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Republic of Doyle
Republic of Doyle
TV Series
Jake Doyle and his father Malachy run a private investigations agency in St. John's, Newfoundland. Their cases involve them in all sorts of dealings - not all of them on the right side of the law.
Casts
Series cast summary:
Allan Hawco Allan Hawco - Jake Doyle 78 episodes, 2010-2014
Krystin Pellerin Krystin Pellerin - Leslie Bennett 78 episodes, 2010-2014
Mark O'Brien Mark O'Brien - Des Courtney 78 episodes, 2010-2014
Marthe Bernard Marthe Bernard - Tinny Doyle 78 episodes, 2010-2014
Sean McGinley Sean McGinley - Malachy Doyle 77 episodes, 2010-2014
Lynda Boyd Lynda Boyd - Rose Miller 77 episodes, 2010-2014
Bob Cole Bob Cole - The Republic 77 episodes, 2010-2014
Steve O'Connell Steve O'Connell - Sergeant Daniel Hood / - 49 episodes, 2010-2014
Sean Panting Sean Panting - Walter McLean 41 episodes, 2010-2014

Republic of Doyle

It wasn't until the fifth season that Allan Hawco, the show's star and among its producers, helped foster a deal with Trifecta Entertainment of Los Angeles to put the show into United States syndication. According to Hawco, owners preferred to keep the show exclusive to Canadian audiences for the first several years to help keep the show "real and truthful to the place"; it's set in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. Syndication will keep the show, which ended after season 6, playing in U.S. households for years.

Allan Hawco is friends with actor Russell Crowe who has guest starred on "Republic of Doyle." Among various connections, Russell has played music with Alan Doyle lead singer for the Canadian folk rock band Great Big Sea (the performers of the show's theme song). Both Alan Doyle and Allan Hawco are from St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Cross over between actors on "Murdoch Mysteries" and "Republic of Doyle" include Georgina Really (married to Mark O'Brien - who plays Des), Krystin Pellerin, Michelle Nolden, Johnny Harris, Jonathan Goad, and - of course - Yannick Bisson and Allan Hawco.

Sean McGinley plays the character, Malachy Doyle, in the Canadian drama series "Republic of Doyle" (77 episodes, 2010-2014) as well as the Canadian skit-comedy series "This Hour Has 22 Minutes" (1 episode, 2013). Sean McGinley also plays the character, Doyle, in the movie Fools of Fortune (1990).

Fordrelis
Fordrelis
As a native Newfoundlander, my opinions on this show have to be coloured by that rather important fact, but I have tried to divorce my feelings for my home from my review of the program.

As is plainly written on the Republic of Doyle web site, this show is cut from the same mould as The Rockford Files and Magnum PI. It's mostly a comedy with just enough mystery plot to hold the whole thing together. If you are expecting CSI on the East Coast, you will be disappointed. However, if you are looking for interesting characters that are true Newfoundlanders, with all the irreverence, dry wit and lust for life that the term implies, then this show will definitely entertain you.

Shot in and around St. John's, Nfld, on admittedly the largest number of nice weather days I've seen in a row, Republic takes full advantage of the visual variety of both the city and the surroundings. Dramatic shots of steep hills and brightly coloured houses backdropped by the harbour make even unlikely car chases appear really dramatic. I've driven those streets. Car chases on those hilly, narrow and winding streets is a fast way to a trip to the hospital. Still, they look like a lot of fun, and that's the point of it all, so it works a treat.

The strength of the series, though, is the characters and their interactions. For a brand new series, the recurring characters have a sense of solidity and reality that usually takes several seasons to achieve. The humour is appropriate to the place and people. As a Newfoundlander, I "get" the humour; I can only hope that others find it just as amusing. The other thing that reads very true is the dialogue. Having listened to a great many people butcher both the accent and the common terms of speech, it is refreshing to find dialogue that really could be heard on the streets of the city on any given day.

All-in-all, this is an hour of your life that you will be glad you spent in Newfoundland. If you can't get "Republic of Doyle" where you live, check out the CBC web site where you can watch the episodes online.
Marilbine
Marilbine
We absolutely love it! We've only just seen the first episode, and can't wait to see the next.

Looks like very well done production, set in picturesque Newfoundland, with a humorous and engaging story. With appearances from some recognizable cast, Newfie wit, and good old fashioned chase scenes, it looks like it could be on the way to be the next Canadian produced hit.

We loved that the area the scenes were shot were clearly recognizable, to anyone who has visited the capital city. This, combined with the characters and situations that viewers will likely find some familiarity with (if not them, someone they know) makes this a very watchable start to to a new series.

Well Done!
Fearlesssinger
Fearlesssinger
If you had said last season that this show was a little cheesy, I would have agreed. I mean, Jake is right out of the 70's in so many ways. He hasn't really grown up but the show has grown up around him this season in my opinion. The characters are deeper, the plots more complex and interesting, and a lot of the lame situations have been benched in favour of better material.

Do Newfoundlanders really talk like that? And what's with the brightly coloured houses? Where can I get a GTO like that? Little glimpses of maritime Canada I suppose.

