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Review: What Does 'The Glades' Have to Do With Your Laundry?

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jun 2nd 2011 4:15PM
'The Glades' (10PM ET Sunday, A&E) may not have risen to the level of must-see TV, but it's certainly gotten better.

If you think of the Florida-set detective drama as a less ambitious 'Burn Notice' or a throwback to the moderately competent police procedurals of years gone by, it may well work as a pleasant summer diversion.

The biggest change is that the lead character, relocated Chicago police officer Jim Longworth, is no longer off-puttingly obnoxious, as he was in last year's wince-inducing pilot for 'The Glades.' Jim, who's played by Matt Passmore, has been wisely dialed down several notches and given relatively interesting cases to work.

Jim still barges in where he isn't wanted and insouciantly plucks snacks from other people's fruit baskets (no, that's not an analogy), but he now resembles an actual person, rather than a robotic collection of cocky-cop stereotypes.

Another surprise is that Longworth's personal life gets a fair amount of attention on the show. It's not a bad idea, given that what goes on in his relationships tends to balance out the detective's on-the-job brashness. Still, some of the relationship stuff drags. Longworth's dating a nurse named Callie (Kiele Sanchez), but the complications she brings to the table -- a spouse who was recently released from prison -- tend to slow down the show's brisk pace.

There's much more chemistry at work in the second episode of the season, when an old law-enforcement friend who shares Longworth's brand of brashness flies in from Chicago to work a big case with him. Natalia Cigluiti, who plays Illinois cop Samantha Harper, has much more of a spark with Passmore, not that I'm hoping that a full-blown love triangle develops. It's just good to know that, given emotional moments to play, Passmore's more than capable of doing good work.

If there's one arena in which the show could use work, it concerns the show's supporting characters -- that's one of the areas in which the 'Burn Notice' comparison falls apart (on 'The Glades, there also aren't any voiceovers or bombs built out of Super Glue and paper clips, alas). Michael Westen's sidekicks are fully capable of carrying almost entire 'Burn Notice' episodes by themselves, but Jim's boss and co-workers don't really distinguish themselves in any notable ways. The performances aren't bad, the characters just tend to be utilitarian and underwritten.

'The Glades' isn't doing anything particularly new, but as a Twitter correspondent noted, it's the perfect show to fold laundry to. A few notches below that "must-see" category are those "laundry-folders," if you will -- programs that occupy some your attention but don't distract you unduly from household chores. 'The Glades' has certainly worked its way into that category, and considering where it started, that's something.

The next bit of intel may be considered spoilery, so check out if you don't want to know about one of season 2's story lines: An A&E rep says that Samantha Harper will indeed play "a significant role" in the new season as a possible love interest for Jim. It's good to know, given that her bold character tends to give Jim as good as she gets; their professional and personal partnership has potential. Again, I'm not hoping for a predictable love triangle, but this show needs a few sparks in the supporting-character department.

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I kind of enjoyed the show at first. But if I have to watch Callie's pinched, I'm-a-martyr-you-have-no-idea-what-I've-suffered-to-accomplish-BIG-things-while-raising-child-but-protecting-him-from-felon-Dad one more time - well, I guess I don't have to watch her make that suffering attitude face and listen to her unsuccessful, soulful, suffering voice. I'm FREE of Callie and Glades. Nice butt Jim but you know that.

August 27 2013 at 9:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Been waiting for this show to return as I really enjoyed it last season, However it scares me when they say there will be changes . given enough time , they will screw it up. It was a show with unique personity and now but now I'm worried..............

June 05 2011 at 4:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Did anyone else out there also tune into Terriers last season? It was a great show

June 05 2011 at 12:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have been waiting 6 months to see Season 2. This is one of my favorite shows. Thank goodness for DVR. One show I fell in love with last season was Terriers. Which unfortunately the pilot was not renewed. So disappointed. But also can't wait this month for Memphis Beat on the 14th to air again. Hot June!

June 05 2011 at 12:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I really like the show. I'm so glad it is back on. Matt and Callie should get together. And halloween in Cassadaga would be a real good one.

June 04 2011 at 8:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I would like to see them go back to Cassadaga, say for halloween. I thought that this was one of the best episodes of the season.

June 04 2011 at 3:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I like this show. I didn't find it boring at all. And Jim is hilarious. I was wondering what they were gonna do with Jim and Callie now that her husband is going to be getting out of jail. I don't see her just dropping her jail-bird hubby immediately (even though she has a thing for Jim) due to her son. So, I'm pretty sure Jim will be available for the new girl in town.

June 03 2011 at 4:48 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I love this show and think that the character's are great. The storyline with Callie and JIm is the best on television and I will be very disappointed if the writer's go the obvious route with another Heather. Been there, done that. It was compelling to see the struggles they encountered to define and ultimately accept their relationship. But, the writers are great on this show and I have to trust they are not going to drag it out. I was happy that they didn't drag out Fi's boyfriend for too long on Burn Notice.

June 03 2011 at 2:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love this show! I hope they don't change it too much. I also think that the Callie relationship does drag on a bit, but otherwise this show rocks. Love Matt Passmore.

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