The Unusuals

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The Unusuals
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Main title card
Genre Comedy-drama
Created by Noah Hawley
Starring Amber Tamblyn
Jeremy Renner
Harold Perrineau
Adam Goldberg
Terry Kinney
Joshua Close
Monique Curnen
Kai Lennox
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10 (list of episodes)
Running time 44 minutes
Production company(s) 26 Keys Productions
Sony Pictures Television
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Original network ABC
Original release April 8 – June 17, 2009 (2009-06-17)

The Unusuals is a comedy-drama television series that aired on ABC from April 8 to June 17, 2009 in the U.S. and Global in Canada. The pilot and first episode were written by Noah Hawley, a former writer and producer for Fox's Bones. An ABC press release described The Unusuals as "like a modern-day M*A*S*H" that "explores both the grounded drama and comic insanity of the world of New York City police detectives, where every cop has a secret". Its premise elaborated:

Detective Casey Shraeger (Amber Tamblyn) has just been transferred to the NYPD's Homicide unit from Vice and is instantly thrown into a setting of bullets and bodies. As she begins her new assignment, Casey finds that the squad is full of secrets, which serves her well, since she's keeping a few of her own.[1]

The initial series order was for 10 episodes. Show creator Noah Hawley announced via his Twitter account in mid-May 2009 that ABC would not be bringing the show back for a second season.[2]


  • Amber Tamblyn as Detective Casey Shraeger, scion of a wealthy New York family who tries to hide her background
  • Jeremy Renner as Detective Jason Walsh, an experienced and respected detective with a painful past partnered with Shraeger after his partner is murdered
  • Adam Goldberg as Detective Eric Delahoy, Banks' witty partner
  • Harold Perrineau as Detective Leo Banks, who has an extreme paranoia of dying at age 42
  • Kai Lennox as Detective Eddie Alvarez, the oddball of 2nd Precinct who speaks of himself in the third person and lacks social skills
  • Joshua Close as Detective Henry Cole, a young detective who has a dark history
  • Monique Gabriela Curnen as Detective Allison Beaumont, one of the few female detectives at 2nd Precinct
  • Terry Kinney as Sergeant Harvey Brown, Commander of the 2nd Precinct
  • Ari Fliakos as Earl Bentley


Det. Casey Shraeger transfers from Vice to NYPD's Second Precinct with a mission: to clean up Sergeant Harvey Brown's station at his request. Her new partner is Jason Walsh, whose previous partner was murdered the same night Shraeger was assigned to him. Shraeger was chosen mostly because Brown believes her to be incorruptible, since she comes from a wealthy family and chose to work for the police from a sense of doing good, rather than for money.

As soon as she meets her new partner, they start a quest for Walsh's ex-partner's killer. He was known to be corrupt, but he was also investigating others at the Second Precinct, particularly Det. Henry Cole who once lived by another name and robbed an armored car. Cole's partner, Det. Allison Beaumont, is later revealed to be Walsh's girlfriend.

Besides Shraeger, Walsh, Beaumont and Cole, the station has three more detectives: Leo Banks, who wears a bulletproof vest everywhere he goes, because he is afraid he will die at age 42, as his father, grandfather and uncle did; Banks' partner Eric Delahoy, who has a brain tumor (causing hallucinations) but refuses to notify anyone, for fear that treatment could kill or cripple him; and Eddie Alvarez who sees himself as a "lone wolf" and talks about himself in the third person.

The show's cancellation left Delahoy's fate unresolved.


Episode Number Episode Rating Share Rating/Share
Air Date
1 "Pilot" 4.5 8 2.2/6 6.83 4/8/2009
2 "Boorland Day" 3.9 7 1.9/5 6.01 4/15/2009
3 "One Man Band" * 3.8 6 1.6/5 6.33 4/21/2009
4 "Crime Slut" 3.2 5 1.6/5 4.97 4/22/2009
5 "42" 3.3 6 1.7/5 5.08 4/29/2009
6 "The Circle Line" 3.1 5 1.6/4 4.63 5/6/2009
7 "The Tape Delay" 2.5 4 0.9/3 3.91 5/27/2009
8 "The Dentist" 2.0 4 0.7/2 2.94 6/3/2009
9 "The Apology Line" 2.8 5 1.2/4 4.67 6/10/2009
10 "E.I.D." 2.5 4 1.1/4 3.91 6/17/2009
  • *One Man Band" aired Tuesday night at 10, unlike the rest of the series which aired Wednesdays at 10.

DVD releases[edit]

It was released as an exclusive on April 6, 2010. All ten episodes can be found on Netflix (via DVD only, not streaming), Hulu,, and free of charge on Crackle.


  1. ^ The Unusuals ABC Medianet (March 23, 2009) Retrieved on 3-23-09
  2. ^ The Unusuals Won't Do Time on ABC's Fall Schedule Seattle Post-Intelligencer (Sunday, May 17, 2009) Retrieved on 5-20-09

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