- Season 1 Episode 1
RAINN WILSON STARS AS DETECTIVE EVERETT BACKSTROM
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.
Rainn Wilson as Det. Lt. Everett Backstrom; Genevieve Angelson as Det. Nicole Gravely; Dennis Haysbert as Det. Sgt. John Almond; Kristoffer Polaha as Sgt. Peter Niedermayer; Page Kennedy as Officer Frank Moto; Beatrice Rosen as Nadia Paquet; Thomas Dekker as Gregory Valentine.
Inga Cadranel as Chief Anna Cervantes; Rizwan Manji as Dr. Deb Chaman; Evan Jones as Gene Visser; Tiffany Hines as Cassandra; Jarod Joseph as Charles Turner; Keenan Tracey as Toby Percival; Kyle Secor as Senator Tobias Percival; Gerard Plunkett as Leyland Eaton; Samantha Ferris as Rebecca Forrester.