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  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 12, 2010
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 75 Ratings

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  • Summary: Based on the Tess Gerritsen novels, detective Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) and medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander) work together to solve crimes in Boston.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. Expect some equally strong language to reflect the harshness of the crimes, but enough charisma from the protagonists to keep the show from derailing into glorified grisliness.
  2. The good part involves just about any scene focusing on Angie Harmon ("Law & Order") as Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli. The flip side? Just about every scene that isn't centered on her, especially those involving Jane's best friend, medical examiner Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander).
  3. 75
    Their interaction is friendly, if mildly teasing, professional and catfight-free. This allows the show to have the relaxing, unchallenging pleasures of good fluff even when the premiere is actually going a bit heavy on the gore.
  4. 60
    It isn't brilliant television, but everyone in it seems to be giving it their all--even the corpses.
  5. Rizzoli & Isles features a good dose of humor and a lean style of storytelling that's reflected in the fairly small core group with which we will apparently be working.
  6. In the absence of an arcing narrative, the series wants us to accept as its mission of suspense the mystery of this crypto drag-king-meets-shopaholic friendship.
  7. This derivative mish-mash apes countless TV series that have gone before. Badly. It's full of stereotypes and characters who are so fake they're flatter than your average low-budget cartoon.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. Dec 27, 2010
    I was fortunate enough to see the first two episodes of Rizzoli and admit that I loved the banter and the story line. I thought it has some fun and quick comments together with a bit of mystery. To me it was one of the best shows I have seen this year. But then, it does not have much with which to compare when one looks at the moronic "reality" shows that currently ruin the nightly viewing. I know I am the odd one out, apparently, but I cannot find any enjoyment in the big brothers, survivors and similar trash. Thanks for at least one enjoyable show that is not Canadian at the moment. Worst part is our local station has taken it off the air so I await the series being released on DVD and I will watch it without the adds. Loved both female leads too. Hope it has many more seasons to go and keeps up the good story lines. Expand
  2. Aug 20, 2010
    I thought I would really like this show because I'm a Angie Harmon fan. The thing that I don't like is what a complete idiot the Isles character is. She is totally annoying. The two women in the books were intelligent, now only Rizolli has any smarts. Please, give Isles a brain, stop having her act like she's a moron. Expand
  3. Sep 18, 2010
    What an insulting ending - I generally liked the show eventhough Isles is portrayed as the village idiot - trying to copy Bones I think but why do producers feel they have to give us a "cliff hanger" to get us back.
    We are either going to watch the show or we are not. This unrealistic ending was insulting.
  4. Sep 16, 2010
    Not a bad show, though it's less of a police procedural show and focuses more on the personality of the characters. Unlike shows such as Law and Order, this show really shows little evidence to the given case. In Law and Order, you can possibly guess who is the culprit based on evidence. In Rizzoli&Isles, the real murderer isn't revealed until the very end and so the little evidence they do revealed is rather meaningless. Nevertheless, the show is still amusing and quite interesting. Expand
  5. Sep 17, 2014
    Really fun to watch show, very interesting, I like the characters and how deep they are so to speak (as in well fleshed out and developed, unique, good back stories, actors/actresses representing them, etc). However, I feel at points the drama can become a bit too much and I find myself wanting the show to focus more on the case versus the side drama of the characters but even so, it still gives you the chance to at least get to know a little more about the characters.... so I suppose even a little excessive drama is necessary so it's not super dry cut like some other cop shows tend to be. BTW Jane is a badass as is Maura.... Expand
  6. Jun 16, 2012
    Loved the books. The TV series is almost as good and captures some of the clever characters from the stories. I think the actors nailed their characters. Highly recommend the books, the TV show is also watchable and does justice despite the liberties it takes. Expand
  7. Sep 10, 2010
    I watched the first episode, and the main character, Rizzoli, conveniently manages to escape from some criminals, and then proceeds to shoot an unarmed criminal as he is laying on the ground. In the second episode, she assaults another unarmed perpetrator with a metal pipe. In the third episode, she blackmails a school administrator into giving a student a scholarship. I don't find Angie Harmon's semi-dirty cop who always seems to have the keys to solving the case fall into her lap a compelling main character. The fashionista forensic scientist is attractive, but not believable.

    The writing is below average. The characters and situations are far-fetched.

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