Love the series. Just found it December 2014 in USA. Love everyone except Leslie's character. The actress is good, however, I hate the constant drama between her & Jake. I adore the father, and absolutely think DEZ makes the show. My favourite episode so far was the one with Russell Crowe & his episode. I really like Christian too, wish they used him more. The attorney is great. Nicholas Campbell's returning character is AWESOME. I really like him in a comedic role. Victor Garber's returning character is also GREAT FUN and his episodes are stellar steale as well.
I disagree with other reviewers. This show's best season has come and gone. The second season saw a downgrade in writing and plot, grasping for just plain goofy stuff that was hard to upgrade with good acting. It's maintained second-season status since then. It needs better writers; it's redundant, poorly-executed and, well again... just plain goofy. A little less goof, a little more entertainment, please.
"Lame" seems too harsh an adjective in view of Hawco's talents and energy, so I'll settle for "weak".
Honey, hand me the remote. I've had enough of Doyle.
This week I finally got off my duff and contributed some viewership to a good cause: Canadian Television. There are way more selfish reasons to be choosing or not choosing to watch shows from Canada, but I include supporting the industry and the thousands of jobs it generates here. I can understand that participating on the continuing dialogue of the Canadian identity doesn't rate as high on the priority list as, say, engaging in a show that actually captures your imagination regardless of where it was made, and that's why it's so important to keep digging around to find something that jives. Trailer Park Boys was a great discovery, Intelligence too, I'd even count This Hour Has 22 Minutes as one too. I suppose this is why I got so excited after watching Republic Of Doyle and realising that I'd really like to watch it again.
When I first saw the ads for this show, I thought it was a Canadian production of a story taking place in Ireland somewhere. Goes to show how far astray I've gone from my roots since moving to the West Coast. Yeah, this dramedy police procedural is set in St John's, Newfoundland - except it's St John's is painted with a bit of a Boston brush - or at least the Boston the world knows from The Departed; lots of musical accents that bear a suspicious resemblance to The Dropkick Murphy's "Shipping Off to Boston", assorted shady characters, all of whom know each other, stuff like that.
The Doyle of this particular Republic is bit of a scoundrel named Jake who makes up one third of a family run private detective agency. Much like Han Solo, Doyle has a cool conveyance (it's a 1968 GTO instead of the Millenium Falcon), a charming swagger and a tendency to succeed despite mild ineptitude. He's got women problems in the form of his unstable wife that he's in the midst of divorcing, and the attractive police constable that hampers his investigations while rebuffing his romantic advances. It might be trying a little too hard to be sexy - its write-up mentions Rescue Me, and I think that's an unrealistic comparison to make as far as raciness. Regardless, the jokes are on the nose and they keep coming.
The show is funny, fast paced and unspeakably East Coast. Republic of Doyle's got everything going for it The Beachcombers had, and more. They've even got a revolving door of Canadian guests stars (I think all the 22 Minutes cast get a chance at bat, and Intelligence's Ian Tracey is in the too) so they can maintain the cancon an still deliver an original shuffle of familiar elements to create something new and fun. If there's one thing the Newfies know how to do it's finding humour in the midst of tragedy, so could a comedy about a murder sleuth have a better setting than this.
And the best thing about it? It just got renewed for a second season. Meaning that beyond the remaining 6 episodes of the first season left to air, there's another 12 or so to come after that.
...comes the latest smart comedy called "Republic of Doyle".
Set in Newfoundland, this well executed but wickedly funny tale of a family of Private Investigators manages to hit all the right case notes, all the right character flaw notes, and deal with the "Newfie" card without being glib or trite. Allan Hawco (also a co-creator) as Jake Doyle is perfectly cast as the smooth but not as smooth as he thinks he is son of an ex cop who goes into the investigative business with dear old Dad, played with equal brilliance by Sean McGinley.
It is really fun to watch them take on their weekly case in a professional manner while dealing with life in general; none of the latter being in any way normal or under control.
Guest stars, some recurring, like Nicholas Campbell and Gordon Pinsent round out the thoroughly enjoyable experience. It does my heart good to discover a comedy-of-sorts that I will watch in this age of lowest common denominator humour. Thanks Canada!
...and if I may be entirely superficial for one moment: Allan Hawco is a cutie! ;o}
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