The Border

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CBC (ended 2010)

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The Border

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In this post-9/11 world the once "undefended border" that divides Canada and the U.S. is no longer considered soft. This CBC programs lifts stories from the headlines to fuel an action-packed dramatic series about maintaining security in today's world. The series follows the Immigration and Customs Security (ICS) main team lead by Major Mike Kessler.

Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson

Detective Sergeant Al "Moose" Lepinsky

James McGowan

James McGowan

Major Mike Kessler

Catherine Disher

Catherine Disher

Superintendent Maggie Norton

Graham Abbey

Graham Abbey

Detective Sergeant Gray Jackson

Grace Park

Grace Park

Special Agent Liz Carver (Season 2+)

Jonas Chernick

Jonas Chernick

Agent Heironymous Slade

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Season 4

    10
    This is a all-inclusive series from action, comedy, romance and suspense... season 4 should have been aired. The last episode of sn3 leaves a lot of tension and the worst suspense ever which heightens the first episode and all story of sn4 episode 1
  • season 4???

    10
    I agree with serenety2angel. just finished watching the final episode of season 3 and it was a total cock block for such a great show
  • what happened after season three?

    10
    We have this particular tv show from our Crackle station on our Roku and we are totally addicted. After my husband went through every single episode (some without me!), we finally got to the last episode. OMG, the suspense!! We absolutely LOVE this show. But I would have liked to see MORE. I don't understand why such a great show would've been cancelled.... well, yeah, I guess, but geez, this was a very good show! I just want to know if they made it out after the whole gunfight thing. Boo! This is one that I would watch over and over!moreless
  • A non-US point of view of some hot topics in this time: the war on terrorism, the borders control, the relationship between the United States and his "allied" countries, and the immigration issues post 9/11.moreless

    9.0
    I think this show is really good, especially because it gives a non-US point of view of some hot topics in this time: the war on terrorism, the borders control, the relationship between the United States and his "allied" countries, and the immigration issues post 9/11.



    The characters are very good written, the acting is average or above, there are some funny moments, and the plot is usually well developed, even when it is a little predictable. I think the personal life of Mike Kessler (James McGowan) is showed in a deep, interesting way, and you can see a lot of his inner issues in the series. Bianca LaGarda, however, is a little cliché, and sometimes a little boring, but besides this, all the other characters work well.



    And I don't think the show is "anti-american", as some have said. I think is another point of view of a lot of topics that not all people (and not all countries) see the same way… just it.moreless
  • A different take on the post 9/11 'War on Terror' and its effects on global security and diplomatic relations; The Border follows the drama, action and diplomatic manoeuvrings of Canadian Immigration and Customs security (ICS)moreless

    9.0
    A different take on the post 9/11 'War on Terror' and its effects on global security and diplomatic relations; The Border follows the drama, action and diplomatic manoeuvrings of Canadian Immigration and Customs security (ICS). The focal character, Mike Kessler (James McGowan), is the head of this department and his personal life proves to be almost as colourful as his day job. As the episodes progress, the central characters are explored in great detail and it is this depth and quality of story-telling, that provides an excellent dynamic in which to contrast the action and suspense; something which shows such as 24 have often lacked. But make no mistake, there is action a-plenty, with each instalment focusing on one of the myriad of situations the ICS team has to deal with as they police the vast expanse that is the US/Canadian border. Terrorism, drugs and people trafficking are all dealt with, along side whatever personal crisis's the team may be experiencing.



    What is interesting about this take on the 'War on Terror' and the huge crack down on border control, is that it highlights some of the effects on diplomatic relations between allies, as well as any developing resentment of US measures among less powerful nations. When so many shows such as The Unit, act as what is arguably often conservative propaganda, The Border isn't afraid to paint the many shades of grey that exist in global politics, and in doing so, delivers an intelligently written piece of television that is as insightful as it is exciting.



    I will admit that I was dubious of how entertaining the show was going to be before I sat down to watch it. Customs and Immigration conjures up images of fluorescent jackets and memories of butch women with fat fingers who enjoy performing cavity searches (I still feel her breath on the back of my neck when I close my eyes… but that's a story for another time). However, that preconception was merely down to my ignorance over what the job entails, especially in the higher echelons. I enjoyed the fact that current global developments are worked into the script and including the influences of the US, Canada and also Britain, creates this political and jurisdictive tug of war that adds real depth to the shoot-outs and drug busts.



    A definite recommendation from me and just remember, if you disagree with me, then it's probably because you're wrong.moreless
  • FX BRINGS IMMIGRATION DRAMA THE BORDER ACROSS THE POND THIS EVENING AND WITH AN AVERAGE TV.COM RATING OF 8.5 TONIGHT'S PREMIERE LOOKS LIKE IT WILL START THE SERIES ON A HIGH.

    The Border premieres in the UK

  • THE BEGINNING OF THE NEW YEAR BRINGS US A HOST OF NEW SHOWS AND RETURNING SERIES, FROM OUR FAVOURITE US DRAMAS TO NEW UK SHOWS. HERE, WE'VE CREATED A LIST OF THE SHOWS TO LOOK OUT FOR IN EARLY 2009, COMPLETE WITH TV.COM RATINGS. WHAT WILL YOU BE WATCHING?

    New Year TV Guide 2009

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