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  • TV-14
  • 2008
  • 5 Seasons
  • 7.8  (18,536)

Flashpoint is a Canadian police procedural drama television series that premiered on July 11, 2008, on the CTV network in Canada and was later broadcasted on CBS between 2008 and 2012. Created by Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern, it follows an elite tactical unit within the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) of the fictional city of Toronto, Strategic Response Unit (SRU), as they respond to high-risk incidents like hostage situations, bomb threats, and armed robberies.

The show's main cast comprises of the SRU team, which is led by Sgt. Gregory Parker (Enrico Colantoni) and includes expert negotiator Ed Lane (Hugh Dillon), sharpshooter Jules Callaghan (Amy Jo Johnson), tech wizard Sam Braddock (David Paetkau), and explosives specialist Lewis “Lou” Young (Mark Taylor). Over the course of its five seasons, the show saw several recurring characters, most notably Dr. Toth, a psychologist played by the talented Jessica Steen, and Angeline “Spike” Scarlatti (Sergio Di Zio), a tactical operator who is deeply connected to the team and serves as their resident hacker.

At its core, Flashpoint is a show about complex characters dealing with complex situations. While the SRU team is well-equipped and well-trained, they're not perfect, and they're not immune to making mistakes or facing the consequences of their actions. They all have unique personalities and struggles, and the show does an excellent job of exploring their backstories and personal lives without sidelining the main plot. There’s also a significant emphasis on the emotional toll that these high-pressure situations take on the SRU members, as well as the victims and perpetrators of the incidents they respond to.

One of the standout aspects of Flashpoint is how it balances suspenseful action sequences with thoughtful character-driven storytelling. The show is equal parts heart-pumping adrenaline and emotional gut-punches, and it never fails to deliver on both fronts. Whether it's a tense showdown between the SRU and a group of armed robbers or a quiet moment between team members grappling with personal demons, Flashpoint always keeps the audience engaged.

Another notable element of the show is its commitment to portraying its high-risk scenarios as accurately as possible. From the way the SRU members approach and handle dangerous situations to the technical jargon used by the characters, everything feels grounded in reality. The show also doesn't shy away from exploring the underlying causes of the incidents it portrays, like mental illness or systemic oppression, without feeling pedantic or preachy.

Overall, Flashpoint is an outstanding police procedural drama that stands out from other shows in its genre. It boasts great acting, compelling characters, high-stakes storylines, and an impressive commitment to realism. Whether you're a fan of action-packed thrillers or character-driven dramas, Flashpoint has something to offer.

Flashpoint is a series that is currently running and has 5 seasons (93 episodes). The series first aired on July 11, 2008.

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Keep the Peace: Part 2
13. Keep the Peace: Part 2
December 13, 2012
Team One continues the hunt for a bomber at large as the squad splits up to deal with multiple bomb threats in a city already plunged into chaos.
Keep the Peace: Part 1
12. Keep the Peace: Part 1
December 6, 2012
The members of Team One face the most challenging call of their careers when a series of bombs tears the city apart.
Keep the Peace Part 1
12. Keep the Peace Part 1
December 6, 2012
Team One faces the most challenging call of their careers when a series of bombs tears the city apart.
Fit for Duty
11. Fit for Duty
January 22, 2013
Team One is called in when an armed and emotionally disturbed man takes refuge on a ferry after kidnapping his neighbor's baby.
A World of Their Own
10. A World of Their Own
January 15, 2013
Team One confronts a man who's desperate to protect his deaf nephew and the only place the boy has ever felt safe.
9. Lawmen
January 8, 2013
Parker and Ed's sons accompany Team One on a routine call. A shootout changes the situation though, complicating everything.
We Take Care of Our Own
8. We Take Care of Our Own
December 11, 2012
Ex-soldiers take over an armored truck carrying more than two million dollars.
Forget Oblivion
7. Forget Oblivion
December 4, 2012
A young man with a unusually amazing memory is abducted and forced to remember the specifications for a new "smart gun" in a high tech research facility.
Below the Surface
6. Below the Surface
November 27, 2012
A war breaks out between biker gangs and a bomb explodes in a suburban neighborhood. Team One tries to defuse a second bomb, and help a wounded informant.
Sons of the Father
5. Sons of the Father
October 18, 2012
Team One's efforts to save the life of a kidnapped woman depend largely on the abductor's brother, who harbors a dark family secret.
Eyes In
4. Eyes In
October 11, 2012
Team One discovers that they need to institute new security measures after a hacker infiltrates their computer system.
Run to Me
3. Run to Me
October 4, 2012
Team One believes they're stopping a robbery in progress, unaware that part of the teenage thieves' plan is to escape their cruel leader.
No Kind of Life
2. No Kind of Life
September 27, 2012
As Team One tries to rescue a kidnapped doctor, Sam realizes that being taken hostage may be the only way to save a child who needs medical attention.
Broken Peace
1. Broken Peace
September 20, 2012
Team One searches for an armed and abusive man who has tracked down his ex-wife, demanding to know where their daughter is.
Where to Watch Flashpoint
Flashpoint is available for streaming on the CBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Flashpoint on demand at Apple TV Channels, Paramount+, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play, Apple TV and Pluto TV.
  • Premiere Date
    July 11, 2008
  • IMDB Rating
    7.8  (18,536)