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  • TV-14
  • 2013
  • 2 Seasons
  • 6.9  (1,992)

Cracked is a Canadian crime drama television series created by writer Tracey Forbes and Toronto Emergency Task Force member and SWAT officer Calum de Hartog. The show follows a team of detectives, forensic psychiatrists, and psychologists who work together to solve some of the most complex and challenging criminal cases in the city of Toronto.

The main character of the show is Detective Aidan Black (David Sutcliffe), a brilliant detective who struggles with mental health issues. Aidan's experiences with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and his own mental health struggles enable him to connect with the people he tries to help in his work. However, his challenges also create significant challenges for his personal and professional life.

The show stands out in its genre because of its unique mix of traditional crime procedural drama and psychological insights into the criminal mind. The creators have taken great pains to ensure that each episode is both entertaining and thought-provoking. They incorporate a significant amount of research on mental health and psychology, sensitively and realistically portraying the struggles of the people who have experienced trauma or mental illness.

Cracked's cast features a unique mix of characters who bring their diverse backgrounds, experiences, and professional expertise to the table. Alongside David Sutcliffe, the series stars Stefanie von Pfetten as Dr. Daniella Ridley, a forensic psychiatrist who specializes in trauma; Luisa d'Oliveira as Detective Poppy Wisnefski, a young detective who is highly intuitive but struggles with authority; Dayo Ade as Leo Beckett, a psychologist who helps the team to understand the criminal mind; Karen LeBlanc as Inspector Diane Caligra, the team's boss; and Brooke Nevin as Ivy Church, an ambitious and street-wise police officer.

The show's creators also aimed to tackle important social issues and remove the stigma surrounding mental illness. Each episode of the series focuses on a different case, often inspired by real-life incidents, and demonstrates the value of mental health knowledge and social support in solving them.

The show's writing is notable for its realistic portrayal of mental health struggles and its attention to detail in portraying police work. It successfully blends the two in a way that makes for an engaging and compelling narrative.

Cracked has been praised for its exceptional writing, acting, and casting. Each episode features complex and nuanced performances from the actors, who bring depth and authenticity to their roles.

The show has attracted a loyal fan base and high ratings throughout its two-season run. Fans have praised the show for its unique blend of genres and its ability to tackle important societal issues such as mental health and addiction.

Cracked is an excellent addition to the crime procedural television show genre. It brings its own unique insight into criminal investigations with its focus on mental health and human problems that underlies criminal cases. The show's creators have managed to successfully blend realism and entertainment to create a compelling and thought-provoking drama.

Cracked is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (23 episodes). The series first aired on January 8, 2013.

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8. Voices
February 24, 2014
When the Property Manager at a seedy Parkdale tenement house winds up murdered, things take a strange turn when a resident with schizophrenia appears with the murder weapon, claiming the devil told him where it was.
7. Hideaway
February 17, 2014
The murder of a community health worker becomes personal for Pysch Crimes, as the deceased is someone from Leo's past, forcing him to confront his deepest regrets.
Ghost Dance
6. Ghost Dance
February 10, 2014
Psych Crimes investigates the brutal murder of an Aboriginal woman on a lonesome stretch of highway. Homicide already has a suspect in custody, but as the team begin to connect this case to others along the same highway, they develop a conflicting theory: there's a serial killer on the loose.
The Hold Out
5. The Hold Out
February 3, 2014
When a bomb goes off in the home of an elderly paranoid man engaged in a battle with a successful developer, Psych Crimes is called in to sort through multiple theories.
4. Faces
January 27, 2014
When a shopkeeper is stabbed in Kensington Market, Psych Crimes needs to help him overcome his unique illness -Face Blindness -to identify the attacker.
The Valley
3. The Valley
January 20, 2014
When a schizophrenic young man living in the Rosedale Valley ravine is found murdered, Psych Crimes is called to a puzzling scene: the location has been cleaned and the body carefully posed. What starts out as a murder investigation becomes a quest to save a family and avert another disastrous outcome.
The Price
2. The Price
January 13, 2014
A band is killed during a nightclub shooting. Aidan and Clara interview a witness.
1. Swans
January 6, 2014
When a female patient is kidnapped from a locked psychiatric ward by a masked man, a new psychiatrist is called in to help the investigation.
Where to Watch Cracked
Cracked is available for streaming on the CBC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Cracked on demand at Amazon, Vudu, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    January 8, 2013
  • IMDB Rating
    6.9  (1,992)