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TV Series Review

You'd think fiction writers would spend most of their time sitting around … writing. Not Richard Castle. He's too busy leading a life of semi-comedic glamour and gritty adventure.

He has his reasons, of course. In order to shake off a wicked case of writer's block, he's finagled his way into an informal partnership with beautiful New York City detective Kate Beckett. He's researching his next book, he says. But really he's fighting crime while bantering with his clever teenage daughter and schmoozing on the book-signing and talk show circuits.

It's practically a given that Castle and Beckett will eventually become romantically (and perhaps physically) entwined. But for now, the two settle for exchanging snide comments and charging up the onscreen chemistry meter. Oh, and they solve a new crime each week, too.

Is it, as Castle says, a "whole new chapter in crime fighting?" Well, no. We've seen variations on this theme for the last 30 or so years, from Hart to Hart and Moonlighting to The X-Files. And while Castle is somewhat less offensive than various other crime-based television programs, it still has its share of problems. The banter can be suggestive, sometimes tawdry. Profanity can be an issue too.

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Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle; Stana Katic as Kate Beckett; Jon Huertas as Javier Esposito; Seamus Dever as Kevin Ryan; Molly C. Quinn as Alexis Castle; Susan Sullivan as Martha Rodgers






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