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The Unusuals: The Complete Series (2009)

Amber Tamblyn , Jeremy Renner  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Amber Tamblyn, Jeremy Renner, Harold Perrineau, Adam Goldberg, Terry Kinney
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: April 6, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0025KVKDO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,299 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Unusuals: The Complete Series" on IMDb

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Amber Tamblyn (TV’s “Joan of Arcadia”) and Jeremy Renner (THE HURT LOCKER) star as Detective Casey Shraeger and Detective Jason Walsh in this dark and gritty series that explores both the grounded drama and comic insanity of the world of New York City police detectives. Together, the two must investigate the murder of a cop, unraveling the conflicting clues that they hope will lead to the killer and ultimately reveal the truth behind the dead cop’s past. Also stars Harold Perrineau (TV’s“Lost”) as Detective Banks and Adam Goldberg (TV’s“Entourage”) as Detective Delahoy.

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64 of 64 people found the following review helpful
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- Shraeger: "Hefties. I swear if you took all the time that men wasted thinking about the female breast throughout history, there'd only be enough time to read a magazine."
- Walsh: "You mean like Jugs or Maxim?"

Same old, same old with the big television networks. Put on a promising show, cancel a promising show. ABC's appallingly short-lived THE UNUSUALS is the latest victim to fall prey to the arsebackward peccadillos of these program directors. Ten episodes are all we get, with plot threads hanging unresolved all over the place. Sad.

THE UNUSUALS takes up where LIFE left off, in terms of offbeat characters embedded in an intriguing police procedural. New York City detectives Casey Shraeger and Jason Walsh are our early eyes and ears to what makes this series tick, and it's Shraeger (Amber Tamblyn) towards whom we naturally gravitate as she's the newbie in the lot, what with her having just two seconds ago been reassigned from Vice to the 2nd Precinct Homicide Division. Shraeger is instantly thrown in the deep end, her new unit tapped to look into the murder of a very flawed police detective who turns out to be the old partner of Jason Walsh (Jeremy Renner), who is now Shraeger's new partner. But it's always perilous poking into a hornet's nest, and, o jaded us, it's not startling at all that Shraeger would inevitably catch a whiff of police corruption. One smug perp actually passes judgment on the 2nd Squad, mocking it as "Chaotic. Disorganized. Too much personality. Not enough discipline." He should've added "dysfunctional."

- Police Dispatcher: "2nd Squad, this is Dispatch reminding you that handcuffs are for official police business only.
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73 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Unusuals May 18, 2009
By D.D.O
Format:DVD
Really liked this show. Very disappointed that there will only be one
season but that seems to happen to a lot of shows I like, for instance
Wonderfalls and Firefly.
I liked the characters and their relationships with eachother. I also enjoyed
the humor. Sorry to see this one go.
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65 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More, More, MORE! May 13, 2009
Format:DVD
I LOVE this series! It's like NYPD BLUE with humor and on acid!
Each episode has certainly lived up to the title and the characters' quirks drive the plots forward with a compelling "drive-by" momentum. It's so good to see actors who have done great work in the past get such meaty roles---like Amber Tamblyn, Adam Goldberg, Terry Kinney, and Harold Perrineau (who is still my favorite Mercutio!)
This is one show I will definitely get when it becomes available on DVD. ---Can't wait because I've missed an episode or two no longer available to view online.
Definitely worth the search on the ABC schedule.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Good to be Unusual April 8, 2010
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The box The Unusuals comes in claims the series is "dark and gritty." This is a flat-out lie. There's nothing gritty about The Unusuals at all. But this is a good thing.

Sony Pictures is just afraid you won't buy this if you don't think it's a duplicate of every other cop show made in the last twenty years. ABC feared the same and mis-marketed the comedy as a hard-boiled grimefest. Unsurprisingly, it tanked in the ratings. But what does exist of it is fortunately available now.

