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Genre Police procedural
Created by Graham Yost
Starring Jeff Goldblum
see below
Composer(s) Steve Porcaro
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 7
Executive producer(s) Graham Yost
Felix Alcala
Fred Golan
Producer(s) Preston Fischer
Josh Singer
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Nemo Films
NBC Universal Television Studio
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original network NBC
Picture format HDTV 1080i
Audio format Surround sound
Original release March 15 – April 27, 2007

Raines is an American crime drama television series that ran from March 15, 2007 to April 27, 2007 on NBC in the United States. The show premiered as a mid-season replacement, as well as airing on CH in Canada, TV3 in Ireland, ITV3 in the UK, and on Network Ten in Australia.[1]

The series focused on Michael Raines (Jeff Goldblum), a 'mentally haunted' LAPD detective, who interacts with imaginary manifestations of dead crime victims in order to solve criminal cases. Raines must deal with his unique, unintentional method, as it causes problems with his co-workers and in his personal life.[2]

The first two episodes aired on Thursday nights (March 15 and March 22) at 10:00 PM Eastern Time during the time slot normally occupied by ER. The third episode aired eight days later, taking up its regular Friday at 9:00 PM time slot.

On May 14, 2007, NBC announced its schedule for the 2007-2008 television season. Raines was left off this list, and was officially cancelled.[3]

Cast and characters[edit]

Mykelti Williamson appeared in a cameo role, in the pilot episode, as Detective Bobby 'Fearless' Smith, a role he originated on the 2002-03 NBC-TV series Boomtown, also conceived by Raines creator Graham Yost, and set in Los Angeles.

Luis Guzmán was originally cast in the role of Charlie Lincoln, but after the pilot was shot, he was replaced by Malik Yoba. NBC then asked that the producers re-shoot the scenes in which he appeared.


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
1 "Pilot" Frank Darabont Graham Yost March 15, 2007 (2007-03-15) 101
When a young woman is found murdered, Detective Raines is called to find out who killed her. During his investigation, an uninvited guest returns from the grave to help Raines solve her murder.
2 "Meet Juan Doe" TBA Graham Yost March 22, 2007 (2007-03-22) 103
When Raines investigates the murder of an illegal immigrant, he discovers a connection to a Los Angeles councilman. Meanwhile, Lewis refers Raines to a psychiatrist after he notices Raines acting strangely.
3 "Reconstructing Alice" TBA Fred Golan March 30, 2007 (2007-03-30) 107
When Raines looks into the murder of a homeless woman found in an alley, his investigation soon leads to something much more complicated than he initially suspects.
4 "Stone Dead" TBA Bruce Rasmussen April 6, 2007 (2007-04-06) 106
A 20-year-old drug dealer, who was trying to reform and become a comic book artist, is found dead. Raines expresses his concerns about Charlie's son to Dr. Kohl, who urges Raines to bring him to her so she may help him.
5 "5th Step" TBA Taylor Elmore April 13, 2007 (2007-04-13) 105
The body of the wife of an old friend of Raines is discovered with an Aryan Nation insignia inscribed on her chest. While searching for evidence, Raines soon discovers some disturbing lies and misguided good intentions surrounding the victim's past.
6 "Inner Child" TBA Josh Singer April 20, 2007 (2007-04-20) 104
A disturbing murder and sexual assault case involving a child threatens to derail Raines' progress in eradicating his hallucinations.
7 "Closure" TBA Dave Andron April 27, 2007 (2007-04-27) 102
When a small plane crashes into the Pacific, Raines is asked to investigate by his ex-wife, who is convinced that the victims, including her new husband, were murdered.

A script entitled "Every Picture Tells a Story" was written but not filmed; this would have been episode production number 108.

U.S. television ratings[edit]

Weekly rankings based on Fast National ratings.[4][5][6]

# Episode Air Date Timeslot (ET) Season Rating Share 18–49 Viewers Rank
1 "Pilot" March 15, 2007 Thursday 10:00 PM 2006–2007 6.7 12 2.9 10.46 # 23
2 "Meet Juan Doe" March 22, 2007 Thursday 10:00 PM 2006–2007 5.9 10 2.5 8.71 # 33
3 "Reconstructing Alice" March 30, 2007 Friday 9:00 PM 2006–2007 4.8 9 1.9 6.97 # 50
4 "Stone Dead" April 6, 2007 Friday 9:00 PM 2006–2007 4.4 8 1.7 6.67 # 53
5 "5th Step" April 13, 2007 Friday 9:00 PM 2006–2007 4.1 7 1.5 6.45 # 59
6 "Inner Child" April 20, 2007 Friday 9:00 PM 2006–2007 3.9 7 1.3 5.87 # 63
7 "Closure" April 27, 2007 Friday 9:00 PM 2006–2007 3.8 7 1.4 5.59 # 61

For the season, the show came in #83, with 6.7 million viewers.


Though the series has never been released to DVD, all 7 episodes are available for digital download from iTunes and Amazon. The episodes can also be streamed through Hulu.


  1. ^ Devlin, Darren (December 22, 2006). "Ten wins Grand Finals flip". Herald Sun. Retrieved March 17, 2007. 
  2. ^ Menon, Vinay (March 15, 2007). "Is Jeff Goldblum talking to me?". The Star. Toronto. Retrieved June 14, 2008. 
  3. ^ 2007 Cancelled Shows: Several NBC Cancellations » TV Series Finale
  4. ^ Zap2It Ratings: Rating and Share.
  5. ^ Calendar Live Ratings: Viewers and Rankings.
  6. ^ 18-49 Ratings: Media Life Magazine (18-49 numbers)

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