This post is part of my #A2ZChallenge for April 2016 where my theme is TV Sitcoms.
For the letter C, I choose Castle.

Premise: 

A famous mystery novelist uses his influence to get to follow Detective Kate Beckett and her team as part of research for his next mystery novel series, changing their lives forever.


10 reasons you will love it:

1) While police procedurals like Bones and CSI have forensics as their USP, Castle's USP remains the lead duo.

2) The palpable chemistry between the two lead characters is simply magnificent and would be in anyone's top 10 romantic TV couples list. Heartfelt and tender, they show you how the little moments in love matter.

3) The whole world agrees actually. They have constantly won TV Guide Fan Favourite Awards for Favourite TV Couple for over 3 years, besides individual awards for Best Crime Drama Tv Actor/Actress.


4) The show itself has a much more pleasant and vibrant air to it than most of its crime solving competitors in the genre and successfully balances humour, suspense, friendship and romance.

5) Nathan Fillion nails his role as a charming successful playboy/author who finds himself attracted to the lead detective and yet unsure. For all his suaveness and false machismo, he is awkwardly silly and school boyish around the woman he is scared to tell he loves.

6) Stana Katic has been phenomenal as Homicide Detective Kate Beckett who is initially disdainful of Castle's silly antics but slowly warms up to his personality. She has her own personal demons that haunt her and are gradually revealed as the series progresses. 

7) Supporting Cast has been well chosen: Susan Sullivan & Molly Quinn as Castle's mother and daughter lend a strong emotional and often intellectual shoulder to lean on for the man they both share. Jon Huertas and Seamus Dever as Detectives Ryan and Esposito as Team Beckett are a wonderfully in-sync buddy team, helping her out in mysteries while enjoying Castle's antics.

8) The mysteries are actually quite good. Unusual murders inevitably bring out the 'insane theories' of our hyperactive titular character. Heaven help Kate if he ever ends up being right!


9) Lead couples falling in love has been the death knell of many a show (including Bruce Willis' career-making "Moonlighting".) Castle successfully has dodged this bullet even 8 seasons in with some clever twists.

10) Personal opinion: You find yourself smiling as you watch this couple fall in love slowly and gently before your eyes. Add in some smart crime solving and you have a very enjoyable show.

    One of many Fan-made videos, I find this version of Mads Langer's "Fact Fiction" to be the perfect depiction of what Castle is all about. Listen to it and tell me you don't love it... I dare you!

    If aliens were to judge us based solely upon this show:

    They would learn from Richard Castle and bring coffee for their fellow alien ship mates every morning just to see them smile. They would also finally work up the courage to tell them they loved them. 

    Trivia:

    Did you know the novels Castle wrote about Beckett - 'Heat Wave', 'Naked Heat' & 'Heat Rises' are available as actual novels?! And that Marvel Comics actually released a graphic novel based on Castle's character from the novel titled 'Castle: Richard Castle's Deadly Storm'.



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    81 Comments

    1. I love Castle but Beckett remains my favourite. And you're right about the supporting cast. Everything comes together perfectly in this one. Also I love the fact that despite being a crime/mystery show it isn't dark or gruesome.

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      1. True. Beckett's character is absolutely wonderfully written...
        And yes, them choosing not to go consistently dark like some of the other shows is what helps them stay unique.

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    2. I love Castle, it is one if the series that is just so well put together.
      Excellent choice for C, I think you aced it. :D

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    3. I didnt know half the facts you mentioned and have always imagined getting a jacket done with the words Writer on them :)

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      1. Same pinch... me too. I wanted a similar jacket :)

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    4. Sounds good Roshan, enough to make me want to see it and check it out for myself :)

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    5. KG watches it on and off, but your post has piqued my interest too now. Will check it out!

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      1. its a safer bet than the more intricate Bones or the more darker Criminal Minds, both equally good shows in their own right

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    6. i have watched the first three seasons of the castle.. loved it.. then i went on to "the mentalist" and "white collar"

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      1. I always felt that Castle was a step above those two. Mentalist especially fizzled out for me after the Red John story ended.

