Backstrom Series Premiere 2014 “Dragon Slayer”

Backstrom Season 1 Episode 1 “Dragon Slayer” airs Thursday January 22nd at 9:00 PM on FOX. In tonight’s episode, Emmy Award nominee Rainn Willson stars as EVERETT BACKSTROM, an unhealthy, offensive, irascible – albeit brilliant – detective who sees the worst in everyone, and he’s usually right. After a five-year banishment to the traffic division for offensive behavior, he has returned from disgrace to lead Portland’s newly minted Special Crimes Unit (S.C.U.). Tasked with navigating the city’s most sensitive and serious cases, he must solve each crime as he tries, and fails, to change his own self-destructive behavior. In the series premiere, the S.C.U. investigates the death of a college student. Initially deemed a suicide, the team discovers the boy’s death was in fact a drug-fueled homicide. With Backstrom’s unorthodox investigative techniques, the team must utilize all of their individual skills and work together to catch the killer. Meanwhile, Backstrom’s doctor DEB CHAMAN (guest star Rizwan Manji) threatens to fail him on his physical if he doesn’t start making healthy choices, and prescribes him to make one new friend.

Show Summary: From creator/executive producer Hart Hanson (BONES), BACKSTROM is a subversive and comic crime procedural about an unhealthy, offensive, irascible – albeit brilliant – detective who sees the worst in everyone, and he’s usually right.

Detective Lieutenant EVERETT BACKSTROM (Emmy Award nominee Rainn Wilson, “The Office”) is a man with no filter. After a five-year banishment to the traffic division for offensive behavior, he has returned from disgrace to lead Portland’s newly minted Special Crimes Unit (S.C.U.).Tasked with navigating the city’s most sensitive and serious cases, he must solve each crime as he tries, and fails, to change his own self-destructive behavior.

Whether outsmarting his foes, including his ex-fiancee (recurring guest star Sarah Chalke, “Scrubs”), or guiding his eccentric team of investigators and civilians, featuring Dennis Haysbert (“24,” “The Unit”), Genevieve Angelson (“House of Lies”), Kristoffer Polaha (“Ringer,” “Life Unexpected”), Page Kennedy (“Blue Mountain State,” “Weeds”), Beatrice Rosen (“The Dark Knight”) and Thomas Dekker (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”), Backstrom always manages to crack the case.

But his highly unorthodox process invariably leads to clashes with everyone around him, from his fellow law enforcement colleagues, to the Fire Department, to Portland’s local charities, to the city’s drag queens, to half of Chinatown and an entire Indian Reservation. When Backstrom’s investigating, nobody comes out unscathed.

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