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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. 7 : Enemy of My Enemies Mar 5, 2015

When an oil pipeline explodes in Backstrom's childhood town, his team works with his estranged father to find the suspected eco-terrorist before there is another attack; Amy pays Backstrom a late night visit.

  • Season 1, Ep. 6 : Ancient, Chinese, Secret Feb 26, 2015

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    As Backstrom and the SCU investigate the murder of a fortune teller, secrets are revealed about certain members of the team; a burgeoning relationship is revealed.

  • Season 1, Ep. 5 : Bogeyman Feb 19, 2015

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    Backstrom and the team have three days to save a teenage girl who was taken by an elusive online predator; the teen reminds Backstrom of a victim from an unsolved case.

  • Season 1, Ep. 4 : I Am a Bird Now Feb 12, 2015

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    When the team investigates the murder of a drag queen blogger, Backstrom declares it a hate crime; Backstrom must testify about his shooting of a suspect from a past case.

  • Season 1, Ep. 3 : Takes One to Know One Feb 5, 2015

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    Backstrom and his team investigate when a youth pastor is found murdered at a church; Backstrom's ex-fiancee (Sarah Chalke) is recruited to head up the Civilian Oversight Committee.

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

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

critic reviews ( 3 )
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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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