The Unusuals

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The Unusuals is described as a crime procedural dramedy set in modern-day New York City. Sometimes life takes an unexpected turn, as in the morning Casey Shraeger, a vice detective, is assigned to work undercover as a hooker by the Lincoln Tunnel and later finds herself a part of the homicide squad. As Casey gets to know her new co-workers, she discovers that each one has their own quirks, not to mention, their own secrets. Det. Walsh is a loyal and brilliant officer whose partner was just gunned down. Det. Delahoy has a brain tumor along with a death wish while his partner Det. Banks, who wears a bullet-proof vest to sleep, fears he won't make it past 42 years old. Det. Cole is very religious but seems to have a shady past, and his partner Det. Beaumont is a tough female cop amongst the male-dominated precinct. Det. Alvarez talks about himself in the third person and is often the object of his colleagues' pranks. Casey herself has her own secrets as she was born into one of the richest families in New York City and doesn't want anyone to know about it. The Unusuals, described by some as "a modern-day M*A*S*H", was created by Noah Hawley and is produced by Denis Leary, Peter Tolan, and Jim Serpico, executive producer of FX's Rescue Me. ABC has picked up The Unusuals for mid-season 2008/2009 with an initial season order of 10 episodes. Due to not-so-great ratings, ABC opted not to renew the series for a second season.moreless
Jeremy Renner

Jeremy Renner

Det. Jason Walsh

Amber Tamblyn

Amber Tamblyn

Det. Casey Shraeger

Monique Gabriela Curnen

Monique Gabriela Curnen

Det. Allison Beaumont

Kai Lennox

Kai Lennox

Det. Eddie Alvarez

Harold Perrineau Jr.

Harold Perrineau Jr.

Det. Leo Banks

Joshua Close

Joshua Close

Det. Henry Cole

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • The story of the detectives of the 2nd Unit NYPD Police Department. This is a procedural that investigates some serious subjects with humor and clever stories. Overall after a slow start he show was better and better but canceled after ten episodes.moreless

    9.0
    Actually an above average police drama set on the streets of New York City. Brilliant casting and a great ensemble feeling. Even the characters that seemed to be outcasts overall fit in with the programs quirky taste.



    The stellar cast is lead by Amber Tamblyn as Detective Casey Schraeger. Her partner Detective Jason Walsh played by Jeremy Renner was excellent. These two lead a cast of lovable misfits. Schraeger's story is one of a debutante from a family of wealth and privilege. She has rebelled against the family and wants to do something with her life. When we first meet Walsh his last partner had just been killed. He is forced to bring along a new partner in Schraeger. He is a down to earth good guy that just wants to live life. Most notable are Adam Goldberg as Detective Eric Delahoy and his partner Detective Leo Banks played by Harold Perrineau Jr.. Delahoy has a brain tumor but he refuses to get help. He ends up having a romance with the medical examiner who is helping him. Banks is afraid of dying. He is 42 and his father and grandfather both died at 42. He is convinced he will die this year so he wears a bullet proof vest every minute of the day. Delahoy's constant risking his life drives Banks crazy.



    Detective Allison Beaumont is played by Monique Gabriela Curnen. She is having a serious relationship with Walsh which brings some crazy things to the stories at times. Her partner is Detective Henry Cole played by Joshua Close. Henry is a mess. His former criminal partner killed Walsh' partner and causes a great deal of problems. Henry has found religion so he is trying to live a righteous life which considering his past is difficult.



    The last two regular cast members are Detective Eddie Alvarez played by Kai Lennox and Sergeant Harvey Brown played by Terry Kinney. Alvarez' wife is an assistant DA and he is the units outsider. He refers to himself in the third person and constantly is getting ribbed by the other detectives. Finally Brown is an all business leader and does an excellent job of leading the unit. This show was a mid-season replacement that never really got an audience. It was fun, quirky, well written, superbly acted, and the productions values were very good as well. A disappointing situation but it was fun to watch while it was on. Honestly I feel it sort of got thrown away. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • GREAT Show

    10
    This is an excellent show. BRING IT BACK!!!! It's been a long time since we found a truly unique, funny and entertaining show. We were just beginning to tell our friends about it and found out it was canceled. So many cookie cutter type shows on...but The Unusuals was so cute and so well done. It is so unique that it was hard to even explain to everyone but I tried. Funny, dry humor, great acting and so many plot twists. I don't care that they left us hanging in the final plot...I just really miss having it to turn to for a laugh. Please bring it back.moreless
  • This gem of a show deserved more respect than it got.

    8.5
    The Unusuals was not given the chance it deserved. This short series was quirky and entertaining. The writers crafted stories revolving around peculiar police cases and eccentric people that were far from the reused set of stories most cop shows use. The ensemble cast shaped odd characters and atypical situations into a captivating hour. Amber Tamblyn (who I have loved since Joan of Arcadia) as Detective Casey Shraeger and Jeremy Renner as Detective Jason Walsh were the core of the ensemble sometimes appearing to be the normal people among the crazies but each of their characters had their own idiosyncrasies as well. The detectives of the Second Precinct were real people with exaggerated individualities that made them interesting. The characters had growth within the few episodes that indicated they could survive a long run. During the short run, the show improved each episode. Since ABC decided not to renew the show before half of the episodes had run, it felt like the show never had a chance. But unlike other shows that ABC did not renew, the episodes were allowed to play out in the scheduled timeslot and were not burned off over the summer.moreless
  • My husband and I enjoy this show a great deal and we were anxiously awaiting the return.Great shows are coming to an end with little new to replace it. This one deserve to be one of them.Too much reality crap, not enough humor. This one filled thatmoreless

    9.5
    What are the network execs thinking when they didnt think this funny gem was good enough to continue. Please folks lets show this cast and crew the respect they deserve and start a movement to get this back into production and back in our livingrooms!!! It has been done before and this one is worth adding to the list of the little ppl talked and forced the "bigger ppl" to listen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!The show is true to its name and there are so many "realitiy shows" taking up space that are mind numbingly stupid why cant we enjoy The Unusuals instead.

    They are willing to fill the airwaves with and I quote from another winner-Supernatural- "talentless douchbags" which was a dig at CSI Miami( and guess who they ment with that????)and take this winner off the air. Lets see if we can get it back...Come join the effort!!!!!!moreless
  • Please bring back by popular demand!

    9.0


    Can't believe we missed this on TV! Watching it on Netflix. Husband and I really enjoy it. The characters are rich, the stories fun, and seeing neighborhoods in NYC are great. Great mix of drama action comedy and character. Please, give it another go! We're all sorry to miss it 1st time!



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    Crime, Thrillers, Cop Shows, Detectives, undercover cops