They say that truth is often stranger than fiction. Chalk one up to the cliche in this pilot episode that has charm, wit, intelligence and heart.
John Amsterdam is one of NYC's finest, most brilliant detectives. Of course he's had a few centuries to hone his skills. At every turn he alludes to his immortality-a "gift" given to him by the American Indians he saved from slaughter- and everyone just seems to shrug it off. Even his new partner (we learn she is just one in a string of numerous homicide detectives to become his partner) seems to let the comments he makes about history, age, wives, girlfriends etc. go by without question. Only his dear old friend Omar knows and believes the truth.
With this being the pilot episode, it's hard to critique character, plot and interpersonal relationships, but it certainly has the makings of an enjoyable, possibly addictive new show.
Of course, after living in NY for hundreds of years, you'd think that John Amsterdam (played by the Danish Nicolaj Coster Waldau) would have perfected his American accent. Need to work on that Nic.