If you don’t understand the title of this post, you’ve probably not been watching the satellite TV station called Alibi on a Thursday night for the last few weeks. At 10pm every Thursday night for the last few weeks on Alibi, the American police show Rizzoli & Isles has been featured, and it is one we look forward to watching each week.
This Boston based police drama is based on the Rizzoli & Isles series of novels by Tess Gerritsen and features Angie Harmon as the police detective Jane Rizzoli and Sasha Alexander as Dr Maura Isles, a medical examiner.
Rizzoli and Isles are complete opposites, Rizzoli being the “tough as nails” police detective while Isles is an impeccably dressed medical examiner from a very privileged background. To me this is what makes the show so fantastic, as despite their differences, Rizzoli and Isles share a great working relationship, while the sometimes comedic interchanges between them help to seem more realistic and believable characters. Isles is an information junkie who is constantly talking in medical terminology and sharing useless information and this too just keeps our interest and attention on the show. In addition to the main characters, the storylines are interesting and keep our attention throughout the show, to see how they solve the mystery.
As well as the main characters, the show’s supporting characters add to the enjoyment of the programme. Here’s some details of the other main characters in the show:
Angela – Jane Rizzoli’s intrusive and demanding mother
Detective Barry Frost – Jane Rizzoli’s partner.
Detective Vince Korsak – Jane Rizzoli’s former partner who resents her being paired with Frost
If you’re looking for an equivalent British police drama to this one, we always think Rizzoli & Isles is like an American female version of Dalziel and Pascoe – good story lines, great characters who complement one another but with a bit of humour to it. So if you’re looking for a detective drama to watch, I’d recommend checking out Rizzoli & Isles. Although you may have to catch it one DVD now, as last Thursday night was the final episode of Series 2 on Alibi, although I’m sure it’ll be repeated again.