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  • TV-14
  • 2015
  • 3 Seasons
  • 7.3  (9,834)

Backstrom is a police procedural drama television series that aired on FOX from January to April 2015. The show is based on the novel series by Swedish author Leif G.W. Persson and centers around a brilliant but self-destructive detective named Everett Backstrom, portrayed by Rainn Wilson.

Backstrom is introduced as a tough and cynical detective, who alienates almost everyone around him with his abrasive personality, confrontational behavior, and often offensive remarks. He is portrayed as a man haunted by his past mistakes, a history of drug abuse and a failing health. He is forced to investigate serious crimes, including murder, arson, kidnapping, and sexual assault, while dealing with his personal demons and struggling with the everyday challenges of his job.

As the lead detective of the Portland Police Bureau's Special Crimes Unit, Backstrom is surrounded by a diverse team of investigators, including Detective Nicole Gravely (Genevieve Angelson), a smart and ambitious young officer who becomes his protégé and assistant. The rest of the team includes Detective Sergeant John Almond (Dennis Haysbert), a loyal and experienced officer, Forensic Specialist Peter Niedermayer (Kristoffer Polaha), who has a quirky personality, and Officer Frank Moto (Page Kennedy), who serves as the team's tech expert.

Throughout the series, the team faces a variety of challenging cases, ranging from domestic violence and hate crimes to organized crime and terrorism. Each episode typically follows a formulaic plot structure, where the team investigates a crime, uncovers clues and evidence, and ultimately solves the case with Backstrom's brilliant insights and unconventional methods.

However, what sets Backstrom apart from other police procedural dramas is its dark and gritty tone, unique character development, and social commentary. The show explores complex themes such as addiction, mental illness, sexual harassment, police corruption, and systemic injustices that plague the criminal justice system.

At the core of the show is Wilson's portrayal of Backstrom, which is both nuanced and captivating. Despite his flaws, Backstrom is a highly intelligent and resourceful detective, whose sharp mind and observational skills make him a formidable opponent to any criminal. Wilson's performance brings depth and vulnerability to the character, making the audience sympathize with his struggles and root for his redemption.

The chemistry between Wilson and Angelson is also noteworthy, as their characters' relationship evolves throughout the series. Gravely starts as a skeptic of Backstrom's methods and disapproves of his behavior, but eventually realizes his brilliance and develops a strong working relationship with him. Their complex dynamic provides both comic relief and emotional depth to the show.

Overall, Backstrom is a well-crafted and engaging police procedural drama that offers a fresh twist on the genre. While the show was canceled after only one season, it has gained a cult following for its unconventional storytelling, memorable characters, and powerful performances.

Backstrom is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (25 episodes). The series first aired on January 22, 2015.

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Where to Watch Backstrom
Backstrom is available for streaming on the FOX website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Backstrom on demand at Apple TV Channels, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    January 22, 2015
  • IMDB Rating
    7.3  (9,834)