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Cold Squad was a procedural crime drama that dealt with a unit within the Vancouver police department specializing in unsolved cases. A female investigator named Sgt. Ali McCormick led the team. Together with her diverse team of men and women, they investigated the old murders using forensics, questioning, and research to solve the case. The show also revolved around the characters' relationships with one another and as well as their personal lives outside of the job. Each episode had a self-contained plot that was usually resolved within a single episode. However, there are several two-part episodes taking place in almost every season. The personal lives of the characters, and arches for their development, continued throughout the season.

In each of the first two seasons, the individual episodes were named for the victim of the cold case that the squad was attempting to solve. For the remaining seasons, the names of the episodes became more general, encompassing the entirety of the content for the episode.

The cast of the show continuously changed with the lead female character of Ali McCormick, played by Julie Stewart, being the only constant to remain for the entire 7 seasons. Some of the characters remained for a few years before eventually being replaced. Between seasons 2 and 3 all of the characters, aside from Sgt. McCormick, were replaced. Several other changes also took place between seasons, including the credits, music and setting. Even McCormick's hair color changed, going from red to blonde.

The series ended after 7 years. The show aired from 1998-2005 in Canada and eventually went into US syndication in 2006. Each of the seasons was made up of 13 episodes, approximately 42 minutes in length, fitting into an hour time slot. There was a total of 98 episodes in all. The first season was eventually released on DVD.

CTV
7 Seasons, 99 Episodes - Canceled
January 23, 1998
Action & Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery
7.0/10
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  • Harper worries time is running out as he embarks on a search for his missing daughter. Ray's dark side comes to the forefront, and Ali makes a life-changing decision.

  • Harper believes his daughter is in the hands of a dangerous pedophile when she goes missing. Ray gets drawn into an old case when a beaten wife claims her husband killed someone.

  • The Cold Squad team investigates when a taxi driver is unnerved by a passenger's misogynistic views on women. Ali's relationship with Paul is threatened when she hears of his misspent youth.

  • Harper goes undercover to catch marijuana traffickers and soon realizes that minor dealers have been dying mysteriously. However, his investigations are hampered by a love interest.

  • When a twelve-year-old girl disappears from her bedroom, Ali and Ray infiltrate the world of pedophiles in a desperate attempt to find her.

  • Len throws himself into his work in the aftermath of his separation, and relentlessly pursues a serial killer as Wanda seeks sole custody of their two daughters.

  • The case of a missing woman is reopened when the man believed to have murdered her is shot at. Harper's world falls apart when his wife refuses to let him see Eva and Kassia.

  • Ali is confronted with the suggestion that Bryn Fulford, a man she and her former partner Desoto put away for murder more than a decade ago, is innocent of the crimes.

  • The beating to death of a destitute man finally gives Sam her own case. Her investigations lead the Cold Squad to a company that makes films of homeless people fighting.

  • Andy enters the world of male prostitution as he investigates the death of a man who turns out to be the son of his friend Preston. Meanwhile, Ali's colleagues set her up on a date.

  • A young woman in line to win a nationally televised singing contest dies under mysterious circumstances. However, her worst enemies appear to be closer to home than she thought.

  • The Cold Squad team reopens a 30-year-old case when a counselor offers evidence that three children who died in a boating accident at camp were actually murdered.

  • Ali McCormick returns to the Cold Squad when the sister of a murder victim is found dead behind Baubles strip club.

  • Part two of two. Ali upholds her values by pushing her belief in an international conspiracy beyond the limit.

  • Ali is taken hostage by a man she was trying to save from extradition to the United States to face execution.

  • Ali and Len re-open the case of a murdered stock broker who stole millions from his clients. Conflicts arise when it's found out he was a part of a wife-swapping club.

  • Ali and Harper are led into the unbridled world of swingers' clubs as they investigate the death of a wealthy stockbroker.

  • Harper loses face when a man he convicted for murder years ago has to be set free after his victim turns up alive and well.

  • Ali and Mitch are injured when their prison van crashes during a routine transfer. They're left relying on the captive they are transporting, who is accused of two murders.

  • Nicco is the lead on a case again, but things turn sour when Ali and Harper suspect his new partner of corruption.

  • The murder of a man prompts the Cold Squad team to reopen a 3-year-old case, and Mickey uses the department's new computer to help Ali with a 10-year-old arson investigation.

  • Pawlachuk's past catches up with him when a set of bones turns out to be the son of an old friend and former colleague.

  • The Cold Squad team finds themselves drawn into the world of street racing.

  • Detective Harper pursues a woman whose husbands suddenly died; Nicco teams up with Ali to probe gang killings.

  • Ali takes over the case of a recent spate of murders at a massage parlor. She betrays Mickey's trust by using inside information to get a result.

  • Ali considers leaving the Cold Squad for an antiterrorist task-force position; Nicco and Mickey investigate a wife beater.

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