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The Glades: Season 1 (2011)

Matt Passmore , Kiele Sanchez , Bill Eagles , Colin Bucksey  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (337 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Matt Passmore, Kiele Sanchez, Carlos Gómez, Jordan Wall, Michelle Hurd
  • Directors: Bill Eagles, Colin Bucksey, Dennie Gordon, Elodie Keene, Gary A. Randall
  • Format: AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: June 14, 2011
  • Run Time: 567 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (337 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004TJ1GY2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,505 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Glades: Season 1" on IMDb

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It might have been easy to classify The Glades in the dime-a-dozen category of quirky, dramedic cop shows about a fish-out-of-water detective cracking cases against a glossy South Florida backdrop, especially given that the show turned up on the A&E network. But The Glades has turned out to be a consistently charming, well-scripted, and excellently cast anomaly in the world of police procedurals by placing its emphasis on fun and funny, with an assortment of likable characters who are genuinely pleasant to spend time with. The setup has disgraced Chicago cop Jim Longworth landing feet first with a bemused attitude on the homicide squad of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE, a.k.a. State Police). Show creator Clifton Campbell chose a fictional setting called Palm Glades, where the glaring sunshine covers locations that range from places that resemble the swankest haunts of Miami Beach to the dankest hearts of Everglade swamps. Longworth is drawn with impeccable guile by the charming Australian actor Matt Passmore, who comes off as all-American through and through, with his twinkling eyes, cavernous dimples, and a pervading aura of irresistible cuteness and devilish charm. Passmore makes the show, but he gets plenty of help from a writing team that always gives him a quick quip and clever wink to match the sharp mind that caps his expert case-solving skills. The ensemble around him also gives the show much of its appeal, especially Kiele Sanchez as Callie, a local nurse and single mom who trades sparks with Jim while her husband is in the slammer. Neither one can really decide what they want their relationship to be (until the season finale, that is). Sanchez is enormously engaging, with a wit that matches Passmore's, and their scenes together have the breezy flow of improv as they bounce ripostes, endearments, sarcastic asides, and cautious flirtations against each other in a dance of comic sexual tension. Other regulars who add to the personal and professional camaraderie are Carlos Gómez as the medical examiner and Jim's foil/friend, Jordan Wall as a geeky, brilliant forensics intern, and Michelle Hurd as the homicide lieutenant who may be exasperated with Jim's playful manner, but appreciates his way of getting the job done.

The 13 episodes in this season-one set all follow pretty much the same formula. A body is discovered in some exotic location in the first scene, usually carrying signs of a grisly demise. They end with Jim tidily solving the puzzle for us and explaining his process to the killer in a denouement that also has a posse of FDLE backup poised to swoop in and snap on the cuffs (shades of Columbo). What keeps the stories from falling into the humdrum of mundane TV-ness is the terrific chemistry of the cast and plot arcs that hew to themes of Floridian lore, but always with a playful sense of spice. Episodes involve things like golf, alligators, golf, manatees, hurricanes, golf, NASA, treasure hunting, prostitution, smuggling, and golf. (Jim likes spending time on the links almost as much as he does chatting up babes and solving nice juicy murders.) There are limited special features in the DVD set, but the selected commentaries add some extra color, as do the ubiquitous deleted scenes and a couple of on-set documentaries about the casting process and the importance of the show's varied uses of the locations available in Florida's big, hot backyard. In all, The Glades is a top-tier cop show from a lower-tier cable network, as satisfying as a powerful drive down a sun-drenched fairway. --Ted Fry

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Enthralling mystery, compelling characters and wry humor are par for the course in the year's most intriguing new series! Matt Passmore stars as Jim Longworth, a no-nonsense Chicago detective who relocates to Florida anticipating plenty of sunshine, golf and easy living. What he finds, however, is a caseload swamped with murder. As the investigator relies on experience, instinct and forensic science to crack baffling cases, he pursues the affections of a pretty, quick-witted medical student. Join Jim and his investigative team in the sleepy resort town of Palm Glade, where the forecast is always sunny - with a chance of homicide!

