Terriers (TV series)
|Created by||Ted Griffin|
|Opening theme||"Gunfight Epiphany" by Robert Duncan|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13 (list of episodes)|
|Location(s)||San Diego, California|
|Running time||45 minutes|
|Original release||September 8 – December 1, 2010|
Terriers is an American crime comedy-drama television series created by Ted Griffin that aired on FX from September 8 to December 1, 2010. The show was canceled by FX on December 6, 2010 after the first season.
Ex-cop and recovering alcoholic Hank Dolworth (Donal Logue) partners with his best friend, former criminal Britt Pollack (Michael Raymond-James), in an unlicensed private investigation business. The series is set in Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, although it is portrayed as a distinct town, with Dolworth having once been a member of the fictional Ocean Beach Police Department.
- Donal Logue as Henry "Hank" Dolworth
- Michael Raymond-James as Britt Pollack
- Laura Allen as Katie Nichols, Britt's girlfriend
- Kimberly Quinn as Gretchen Dolworth, Hank's ex-wife
- Jamie Denbo as Maggie Lefferts, Hank's attorney and part-time employer
- Rockmond Dunbar as Detective Mark Gustafson, Hank's friend and former partner
- Loren Dean as Jason Adler, Gretchen's fiancé
- Karina Logue as Stephanie "Steph" Dolworth, Hank's sister (Karina and Donal Logue are real-life siblings as well)
- Alison Elliott as Laura Ross, a muckraking blogger
- Michael Gaston as Ben Zeitlin, local attorney
- Daren Scott as Burke (the "man in the tan suit"), Zeitlin's "muscle"
- Alex Fernie as Swift, one of the "Squatters"
- Alex Berg as Blodgett, one of the "Squatters"
- Todd Fasen as Gunt, one of the "Squatters"
- Johnny Sneed as Professor Elliot Owen, Katie's college teacher
- Craig Susser as Detective Ronnie Reynolds, Mark's current partner on the force
- Stephen Frejek as Officer Robledo, a fellow cop
- Zack Silva as Gavin, Katie's college friend
- Christopher Cousins as Robert Lindus, local land developer
Despite low ratings, Terriers was met with much critical praise. On December 9, 2010, Time's James Poniewozik ranked Terriers at #10 on his top 10 list of television shows in 2010. The Daily Beast's Jace Lacob selected the show as part of his top 10 shows of 2010. HitFix.com's Alan Sepinwall ranked Terriers at #3 on his top 10 list for 2010 as well as #1 on his list of best new shows of 2010. The A.V. Club ranked it as #7 on their list of best shows of 2010. IGN's Matt Fowler gave the entire season a "10" and called it a "massively gratifying TV experience like no other." IGN also gave Terriers their award for "Best New Series of 2010." The series received a nomination for Outstanding New Program by the Television Critics Association.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.
|1||"Pilot"||Craig Brewer||Ted Griffin||September 8, 2010||1WAD79||1.61|
|Hank and Britt try to locate the daughter of Hank's old drinking buddy, Mickey, and realize that she's hiding from her boss Robert Lindus (Christopher Cousins), local real estate developer and bigwig, after having recorded one of his private conversations. Mickey ends up dead, and when Hank's ex-partner, Detective Mark Gustafson (Rockmond Dunbar), doesn't believe he was murdered by Lindus, Hank and Britt frame Lindus for a different murder. Hank tries to buy his old house from his ex-wife, Gretchen (Kimberly Quinn).|
|2||"Dog and Pony"||Clark Johnson||Shawn Ryan & Jed Seidel||September 15, 2010||1WAD01||0.82|
|Hank desperately needs money to pay for the house after Lindus's cheque is confiscated by the police as evidence. The duo try to claim a reward by apprehending a fugitive and get more than they bargained for.|
|3||"Change Partners"||Guy Ferland||Phoef Sutton||September 22, 2010||1WAD02||0.57|
|Hank and Britt have to deal with the case of the head of a mortgage agency (Shawn Doyle) who gets off being cuckolded by his wife Miriam (Olivia Williams). Hank is promised a mortgage for positive evidence of infidelity, but the wife turns out to be faithful. So Hank and Kate (Laura Allen), Britt's girlfriend, help Britt and Miriam stage an affair. While Hank gets his mortgage, things don't end well either for him, or the couple. Hank investigates Gretchen's fiancé. After Britt's partner from his B&E days, Ray (Maximiliano Hernández), shows up, he confesses to Kate about an event from his past.|
|4||"Fustercluck"||Michael Offer||Jon Worley||September 29, 2010||1WAD03||0.65|
|Lindus claims that he didn't kill Mickey and that his wife and son are in danger from his associates. He offers Hank and Britt $100,000 if they stole bearer bonds which he has hidden in his now-sealed office. When they realize he bailed himself out and is trying to flee with his family, they grab him. However, he dies in Hank's house of injuries incurred in an accident while trying to escape. Hank finds out that his schizophrenic sister, Stephanie (Karina Logue), has been living in his attic.|
