Pilot

Series 1 - Episode 1 Pilot

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Review

It makes a lot of sense, you have to admit. The buddy-cop franchise with Danny Glover and Mel Gibson that generated four movies (and grossed getting on for a billion dollars around the world, incredibly) is now reworked as a TV series.

You may groan inwardly at the need to reanimate 1980s action films for television, but perhaps more of an issue for ITV is the whole idea of airing a US import in peak time. It’s not something the channel has done lately – the last time being The Americans, a meaty, grown-up drama that ended up being shunted to ITV Encore.

This, though, is not meaty or grown up. As you would hope, it’s flashy, thumping, adrenaline-rich and eager to please, but it has two good leads: Clayne Crawford perfectly fills the Gibson role of the unhinged maverick with a death wish, while Damon Wayans is his reluctant partner, an older, steadier type back at work after a heart attack. As directed by McG, it’s ridiculously in love with big guns, muscle cars and explosions, but for a Friday zone-out, just the ticket.

Summary

Action drama based on the film franchise. Grief-stricken after the loss of his wife and unborn child, ex-Navy Seal-turned-detective Martin Riggs moves to California to start afresh at the LAPD. He's paired up with veteran detective Roger Murtaugh, who's just coming back to the job after a near-fatal heart attack. Riggs' penchant for diving headfirst into the line of fire soon clashes with Murtaugh's prudent by-the-book technique and his life-on-the-edge attitude makes him a priority case for the department's psychologist. Clayne Crawford and Damon Wayans star.

Cast & Crew

Martin Riggs Clayne Crawford
Roger Murtaugh Damon Wayans
Capt Brooks Avery Kevin Rahm
Trish Murtaugh Keesha Sharp
Roger Murtaugh Jr Dante Brown
Riana Murtaugh Chandler Kinney
Dr Maureen `Mo' Cahill Jordana Brewster
Scorsese Johnathan Fernandez
Miranda Riggs Florianh Limo
Ronnie Delgado Tony Plana
Mrs Alvarez Veronica Milagros
Levon Tibibian Rudolf Martin
Daryl Hennicky Gino Anthony Pesi
Genie Babcock Sprague Grayden
Maria Torez Toni Trucks
Oscar Alvarez Peter Cortes
Bank robber Charles Baker
Partner Colin Patrick Lynch
Station officer Carl Tart
Uni Adrian Bustamante
Swat leader Dutch Johnson
Parking security guard Jeff Houkai
Maternity nurse Amy Sutherland
OR Nurse Britt Sanborn
Director McG
Producer Kelly Van Horn
Writer Matt Miller
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Drama