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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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Hart Hanson
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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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From the creator of "Bones". See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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TV-14

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USA

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English

Release Date:

22 January 2015 (USA) See more »

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Бекстром See more »

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16:9 HD
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The diner in which Backstom's dad has a breakfast named after him is the same diner in the show Bones. See more »

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Solid crime show with room for improvement
19 February 2015 | by matt-silesiaSee all my reviews

I hesitated checking out Backstrom because of the bad to mixed reviews I've read about it but for Rainn Wilson sake I gave it a try. And was not disappointed.

I've seen the first three episodes and I've enjoyed all of them. I agree that the writing could be better but the cases were solid and solved in a believable way (no C.S.I-stuff). The dialogues and Backstroms monologues are quite fun and I laughed a few times during each episode. What I didn't like was that all the flaws and character traits of all the main characters were way to obvious and were introduced within the first 30min of the show.

It's not The Wire but then again hardly any crime show is but in my opinion it is right up there with Mentalist, White Collar and shows like that. No flawless depiction of police work but a fun show with an edgy main character and an outstanding cast.

In conclusion, yes the self-destructive, grumpy, jerky main character is hardly a unique idea and Backstrom sure does resemble Dr. House and yes the writing is sometimes a bit blunt and may also be factually wrong at times. If those things bother you, the show is not for you. But if you can overlook these flaws you'll have fun with Backstrom. And not to forget: Rainn Wilson!


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