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Pretty Hard Cases

Season 1
 (97)6.12021X-Ray16+
"Pretty Hard Cases" follows Guns and Gangs detective Sam and Drug Squad detective Kelly. By day, they are heroes in their particular way: skilled, tough, determined, and entertaining, fighting to do good in a broken system.
Starring
Meredith MacNeillAdrienne C. MooreAl Mukadam
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ComedyDramaAction
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]
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  1. 1. Bananas
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    September 9, 2021
    44min
    16+
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    After a failed drug bust, Sam and Kelly discover they’re after the same dealer, forcing them to team up to take down a major Stockwood player.
  2. 2. Dealz
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    September 9, 2021
    44min
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    Sam calls on Kelly’s undercover skills when she gets a lead on a gun-dealing dollar store. But when Kelly’s cover is blown, Sam’s forced to get out of her comfort zone to expose the supplier.
  3. 3. Nuts
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    September 9, 2021
    44min
    16+
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    With an informant’s life on the line, Kelly enlists Sam’s help in raiding a Stockwood stash house. But can they solve the case when a key piece of the puzzle goes missing?
  4. 4. Feathers
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    September 9, 2021
    44min
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    With a promotion in her sights, Sam recruits Kelly for a high-stakes sting that will get them one step closer to catching the Bowen Brothers. But when Sam’s power play takes an unexpected turn, it puts Kelly in unforeseen danger.
  5. 5. Kids
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    September 9, 2021
    44min
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    Kelly enlists Elliot’s help to investigate an MDMA dealer in his school. Meanwhile, when Sam’s investigation into a father’s missing guns takes a turn, she’s surprised by who gets caught in the crossfire…
  6. 6. Guns
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    September 9, 2021
    44min
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    When a cooler full of guns puts Sam and Kelly on the trail of 77 more black-market firearms, the pair find themselves in a life or “death-trap” situation.
  7. 7. Ritz
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    September 9, 2021
    44min
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    With Sam’s promotion on the line, Sam and Kelly stake out an autobody shop, hoping to reel in Stockwood’s last big fish, Randy Bowen.
  8. 8. Flowers
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    September 9, 2021
    44min
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    Tracking the source of a new MDMA brings Sam and Kelly into the unlikely world of flower deliveries, as they narrow in on a new Stockwood player.
  9. 9. Gliders
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    September 9, 2021
    44min
    13+
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    In the aftermath of their shocking discovery, Sam & Kelly embark on a border-crossing mission to take down the new Stockwood boss.
  10. 10. Jellybeans
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    September 9, 2021
    44min
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    Sam and Kelly are forced to team up with the enemy in order to take down an even bigger threat. When their undercover sting takes a dangerous turn, Sam and Kelly must give their best performances yet in order to escape with their lives.

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  1. Bonus: Pretty Hard Cases Trailer
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    August 2, 2021
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    "Pretty Hard Cases" follows Guns and Gangs detective Sam and Drug Squad detective Kelly. By day, they are heroes in their particular way: skilled, tough, determined, and entertaining, fighting to do good in a broken system.

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Producers
Sherry WhiteTassie CameronAmy CameronAlex PatrickWanda ChaffeyCaledonia Brown
Season year
2021
Network
NBCUniversal International Studios
Content advisory
Sexual contentalcohol usesubstance usefoul languageviolence
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4.4 out of 5 stars

97 global ratings

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  2. 7% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 0% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 3% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 11% of reviews have 1 stars
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Jane DoughReviewed in the United States on September 19, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great show - A Canadian 'The Heat" A+
A Canadian take on "The Heat" with Meredith MacNeill as Sam, the uptight Sandra Bullock character (she even looks like her in a certain light) who butts heads with Adrienne Moore, the Melissa McCarthy-type full-figured renegade, Kelly. Super nerd Sam and bad ass Kelly get on each others nerves, but they're both trying to navigate difficult relationships with their families, fellow officers and each other, learning the delicate balance between trusting too much and trusting too little.

While Sam Wazowski's character is laid out early on as the divorced single mom trying to be friends with everyone (even her kid,) Kelly Duff's backstory is slow to unfold and we learn more about her in each new episode, revealing how the people in her life have helped create her defensive shell. Having just come out of a long term undercover op, she's a master of being someone else and has the biggest character arc as the series progresses.

