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The Glades - Season 1 [DVD] [NTSC] 
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Enthralling mystery, compelling characters and wry humour are par for the course in this intriguing series. Matt Passmore stars as Jim Longworth, a no-nonsense Chicago detective who relocates to Florida anticipating plenty of sunshine, golf and easy living. What he finds, however, is a caseload swamped with murder. As the investigator relies on experience, instinct and forensic science to crack baffling cases, he pursues the affections of a pretty, quick-witted medical student. Join Jim and his investigative team in the sleepy resort town of Palm Glade, where the forecast is always sunny…with a chance of homicide.
- Unaired deleted scenes
- Gag reel
- Behind-the-scenes footage
- Featurettes ("Sunshine State of Mind: Casting The Glades," "A Location for Murder: Filming in The Glades")
- Director and cast commentaries ("Pilot," "Exposed")
It might have been easy to classify The Glades in the dime-a-dozen category of quirky, dramedic cop shows about a fish-out-of-water detective cracking cases against a glossy South Florida backdrop. But The Glades has turned out to be a consistently charming, well-scripted, and excellently cast anomaly in the world of police procedurals by placing its emphasis on fun and funny, with an assortment of likable characters who are genuinely pleasant to spend time with. The setup has disgraced Chicago cop Jim Longworth landing feet first with a bemused attitude on the homicide squad of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE, a.k.a. State Police). Show creator Clifton Campbell chose a fictional setting called Palm Glades, where the glaring sunshine covers locations that range from places that resemble the swankest haunts of Miami Beach to the dankest hearts of Everglade swamps. Longworth is drawn with impeccable guile by the charming Australian actor Matt Passmore, who comes off as all-American through and through, with his twinkling eyes, cavernous dimples, and a pervading aura of irresistible cuteness and devilish charm. Passmore makes the show, but he gets plenty of help from a writing team that always gives him a quick quip and clever wink to match the sharp mind that caps his expert case-solving skills. The ensemble around him also gives the show much of its appeal, especially Kiele Sanchez as Callie, a local nurse and single mum who trades sparks with Jim while her husband is in the slammer. Neither one can really decide what they want their relationship to be (until the season finale, that is). Sanchez is enormously engaging, with a wit that matches Passmore's, and their scenes together have the breezy flow of improv as they bounce ripostes, endearments, sarcastic asides, and cautious flirtations against each other in a dance of comic sexual tension. Other regulars who add to the personal and professional camaraderie are Carlos Gómez as the medical examiner and Jim's foil/friend, Jordan Wall as a geeky, brilliant forensics intern, and Michelle Hurd as the homicide lieutenant who may be exasperated with Jim's playful manner, but appreciates his way of getting the job done.
The 13 episodes in this season-one set all follow pretty much the same formula. A body is discovered in some exotic location in the first scene, usually carrying signs of a grisly demise. They end with Jim tidily solving the puzzle for us and explaining his process to the killer in a denouement that also has a posse of FDLE backup poised to swoop in and snap on the cuffs (shades of Columbo). What keeps the stories from falling into the humdrum of mundane TV-ness is the terrific chemistry of the cast and plot arcs that hew to themes of Floridian lore, but always with a playful sense of spice. Episodes involve things like golf, alligators, golf, manatees, hurricanes, golf, NASA, treasure hunting, prostitution, smuggling, and golf. (Jim likes spending time on the links almost as much as he does chatting up babes and solving nice juicy murders.) In all, The Glades is a top-tier cop show, as satisfying as a powerful drive down a sun-drenched fairway. --Ted Fry
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It's about as fun to watch as Burn Notice, but it's more of a cop show than Burn Notices is. As a Floridian, it's nice to see a series that acuuratly reflects the landscapes and urban area of Florida, unlike C.S.I. Miami which is mostly filmed in Southern California. The mysteries are entertaining, and the story arc is engaging.
As someone who lives in the Tampa Bay metro area, I have to admit, it would have been cool for the series to continue here, not to mention the boost it would have given to our local economy. But, I've personally personally spent enough time in the Miami metro area to say that this program looks like what South Florida looks like.
If you like Burn Notice, you'll like this. If you are looking for a mellow slightly more realistic version of C.S.I. Miami, then check it out.
Overall the show is an interesting detective drama with a touch of humor, and given it's setting, comes about the right time as CSI Miami came to a finish, so if you liked the Florida-esque setting of CSI Miami this will sate your appetite. You'll also be pleased to hear that it is better than that show as well, while having some lighter coroner investigations similar to CSI, it has some very surprising outcomes with it's cases, sure some are easier to crack than others for us couch potato Colombo's, but some that even i had trouble solving & i watch a load of these shows that i usually know who the killer is within 5 minutes. Being a drama, the personal lives of the main characters also yield some interesting diversions in combination with the body count.
The acting is pretty good overall, Australian actor Matt Passmore's main character is a bit of an odd one, in that he isn't an overly likable person per se, he is a good detective, but a bit prickly with a rude & pushy attitude when going to any lengths to get the results, much to the dismay of his boss. Sort of a more rugged & unlikable chap, unlike fellow Aussie Simon Baker's alter ego Patrick Jane in The Mentalist.Read more ›
and great locations
will stand the test of time like columbo
I was confused in the title sequence, first of all. The lead character says he moved to Miama to 'Quebec' so I was confused for the first three title sequences as the drama unfolds in MIAMI - until I realised what I'd heard as 'Quebec' is actually 'kick back', then the penny dropped .......
Anyway, It's about a cop working in MIAMI who immediately falls for the first nurse he comes across (more on her later) whilst solving crimes in the area. It's beautifully shot (the drama, not the victim) and wonderfully acted by Matt Passmore as the cop in question - and indeed by the supporting actors who all give a very fine performance.
The one irritating note for me has to be the nurse (Calleigh) in question. Her husband is in jail and it's one of those 'she treats the main character (Jim) like dirt and he continually takes it, fawning after her like his life depended on it' whereas in reality no man would put up with such a 'pain' as her - he'd say "OK, got the message" and move onto another woman. This continues throughout the whole of Series One but they do 'get it on' at the end, only to met by ........ (well, I won't spoil it for you, but you can probably guess).
I can't stand this type of female character and I'm guessing it will continue into Series 2 and 3 which aren't available in the UK yet, but which I will definitely order. I have a feeling that 'Calleigh' and her child and husband will feature in the storyline for much of the time (and probably in dramatic form) but putting that aside, this series is highly recommended viewing.
I do like it that each episode is one, individual storyline so you can dip in and out at will and not lose the thread of the series.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Season 1 was great. The later seasons turn into a combination of baywatch a Kia advertisement and sex in the city.Published 1 month ago by Chameleon
Fantastic cast, well acted, great chemistry between the actors and love the storylines.Published 8 months ago by sonia