When I first saw the pilot episode for this female-driven cop show, I was less than impressed. It seemed a bit cheesy but I’m glad I kept watching because it has blossomed into something amazing. The premise is simple, that of Jane Rizzoli, a blue collar background homicide detective teamed up with brilliantly intelligent and always chic Dr. Maura Isles, the medical examiner. But this is so much more than just a police procedural and calling it a buddy cop show would also be doing it a disservice. Once you get to know the cast of core characters, you’ll find this is focused more on their personal lives and relationships, with the cop stuff serving to highlight the realistic dynamics at play between all of them. Since most people balance a work life and a personal life, this approach feels more authentic and allows you to thoroughly invest in all the finely drawn characters. There’s a great mix of drama, suspense, emotion and humor, pretty much the perfect cocktail for great entertainment. Angie Harmon is spot-on as Jane, a pretty but tough cop who grew up with two brothers, Frankie and Tommy (Jordan Bridges and Colin Egglesfield respectively). She’s the complete opposite of Maura, played by Sasha Alexander, who loves heels, is always wearing something fashionable and can quote obscure facts on just about anything. Jane’s practicality and street smarts plus Maura’s expertise and sophistication combine to create not only a very believable friendship but also a great partnership as they tend to balance one another out. I really don’t know why people have latched on to the idea that Moira and Jane are secretly lesbian lovers, as this is never implied in the show. They’re good friends who have plenty of male love interests, so settle down, you internet pervs! Everything on this show feels natural and organic with nothing done for shock value. Of course there’s adult relationships portrayed and some pretty horrific crime scenes and general police business involved, but none of it is shown simply to thrill the audience. I’d love these characters no matter what line of work they were in, which should tell you the writing is top notch. Now renewed for a sixth season, I absolutely love this engaging show and highly recommend it to anyone. – BETHANY
Check out the Internet Movie Database for detailed cast information and interesting trivia about the production: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1551632/
Dr. Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander), ever the fashion plate (photo courtesy of http://www.fanpop.com)
Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) and fellow detective Vince Korsak (Bruce McGill)
Maura tries to introduce Jane to meditation, with limited success.
Choosing the right footwear for a crime scene can be crucial.
Frankie Rizzoli, Jr (Jordan Bridges) and Jane
Jane’s brothers, Frankie and Tommy (Colin Egglesfield)
Detective Frost (Lee Thompson Young), Jane and Korsak
Jane’s old flame, Casey Jones (Chris Vance)
FBI agent Gabriel Dean (Billy Burke), and a romantic interest for Jane (see a pattern? She seems to have a type)
Maura and romantic liaison (that’s how she would describe their relationship), Jack Armstrong (Enver Gjokaj)
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