Review - Rizzoli & Isles Series on Max

Over the last several weeks, we've binged Rizzoli & Isles on Max.

If you don't subscribe to Max, you can find the series on Prime. Each season costs around $15-17.

We never watched it when it was "live" on TNT. I guess the only reason we watched it now was because we couldn't find anything else to watch.

Despite the gruesome murder that happens at the beginning of each episode, the series is...pleasant and well-acted with appealing characters—some are quirky and get a bit more quirky as the seasons progress.

The police procedures in the investigations skip  over or gloss over some things, but then I've watched and read so many that I expect a police procedural to be accurate and believable.

Heck, it's a character driven series, and the characters are fun, and that makes it completely watchable.


Opposites attract has to be the calling card of this series. Police detective Jane Rizzoli wears tee shirts and casual pants and loves hamburger and beer. Her idea of culture must be a velvet Elvis.

Wealthy medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles wears couture, speaks French, and was raised with a silver spoon in her mouth. She's also a genius who knows everything and spouts it whether anyone wants to hear or not.

These two mismatched opposites have two things in common—they're both tuogh and relentless in search of the truth and they're best friends.

Together, they solve Boston's crimes and put away the bad guys.

Angie Harmon is Jane Rizzoli, Sasha Alexander is Dr. Maura Isles, Jordan Bridges is Jane's brother Frankie, Lorraine Bracco is Jane's mother Angela, and Bruce McGill (I first saw him as D-Day in Animal House!) is Detective Vince Korsak, Jane's mentor and former partner.

It's an easy to watch series that won't keep you glued to the couch for episode after episode. Instead, you can enjoy an episode or two and come back to it a day or more later and pick up more or less where you left off.


Based on Tess Gerritsen's bestselling novels, the characters are the best part of this series, and the actors breathe life into them.

If you'd like to read the novels, I think The Surgeon is the first of the Rizzoli & Isles books.

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