||This article's lead section may not adequately summarize key points of its contents. (June 2013)|
|Directed by||Daniel Grou|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||20|
|Executive producer(s)||Sophie Deschênes|
|Running time||42 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Société Radio-Canada|
|Original channel||Télévision de Radio-Canada|
|Original airing||February 2, 2011|
|[Official website Website]|
19-2 is a Canadian police drama television series. The show presents the lives of several fictional patrol officers of the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (Montreal Police Service) as they deal with police business and politics, and their own personal conflicts and problems. The titular "19-2" is patrol car unit #2 of the fictional station #19.[NB 1]
The series has been produced in two distinct versions. The original series aired in French on Radio-Canada beginning in 2011, and an English language adaptation premiered on Bell Media's Bravo channel on January 29, 2014.
Main character Nicolai Berrof's friend and partner, Jean-Pierre Harvey, has been shot. The resulting brain damage has left him permanently hospitalized. Berrof gets a new partner, Benoît Chartier, a transfer from the Sûreté du Québec, and Berrof must get used to his new partner, and to his friend's condition. His boss, Sergent Julien Houle, secretly wants to get him fired. Other characters deal with relationship difficulties, or personal problems, like alcohol abuse. The scenes often occur during patrols, and the show often portrays various criminal activities. At the end of the first season, Chartier is charged with exposing a mole at the police station. His search for this individual is a major story arc in the second season.
- Claude Legault as Benoît "Ben" Chartier
- Réal Bossé as Nicolaï "Nick" Berrof
- Benz Antoine as Tyler Joseph
- Véronique Beaudet as Bérengère Hamelin
- Sylvain Marcel as Sergent Julien Houle
- Catherine Bérubé as Audrey Pouliot
- Vincent Graton as Jean-Pierre Harvey
- Julie Perreault as Sergent-detective Isabelle Latendresse
- Louis Philippe Dandenault as Jean-Marc Brouillard
- Fred-Éric Salvail as Vincent "Vince" Légaré
- Jean Petitclerc as Marcel Gendron
- Robert Naylor as Théo
- Magalie Lépine Blondeau as Amélie De Grandpré
- Fanny Mallette as Catherine
- Louise Portal as Marie-Louise
- Marc-François Blondin as Sylvio
- Chip Chuipka
- Jared Keeso as Ben Chartier
- Adrian Holmes as Nick Barron
- Benz Antoine as Tyler Joseph
- Bruce Ramsay as District Commander Marcel Gendron
- Conrad Pla as Julien Houle
- Dan Petronijevic as J.M. Brouillard
- Laurence Leboeuf as Audrey Pouliot
- Maxim Roy as Detective Isabelle Latendresse
- Mylène Dinh-Robic as Beatrice Hamelin
Reviews have been positive overall. Quebec police forces have liked the series, seeing a way to make viewers more aware of their daily lives.
During the first season, the show attracted about 1.3 million viewers per week, which made it the most popular series in Quebec of the winter. It peaked at 1,447,000 viewers on 23 February 2011, and the season finale got 1,302,000 viewers, the top in its time slot.
The series has been nominated for several awards, including the Prix Artis and the Zapettes d'Or. The series, with 18 nominations at the Gémeaux 2011, and won 12 at the gala that took place on 18 September 2011.
Radio-Canada's English sister network, CBC Television, announced in 2012 that it was working on an English adaptation of the series. CBC Television did not pick up the series for its 2013 season; instead, the English series will air on Bravo. The English adaptation is slated to star Jared Keeso and Adrian Holmes. On April 1st 2014, Bravo announced that they have picked up the show for a second season.
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