This overview is based on the first two seasons as that is all that has aired at this time.
When I first saw the promo for A&E’s The Glades I didn’t think anything of it. Then I stumbled upon the second season premiere and realized that this was something worth watching. A marathon of the first season (and keeping up with the second season) later and I have to say, this is a pretty darn good show. It’s a mix of House and Colombo if you can get that wrapped around your head.
The series centers around Detective Jim Longworth (Matt Passmore), a Chicago homicide cop who moves to Florida after an incident with his last Captain. Seems Jim was the only one not sleeping with the Captain’s wife but the only one the Captain accused… and the Captain shot him for it… in the butt. A bit different from the usual and shows just how quirky the series can be at times. But all this is in the past, barely touched on except to explain why he’s there and lend possible credence to his irreverence nature.
Like Dr. House, the guy is a bit of a jerk because he knows he’s just that good at his job. But much like Colombo he’s smart, clever, sees things others don’t (though they don’t really make a big deal out of that with any special effects or anything, refreshing in today tv market) and he has that “just one more thing” quality in how he goes about solving crimes.
He’s aided by forensic pathologist Carlos Sanchez played by Carlos Gomez, and he really does steal the show when he’s on screen. The man has perfect comedic timing and plays the straight man so well I would hazard to say he is the best character of the series. Definitely need to see more and more of him in coming seasons.
The requisite love interest is single (sorta) mom Callie Cargill (Kiele Sanchez) who thankfully is able to make herself more useful than just a love interest. Her son has never been annoying either, so kudos to the writing department on making characters which actually work and do something productive to the story instead of being dead weight.
Lastly you have Jim’s Captain who is just the right mix of strong female/ball breaker/babysitter to Jim’s character as well as the tech savvy intern who is so much fun to get picked on. He also helps with the product placement the series is also forced to endure, one issue that tends to grate a bit but at least can be overlooked.
As for the crimes themselves, nothing too terribly gimmicky, which is also different from today’s CSI, Bones, etc style tv shows. They are usually a little off, a little different, but they don’t take away from the real focus and that is Jim solving the crime.
That is really what makes this show watching, the fact that it is a really well put together show. Nice, straight forward, detective series, a throwback to shows like Columbo and Quincy. Definitely worth checking out and if you can look past Jim’s initial off-putting nature then you’ll not find a more solid hour of crime solving on television.