Rizzoli & Isles is a TNT police procedural crime drama television series starring Angie Harmon as police detective Jane Rizzoli and Sasha Alexander as medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles. The television series is based on a novel series by the same name written by Tess Gerritsen. The series currently consists of five seasons, with a sixth season having been ordered in December of last year, scheduled to premiere in June 2015.

The majority of the series’ back story comes from the original novel series, serving to introduce characters and themes central to the overall telling of the story. Instead of slowly building up the relationship between Rizzoli and Isles, or waiting to slowly introduce Rizzoli’s arch nemesis, the series jumps straight into the heat of battle, with Rizzoli immediately confronting serial killer Charles Hoyt.

Afterwards, The Show continues to focus on the terrifying relationship between Rizzoli and Hoyt, specifically how he taunts her continuously throughout the series, in or out of jail. Teamed up with Dr. Maura Isles, Rizzoli is able to track down Hoyt, though he always seems one step ahead of her, constantly toying with her. Their constant back and forth struggling is akin to Red John and Patrick Jane of the Mentalist. These striking parallels have been praised and complimented by critics, saying that the love-hate relationship between cop and serial killer is often an added bonus when dealing with procedural police dramas.

The beginning of the series had particularly strong ratings. Over 7.5 million viewers tuned in to watch the premiere episode, making Rizzoli and Isles the second most-watched evening cable show in 2010, runner up to The Closer. The show finished the week in third behind The Closer and the final episode of Deadliest Catch. Rizzoli and Isles wasn’t done impressing audiences, however. The premiere episode set a record as the highest-rated debut for a commercial-supported cable series, and it was the second-highest debut ever for a basic cable TV series.


The show has received additional praise for focusing the story on two female leads and how they interact and support one another in their stressful work environment, as opposed to what’s typically displayed on television. Instead of two women who can’t stand one another and aren’t able to do their jobs because of their disdain towards one another, Rizzoli and Isles demonstrates that two women can be in the same room as one another without wanting to rip one another’s eyes out. More to the point, Rizzoli and Isles are friends, and their friendship is especially highlighted when either of them suffers a traumatic or emotional experience, such as Rizzoli being attacked by Hoyt and his apprentices, or Isles dealing with an upsetting breakup. The female camaraderie present within the show goes beyond two women merely putting up with one another. The show demonstrates a positive female relationship and the struggles it must endure.

The sixth season of Rizzoli and Isles is scheduled to premiere in June of this year. Go over here and find more TV & Internet entertainment choices.