Backstrom (TV series)

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Genre Crime drama
Based on The Bäckström Series 
by Leif G. W. Persson
Developed by Hart Hanson
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 2 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Hart Hanson
  • Leif G.W. Persson
  • Mark Mylod
  • Niclas Salomonsson
Producer(s) Rainn Wilson
Location(s) Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Running time 43 minutes
Production company(s) Far Field Productions
20th Century Fox Television
SoulPancake Productions
Original channel Fox
Original run January 22, 2015 (2015-01-22) – present
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Backstrom is an American crime comedy-drama television series developed by Hart Hanson based on the Swedish book series by Leif G. W. Persson.[1] It is ostensibly set in Portland, Oregon but actually filmed in Canada. The series premiered on January 22, 2015.[2]


Backstrom centers on Everett Backstrom (Rainn Wilson), an "overweight, offensive, irascible" Portland Police Bureau detective who is engaged in a constant struggle with his "self-destructive" tendencies, and is part of a team of eccentric criminologists.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

  • Rainn Wilson[3] as Lieutenant Everett Backstrom, head of the Special Crimes Unit. Prior to the beginning of the series Backstrom was demoted to Traffic following his racially insensitive outburst after he caught the murderer of six Native Americans.
  • Genevieve Angelson as Detective Nicole Gravely, Backstrom's second in command. Gravely is a young, idealistic detective who works with Backstrom even though she finds him to be lazy and cynical.[4]
  • Page Kennedy as Officer Frank Moto, member of the Special Crimes Unit, and a former MMA fighter.
  • Kristoffer Polaha as Sgt. Peter Niedermayer, the unit's Forensics Liaison.
  • Dennis Haysbert as Detective John Almond, a kind and devoutly religious man who has been married for 30 years. In an offhand remark, Gravely mentions to Backstrom that Almond has the highest conviction rate out of any detective in the history of the Portland Police Bureau.
  • Beatrice Rosen as Nadia Paquet, a foreign-born civilian who supports the detectives in the Special Crimes Group.
  • Thomas Dekker as Gregory Valentine, Backstrom's decorator and "underworld connection". At the end of the pilot, it is hinted in a remark by Backstrom's doctor that Valentine is Backstrom's son; Backstrom met (offscreen) Valentine's mother, a prostitute.


  • Ben Hollingsworth as ADA Steve Kines
  • Sarah Chalke as Amy Gazanian, Chair of the Civilian Oversight Committee and Backstrom's ex-fiancée
  • Inga Cadranel as Police Chief Anna Cervantes, Backstrom's former (police) partner
  • Nicholas Bishop
  • Rizwan Manji as Doctor Deb, a doctor working for the Portland Police Bureau who provisionally clears Backstrom for duty on the caveat that he changes his self-destructive lifestyle.
  • Tiffany Hines


In July 2012, CBS greenlit a pilot episode to be produced for Backstrom.[5] The pilot for the series was filmed in Vancouver British Columbia Canada.[6]

When CBS passed on the pilot, 20th Century Fox Television shopped it around to other networks before landing a 13-episode series order with their own network, Fox.[1]

For the pilot episode, the producers contacted Minor League Baseball team Portland Sea Dogs to use their hat with their logo for the family fishing boat business.[7]


Backstrom has been met with mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the show holds a rating of 35%, based on 37 reviews, with an average rating of 4.9/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Backstrom's stale cop humor is a cop-out, availed little by the talented cast's attempt to make good of sloppy schtick."[8] On Metacritic, the show has a score of 51 out of 100, based on 31 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[9]


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
U.S. viewers
1 "Dragon Slayer" Mark Mylod Hart Hanson January 22, 2015 (2015-01-22) 1AWM79 7.98[10]
2 "Bella" Alex Chapple Joe Hortua January 29, 2015 (2015-01-29) 1AWM04 5.32[11]
3 "Takes One to Know One"[12] TBA TBA February 5, 2015 (2015-02-05) 1AWM01 TBA
4 "I Am a Bird Now"[12] TBA TBA February 12, 2015 (2015-02-12) 1AWM02 TBA
TBA "Bogeyman"[13] TBA TBA TBA 1AWM07 TBA
TBA "The Inescapable Truth"[13] Michael Offer Eli Attie TBA TBA TBA
TBA "Give 'Til It Hurts"[13] Rob Hardy TBA TBA 1AWM06 TBA
TBA "Love Is a Rose and You Better Not Pick It"[13] Kevin Hooks Joe Hortua TBA TBA TBA
TBA "I Like to Watch"[13] Adam Arkin TBA TBA TBA TBA
TBA "Enemy of My Enemies"[13] Sarah Pia Anderson TBA TBA TBA TBA
TBA "Ancient Chinese Secret"[13] TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA
TBA "Dirty, Lying, Corksucker"[13] TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA
TBA "Rock Bottom"[13] TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA


  1. ^ a b "FOX Cracks the Case with Hart Hanson's New Crime Drama "Backstrom"". The Futon Critic. January 7, 2014. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  2. ^ Slezak, Michael (November 20, 2014). "Fox Sets Dates for Following, Bones' Spring Return, Backstrom and More". TVLine. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  3. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (March 17, 2013). "Rainn Wilson to Star in Hart Hanson's 'Backstrom' Adaptation for CBS". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 14, 2014). "Genevieve Angelson Set As Female Lead In Fox Series ‘Backstrom’; Christopher Denham Joins WGN America’s ‘Manhattan’". Retrieved February 15, 2014. 
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (July 30, 2012). "‘Backstrom’ Crime Drama From ‘Bones’ Creator Hart Hanson And 20th TV Gets Pilot Production Commitment At CBS". Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  6. ^ "SHOOT: Rainn Wilson & Dennis Haysbert Film CBS Pilot BACKSTROM in Downtown Vancouver Alley". March 28, 2013. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  7. ^ "TV Show Set in the Other Portland Tips it's Hat to Sea Dog". Portland Press Herald. January 22, 2015. Retrieved January 23, 2015. 
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  10. ^ Bibel, Sara (January 23, 2015). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'The Vampire Diaries' & 'American Idol' Adjusted Up; 'Mom', 'Backstrom', 'Two and a Half Men' & 'Bad Judge' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 30, 2015. 
  11. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (January 30, 2015). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'Grey's Anatomy', 'The Big Bang Theory' & 'How to Get Away With Murder' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 30, 2015. 
  12. ^ a b "Shows A-Z - backstrom on fox". The Futon Critic. Retrieved January 21, 2015. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i United States Copyright Database

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