Rizzoli & Isles

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Based on the best-selling crime novels, Angie Harmon (Law & Order) and Sasha Alexander (NCIS) star as detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles. Opposites in many ways — Rizzoli is brash and tomboyish; the methodical and impeccably dressed Isles is often icy — together, they use their brilliant minds to bust Boston's most notorious criminals. Lorraine Bracco stars as Jane’s mother.
Starring
Angie HarmonSasha AlexanderJordan Bridges
Genres
Drama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. Pilot
    July 11, 2010
    51min
    18+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Series premiere: Boston detective Jane Rizzoli (ANGIE HARMON) and medical examiner Maura Isles (SASHA ALEXANDER) investigate a murder that mimics the Surgeon, a serial killer.
  2. 2. Boston Strangler Redux
    July 18, 2010
    43min
    18+
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Tensions are high as the squad investigates a possible copycat of the Boston Strangler. Jane butts heads with her new boss, Lieutenant Grant (recurring guest star DONNIE WAHLBERG).
  3. 3. Sympathy for the Devil
    July 25, 2010
    43min
    18+
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Jane and Maura investigate the death of a young Cape Verdean boy who may have died during an attempted exorcism. Plus, Jane's mother sets her up on a surprise date.
  4. 4. She Works Hard for the Money
    August 1, 2010
    43min
    18+
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    English [CC]
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    English
    After a student is gunned down in broad daylight, the investigation reveals she had more than a few secrets. Meanwhile, Jane's mother and father get into a spat.
  5. 5. Money for Nothing
    August 8, 2010
    43min
    18+
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    English [CC]
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    English
    An aristocratic Boston family member is found dead. Maura's ties to the family and Jane's resentment over their wealth threaten the investigation. MARK-PAUL GOSSELAAR guest stars.
  6. 6. I Kissed a Girl
    August 15, 2010
    42min
    18+
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    English [CC]
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    English
    After an apparent hate crime against a woman leaving a lesbian bar, Jane goes undercover. Maura sets up Jane with a hot yoga teacher. ANTONIO SABATO JR. and BRENDA STRONG appear.
  7. 7. Born to Run
    August 22, 2010
    43min
    18+
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    English [CC]
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    English
    The Boston Marathon turns into a crime scene as a shooter targets runners. Jane and Maura must investigate in secret so as not to cause a mass panic. BALTHAZAR GETTY guest stars.
  8. 8. I'm Your Boogie Man
    August 29, 2010
    43min
    18+
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    English [CC]
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    English
    A body found in a park seems to be the work of Hoyt, the imprisoned serial killer who nearly murdered Jane. BILLY BURKE (Twilight) appears as FBI Agent Gabriel Dean.
  9. 9. The Beast In Me
    September 5, 2010
    43min
    18+
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    English [CC]
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    English
    When an identity thief with no apparent identity of his own is found murdered in his car, the investigation leads Jane into a checkered past. CHAZZ PALMINTERI appears as Frank Sr.
  10. 10. When the Gun Goes Bang, Bang, Bang
    September 12, 2010
    43min
    18+
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    English [CC]
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    English
    In the season finale, Jane, Maura and Frankie Jr. are trapped in a fight for survival on their home turf. CHAZZ PALMINTERI and ERIK PALLADINO (ER) guest star.

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Directors
Mark HaberSteve RobinMichael KatlemanNorman BuckleyGregory PrangeMichael ZinbergRandy ZiskMichael M. RobinStephen ClancyPaul Holahan
Producers
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Season year
2010
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4.8 out of 5 stars

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Mike Billington author of Murder in the Rainy SeasonReviewed in the United States on May 20, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Smart, funny, fierce women
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"Rizzoli & Isles" was a landmark series because it featured not one but two smart, funny, fierce women who did not have to rely on their male counterparts to solve mysteries.
That was - and still is - a pretty bold step for TNT to greenlight this project because, generally, American viewers are reluctant to accept strong female leads UNLESS they are being helped along by male characters.
(ABC's long-running hit "Castle" is a prime example of that. The smart, fierce female detective can't seem to solve a case without the help of her male companion, a mystery writer.)
The series is based on novels by Tess Gerritsen, a doctor turned mystery writer, and was created by show runner Janet Tamaro, a former journalist. Both women found a way to succeed in professions that have traditionally been male dominated and I think they are justifiably proud of their achievements. For them to water down their lead female characters by making them reliant on men would have been a betrayal of those achievements and I am glad they didn't do that.
That said, there are plenty of male characters in this series and they are given substantive roles: They are not just cardboard cutouts for the lead female characters to bounce lines off. That's a plus, in my opinion.
They mysteries are interesting, the villains are more complex than is the norm, and the dialogue in smartly written. The direction is pretty seamless throughout the season.
The verdict: 5 big stars.
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BlueMplsReviewed in the United States on September 13, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Don't Miss This Series!
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This is one of my all-time favorite crime dramas, not for the storylines or the plot twists, but for the relationship between the two main characters - and for the personalities of the characters themselves. It's so refreshing to see a woman who can kick a** and be witty, sassy, street-smart, and fierce, but still be sweet, sensitive, loving, and funny. (Rizzoli.) And it's nice to have a geeky character (Isles) who doesn't behave like a robot! Their friendship is perfect. The writers completely eliminated the competition, occasional back-stabbing, and awkwardness that pretty much every single female t.v. friendship has and just let them be themselves. The result is a close-knit relationship full of humor, strength, and depth. The bonus - they're also pretty hilarious. And the mysteries are pretty entertaining, too.
15 people found this helpful
Richard D. PearsonReviewed in the United States on September 22, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Program!
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Rizzoli & Isles is a top program, in a class with NCIS and Bull. The story lines are great, the acting is outstanding and it is enjoyable to watch. Angie Harmon has nailed the Jane part and Sasha Alexander is outstanding in her part. When I first got the idea to purchase the DVDs they were about $13.00 per season. Price has gone up considerably and I'm not sure if I will purchase any more despite the high quality and my enjoyment of the series.
Ian AchesonReviewed in the United States on July 31, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
Love it! Can't wait to Season 2.
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Another new cop show but one with 2 ballsy ladies in the lead.

