Flashpoint: Season 1 (2008)


Season 1

Critics Consensus

Despite its novel setting, Flashpoint is a decent but uninspired police procedural that fails to provide much depth to its SWAT team's characters.



Critic Ratings: 15


Audience Score

User Ratings: 18
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Air date: Jul 11, 2008
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The debut season of "Flashpoint" follows the stressful lives of various members of the Strategic Response Unit, a specialized section of Canadian police force who specialize in difficult situations such as hostage negotiating and bomb clearing. Over the course of the season the team deals with many life-threatening situations including a hostage situation at a hospital, protecting a man Chilean protesters want punished, and isolating a sniper who goes on a shooting spree at city hall.


Enrico Colantoni
as Gregory Parker
Hugh Dillon
as Ed Lane
Amy Jo Johnson
as Jules Callaghan
David Paetkau
as Sam Braddock
Michael Cram
as Kevin Wordsworth
Sergio Di Zio
as Mike Scarlatti
Nicholas Campbell
as George Orston
Xhemail Agaj
as Goran Tomasic
Henry Czerny
as Jack Swanson
Brenda Robins
as Hilary Strachan
Mpho Koaho
as Michael Jameson
Marnie Robinson
as Shelley Wordsworth
Chandra West
as Rebecca Kessfield
Shauna MacDonald
as Ruth Skellar
Jeff Seymour
as Dan Cheznik
Danijel Mandic
as Petar Tomasic
Jordan Todosey
as Phoebe Swanson
Andrew Gillies
as Rolland Strachan Sr.
Dragana Vargi
as Marta Tomasic
Kenneth Mitchell
as Pete Fitzhaven
Landon Liboiron
as Simon Strachan
Matt Gordon
as Frank McAndrew
Ana Golja
as Young Penny
Meredith Henderson
as Sadie Fitzhaven
Tyler Hynes
as RJ Strachan
Tom Barnett
as Blair Kawalski
Bill MacDonald
as Inspector Stanto
Trevor Hayes
as Matt McDondrick
Nola Auguston
as Mary Orston
Simon Reynolds
as Tim Radda
Laurie Murdoch
as Mr. Krupchick
Sabrina Jalees
as Cassaundra
Daniel Karasik
as Cadet Torley
Kieran Gallant
as Security Guard
Jonathan Purdon
as Mike West
Shane Daly
as Gary Kurlansky
Asha Vijayasingham
as Bank Teller
Kent Staines
as Headmaster Polson
Judy Sinclair
as Old Lady
Kelly Fanson
as Sarah West
Steve Carey
as Rookie Cop
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Critic Reviews for Flashpoint Season 1

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (10)

The "Flashpoint" pilot is competent, but very retro and fairly dull.

Jul 11, 2008 | Full Review…

It is nonetheless merely re-creating crime-series moves we've all seen many times before, with only the faintest afterimage of originality.

Jul 11, 2008 | Full Review…

It's more nuanced than the average cop drama, and for that reason, more intriguing.

Jul 11, 2008 | Full Review…

Rather than sticking to visual drama and suspense, the show attempts to tell the back stories that impact the actions of the cops as well as the offenders. The result is a more cerebral take on the standard police drama.

Oct 2, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It seems to have a lot of potential, with a solid cast, decent dialogue and some great tension.

Oct 2, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It was a show that proved there was an American audience hungry for something different. While Flashpoint wasn't new in concept, it was new in execution.

Jul 11, 2018 | Full Review…

It's not terrible, not great, just sort of so-so.

Jul 11, 2008 | Full Review…

Creating a merely passable entertainment appears to be its highest ambition. Sadly, it doesn't even achieve those low standards and it drags at least one immensely likable performer in Enrico Colantoni down with it.

Oct 3, 2018 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
Top Critic

If it had something truly new or provocative to say about such matters, the essential redundancy of Flashpoint could be overlooked--but it doesn't, and so it can't.

Jul 11, 2008 | Full Review…

To be sure, Flashpoint is a perfectly competent police procedural right down to its convincing weaponry and tactics. However, based on the pilot, it isn't particularly fresh or inventive.

Jul 11, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Flashpoint: Season 1

  • Jul 03, 2018
    Pros: Well researched writing Accurate demonstration of tactical intervention outstanding acting performances (especially to enrico colantoni) Cons: props (although the tactical equipment used are realistic, their applications are not accurate to real sru operations) fOR THE AVERAGE audience, CBS' first installment to their line of shows predicated on tactical unit operations, flashpoint may seem as a show that provides no depth to its characters which is an understandable argument for a show that wishes to tell the story of a character/characters throughout a significant span of time in their lives. However, Flashpoint is not that kind of show, it is more of a documentary that showcases how the elite tactical law enforcement unit SRU operates in response to certain situations in which precise tactical intervention is necessary. This is obvious in the well researched writing that gives no notice to the civilian audience by carefully and appropriately using terms utilized by law enforcement operators during missions in which their skills are required. The writing also gives the audience the option to do some research as well. By not providing depth to the show's characters, the audience is left to put all their attention away from the characters' arcs and forces them to focus on the show's fundamental premise which is to demonstrate the Strategic Reaction Force's outstanding contribution to keeping the peace among the canadian population. I personally recommend this show to any fanatic of the tactical world because this show gets straight to the point.

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