- 3 Seasons
Graceland was a crime drama series that aired on USA Network between 2013 and 2015. Created by Jeff Eastin, the show followed a group of undercover agents from various law enforcement agencies, who lived together in a Southern California beachfront house called Graceland.
The main character of the show was Mike Warren (Aaron Tveit), a recent FBI graduate who was assigned to the house to investigate his mentor, Paul Briggs (Daniel Sunjata), a senior FBI agent who had been working undercover for years. Along with Mike and Briggs, the other members of the Graceland house were DEA agent Paige Arkin (Serinda Swan), FBI agent Charlie DeMarco (Vanessa Ferlito), LAPD officer Dale Jakes (Brandon Jay McLaren), and FBI agent Johnny Tuturro (Manny Montana).
Throughout the series, the agents worked on various cases involving drug trafficking, human trafficking, corruption, and other crimes, while trying to maintain their undercover identities and deal with their personal issues. In addition to the main cast, the show also featured recurring and guest stars such as Gbenga Akinnagbe, Pedro Pascal, Scottie Thompson, and Emily Rose.
One of the strengths of Graceland was its ensemble cast, with each actor bringing their own unique style and backstory to the show. Daniel Sunjata portrayed Briggs as a complex character with multiple identities, while Aaron Tveit's Mike was a by-the-book agent who had to learn how to bend the rules in order to survive in the field. Vanessa Ferlito's Charlie was a tough and outspoken agent who struggled with addiction, while Serinda Swan's Paige had a dark past that threatened to catch up with her.
Brandon Jay McLaren's Dale was a lovable and goofy character who provided comic relief, while Manny Montana's Johnny was a street-savvy agent who always had a plan. Together, the cast had great chemistry and made the Graceland house feel like a real home, despite the constant danger and tension they faced.
Another strength of the show was its depiction of the Southern California setting, with its sunny beaches, vibrant nightlife, and diverse population. The show explored various aspects of the region, from the opulent mansions of the rich and powerful, to the gritty streets of the poor and marginalized. The show also had a great soundtrack, featuring songs by artists such as The Black Keys, Eminem, and LCD Soundsystem.
While Graceland was generally well-received by critics and audiences, it only lasted for three seasons before being cancelled by USA Network. The show's final season ended on a cliffhanger, with several unresolved plotlines and the fate of some characters left up in the air. Despite its premature cancellation, Graceland remains a fan favorite and a unique addition to the crime drama genre, with its mix of undercover operations, personal drama, and exotic location.
Graceland is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (38 episodes). The series first aired on June 6, 2013.