Backstrom (2015)

TV Series   |  TV-14   |    |  Comedy, Crime, Drama

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The Portland Police Bureau's Elite Special Crimes Unit is led by Det. Lt. Everett Backstrom, an alcoholic and smoker who is in failing health, but takes on cases in special circumstances.




  • Rainn Wilson and Kristoffer Polaha in Backstrom (2015)
  • Rainn Wilson and Kristoffer Polaha in Backstrom (2015)
  • Ever Carradine and Kristoffer Polaha in Backstrom (2015)
  • Rainn Wilson in Backstrom (2015)
  • Rainn Wilson in Backstrom (2015)
  • Rainn Wilson in Backstrom (2015)

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25 January 2015 | N_Lincoln
| So far, so good!
I thought this was a very good show, it held my interest. Backstrom was offensive, yes, but he shows signs of softening his attitude. He offends everybody equally, sparing no one from his barbs. The interaction with the doctor was good, and the revealing humor in 'absolutely not' was on target. Denis Haysbert is a solid presence. I do think Wilson's character (beautifully captured) requires a very strong counterpoint, so his partner (or another positive character) could up the ante. The approach that Backstrom goes a bit inside the character's minds to determine possible guilt, much like Jane on the Mentalist, is effective. I note that many compare this to House. So far, I think Backstrom holds his own in comparison.

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