Republic of Doyle (2010-2014 CBC)

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Making my way through the fourth season and having peeked at the last episode of the series, I’ve been hooked on the Republic of Doyle, a CBC Canadian television series, for the past few weeks. The show quickly sucked me in, wore me out, regained interest, and keeps me going eventually through seasons five and six.

Meet Jake Doyle, the womanizer private detective, in business with his father. Set in the colorful St. John’sNewfoundland and Labrador location, you get to ride along in a few terrifying road trips in Jake’s classic GTO car.  Between the women and the cases, it’s filled with interesting and terrifying characters that keep your interest.  The comedy of the show is intermixed with family and others who make up the eclectic cast that often goes and comes in episodes.  A surprise episode with Russell Crowe is thrown into the mix. Nevertheless, the basic family core is pretty much the same throughout give or take a few siblings.

One question remains unanswered, however.  How often can a person get hit in the head and knocked out before there is brain damage? Since this happens to Jake and his assistant, Des, multiple times, you begin to realize it’s just part of the writer’s ploy to make it ridiculous.  If you can get past that often irrational plotline, you will enjoy Jake’s blue eyes, six-pack abs, and interesting character.

As far as the cases go, they are sometimes repetitive but usually interesting. Jake breaks the law more often than not but his romantic love interest on the police force is his saving grace in many ways.

To be honest, after season one through three, I got a little burned out and had to recoup by watching season two of No Offense. I quickly binged that with the six forty-five minute episodes and have returned to the Republic.

If you’re into PI shows, you will probably enjoy this one via Canada.

 

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