Castle Reviewed


Carolyn McAndrews, 2020, Staff

Network: American Broadcasting Company
First episode date: March 9, 2009
Final episode date: May 16, 2016

Genre: American comedy series
Can be watched on: TV Guide, ABC, TNT, Amazon, & Hulu

Show Description:

In the first series of this crime drama, successful murder-mystery writer Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) is asked to consult with the New York City police about a serial-killer case in which the murderer is reenacting scenes from Castle’s books. He agrees, and he shares his insight with Det. Kate Beckett (Stana Katic), the lead detective on the case. After the case is solved, Castle uses his friendship with the mayor to continue working with Beckett’s team on additional cases. The benefits are mutual: His skills will help the police, and he will get to do research his next series of books centering on Det. Nikki Heat, a female protagonist inspired by Beckett. Beckett objects to the character’s name and disapproves of the way Castle doesn’t follow police protocol, but she realizes she’s in no position to question the mayor’s decision.

My Review:

I personally have always loved mysteries and trying to solve the crime along with the characters. In Castle you feel like you are with Castle and Beckett solving the murders. The acting is spot on, and the believability is off the charts. The directors and network put together an amazing cast, who deliver outstanding performances. Another great quality of the show is that when watching it you feel like this is actually happening in New York City, present day. It is very easy to fall in love with the characters, while also understanding how people work/tick. Throughout the whole series you start to think “Why did he/she do that?” “What will they do next?” “What motivates people do what they do?” Now, Castle isn’t heavy about criminology, but you do get a view of what criminal investigation has to offer.