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Backstrom 

TV-14 | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | TV Series (2015)
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The Portland Police Bureau's Elite Special Crimes Unit is led by Det. Lt. Everett Backstrom, an alcoholic and smoker who is in failing health, but takes on cases in special circumstances.

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Series cast summary:
Rainn Wilson ...  Everett Backstrom 13 episodes, 2015
Genevieve Angelson ...  Nicole Gravely 13 episodes, 2015
Kristoffer Polaha ...  Peter Niedermayer 13 episodes, 2015
Page Kennedy ...  Frank Moto 13 episodes, 2015
Beatrice Rosen ...  Nadia Paquet 13 episodes, 2015
Thomas Dekker ...  Gregory Valentine 13 episodes, 2015
Dennis Haysbert ...  John Almond 13 episodes, 2015
Sarah Chalke ...  Amy Gazanian 6 episodes, 2015
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The Portland Police Bureau's Elite Special Crimes Unit is led by Det. Lt. Everett Backstrom, an alcoholic and smoker who is in failing health, but takes on cases in special circumstances.

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Brilliant detective. Total dick. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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TV-14

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The show was originally going to be broadcast on CBS. After executives at the network rejected the pilot, FOX picked up the show and 13 episodes were aired in 2015. See more »

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House goes to Portland Police Bureau !
27 January 2015 | by Dr_SaganSee all my reviews

This is a TV series modeled after House M.D. but instead of doctors and treatments you have detectives and crimes.

It's about a charismatic lieutenant of Portland Police Bureau who is extremely cynic and mean to others. Not to mention racist. He gets the job done though so people tolerate his over-the-top behavior.

Like House M.D. this is a dramedy too. You get the comedic elements between the lines of an actual drama. Some one-liners of the cynical type, some awkward situations...etc.

Rainn Wilson is leading the cast having the titular character of Backstrom and he is doing a good job in my opinion. The rest of the cast is OK but nothing stellar.

A special mention to Thomas Dekker (John Connor from the Sarah Connor's chronicles) who plays Backstrom's gay (and also cynical) son. Dekker gives a very efficient performance and has a convincing attitude.

The story (I only watched the pilot) was interesting with twists until the very end. The dialogs are delivered in a "deadpan" way that mostly works, but it may needs some improvement on that.

The direction of photography is somehow dark and that might be my biggest complain. I would preferred a lighter tone. Things to be more bright and more "visible".

Overall: Not bad. I personally will check out the next episodes...


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