Cardinal: Season 1 (2017)

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Season 1
Cardinal

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Episodes

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Air date: Jun 16, 2017
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Air date: Jun 16, 2017
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Air date: Jun 16, 2017
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Air date: Jun 16, 2017
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Air date: Jun 16, 2017
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Air date: Jun 16, 2017

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Cast

Billy Campbell
as John Cardinal
Karine Vanasse
as Lise Delorme
Deborah Hay
as Catherine Cardinal
Glen Gould
as Det. Jerry Commanda
Kristen Thomson
as Noelle Dyson
David Richmond-Peck
as Malcolm Musgrave
Allie MacDonald
as Edie Soames
Alanna Bale
as Kelly Cardinal
Gord Rand
as Woody Baldwin
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Critic Reviews for Cardinal Season 1

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (5)

Bad things happen in the long winter darkness, filled with predators, drugs and violence. All this, and Campbell's outstanding performance, add up to a drama that stands with the best of TV noir.

Jun 15, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The two leads are interesting enough to keep me hopeful that future installments could improve on the flaws of this one.

Jun 14, 2017 | Full Review…

There is a pervasive sense in Cardinal - an excellent detective drama - of hidden things.

Jan 4, 2018 | Full Review…
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Torture aside, it's a consistently intriguing thriller, its appeal ensured by the bone-chilling glories of the scenery.

Jun 19, 2017 | Full Review…

Make a point of seeing it. You'll be stuck to it. Cardinal is a gripping, superbly made crime drama. At times breathtaking, it is so good it is landmark Canadian TV.

Jun 19, 2017 | Full Review…

Cardinal is engrossing and deliberately paced, and as a native Canadian and now Wisconsinite, I've seldom seen the impenetrable white of a Canadian winter portrayed on screen as well as it is here.

Dec 27, 2017 | Full Review…

Cardinal had a slow but promising start and those who like their detective shows to veer towards the macabre won't have been disappointed.

Aug 10, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Cardinal is a thoughtfully written and well-acted drama.

Jun 16, 2017 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

I found the crimes too similar to a dozen recent TV whodunits, and Campbell's solemn croak an irritating affectation.

Jun 16, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Cardinal: Season 1

  • Sep 23, 2017
    I'm giving this three stars as an average. I loved the performances, especially the actress who plays Lise Delorme. Billy Campbell's character and demeanor are very cliched--not his fault. He delivers it as well as any cliche can be delivered. My biggest disappointment and huge negative with this series though, is the gruesomeness. It's pretty much a horror movie for much of it, when the serial killer(s)'s lust for torturing and killing is so graphic. As much as American entertainment is full of serial killers, as a Canadian, I am disgusted by this. Lust killings are gruesome and sickening, and though I love murder mysteries and suspense, this genre of sicking kills just for the love (lust) of torturing and hacking people to death, turns me off big time. If season two presents another serial/lust killer, I won't be watching.
  • Jul 17, 2017
    I was greatly intrigued by this show and I'm looking forward to the next one. Its nice to have a different take on the typical US cop show.

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