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Rizzoli and Isles

Drama . Crime . Mystery

On Rizzoli & Isles, Boston detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles are complete opposites and good friends who solve crimes and bust some of Boston's most notorious criminals. Jane, the only female detective in Boston's homicide division, is a tough and gutsy cop who doesn't let her guard down (except with Maura), dodges her overprotective mother, and is better at basketball than her brother. Maura, meanwhile, is usually more comfortable among the dead than the living. She is always impeccably dressed in designer duds with a steady, sometimes icy temperament. Jane and Maura often find themselves working together as both use their brilliant minds and expertise to figure out the "who done it" as well as the "how done it" of Boston's most complex cases.

Status: Ended
TV Channel: TNT
  • Hanh Nguyen

    Expect some equally strong language to reflect the harshness of the crimes, but enough charisma from the protagonists to keep the show from derailing into glorified grisliness.

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  • Tom Gliatto

    Their interaction is friendly, if mildly teasing, professional and catfight-free. This allows the show to have the relaxing, unchallenging pleasures of good fluff even when the premiere is actually going a bit heavy on the gore.

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    The good part involves just about any scene focusing on Angie Harmon ("Law & Order") as Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli. The flip side? Just about every scene that isn't centered on her, especially those involving Jane's best friend, medical examiner Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander).

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Linda Stasi

    What I particularly like about this show (aside from the good chemistry between the leads) is that the women solve crimes the old-fashioned way.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    With The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles, you're in the company of smart women who know how to laugh at themselves and close cases.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    Though it's intended to be a female buddy show in which she plays off Sasha Alexander's coolly uppercrust medical examiner Maura Isles, Harmon definitely gets the upper hand--at least in the pilot episode.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Randee Dawn

    It jolts along with humor, suspense, insight and a fair amount of oozing blood.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Mostly this show belongs to Harmon, once a key member of the "Law & Order" ensemble. She's likable and intriguing. That salvages an otherwise average cop show.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    The familiar show, which is set in Boston but too clearly filmed elsewhere, adds in some romantic intrigue, as both Harmon and Alexander appear to be interested in the same FBI agent (Billy Burke). But the dominant theme on Rizzoli & Isles, as on "The Closer,'' is fighting crime and not fighting tears.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Rizzoli & Isles features a good dose of humor and a lean style of storytelling that's reflected in the fairly small core group with which we will apparently be working.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Cynthia Fuchs

    Yes, Rizzoli & Isles is quick with cliches....[But] for all the stereotyping, it's hard to be mad at Angie Harmon.

    PopMatters Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    It isn't brilliant television, but everyone in it seems to be giving it their all--even the corpses.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Aside from the lurid nature of the crimes and some salty language, though, Rizzoli & Isles is just what the title sounds like--a place for second-hand goods at reasonable prices.

    Variety Full Review
  • Ginia Bellafante

    In the absence of an arcing narrative, the series wants us to accept as its mission of suspense the mystery of this crypto drag-king-meets-shopaholic friendship.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Troy Patterson

    The series' approach to violence against woman is the only complex thing about it. Otherwise, you cannot even call Rizzoli & Isles run of the mill, it being that mills usually run more smoothly.

    Slate Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    Seldom has the byplay been as idiotic or annoying as it is on Rizzoli.

    USA Today Full Review
  • This derivative mish-mash apes countless TV series that have gone before. Badly. It's full of stereotypes and characters who are so fake they're flatter than your average low-budget cartoon.

    Deseret News Full Review
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