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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Television needs yet another procedural crime show just about as much as it needs more reality TV. You can't turn the dial without hitting some form of CSI or NCIS or L&O or one of their lighthearted cable cousins. So when "The Glades" popped up on the A&E, I was pretty hesitant about giving it a shot. It definitely falls into the comic caper category popularized by the USA network or TNT in too many shows to enumerate. But I'll be darned if it just doesn't work here as well for two primary reasons. First, the locales within the Florida glades provides some pretty scenic areas for bodies to be dumped. In fact, the opening segments are usually quite well done and kick off each episode's mystery with a visual flair. But second, and most important, is the star making turn by a very charming Matt Passmore. As a Chicago cop relocated to a small local police force, Passmore hits all the right notes. With humor and intelligence, he cracks the cases as he cracks wise--but his verbal banter is genuinely amusing and not overly precious.

As with most procedurals, oftentimes the case solutions are fairly obvious or secondary to the journey of arriving at the finale. Most of the drama and comedy comes from Passmore interacting with the suspects as well as his team. He enjoys an easy chemistry with Carlos Gomez as his primary confidante and the two play off each other well. Of course, the show provides a requisite love interest. Kiele Sanchez plays a local med student raising a son alone while the boy's father is locked up. Sanchez has a genuine appeal and starts off the season as a terrific romantic foil. Passmore plays the surrogate father, naturally, and this element can be overplayed at times--but, for the most part, it works. The initial banter between Sanchez and Passmore has real heat and fire.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How's About the DVD?? June 23, 2011
Format:DVD
As of right now, four out of the six reviews were written before the series came out on DVD. Some of them did a great job synopsizing the series, so I'll skip that step. One quick note though: I don't recall too much swearing as the show aired, but it is evident on the DVD (it didn't bother me at all, but I know some people are sensitive about language).

It's refreshing to watch a Florida show that does not take place in Miami. There is a very brief (8 minutes) special feature devoted to filming on location. In it, something very important was brought up: no matter how hot it is in conjunction with high humidity, TV characters don't sweat.

Another interesting special feature is on the casting. All of the major characters and the show people have a say in how/why they were cast, and what they think about the characters. This short feature makes it pretty clear that the cast meshes very well off screen, which explains why the show is so much fun to watch. This was about 15 minutes long.

Usually, deleted scenes on TV shows aren't really worth watching because they are really short and don't stand alone, so don't make much sense. This is so with some of the deleted scenes here, but others are very interesting. It's pretty easy to see why they were cut, but they give a glimpse into some of the ideas about how the show might have progressed - especially the deleted scenes from the pilot episode.

The only other special features are commentaries on the Pilot and second to last episodes. There is also a gag real which, refreshingly, is not taken up with countless mess ups followed by giggles.

It would have been nice if the special features were more extensive, but all in all, I'm really glad I bought the DVD. I hope there will be many more seasons to buy - hopefully with expanded special features. :-)
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good new crime show--Florida style April 13, 2011
Format:DVD
Jim Longworth (Matt Passmore), a hot, smart, new cop in central Florida. Is the headless body murder or just hungry gators? Longworth is a golfer with normal ability. He's much better with women and crime investigation.

This new A&E crime, homicide, cop drama is American fresh, laced with comedy and a bit of romance. Worth seeing. It's reminiscent of Britain's TV series "Midsomer Murders" also filled with murder, humor, and love; but the Florida location is different, not countryside England, and the characters are at least a generation younger. Will "The Glades" experience the longevity of "Midsomer Murders", lasting years and still going strong? Well time will tell, but it has a very good start. Try a set of "Midsomer Murders". Murders as delicious as chocolate.

Meet the rest of the cast too. Callie Cargill (Kiele Sqanchez); Carlos Sanchez (Carlos Gomez); Callie's son Jeff (Uriah Shelton); and Daniel Green (Jordan Wall). Then Randy Cromwell (Alexis Martinez), a new detective, & Colleen Manus (Michelle Hurd).