|5||"Manifest Destiny"||Rian Johnson||Leslye Headland||October 6, 2010||1WAD04||0.49|
|Hank and Britt dispose of Lindus's body by making it look like a case of drunk driving. Hank runs into a high-powered attorney, Ben Zeitlin (Michael Gaston), an associate of Lindus who wants a soil study that Lindus apparently possessed. Hank realizes that these are the people that killed Mickey.|
|6||"Ring-a-Ding-Ding"||Billy Gierhart||Angela Kang||October 13, 2010||1WAD05||0.51|
|Hank & Stephanie and Britt & Kate attend Gretchen's engagement ceremony. Hank and Britt solve a case brought by their lawyer Maggie (Jamie Denbo) that involves a rich wife dying from cancer and her adulterous husband. After a night of heavy drinking, Kate messes up by sleeping with her professor at the vet school. She confides in Hank who tells her to keep it a secret lest it breaks Britt's heart.|
|7||"Missing Persons"||Michael Zinberg||Jed Seidel||October 20, 2010||1WAD06||0.44|
|Britt notices Kate's emotional distance and freaks out. Stephanie, who has been off her medication for weeks, suffers a particularly severe hallucinatory episode. Hank arranges for her to be placed in assisted living. Hank and Britt handle a case involving a young amnesiac who might have kidnapped someone.|
|8||"Agua Caliente"||John Dahl||Phoef Sutton & Jon Worley||October 27, 2010||1WAD07||0.47|
|Britt finds himself in Mexico after being kidnapped by a cartel thanks to his old B&E partner Ray. Hank and Mark drive across the border to rescue him. After the trio make their way back to the US, Hank gets shot by a cartel man while trying to protect Kate.|
|9||"Pimp Daddy"||Adam Arkin||Shawn Ryan & Kelly Wheeler||November 3, 2010||1WAD08||0.67|
|While Hank is recuperating from his injury, Britt takes up the case of a transgender prostitute Michela (D.J. "Shangela" Pierce) looking for the murderer of her friend. Maggie informs Hank that Gretchen's soon-to-be husband Jason (Loren Dean) might be a child molester. When Hank brings up the matter before Gretchen, she's furious for his having spied on Jason. Britt proposes to Kate.|
|10||"Asunder"||Ted Griffin||Nicholas Griffin||November 10, 2010||1WAD09||0.54|
|Even after being dis-invited from Gretchen's wedding, Hank turns up at the hotel and finds himself caught up in a case where Zeitlin (Michael Gaston) threatens a freelance reporter Laura Ross (Alison Elliott) investigating Zeitlin's ties to various land deals in and around Ocean Beach. Britt discovers Kate's infidelity and pregnancy and breaks up with her.|
|11||"Sins of the Past"||Tucker Gates||Tim Minear||November 17, 2010||1WAD10||0.73|
|Thanks to Laura Ross, Hank and Mark manage to solve a bad case from the past involving a serial rapist, a case that resulted in Hank losing his job. Britt beats up Gavin (Zack Silva), Kate's classmate, thinking she slept with him, and ends up in jail. Hank tells Britt about the mistaken identity, and Britt is angry about having been kept in the dark.|
|12||"Quid Pro Quo"||Adam Arkin||Angela Kang & Leslye Headland||November 24, 2010||1WAD11||0.54|
|Britt pretends to work for Zeitlin to keep himself out of jail for assault & battery and meets one of Zeitlin's subordinates, Ashley (Elizabeth Chomko), to check out if she's the whistle-blower in his office. Maggie points Hank and Laura towards one of her clients, Councilman Sam Albrecht (Scott Klace), who has his own misgivings about Zeitlin. They team up with Jason, whose own project is in Zeitlin's cross-hairs, and realize that all plans point to a land grab for a new airport. Jason and the actual whistle-blower are killed during a meet and Laura disappears. Hank and Britt realize that Albrecht is working with Zeitlin.|
|13||"Hail Mary"||Ted Griffin||Ted Griffin & Nicholas Griffin||December 1, 2010||1WAD12||0.78|
|After Zeitlin frames Hank for Jason's murder, Hank escapes with Mark's help. He kills Zeitlin's muscle, Burke, after being attacked in his own house. Hank and Britt corner Zeitlin on his boat and get confirmation that Cutshaw (Neal McDonough) is the man behind the whole enterprise. Hank uses incriminating photographs featuring Cutshaw to strike a deal with him that would take the airport project out of Ocean Beach. Britt accepts the fact that he's going to prison and makes up with Kate. While driving Britt to prison, Hank tells him they could always go on the run; cross over into Mexico. The duo are last seen waiting at a red light, with the road to Mexico on the left and the one to prison straight ahead.|
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