Castle: Season 1 (2009)

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Season 1
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Castle's leads are certainly likable and fun to watch, but there's precious little beyond the banter to keep the series compelling.

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Critic Ratings: 29

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User Ratings: 153

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Air date: Mar 9, 2009

In the crime drama's premiere episode, well-known mystery writer Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) is questioned by a fiery detective (Stana Katic) about a serial killer reenacting murders from his books. The pair instantly clash, but not without the suggestion of romance.

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Air date: Mar 16, 2009

Castle and Beckett discover a young nanny dead inside a laundry-room dryer, and their investigation leads to a dangerous world of play dates. Meanwhile, Castle contemplates Beckett's character while writing his "Nikki Heat" series.

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Air date: Mar 23, 2009

Castle and Beckett investigate the death of a teenager from a once-wealthy family whose body is found in a rowboat in Central Park. Meanwhile, Castle has concerns about leaving Martha home alone.

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Air date: Mar 30, 2009

Castle and Beckett become embroiled in political corruption while investigating the death of a city councilman who was running for reelection. Meanwhile, Castle's latest novel hits the stands, sending his mother into a critical rampage.

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Air date: Apr 6, 2009

A woman found frozen at a construction site leads Beckett and Castle to reopen a cold case. The probe into the victim's past stirs up unpleasant memories for Beckett, which provides Castle with new book material.

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Air date: Apr 13, 2009

A ritualistic killing draws Beckett and Castle into the world of Vodun, a mysterious religion Castle researched for a previous book. Elsewhere, Castle prepares for the possible return of Alexis' mother.

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Air date: Apr 20, 2009

A socialite is savagely murdered during a home invasion. The probe finds Beckett uncomfortably entering Castle's privileged world as his date to a charity ball. And Castle seeks information from a jewel thief who finds him less than charming.

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Air date: Apr 27, 2009

A woman is found drowned in a bathtub full of motor oil at a shady hotel. A true-crime journalist, who may have been tailing the deceased, helps Beckett and Castle with the probe. Elsewhere, Beckett puts her reputation and wallet at stake in a poker game with Castle.

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Air date: May 4, 2009

Beckett aids in a missing-child investigation, only to find the lead FBI agent is her ex-boyfriend, for whom she has unresolved feelings. And Castle complicates matters even more when he butts in on the probe.

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Air date: May 11, 2009

In the Season 1 finale, a plastic surgeon is found murdered in his car, and the ensuing probe involves surgery-obsessed patients and hush-hush procedures. Elsewhere, Alexis attends her first prom; and Castle discovers extremely unsettling information about Beckett's past.

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In the first series of this crime drama, successful murder-mystery writer Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) is asked to consult with the New York City police about a serial-killer case in which the murderer is reenacting scenes from Castle's books. He agrees, and he shares his insight with Det. Kate Beckett (Stana Katic), the lead detective on the case. After the case is solved, Castle uses his friendship with the mayor to continue working with Beckett's team on additional cases. The benefits are mutual: His skills will help the police, and he will get to do research his next series of books centering on Det. Nikki Heat, a female protagonist inspired by Beckett. Beckett objects to the character's name and disapproves of the way Castle doesn't follow police protocol, but she realizes she's in no position to question the mayor's decision.

Critic Reviews for Castle Season 1

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (17)

With pretty faces and intriguing cases, it washes over you like warm water, creating a soothing cocoon of banality.

Apr 2, 2020 | Full Review…

"Castle," for all its predictability -- and its unfortunately timed resemblance to hits like "The Mentalist" -- isn't without its charms, chief among them Nathan Fillion.

Apr 2, 2020 | Full Review…

Lotsa fast banter and stylish direction will make some viewers dimly recall - as they are doubtlessly meant to - William Powell and Myrna Loy's late, great "Thin Man" movie series.

Apr 2, 2020 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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[Nathan] Fillion pushes so hard as fun-loving Castle that the character irritates.

Apr 2, 2020 | Full Review…

With Moonlighting and Murder, She Wrote as the dominant influences, Castle is predisposed to be formulaic and stale.

Mar 9, 2009 | Full Review…

Castle could be all kinds of fun.

Mar 9, 2009 | Full Review…

"Castle" still isn't the greatest or the most creative detective series out there, but it's definitely a solid role for [Nathan] Fillion.

Apr 2, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Snappy dialogue, sexual tension between two appealing characters, a big city backdrop, and what do you know - a decent murder mystery, as well. All of it with charmed casting.

Apr 2, 2020 | Full Review…

[Nathan] Fillion remains a very appealing leading man, and "Castle" is good enough that the charm of the characters and the actors who play them looks like it's enough to carry the show.

Apr 2, 2020 | Full Review…

It's a show that is easy on the eyes and on the brain.

Apr 2, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The flirty banter of Castle's main characters and the show's lighthearted tone provide a welcome change of pace for crime-show lovers.

Oct 9, 2018 | Full Review…

As I wrote in my original review, I still feel that Fillion warrants better than this -- he deserves his own action franchise. But if he's got to slum it for network television, at least we can be the beneficiaries.