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    7. I have been watching the show on and off and as far I have seen, I can admit that I love the show and have high praises for it. Maybe one day, I should stream it and watch the series back-to-back.

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      1. You can start off now :) Cause there are already 8 seasons of really fun mysteries

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    8. Love your theme, will be pondering more on the posts on some of my all time favourite shows C for Castle being one, waiting for H- Homeland and Quantico.... Have I guessed these right?

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      1. I hate to say it but no to both :)
        Quantico still has to convince me... I like the star cast but I am not won over by it yet.
        And Homeland lost out in my list to a show I feel deserved far more credit than it got

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    9. Your post makes me want to see it for myself to check it out first hand!

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    10. I have watched Castle a couple of times and it's a good one :) Interesting pick for C.

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    11. Ohh..I love Castle! In fact I always fantasise about being Kate and having Rick falling in love with me! Hehehe 😊

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      1. hahaha... I naturally keep looking out for my Kate!

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    12. Ohh..I love Castle! In fact I always fantasise about being Kate and having Rick falling in love with me! Hehehe 😊

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    13. All the serials /sitcoms you have mentioned I haven't seen. I am sad I missed some good shows. I was married and living in a joint family and I never got the remote. Maybe, I will watch some of them on youtube. Thanks for the list.

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      1. Where there is a will, there is a way. Now let's find you a way to sneak in some good tv shows :D
        Yes, though... you can stream them online and watch too

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    14. I love this show! You are doing a great theme Roshan
      Tina from Twinkling Tina Cooks

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      1. Thanks Tina... loving your detailed posts too

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    15. My family has many lovers of the show, though I haven't actually sat down to watch it except in bits and pieces. Your post has inspired me to seriously sit and watch it :)

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      1. watch a few episodes and see if you like it...

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    16. Huge fan of CSI and Bones! Never checked out Castle. I'm making a note of all the TV sitcoms which you select for this challenge! Lots of free time after a few months! :) Delight to read your post. Happy AtoZ.
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      1. Make the list and slowly start downloading... Save for a rainy day. That's how I got to acquire such a long and varied collection which helps me survive even years later

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    17. Ah! so Here is one of my favourites.

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      1. Hopefully more will make it before this month ends :)

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    18. Roshan I think you and my kids have a conspiracy here! My daughter is addicted to watching Castle...the reruns and in fact I think she has the whole series on the pendrive! So inadvertently I watch it too! I love Castle not Beckett so much! What's for D...Dexter?
      @KalaRavi16 from
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      1. Haha.. Yes. Great minds think alike!!
        As for D, the debate is ongoing rt now as to who it maybe

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    19. Dear Roshan, I don't have time to watch TV and I HAVE to watch Arnab with my husband so thanks to your posts, I don't have to act like an ignoramus when someone mentions TV series. Thanks for the info and the entertainment update.

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      1. Haha.. If you're watching Arnab, you're obviously used to high octane violence n action :)
        I will have to upgrade my levels!!

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    20. I have only chanced to see snippets of it. Never really could catch up with watching it fully. Thanks for the info, though :)

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    21. I have to complete season 7. And I love love love the way they fall in love.. Thank you for the video. I got goosebumps watching it. Literally.

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      1. I chanced upon the song video a few years back... It plays at the end of an episode and I went hunting for it. Found this and loved it.

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      2. I chanced upon the song video a few years back... It plays at the end of an episode and I went hunting for it. Found this and loved it.

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    22. Castle <3 <3 <3 I still watch it... again and again... Kate Beckett is such a kicks detective. :D We both seem to love same shows :D

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      1. True. I love how they changed things around even in season 8 to give them fresh chances to show how much they mean to each other

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    23. I have watched Castle from the first season, and still continue to watch it. :) Though the latest season hasn't quite clicked for me for some reason. :D

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      1. I thought they were being innovative trying to freshen things up. But yes, the magic of the first 5 seasons was amazing

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    24. Yet another great show that I seem to have missed! I wonder if there's going to be any show on your list that I have watched!
      - Chicky @ www.mysteriouskaddu.com

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      1. Don't worry. We are just at C. Plenty of alphabets in the alphabet. Besides many regular tv viewers too don't know some of these shows

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    25. Somehow, I was so sure you'd choose 'Castle' , and I am so glad you did? :D

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      1. Castle is my kinda show... Love the sly humour and the balance both bring to each other's lives

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    26. I absolutely love Castle!!! One of the best mystery/crime shows we've had in recent times.

