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Based on a popular Scandinavian book series by renowned criminologist and novelist Leif G.W. Persson, this drama centers on Detective Everett Backstrom, a grumpy and sometimes offensive detective who heads up the Serious Crimes Unit in Portland, Ore. As Backstrom and his team handle the city's most sensitive cases, the detective tries -- and fails -- to modify his self-destructive tendencies. Three-time Emmy-nominee Rainn Wilson plays the titular role in this series created by executive producer Hart Hanson.

Air Dates: 2015 - Present

Genres: Drama

Network: FOX

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Season 1, Ep. 2 : Bella Jan 29, 2015

The Special Crimes Unit helps investigate an escalating serial arsonist; childhood neighbors torment Backstrom; Valentine helps Niedermayer recover evidence.

  • Season 1, Ep. 1 : Dragon Slayer Jan 22, 2015

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    Detective Everett Backstrom and his team investigate when the apparent suicide of a senator's son turns out to be homicide; Backstrom's doctor asks him to make healthier choices -- and one new friend.

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  • Unfortunately, in the first episode, the show overdoes Backstrom's unlikability to the point where it's an open question whether viewers will return to see subsequent episodes, where he becomes less hard to take, and we learn more about why he is the way he is.... The more encouraging news is that judging from two additional episodes made available for preview, Backstrom--which is based on a series of novels written by Swedish criminologist Leif G.W. Persson--calms down and gets better as it goes along. show more

  • It's hard to find much in Backstrom that feels fresh or original. show more

  • This is one of those shows where one starts to feel bad for the ensemble, as they trudge through bad scripts, doing all they can to elevate it but sinking into the generic quicksand as Wilson over-acts his way into cancellation. show more

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