Backstrom

Series Summary
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

Episodes

  • Season 1, Ep. 13 : Rock Bottom Apr 30, 2015

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    When a Native American is found dead under a bridge, Amy's new boyfriend wants in on the investigation; Backstrom must make a difficult decision when he suspects his father knows about a meth dealer's activities.

  • Season 1, Ep. 12 : Corkscrewed Apr 23, 2015

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    Valentine's abuser, Dante Trippi, is murdered and left on Backstrom's doorstep; Valentine's inability to tell the truth makes the investigation difficult; Backstrom is not a fan of Amy's new boyfriend.

  • Season 1, Ep. 11 : I Like to Watch Apr 16, 2015

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    The investigation into the death of an artist at a performance art festival turns up a number of potential killers; Backstrom shares a moment of passion with a suspect.

  • Season 1, Ep. 10 : Love Is a Rose and You Better Not Pick It Apr 9, 2015

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    The S.C.U. investigates when a young female sex surrogate is found dead; Backstrom receives upsetting news about his mother.

  • Season 1, Ep. 9 : Inescapable Truth Apr 2, 2015

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    The team investigates when a witness in a drug investigation escapes from rehab and ends up dead; Backstrom suspects Valentine is more than just his tenant.

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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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