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  • TV-14
  • 2018
  • 1 Season
  • 6.6  (1,998)

Carter is a Canadian television series that was later acquired by WGN America. It follows the story of Harley Carter (played by Jerry O'Connell), a popular American actor who played a detective on a TV series for years. After a public meltdown, he returns to his small hometown of Bishop, Ontario, in Canada. There, he becomes involved in solving real-life crimes with the help of his childhood friends, Sam Shaw (Sydney Tamiia Poitier) and Dave Leigh (Kristian Bruun).

The show is a mix of drama and comedy, taking a light-hearted approach to the genre with its witty dialogue and occasional self-referential humor. The episodes generally revolve around a single case that the trio of amateur detectives take on, each with their own final solution. However, it's not just the cases that are intriguing; the chemistry between the main characters and their relationships with other townspeople is what keeps viewers hooked.

The series' main protagonist, Harley Carter, is a charming and funny character who isn't afraid to poke fun at himself, his celebrity status, or his past mistakes. He's also an astute observer of human behavior, using his experience as an actor to notice details that others might miss. But, as the show progresses, we discover more of his layers, including a traumatic past that he's been running away from.

His friends and accomplices, Sam and Dave, are equally entertaining characters, who provide a good contrast to Harley's flamboyant personality. Sam Shaw is a no-nonsense police officer who's happily married with a child. She's the voice of reason in the trio, often serving as a foil to Harley's more impulsive nature. Dave Leigh is a former high school athlete who's now a local bar owner. He has a great sense of humor and is always willing to go along with Harley's crazy schemes.

Apart from the main trio, the show has a host of interesting characters, including the town's sheriff, the mayor, and various other locals who often get dragged into the trio's adventures. The supporting cast is used well, and each character has their own distinct personalities and quirks.

One of the show's strengths is its use of location. Bishop, Ontario, is portrayed as a typical Canadian small town, complete with snow-covered streets, local diners, and high school football games. The location is used to great effect, providing a sense of charm and nostalgia, as well as a backdrop for the show's many hijinks.

Carter is a show that doesn't take itself too seriously, and it's all the better for it. It's a refreshing change of pace from the more grim and dark crime shows that have become the norm. Despite the lighthearted approach, the show doesn't shy away from tackling serious issues, such as mental health, addiction, and family problems. It's a testament to the writing that the show can balance these issues without becoming too heavy.

The show does have some flaws, however. Some of the episodes feel like filler, and there's a lack of a larger overall narrative that could have helped tie everything together. Also, the humor won't be for everyone, and some viewers may find themselves cringing at the more slapstick moments.

Overall, Carter is a fun and enjoyable show that's perfect for a lazy weekend binge. The chemistry between the characters and the charming setting make it worth watching, even if the cases themselves aren't always the most engrossing. It's a shame that the show was canceled after just two seasons. The series ends on a cliffhanger, leaving viewers wanting more. However, it's still a worthwhile watch for fans of crime dramas with a comedic twist.

Carter is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (10 episodes). The series first aired on May 15, 2018.

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The Ring
10. The Ring
July 17, 2018
Harley and Sam find a clue to re-open the case of his missing mother. After twenty-five years of believing they put the right man in prison, they find shocking new evidence that points them in a different direction. Was it a copycat who was trying to silence someone from revealing the truth to Harley?
Happy Campers
9. Happy Campers
July 10, 2018
Sam, Harley and Dave Leigh finally get away for the weekend. They swear not to talk about crime, criminals or murder or use their phones for 72 hours, but trouble finds them. A mysterious body in the woods is discovered by a hiker that leads to Dave's dark past. Police Chief Pershing is forced to go back in the field - and he loves it.
8. Voiceover
July 3, 2018
Two local shock-jocks in Bishop infuriate the public with their awful jokes, pranks and personal attacks, including an awkward on-air suggestion regarding Sam and Harley's 'relationship'. When one of them dies on-air, Sam and Harley must sift through countless victims of their outrageous shenanigans.
7. Kiki-Loki
June 26, 2018
Harley's "junior" agent has gotten him a highly paid spot in a commercial for a Japanese energy drink. When the actor playing the beloved mascot for the company dies on set, it is up to Harley and Sam to find the person who is heartless enough to commit such a crime. Who will become the new mascot to uncover the death of the old mascot?
The Flood
6. The Flood
June 19, 2018
Harley and Sam are trapped in the police station with members of a wedding party during "the storm of the century". They're hunted by armed militia-types, but they have no idea why... Until one of the wedding guests admits to a dark secret.
Pig, Man, Lion
5. Pig, Man, Lion
June 12, 2018
A local theatre troupe is performing a play written by, directed by and starring an egotistical local actor. A classic big fish in a small pond, the manipulative theatre director challenges Harley to shed his star status and prove his acting chops. When an unstable member of the troupe latches onto Harley, he must 'play the part' so she won't do something dangerous.
Harley's Got a Gun
4. Harley's Got a Gun
June 5, 2018
Carter wants to learn how to use a gun and makes his housekeeper, Dot, give him shooting lessons. When they discover the body of a partner in a tech startup that was about to be sold for millions, everyone at the company becomes a suspect. Harley learns there's still a big difference between himself and a trained police officer.
The Farmhand Who Bought the Farm
3. The Farmhand Who Bought the Farm
May 29, 2018
Harley has accepted a position as Consulting Detective in the Bishop PD. On his first official case, he discovers that he's not as tough as he thinks he is. When a local farmhand gets killed by a tractor, Harley insists it's not an accident. After cracking the case, he earns himself an office in the precinct - though it's not exactly what he pictured.
The Astronaut & The Lion King
2. The Astronaut & The Lion King
May 22, 2018
A young man approaches his favorite detective, the world-famous Charlie Carter (Harley), and asks for help to prove he wasn't responsible for his mother's death. Harley can't say no to someone who also grew up without a mother, and finds a cold case that only he and his best friends, Sam Shaw and Dave Leigh are willing to re-open.
Koji the Killer
1. Koji the Killer
May 15, 2018
In the opening episode TV star Harley Carter returns to his hometown of Bishop, Ontario, after a public scandal in Los Angeles. His housekeeper of 30 years has been accused of murder and Harley demands to be included in the investigation. Along the way, he discovers that he has a knack for real detective work and may not return to LA so quickly after all.
Where to Watch Carter
Carter is available for streaming on the WGN website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Carter on demand at Amazon Prime.
  • Premiere Date
    May 15, 2018
  • IMDB Rating
    6.6  (1,998)