TV Reviews for Regular People: Stumptown
Finally getting around to watching this one. This is the show I’ve been seeing promos for all Summer. This is the one network show all of the real critics recommend. So, how was it?
It was – good. I guess. I may have mentioned before that I am pretty much guaranteed to check out any new show if it stars an actor I really liked in some other show. And I have loved Cobie Smulders since she first walked into MacLaren’s pub all those years ago. Stumptown gives her a great origin story: Iraq war veteran suffering from PTSD with a gambling problem who takes care of her brother with Down Syndrome and has trouble holding down a job. In the pilot episode, she’s hired by the owner of the casino (who she owes money to) to track down her missing granddaughter. We haven’t seen a private detective on TV this gritty since Jim Rockford retired. If you like action scenes, this is your show.
I’m going to give another shout out to the network casting directors. This is another show with a fine supporting cast. Michael Ealy plays Detective Miles Hoffman, real copy and obviously potential love interest for our heroine. Camryn Mannheim is his supervisor (and she is fabulous in EVERYTHING!) Promos for the rest of the season show Donal Logue joining in. I would watch for that reason alone!
Did I love it? No, as much as I wanted to I honestly can’t say that I did. But I’d bet this is one of the big hits of the new season. It’s interesting, entertaining and different. Bonus points for taking place in Portland instead of LA. Leaving this one in the rotation for now.