The show's synopsis is definitely the old opposites attract trope for the 2 cops, but in a larger sense it contrasts 2 mothers (Sam and Tiggy, played by Tara Strong [Miss Minutes from 'Loki' and a super famous voice actor] trying to do the best for their kids. Sam and Tiggy's teenagers are thrown together but their Romeo and Juliet vibe takes a weird turn. Sam's struggles to instill a moral compass in her difficult son Elliott is painfully sharp, and Tiggy's descent into the underbelly of Toronto's drug world shows how easy it is for a series of small bad decisions to escalate into a life changing f***-up.

Every character, even the supporting ones, are well-written, fully formed, and believable. For Schitt's Creek fans Karen Robinson (Ronnie) plays the duo's superior officer, Shanks and supervillan Kim Coates is a funny, lovable psychpath with his knitted slippers and misguided feminism.

Kim's Convenience fans will recognize Amanda Brugel (Pastor Nina) as Kelly's cop sister (tho they look NOTHING alike) and Rodrigo Fernandez-Stoll (Enrigue) as tow truck operator, Mateo.

My only criticism is they should have stuck to the working title, 'Lady Dicks.' Does "Pretty Hard Cases" roll off the tongue and lodge in your brain? No : ) Other than that, it's an A+ effort. I clapped at the end of Season 1 and am super excited for the next season. Fingers crossed!
7 people found this helpful
Oats J. MuleReviewed in the United States on September 16, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Doesn't Police Departments Have Physical Requirements ?
I'm I suppose to believe that a police department would give a badge and a gun to a police officer who is morbidity obese and can't control her own body ? Why would the producers of film think I would be interested or entertained by a morbidly obese actress.
10 people found this helpful
DIY DivaReviewed in the United States on September 15, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Keeps you interested with lots of unexpected connections
I actually want to see more of this. It is kind of like a very dysfunctional Cagney and Lacey, but somehow it works to make both characters better. Real people with real everyday problems, trying to do their best. The story line held up through the whole season, and of course the last episode set up another season beautifully with a bunch of new complications. Not a spoiler, but worth the watch.
8 people found this helpful
SeamstressReviewed in the United States on September 14, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
No decorative frosting.
Great writing! Great Acting! Great Casting! Super dialogue! Pretty much "The Office" in a police station. And it is refreshing that everyone is normal looking, no supermodels, no false eyelashes, hangovers look so real you can feel them. Best of Covid!!! You do not need fancy locations or improbable beauty, plain cake is excellent!!!
9 people found this helpful
AnayaReviewed in the United States on September 17, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Disrespectful...
Was so looking forward to a series similar to Rizzoli & Isles/Cagney & Lacey, etc...it seemed that I may have found it. But, couldn't make it through first episode. I wish writers/producers would have some sense of respect. Not only for people of faith offended by certain language, but also considering the youth watching. How many times does the Lord's name have to be taken in vain in one scene before someone on the cast stands against it? Operate at a higher standard. For there to be a change, there has to be a change of heart. Rise up people. You're talented. Don't fall for below standard writing that you think will generate higher ratings. Great writing doesn't have to resort to gratuitous content that does nothing for the show...but, only to force me to remove it from my wish list.
10 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on September 17, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Definitely worth watching
The story line is great. Actors are perfect. The acting is superb. I mean it's just a good show period. I am so glad I stumbled on it. I was actually hoping there was a season 2 when it ended then I realized it's season 1 this year. Whoever wrote the storyline did a good job. I haven't heard of this show and I am not sure why more people don't know about it.
7 people found this helpful
ROTTENCORPSEReviewed in the United States on September 13, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
WOW...
This is bad on so many levels...where to start. Every joke failed to be funny, the writing was so predictable and had no effort put into it. I've never been so bored in my life. The acting was so bad and forced, it didn't have any natural chemistry between the two lead actresses. I can't imagine there will be a season 2.
8 people found this helpful
NonSponTaneReviewed in the United States on September 22, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fun Buddy Cop Dramedy, Light on Violence
I really enjoyed watching this show. I love the cop/detective/mystery genre, both serious shows and not so much. One of my favorite shows of all time is Psych. Pretty Hard Cases has a lot less silliness than Psych, while still being fun and providing some laughs. However, it's also a good drama and detective show with some more serious moments and suspense. The "romantic" and violent notes were not gratuitous, which I was also very happy about. I would not characterize this as a family show, though, the way Psych is.

Kelly and Sam or Barbara and Shirley make a good team. More, please!
2 people found this helpful
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