Cold Squad

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  • TV-14
  • 1998
  • 7 Seasons
  • 6.8  (631)

Cold Squad was a Canadian police procedural drama series that aired on CTV from 1998 to 2005. It was created by Matt MacLeod and Phil Bedard, and produced by Partners in Motion and Alliance Atlantis Communications. The show followed a team of detectives from the Vancouver Police Department who were tasked with investigating cold cases, meaning cases that were difficult to solve, had been left unsolved for a long time, or had no leads.

The main character of the show was Sgt. Ali McCormick, played by Julie Stewart. She was a tough and determined detective who headed up the Cold Squad unit. McCormick was also dealing with personal demons, such as a failed marriage and a troubled relationship with her son. Throughout the show, she had to balance her personal and professional life, while trying to bring closure to families who had lost loved ones.

Other main characters in the show included Insp. Vince Schneider (Michael Hogan), McCormick's superior and a seasoned detective who acted as a mentor to her; Det. Tony Logozzo (Michael Hogan), a charming and flirtatious detective who often clashed with McCormick; Det. Len Harper (Peter Wingfield), a forensic accountant with a dry sense of humor; and Det. Nicco Sevallis (Stephen McHattie), a former undercover cop with a dark past.

In addition to the main characters, the show featured a large cast of recurring characters, such as Joy Tanner as Sgt. Jacqueline 'Jack' Cooper, another member of the Cold Squad unit; Jerry Wasserman as Lt. Tom Kelly, the head of the Vancouver Police Department's Homicide Division; Matthew Bennett as Det. Mike Celucci, a young detective who idolized McCormick; and Garry Chalk as Insp. Andrew Pawlachuk, McCormick's former boss who had a vendetta against her.

The show explored a wide variety of cases, from murders and missing persons to financial fraud and organized crime. The episodes often featured flashbacks and multiple storylines, as the detectives pieced together the events leading up to the crime. The show also dealt with issues such as police corruption, mental illness, and addiction.

One of the unique aspects of Cold Squad was its use of real-life cold cases as the basis for some of its episodes. The show collaborated with local law enforcement agencies and used actual case files to create storylines that were both compelling and respectful to the victims and their families.

Throughout its seven-season run, Cold Squad received critical acclaim and numerous accolades. The show won two Gemini Awards for Best Drama Series, and Julie Stewart won the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role three times. The show also launched the careers of several Canadian actors, such as Tahmoh Penikett, Erica Cerra, and Sonja Bennett.

In conclusion, Cold Squad was a groundbreaking and highly regarded police procedural drama that explored the world of cold cases and the toll they take on detectives and their families. It featured a talented cast of actors and tackled difficult and sensitive subject matter in a respectful and engaging manner. The show remains a beloved Canadian classic and a testament to the quality of Canadian television.

Cold Squad is a series that is currently running and has 7 seasons (99 episodes). The series first aired on January 23, 1998.

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And the Fury (2)
13. And the Fury (2)
June 4, 2005
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.
The Filth (1)
12. The Filth (1)
May 28, 2005
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.
C'mon I Tip Waitresses
11. C'mon I Tip Waitresses
April 2, 2005
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.
10. Borders
February 19, 2005
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.
Learning Curve
9. Learning Curve
January 15, 2005
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.
Mr. Bad Example
8. Mr. Bad Example
January 8, 2005
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.
Girlfriend in a Closet
7. Girlfriend in a Closet
December 11, 2004
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.
6. Righteous
December 4, 2004
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.
5. Deadbeat
October 16, 2004
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.
Cock of the Walk
4. Cock of the Walk
October 9, 2004
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.
Teen Angel
3. Teen Angel
September 18, 2004
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.
Voices Over Water
2. Voices Over Water
September 11, 2004
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.
No Life Like It
1. No Life Like It
September 4, 2004
Ali McCormick returns to the Cold Squad when the sister of a murder victim is found dead behind Baubles strip club.
Where to Watch Cold Squad
Cold Squad is available for streaming on the CTV website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Cold Squad on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Tubi TV and Pluto TV.
  • Premiere Date
    January 23, 1998
  • IMDB Rating
    6.8  (631)