was 37 minutes long and did not feature Detective Ryan. See more »


Featured in Castle: Crossfire (2016) See more »


Castle Theme
Written by Robert Duncan
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Excellent entertainment...a definitely must watch!
4 February 2010 | by shahmattSee all my reviews

At the end of watching anything I ask myself, was I entertained? And the answer in this case was yes! Absolutely! I loved it!

Castle is the story of Rick Castle and Kate Beckett. Castle is a famous novelist and he's "hired" as a consultant in order to deal with murder cases. This develops into some real comedy and interesting chemistry between the lead characters, not to mention some interesting plot twists in later episodes. There's a hint of unbelievability to the show but not in a bad way. It's like a good mystery novel. In this way, Castle is different from typical crime shows like CSI, Bones etc. But I do think that this is part of the appeal. Perhaps I've got a little tired from all that forensics and science.

I must say that I've been starved of some Nathan Fillon. I thought he was brilliant in Firefly, a show that was also immensely entertaining to the audience, but underrated by the powers that be (Fox, I'm looking at you, shame on you). He is definitely a one-of-a-kind actor and he really carries this show with his wry humor and observations. I was hit by a wave of nostalgia with his familiar style. I want to see more. Much much more.

So far so good! Castle kicks off, not with a bang, but with steady assurance.

To Firefly fans I say watch out! Nathan Fillon is back. Coolness personified!

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