No Offence

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  • TV-MA
  • 2015
  • 3 Seasons
  • 8.0  (6,453)

No Offence is a British police procedural television series that aired from 2015 to 2018. The show was created by Paul Abbott, who is also known for creating another popular British series, Shameless. No Offence had three seasons, with a total of 22 episodes and aired on Channel 4 in the UK. Acorn TV began streaming the show in the US in 2017.

The series is set in the fictional Manchester Metropolitan Police station of Friday Street. Joanna Scanlan, who previously starred in hit British TV show The Thick of It, leads the cast as DI Vivienne Deering. Scanlan plays an unconventional and tough detective who runs her department with a no-nonsense attitude. She is joined by co-stars Elaine Cassidy, Alexandra Roach, Will Mellor, and Paul Ritter, among others.

No Offence is categorized as a police procedural, but it quickly becomes apparent that it is so much more than that. The show is more of a dark comedy, highlighting the absurdity and often confounding nature of police work. It also frequently portrays the socio-economic disparity in Manchester and the difficulties faced by the working classes.

At first glance, No Offence might seem like just another cop show, but it quickly becomes clear that it's something more unique. The series offers a refreshingly different perspective on the police force, often poking fun at the bureaucracy and the rigidity of the organization.

The show's humor blends seamlessly with its drama, and the writers have done an excellent job of balancing the two. There's a sharp wit to the dialogue that makes the show very addictive to watch. The show's humor is not just limited to the dialogue but extends to visuals as well. The viewers are in for an absolute treat for each episode.

The show also dives into some difficult topics such as human trafficking, drug trafficking, and radicalization that comes along with growing religious extremism in Manchester. No Offence handles these topics delicately, balancing drama and humor to produce a well-rounded viewing experience. It's a testament to the show's creators that the contrasting tones work so well together.

The characters are what really make No Offence stand out. DI Vivienne Deering might be the lead, but it's the dynamic between the entire squad that makes the show so enjoyable. Each character has their own quirks and characteristics, and they all feel well developed. Each episode comes with compelling character arcs that keep you hooked until the finale.

There is also a refreshing diversity among the casts where Joanna Scanlan's character is supported by a team from different backgrounds, including gay, Irish, and African characters. The show offers an excellent commentary on the racial and socio-economic tensions in Manchester while at the same time providing some of the best comedy on television.

Acorn TV subscribers will appreciate the fully fleshed out side characters who bring a unique perspective and energy to the show. Elaine Cassidy plays a crucial role as DC Dinah Kowalska, who joins the squad for the first season. Cassidy's character arc throughout the show is one of the best parts of No Offence, and she is sure to become a fan favorite.

Overall, No Offence is a fantastic show that offers a fresh perspective on the police procedural genre. The show handles some difficult topics and blends drama and humor expertly. The characters are all well developed and come with their own complexities, quirks, and strengths. This show is highly recommended to anyone who loves a good police procedural with a spin of comedy.

No Offence is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (21 episodes). The series first aired on May 5, 2015.

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Episode 6
6. Episode 6
October 18, 2018
The team are running out of options and their strategy is threatened when one of their own is placed in peril.
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
October 11, 2018
Caroline McCoy's political reign brings chaos to the streets of Manchester, and catapults hardline DCI Terry Taylor into Friday Street cop shop, to bring the police in line with her agenda.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
October 4, 2018
The team have 48 hours to get Dennis to betray his best friend and turn police informant. When Viv tunnels down to Dennis's deepest insecurities she unleashes more than she could have bargained for.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
September 27, 2018
Election day looms and the team is on high alert, as Beckett's reign of terror appears to be escalating when an elderly Jewish man is found dead in a graveyard. The team is right on Beckett's tail, and a meeting between getaway driver Dennis and Beckett promises to be the key to capturing him.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
September 20, 2018
Killer Beckett's next target is Manchester's children and Viv and the team must track down the poisoned batch of halal meat that Beckett has unleashed on the city before it's too late. In the hunt to get closer to Beckett, Dinah attempts to win the trust of the undercover cop in the midst of the far-right group Beckett used to be involved in - and uncovers explosive secrets.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
August 6, 2018
A mayoral debate goes tragically awry when a deadly shooter enters the building. Viv and the team must race to catch the killer and try to understand what motivates his attempted assassination of an underdog mayoral candidate.
Where to Watch No Offence
No Offence is available for streaming on the Acorn TV website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch No Offence on demand at Apple TV Channels, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Google Play, Apple TV and Pluto TV.
  • Premiere Date
    May 5, 2015
  • IMDB Rating
    8.0  (6,453)