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The Unusuals
Format Comedy-drama
Serial drama
Created by Noah Hawley
Starring Amber Tamblyn
Jeremy Renner
Harold Perrineau
Adam Goldberg
Terry Kinney
Joshua Close
Monique Curnen
Kai Lennox
Country of origin  United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10 (List of episodes)
Production company(s) Sony Pictures Television
Original channel ABC
Original run April 8, 2009 – June 17, 2009

The Unusuals is a comedy-drama television series which premiered on ABC on April 8, 2009 in the U.S. and Global in Canada. An ABC press release described The Unusuals as "like a modern-day M*A*S*H" that "explores both the grounded drama and comic insanity of the world of New York City police detectives, where every cop has a secret". Its premise elaborated:

Detective Casey Shraeger (Amber Tamblyn) has just been transferred to the NYPD's Homicide unit from Vice and is instantly thrown into a setting of bullets and bodies. As she begins her new assignment, Casey finds that the squad is full of secrets, which serves her well, since she's keeping a few of her own.[1]

The pilot and first episode were written by Noah Hawley, a former staff writer for Fox's Bones.

The initial series order was for 10 episodes. Show creator Noah Hawley announced via his twitter account in mid-May 2009 that ABC would not be bringing the show back for a second season.[2]




Det. Casey Shraeger transfers from Vice to NYPD's second Precinct with a mission – to clean up Sergeant Harvey Brown's station at his request. Her new partner is Jason Walsh, whose previous partner was murdered the same night Shraeger was assigned to him. She was chosen mostly because Brown believes her to be incorruptible, since she comes from a very wealthy family and chose to work for the police from a sense of doing good, rather than for money.

As soon as she meets her new partner, they start a quest for Walsh's ex-partner's killer. He was a dirty cop, which was a known fact, but he was also investigating other cops at the 2nd Precinct. His main focus was Det. Henry Cole who once lived by another name and robbed an armored car. Cole's partner, Det. Allison Beaumont, is later revealed to be Walsh's girlfriend.

Besides Shraeger, Walsh, Beaumont, and Cole, the station has three more detectives: Leo Banks, who wears a bullet-proof vest everywhere he goes, because he's afraid he will die at age 42, as his father, grandfather and uncle did; Banks' partner Eric Delahoy, who has a brain tumor and won't tell anyone or get treatment that can potentially kill him or leave him disabled; and Eddie Alvarez, who believes himself to be a 'lone wolf' and talks about himself in the third person. The show was left cancelled with a huge cliffhanger about what happens to Delahoy.


Episode Number Episode Rating Share Rating/Share
Air Date
1 "Pilot" 4.5 8 2.2/6 6.83 TBA 4/8/2009
2 "Boorland Day" 3.9 7 1.9/5 6.01 TBA 4/15/2009
3 "One Man Band" * 3.8 6 1.6/5 6.33 TBA 4/21/2009
4 "Crime Slut" 3.2 5 1.6/5 4.97 TBA 4/22/2009
5 "42" 3.3 6 1.7/5 5.08 TBA 4/29/2009
6 "The Circle Line" 3.1 5 1.6/4 4.63 TBA 5/6/2009
7 "The Tape Delay" 2.5 4 0.9/3 3.91 TBA 5/27/2009
8 "The Dentist" 2.0 4 0.7/2 2.94 TBA 6/3/2009
9 "The Apology Line" 2.8 5 1.2/4 4.67 TBA 6/10/2009
10 "E.I.D." 2.5 4 1.1/4 3.91 TBA 6/17/2009
  • *One Man Band" aired Tuesday night at 10, unlike the rest of the series which aired Wednesdays at 10.


  1. ^ The Unusuals ABC Medianet (March 23, 2009) Retrieved on 3-23-09
  2. ^ The Unusuals Won't Do Time on ABC's Fall Schedule Seattle Post-Intelligencer (Sunday, May 17, 2009) Retrieved on 5-20-09

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