1. Pilot- TV airing 7.11.10
2. Bird in the Hand- 7.18.10
3. A Perfect Storm 7.25.10
4. Mucked Up - 7.31.10
5. The Girlfriend Experience- 8.8.10
6. Doppelganger - 8.13.10
7. Cassadaga - 8.22.10
8. Marriage is Murder - 8.29.10
9. Honey - 9.5.10
10. Second Chance- 9.12.10
11. Booty - 9.19.10
12. Exposed - 9.26.10
13. Breaking 80 - 10.3.10
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Television needs yet another procedural crime show just about as much as it needs more reality TV. You can't turn the dial without hitting some form of CSI or NCIS or L&O or one of their lighthearted cable cousins. So when "The Glades" popped up on the A&E, I was pretty hesitant about giving it a shot. It definitely falls into the comic caper category popularized by the USA network or TNT in too many shows to enumerate. But I'll be darned if it just doesn't work here as well for two primary reasons. First, the locales within the Florida glades provides some pretty scenic areas for bodies to be dumped. In fact, the opening segments are usually quite well done and kick off each episode's mystery with a visual flair. But second, and most important, is the star making turn by a very charming Matt Passmore. As a Chicago cop relocated to a small local police force, Passmore hits all the right notes. With humor and intelligence, he cracks the cases as he cracks wise--but his verbal banter is genuinely amusing and not overly precious.

As with most procedurals, oftentimes the case solutions are fairly obvious or secondary to the journey of arriving at the finale. Most of the drama and comedy comes from Passmore interacting with the suspects as well as his team. He enjoys an easy chemistry with Carlos Gomez as his primary confidante and the two play off each other well. Of course, the show provides a requisite love interest. Kiele Sanchez plays a local med student raising a son alone while the boy's father is locked up. Sanchez has a genuine appeal and starts off the season as a terrific romantic foil. Passmore plays the surrogate father, naturally, and this element can be overplayed at times--but, for the most part, it works.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Funny ans smart series set in the Everglades of Florida
Set in the everglades of Florida, The Glades detective falls into one murder after another. His side kicks add interest to the story line. Read more
Published 4 hours ago by Margaret Gallegos
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show
Love the mix of Police work, Florida, Humor, suspense, and romance. I do not know how I missed this one on A&E.
Published 4 hours ago by Richard Harrison
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy a light comedy
This is a light comedy that is in the same class
as Life. The characters are very likeable. Too bad it got cancelled
Published 1 day ago by Iainsmith
4.0 out of 5 stars Light entertainment
Likeable characters keep us thoroughly entertained. Love the humorous dialogue especially from the main character. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Eric T. Lind
4.0 out of 5 stars Good entertainment
Characters are interesting and plots little better than usual so far. Looks a little predictable, but people have been people for thousands of years, and we never seem to figure... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Tim P
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Evening Entertainment
Stick with the series for good who-done-it action.

Cutting out the commercials is so beneficial in a continuing series like this.
Published 2 days ago by James T Tidwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun light hearted show
It's a fun and light approach to the typical cop/detective type of show. This type of show is a dime a dozen these days, but this one is just enough mix of character relationships... Read more
Published 2 days ago by The Librarian
1.0 out of 5 stars ... was disappointing because I was really hoping I would love it. As...
I couldn't get past the first episode which was disappointing because I was really hoping I would love it. As a Dexter fan, this type of show is my favorite. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Sapheryn
4.0 out of 5 stars Binge viewing-Glades great show on Netflix
I am hooked binge viewed Season 1 onto Season 2. Glad I bought Amazon Fire TV it was suggested and the picture quality is great
Published 2 days ago by MANUEL R. DIAZ
5.0 out of 5 stars A Winner
I chose The Glades because it had so many good ratings, and I'm not sorry I am watching the show. Only problem is finding the time to watch.
Published 3 days ago by Alison Haber
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