- 5 Seasons
The Canadian dramatic series Flashpoint chronicles a specialized police team, called the Strategic Response Unit (SRU). The group deals with especially stressful circumstances, such as police standoffs, bomb scares or hostage situations. Based on the true events of the Toronto Police Emergency Task Force, the team deescalates these difficult situations by using mental tactics to talk the individuals out of their dangerous actions. They find additional information on the suspect through a variety of means, such as job history and talking to family members. The team uses the information to bring the person to their breaking point or flashpoint. The one-hour series tracks the team members through a variety of personal and professional situations. The series originally aired on CBS on July 11, 2008. During the fourth season, it transitioned to ION Television. Seasons one and three each had thirteen episodes; seasons two and four each had 18 episodes. The fifth season is scheduled to begin in October 2012, but this season marks the conclusion of the drama. The producers have slated 13 episodes for the final season. Sgt. Gregory Parker, played by Enrico Colantoni, acts as the team leader. One of the main story lines involves the emotionally charged, romantic relationship between Julianna Jules Callaghan, played by Amy Jo Johnson and Sam Braddock, played by David Paetkau. While company policy initially blocked their attempts to become closer, the couple eventually overcame those obstacles. Ed Lane, played by Hugh Dillon, Lou Lewis Young (Mark Taylor), Kevin Wordy Wordsworth (Michael Cram) and Mike Spike Scarlatti (Sergio DiZio) round out the team. The newest member of the group, Rafik 'Raf' Rousseau (Cle Bennett) was introduced in Season 4, episode 6. Another ongoing theme involves the decision of various members of the team to remain with the unit or transfer to other assignments.