Normally, I don't go for cop shows, but this one stood out to me. It's about the characters -- true to the title, everyone working at the precinct is UNUSUAL in some way. Amber Tamblyn steals the series as Casey Shraeger, a stereotype-defying smartmouthed heiress who wants to pursue her own interests (and attempts to keeps her true identity secret for much of the series). Harold "WHERE'S MAH BOOOOOOOOOOOYYYYYYYYYY?" Perrineau plays a paranoid detective convinced he's fated to die within one year. (We never get to find out if that's true.) Other cast members range from a former baseball pro to a sergeant who really wanted to be an astronaut but discovered he was afraid of heights. The cases they get handed are also suitably bizarre.

Tamblyn prophetically said in an interview that the series could run into problems for "being so unique." For those who are tired of network factory entertainment and want to see a show unafraid to break the mold, I recommend the ten episodes of The Unusuals. Woe that there aren't any more, but I fear if it had gone on, ABC might have tried to turn it into the depressing thing they were selling it as.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A breath of fresh air February 26, 2010
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The police procedural is a show that has been made and remade more than a couple of times, covering everything from the detectives working cases as in the "Law and Order" franchise, to the forensics of the investigations such as in "CSI" and its spinoffs. These shows are mostly dramas, dealing with the motivations and conflicts of the people investigating these cases, but comedic police dramas have also been attempted with varying success rates. Often these "police comedy dramas" are more than a little formulaic, seldom venturing beyond what the characters feel about the case of the week or the romantic tension between the female and male leads. These shows aren't necessarily bad, and they fare well with general audiences due to their "safe" nature, but their derivative nature can become tiresome for those who have seen more than a few police dramas and know the ropes. "The Unusuals" is one of those shows that comes along to defy these conventions, with a snappy sense of humor that dares to be absurd, distinct quirky characters with complex motivations, pasts, real personal problems, and some very involving drama.

"The Unusuals" deals with the humorous chaos and often grounded reality of the lives and work of the detectives in the second precinct police station in New York. Detective Casey Shraeger (Amber Tamblyn) of the NYPD is transferred from Vice (short for "Vice Unit", which investigates matters such as narcotics, pornography, and in this case prostitution) working undercover as a prostitute, to the second precinct in order to do internal affairs house cleaning at the request of precinct commander Sergeant Harvey Brown (Terry Kinney) who believes the fact she comes from a wealthy family yet decided to become a police officer makes her incorruptible.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I Liked Watching This Series (1 season only) And Would Liked To Have...
First let me say that this is not among my favorite cop shows (those would include NYPD Blue, The Shield, or Justified). Read more
Published 16 hours ago by Holly
4.0 out of 5 stars Great series. Full of unusual characters
Great series. Full of unusual characters. Very funny. But just not loved by mainstream America so it was cancelled. Read more
Published 12 days ago by JeanetteN
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wish it was still going. Thank you.
Published 13 days ago by name
5.0 out of 5 stars A good show that was cancelled too soon!
I honestly don't remember seeing this show on tv, but when I bought the dvds, I think I might have seen some of it. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Valerie Beiersdorfer
5.0 out of 5 stars Short and Sweet
And here we have a murdered show. They took a great cast, quirky characters, interesting episodes, and a great plot. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Maddy
5.0 out of 5 stars now I canwatch it w/o eating bandwidth
I spent WAAAAY too much time watching this streaming...now I can watch it w/o eating bandwidth.
Published 1 month ago by Jim Drosdak
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Show Canceled Too Soon
I absolutely loved this show. It was funny and gritty and truly interesting. Every character adds to the show's "unusualness. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Natalie
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Wanted to see Amber Tamblyn in another role other than Joan of Arcadia. It's a pretty good movie. Enjoyed it.
Published 2 months ago by Mary D
5.0 out of 5 stars wish there were more
It's a police procedural, but with a sense of humor. I've have it for only a week and I've watched the whole thing twice. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ryvenarie
5.0 out of 5 stars OK now
Why the hell would such a great series only be on for one season? I'm glad I discovered it but I'm pissed that it's one and done.
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The Unusuals does the ending leave you hanging?
No cliffhanger, Vegas. As with any series that is cancelled before it's time, there were some loose ends remaining but the main running storyline concerning a dirty cop was resolved.
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