The writers have done a good job with the two lead characters, establishing good depth and vulnerability to them both. Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander's chemistry develops over the course of the season, You could almost describe them as sisters: both have enormous respect for each other, whilst taking the mickey out of each other (esp Harmon) and having genuine love and concern. Yes, Isles has similarities to Bones but I think she has a softness that perhaps Bones doesn't which has made it easier to develop empathy for her.

The stories are good but perhaps gets resolved too quickly in certain episodes. The fact there is a continuing bad guy that haunts Rizzoli is good and hope he continues in Season 2.

If you like Angie Harmon, you'll really like this show - her character is far more rounded that in her Law & Order days.

Thoroughly enjoyable - can't wait for Season 2.
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TWSReviewed in the United States on June 24, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
great police drama
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my daughter and i relax by watching reruns of "bones" and "castle" (and eating ice cream), but we've seen nearly every episode of each multiple times. we'd never seen rizzoli & isles, so i recorded the premier of season 5 and we loved this show! it is as smartly written as "castle" and uniquely cast as "bones". we like the chemistry between the two partners and we love the side stories and supporting cast. we have to catch up on the first four years of the show, so we're working our way through previous seasons from amazon, three shows a night. the criminals and crime scenes are often darker and more graphic than in "castle" and "bones", so i might not let younger kids watch (or i might send them for ice cream at strategic points!). good pick.
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JulieReviewed in the United States on December 9, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent!
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I hadn't seen this series when it first came out but decided to try season 1 of the series in a DVD. I was really pleased. So many programs have too much sexual innuendo and vulgar language that tend to distract from the story line. This is a good series with intelligent plots, interesting characters, good humor, and strong female role models. I've gone ahead and gotten more seasons and have not been disappointed.
Andrea K. JohnsonReviewed in the United States on December 1, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fun, enjoyable series
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The chemistry and banter between the leads, Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander, as best friends and crime fighters really makes this series fun. I've read a couple of the books this series was based on, but I don't get cable and hadn't given much thought to trying to see the series until I happened to start watching early episodes of NCIS. I liked Sasha Alexander as Kate Todd and decided I'd give her new series a try as well. I think Alexander is as good here as she was on NCIS and Harmon is probably better than she was as the district attorney in Law and Order. It's nice to see a show with women as the leads. The plots seem pretty typical of a crime procedural but it's the characters that make it special.
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A MacReviewed in the United States on July 23, 2011
4.0 out of 5 stars
A good follow on for Sasha Alexander
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Rizzoli and Isles, detective series bringing Sasha Alexander (former NCIS) back into a lead role.

Sadly Rizzoli and Isles lacks the instant interpersonal appeal that NCIS has/had, but certainly a series woth watching, and throughout the series it does consistently build the caracters.

Isles is the ME, Rizzoli the down to earth cop. Isles in a very distant way could be described a little like a cross between Quincy & Bones, just a bit more upscale. Angie Harmon's Rizzoli plays her part well in spite of her rather eccentric Italian family and somehow manages to blend a combination of "Starsky" and "Cagney" [Cagney and Lacy, not James] into a single individual into a well above average portrayal of the role.

Like any TV drama, it has episodes that vary from throughly excellent to barely believable and a plot mix that changes from predictable to surprising.

All in all decent acting, better than average storylines, reasonable sequencing, quality sets and a relatively believable character set that slowly matures as this first series winds to a close. By the end of the season it was getting to the point of watching two a night instead of one overy other night.

Whatever was behind Sasha Alexander leaving NCIS, this series has the opportunity to put her career firml back on track. I'm curious to see what the next season will bring.

I will probably buy the second series - but it's not a "can't wait" affair, definate hint of anticipation though.
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