      I love Rick and Kate equally. Oh what wonderful chemistry they share! The supporting cast is brilliant as well. Especially Martha. I love the relationship she shares with her son. I also love the mature relationship Castle shares with Alexis. It is so heart warming :)

      The Mentalist was a poor rip-off of Castle I feel. Simor Baker just doesn't have enough charisma to carry off such a role. He's a bit too cold :P

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      1. That's why I focused on the chemistry for these two. Other shows may win on technical aspects and forensics but the magic these two weave... You just didn't have that in Mentalist

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    27. God, I've got to watch this show now! I simply can't read your blog for this month, Roshan! I've got CA exams coming up in May. Too much temptation here! ����

      Btw, check out my latest post: http://www.expressinglife.in/2016/04/road-rage-mighty-rule-breakers.html

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      1. It's ok. Come back a month from now.. As you can see, I am updating a separate blog page with links to all the alphabets I'm doing so u can aaram se check that page out at your leisure once ur done

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    28. I absolutely love Castle. At-last something I know. :D

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      1. haha... hopefully more shows in the coming days :)

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    29. I like Castle too! But watch it very rarely off late. TV doesn't attract me enough anymore

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      1. Try to find something new... a good fun "leave your brains at home" comedy show that will make you smile.

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    30. Has it been eight years? I was so heartbroken when Kate chose Richard over me, I didn't come back. Glad to have found you through the A to Z Challenge!

      Eli@Coach Daddy (#1238)

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      1. Oh it has indeed :) And yes, i was your direct competitor for Kate's affections...we really need to team up and frame Castle!

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    31. I have always loved this show!
      I've been actually downloading each episode since the 3rd season 17th episode.
      Every week!!
      Oh by that i remember, the new episode shall be out tomorrow! Hopefully :P

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    32. I'm completely hooked on this show and have seen every episode! The entire cast is stellar. Did you know that both Nathan and Stana are from Canada? Just had to throw that in there. He's from Edmonton (out west) and she's from Hamilton; a 20-minute drive from here.
      CanCon

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      1. Oh I know... and I really should have added that as trivia myself :)

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    33. I knew that "C" would be Castle. Though I haven't watched all the seasons, I love this show. And I love the reasons of why one must watch it.
      Reema D’souza from
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      1. Thanks... plenty of shows starting with C. Was spoiled for choice eventually.
        Some other alphabets I find it hard to get even a single worthy show

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    34. Detectives and Mysteries... Umm.. this is something I should put on download like now!

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    35. I love Castle, and your theme for this challenge. I also love TV. ;) I'll be back tomorrow!

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    36. This is one of my favourite shows and you've nailed it in your description of them. Popping over from the A to Z Challenge.

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    37. This is one of my favourite shows and you've nailed it in your description of them. Popping over from the A to Z Challenge.

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    38. I guess I should check this out, seems like fun! Can't wait to see the restof your selections. XO //fellow challenger. www.xoxomake.com

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    39. Big fan of Castle! I want to be a couple like this. Find me one?:P

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    40. Thoroughly enjoy Castle! I wonder if real life police work is remotely like this even in that country???

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      1. seriously doubt it.. reallife would be closer to the WIRE

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    41. I'm not a big series-watcher, but this is one of the very few that I enjoy. I can't say I've seen all the episodes and there ahd been a moment I got kind of fade up with it (right after Castle and Kate became a couple). But now I'm enjoying it again.

      Yes, I do think the characters (not just the leads, but supporting characters too) are the winning elements of the story. They all have their life and personality, they are all very sympathetic and just nice people.
      And yes, the mystery are (generally) quite good and enjoyable.
      This is a good one :-)

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      1. I know what you mean about how things stood the risk of getting tiring after they finally got together but then they did find a unique way to spice things up again.

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    So what do you think ?