A feisty Vancouver homicide detective tracks down the most cunning of killers by trying to figure out the motive to the crime.

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 Detective Angie Flynn / ... (52 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Detective Oscar Vega / ... (52 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Detective Brian Lucas / ... (52 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Dr. Betty Rogers (52 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Sergeant Mark Cross (27 episodes, 2014-2016)
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A Vancouver based murder has just occurred and been discovered. At the beginning of each episode, not only is the victim(s) identified to the viewer, but also the killer(s). The disparate group of Vancouver Homicide detectives, with help from the Coroner's office, have to wade through the evidence which will lead them through the more often than not less than straightforward path to discovering the killer(s) and his/her/their motive. That motive often is not fully understood by the detectives until they catch the killer(s). One of those detectives, quick witted and acerbic tongued Angie Flynn, often has the competing priority of raising her son, Manny, as a single mother. Written by Huggo

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The MURDER is just the beginning. See more »


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23 May 2013 (USA)  »

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Motive premiered immediately following Super Bowl XLVII, on February 3, 2013 on Canada's CTV network. It's 1.23 million viewers, made it the #1 Canadian series premiere, of the 2012/13 season. See more »

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Followed by The Dark Corner (2013) See more »

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7 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First off, let's address the issue of showing the killer at the beginning. Yes, Columbo did this, but so did other classic shows like Hawaii Five-O and Cannon, to name a couple. So what makes Motive different?

Simple...the idea of this crime drama is to figure out WHY the killer did what he or she did. It's an interesting play on things...the episode starts out with two different sequences, one ending with the word 'killer' appearing on screen, the other ending with 'victim'. The sequence with the killer usually portrays the person in a positive light, and conversely, the 'victim' sequence may portray that person poorly, creating a sense of sympathy for the killer and maybe a non- sympathetic light for the victim. After the two detectives, Angie Flynn (Kristen Lehman) and Oscar Vega (Louis Ferrara a/k/a Justin Louis) show up and launch the investigation, then we see events unfold as to just how the killer and victim wound up on a fatal trajectory. We gather all sorts of info and see all sorts of obvious motives, but quite often, the real motive for the crime comes out of left field. The motive is quite often something unexpected.

This is a Canadian-produced series, and I enjoy the way they tell stories. Between this show, Flashpoint and Rookie Blue, I'm beginning to think that our neighbors to the North are writing better cop shows than we are.


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