Jun 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Castle: Season 1

  • Jun 19, 2020
    Castle: Season 1 is an exciting and dynamic crime drama with a comedic edge. As part of his research for a novel, mystery writer Richard Castle (played by Nathan Fillion) shadows NYPD homicide detective Kate Beckett (played by Stana Katic) and helps her and her team solve cases. The writing is quite good, making for some interesting crimes and dialog that's sharp and witty. Additionally, the characters are developed especially well, as is the series as a whole. One of the best cop dramas on television, Castle delivers an impressive 10-episode first season.
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  • Jul 25, 2020
    The two leads are so great you won't mind you saw it all before.
  • Apr 21, 2020
    Such an incredible show, with a perfect blend of crime, comedy, and romance.
  • Mar 27, 2020
    its a great way to kill time but not much else. theres nothing original here, stories are formulaic and the formula is obvious by episode two. no risk taking. they rely almost entirely by the charisma of the two leads and their banter is tiresome before season 1 finishes. Nathan Fillion deserves better than this. Unfortunately he had to do it for 8 years before he got The Rookie, which is less formula-driven and more fun. Castle is especially disappointing if you liked Firefly and Serenity.
  • Oct 03, 2019
    nathan fillion hacer que la serie tenga éxito. sin el esta serie seria otra mas de policía algo ya visto en otra serie de policia. el lo hace espacial.
  • Feb 11, 2019
    OVERVIEW Richard Castle is a successful best-selling author, twice married and twice divorced, living in a spacious Manhattan condo with the single actress mother (Martha) who raised him and a bright teenage daughter (Alexis). He has money, toys, and rotating women, but he's bored. So bored in fact that he has killed off his best-selling character, Derrick Storm, a rogue prone to danger. Castle's looking for something new. Enter Kate Beckett, a strong forceful female homicide detective. The fact that she's also hot is irrelevant to her, but not to Castle. A serial killer is committing murders and staging them to look like kills from Castle's books, so Beckett needs to interview him. He's all play, she's all business. She doesn't think that he's likely involved, but she has to interview him anyway. Castle is hooked. He convinces the mayor to "let" him work the case as a consultant/advisor, much to Beckett's dismay, and the game is afoot. Castle helps solve the case, and the successful partnership continues so Castle can do research. As the opening narration reveals, every writer has his muse, and Castle thinks he's found his. He even bases a new character on her -- Nikki Heat. A strong forceful female homicide detective who works with a roguish mystery writer to solve cases. With a small difference -- in his books, the two are lovers, which Castle wants to replicate with Beckett. But like I said, she's all business. EPISODES THAT I LIKED The season premiere of the short 10-episode season was the best of the bunch. It established Castle as the bored playboy looking for something with more meaning and Beckett as the uber-serious detective in need of some enjoyment in her often-dark life. After that, prep school punks (E03), political intrigue with city council (E04), home invasions (E07), a link to an old eco-terrorism case (E08), and a child kidnapping (E09) are no match for Beckett and Castle, with Beckett grudgingly beginning to accept that Castle has something to offer besides annoying her. EPISODES THAT WERE WATCHABLE Episode 5 deals with a dead girl, found frozen but thawing, and while her story is interesting, the real contribution is you get to hear Beckett's origin story (how her mother was killed in an alley, nobody caught for the crime). It should have been awesome, it should have been riveting. But except for a couple of decent scenes, the episode was rather ho-hum. The last episode of the season looks at a dead surgeon and the mob, but again, except for a final scene or two near the end dealing with Beckett's mother's murder, the episode is rather lackluster. EPISODES THAT I DIDN'T LIKE Both episodes 2 and 6 are mostly odd...a dead nanny with a weird motive that comes out of nowhere, and voodoo killings that have nothing to do with voodoo. Plus some overwhelming backstory with Castle's ex-wife that is excruciating. They are definitely the weakest two of the season. EPISODE-BY-EPISODE REVIEW S01E01 Flowers for Your Grave - Castle wants new, and Beckett is certainly that 5/5 stars S01E02 Nanny McDead - Nanny dead, and no butler to blame 2/5 stars S01E03 Hedge Fund Homeboys - There's no honour among adolescent wanna-bes 4/5 stars S01E04 Hell Hath No Fury - Politics? Hookers? Murder? Just another day in NYC 4/5 stars S01E05 A Chill Goes Through Her Veins - Every story has a beginning, even Beckett's 3/5 stars S01E06 Always Buy Retail - Voodoo rituals and whirlwind Meredith? Both blow into town 2/5 stars S01E07 Home is Where the Heart Stops - Jewelry thieves, violence, and ball gowns 4/5 stars S01E08 Ghosts - Eco-terrorism, ghost writers, and poker showdowns...I'm all in 4/5 stars S01E09 Little Girl Lost - Child kidnapping, an ex-bf, and a stuffed bunny 4/5 stars S01E10 A Death in the Family - Send one hitman after another...oh, about your mother 3/5 stars THE BOTTOM LINE Beckett brings the serious, Castle makes it fun
  • Sep 09, 2018
    The characters were same as the mentalist...
  • Jun 02, 2018
    I'm actually catching this series in reruns. I didn't see it while it was airing. With that said, I enjoy this show. The characters are all likeable and the actors play them well. It's not exactly brain food, but when you want something lite, and not mentally taxing after work ... this kind of fits the bill.
  • Mar 18, 2018
    Generic and boring with characters so STEREOTYPICAL that leave me with a sense of emptiness and despair. the storyline is a snooze-fest.
  • Jan 01, 2017
    My favorite show of all time. Loved it tremendously and I'm still heart broken about it ending.

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