Flashpoint: Season 1 (2008)


Season 1

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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: 20


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Air date: Jul 11, 2008

In the series opener, a police unit specializing in emergency situations responds when a woman is taken hostage outside an office building by a gunman who just murdered his estranged wife. The situation intensifies when the man's tearful son arrives on the scene.

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Air date: Jul 18, 2008

A distraught father holds doctors at gunpoint in a desperate effort to get his dying daughter a heart transplant. When the team is called in, Parker shares his feelings about his own child in an effort to ease the intense situation.

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Air date: Jul 24, 2008

The team aids undercover agents involved in a major drug bust, but the operation goes haywire when a former junkie, looking for some quick cash to help his sister, unwittingly gets thrown into the middle of the sting.

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Air date: Jul 31, 2008

The team attempts to rescue a police officer who is being held hostage by an angry family member.

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Air date: Aug 7, 2008

Hostages are taken during a botched bank robbery, but Parker soon learns that the man holding them doesn't fit the original profile of the gunman.

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Air date: Aug 14, 2008

A 16-year-old girl who is bullied by a gang shoots one of her tormentors and escapes into a mall. The SRU team arrives to find the now suicidal teen and stop gang members from killing her.

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Air date: Aug 21, 2008

The team searches for a young man who ran into the woods after his attempt to confront his abusive father ended in violence. Simon Strachan: Landon Liboiron. RJ Strachan: Tyler Hynes. Rolland Strachan Sr.: Andrew Gillies. Hilary Strachan: Brenda Robins. Cadet Torley: Daniel Karasik.

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Air date: Sep 11, 2008

A courtroom is held hostage by a young man who is attempting to clear his name for a crime he claims he didn't commit. An SRU member is among the hostages and tries to reason with the man.

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Air date: Sep 18, 2008

The team attempts to rescue a kidnapped girl who is being held at a booby-trapped house, and they learn that one of the abductors is a teen who went missing several years earlier.

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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
Marnie Robinson
as Shelley Wordsworth
Brenda Robins
as Hilary Strachan
Mpho Koaho
as Michael Jameson
Chandra West
as Rebecca Kessfield
Shauna MacDonald
as Ruth Skellar
Andrew Gillies
as Rolland Strachan Sr.
Danijel Mandic
as Petar Tomasic
Jordan Todosey
as Phoebe Swanson
Jeff Seymour
as Dan Cheznik
Matt Gordon
as Frank McAndrew
Dragana Vargi
as Marta Tomasic
Kenneth Mitchell
as Pete Fitzhaven
Landon Liboiron
as Simon Strachan
Meredith Henderson
as Sadie Fitzhaven
Ana Golja
as Young Penny
Tom Barnett
as Blair Kawalski
Tyler Hynes
as RJ Strachan
Bill MacDonald
as Inspector Stanto
Simon Reynolds
as Tim Radda
Trevor Hayes
as Matt McDondrick
Nola Auguston
as Mary Orston
Laurie Murdoch
as Mr. Krupchick
Sabrina Jalees
as Cassaundra
Kieran Gallant
as Security Guard
Daniel Karasik
as Cadet Torley
Kent Staines
as Headmaster Polson
Shane Daly
as Gary Kurlansky
Jonathan Purdon
as Mike West
Asha Vijayasingham
as Bank Teller
Kelly Fanson
as Sarah West
Judy Sinclair
as Old Lady
Steve Carey
as Rookie Cop
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Critic Reviews for Flashpoint Season 1

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (11)

This Canadian series about a police tactical unit is clever, crisply paced and well-acted.

Feb 13, 2020 | Full Review…

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…

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…
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It's a show which offers equal parts action and emotion.

Mar 6, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

If you're willing to watch a show that takes a different angle on a genre we've seen time and time again, then you may be pleasantly surprised.

Feb 13, 2020 | Rating: 7.8/10 | Full Review…

Despite a confident visual style and a likeable cast, "Flashpoint" stops its creative process at "generic."

Feb 13, 2020 | Full Review…

The new series is watchable enough but it's nothing special, basically a by-the-numbers cop show.

Feb 13, 2020 | 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…

Audience Reviews for Flashpoint: Season 1

  • Jul 26, 2020
    Colantoni and Johnson carry a show that has some really intense and interesting stories.
  • Dec 21, 2019
    This is the best police show that I've seen to date. It shows the ups and downs of police work and that sometimes not everything goes right like in real life.
  • 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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