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Castle: Season 1 (2009)




Critic Consensus: 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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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.


Nathan Fillion
as Richard Castle
Stana Katic
as Det. Kate Beckett
Susan Sullivan
as Martha Rodgers
Molly Quinn
as Alexis Castle
Ruben Santiago-Hudson
as Capt. Roy Montgomery
Tamala Jones
as Lanie Parish
Jon Huertas
as Det. Javier Esposito
Seamus Dever
as Det. Kevin Ryan
Bailey Chase
as Will Sorenson
Patrick Bauchau
as Caine Powell
Jayne Brook
as Claudia Peterson
Bruno Campos
as Calvin Creason
Dan Castellaneta
as Judge Markway
Bill Smitrovich
as Ben Davidson
Judy Reyes
as Theresa Candela
Caterina Scorsone
as Joanne Delgado
Ion Overman
as Candace Robinson
Michael Graziadei
as Brent Johnson
Sarah Drew
as Chloe Richardson
Francis Capra
as Juan Restrepo
Nick Chinlund
as Evan Mitchell
Joshua LeBar
as Jason Bollinger
Peter Jason
as Sheriff Sloan
Robert Picardo
as Clark Murray
Lisa Waltz
as Laurie Horn
Julian Acosta
as Alfred Candela
Channon Roe
as Kevin Henson
Robert Costanzo
as Sal Tenor
Dohn Norwood
as Charles Oni
Jonathan Banks
as Bruce Kirby
DeLane Matthews
as Jacey Goldberg
George Newbern
as Howard Peterson
Todd Waring
as Dave Ellers
Joe Marinelli
as Jimmy Moran
Joanne Kelly
as Lee Wax
Jamie Chung
as Romy Lee
Alex Carter
as Michael Goldman
Julia Nickson
as Mrs. Lee
Monet Mazur
as Gina Cowel
Jillian Armenante
as Susan Mailer
Keir Dullea
as Jonathan Tisdale
Kunal Sharma
as Spencer
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Critic Reviews for Castle: Season 1

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (13)

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

March 9, 2009 | Full Review…

Castle could be all kinds of fun.

March 9, 2009 | 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.

October 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.

June 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Castle is a fun mystery show that never takes itself too seriously, even when the characters are wading through a particularly grim crime scene.

June 14, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Castle might be meant to be breezy and light and, dare we say this in our current television climate, fun - but it's still hard to evaluate this show purely on its own merit knowing how good Fillion can really be when given expert material.

August 22, 2017 | Rating: 7.6/10 | Full Review…

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