If you're looking for realism and big-budget effects, you won't find satisfaction here. But this show is good fun and a reliable source of entertainment. Good work!
Cordanius
Cordanius
I came to this show late, after friends praised it to me.

I'm so sorry I didn't start watching it from the beginning.

The thing with me was that it was a CBC television production. Although I love CBC radio, the majority of CBC TV shows have been ... well ... weak. There have been a few exceptions, of course, but that hasn't been the way to bet.

This show is one of those exceptions. It's light, humorous, well written, and most of all, entertaining. It's just flat out entertaining. The plots are fun and interesting and there are just enough twists to keep us guessing, and to offer a surprise every once in a while.

The actors do a great job and are all very likable. I think that may be one of the main reasons that the show does well. I heard that they scored 1.2 million viewers on the last episode. That's an impressive number.

I'm not a Newfoundler so I don't think I'm biased, although I am from Nova Scotia so I know buckets full of people from The Rock. From my outsider experience, the dialogue and the attitudes they show towards each other are very accurate.

I honestly believe Newfoundlanders are the friendliest people on earth, and you get a taste of that from this series.

Bravo to CBC for putting this on and bravo to the writers and cast for a good, enjoyable, TV show.
IGOT
IGOT
Well, I do not know about other viewers,especially from the United States, but I am not from Newfoundland and I love this show. Even though I am a Tom Selleck fan (Magnum P.I), this is the Canadian show to watch.

I watch not just for Allan Hawco, but for the whole entire cast. I have been to NL, and love the scenery. This is my type of action/drama TV series that I like.

The father love between Malachy and Jake is like the motherly love with my Mother. Getting to know more about each of the characters comes back for more. Just in different situations.

Thumbs up Republic of Doyle. Keep it up as I will love this series for the next several years or so.
Beabandis
Beabandis
I've never visited the province of Newfoundland and Labrador but I consider the entire population to be my friends. I've always been intrigued by the populace due to their unique accent/dialect, their music, their food such as fish and brewis and their booze. I've watched a lot of NTV and have learned a great deal about their province. These are hardy, tough and determined people living on a rock where Canada's worst weather occurs. They love to fight. The idea of an action comedy-drama show set there is a brilliant idea.

Allan Hawco, the star, co-creator, executive producer, head writer and showrunner of Republic Of Doyle, plays Jake Doyle, a PI in St John's, NFLD&L. Doyle is a fearless man who isn't afraid to die in the line of fire for justice. He is aided by his father Malachy (Sean McGinley) and his step-mother Rose (Lynda Boyd), who usually go online to dig up dirt on his targets. He also has Des Courtney (Mark O'Brien), a stammering youth who helps/hinders him. There's also Katrina Doyle (Marthe Bernard), a cute-as-a-button, Janet Wood-type who works for the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.

Unlike Magnum P.I., RoD is more like typical T.V. as an entire season of story lines occur throughout its run. It's a deft mix of drama, comedy and action in the streets of the capital city. It's unique to see crime fighting take place in a smaller city like St. John's than in, say, New York, L.A. or Toronto.

If you're obsessed with Newfoundland like I am, this show is a must- watch. Even if you're not, it's much better than 85% of T.V. today and it's just only hitting its prime. It's a fun romp every time I watch. I also have to commend Mr. Hawco on his taste in women as he hires knockouts on his show. Only in RoD could some beautiful lady in a mini-dress be the mastermind behind a mad bomber.

Newfoundland and Labrador is taking over, people.
JoJolar
JoJolar
Being from Newfoundland originally, I am a bit biased. It is definitely a east coast taste of Starsky and Hutch or Magnum PI. I do love seeing backdrops of home and hearing words from my youth :) The actors do a great job portraying our culture and way of life. It is also great seeing other Newfoundland celebrities and friends of our wonderful province (Russell Crowe for example) on the episodes as guest stars. They all did a wonderful job on their respective episodes!

To a previous reviewer, Chris H.: When you leave Newfoundland, you are never an "ex-Newfoundlander", we always consider Newfoundland and Labrador our home, no matter where we live. It holds a special place in our hearts and anyone who visits there or meets someone from "The Rock".

Great job CBC, you have definitely been putting out some great shows lately!
Opimath
Opimath
At first I was a little skeptical about this series, and certainly the concept is a pretty well-worn one. It has improved with time though as the characters established their roles and the balance between the comic and the serious has settled into something a bit less predictable than it was at the start. Some nice guest roles have helped out as well (Gordon Pinsent, Russell Crowe). If nothing else the series is a wonderful advertisement for the fantastic world of Newfoundland: the houses, the vistas, and most definitely the crazy half-Irish/half-Canadian accents add to the appeal. All in all worth watching, though some might find it a slow burn at first.
Zbr
Zbr
I'm in the middle of Season 2 and am enjoying every minute of it. What a wonderful series, especially refreshing because the writing is such a departure from the typical canned, predictable script. The characters are strong, three-dimensional, and charismatic.

The setting is St. Johns, Newfoundland, unique and picturesque. I love the aerial views of the city, especially the shot in the introduction where the camera zooms over the water as it approaches a narrows between two mountainside cliffs.

Jake Doyle is the lead character, a cute and charming ne'er-do-well PI who is always trying to get out of scrapes that are generally of his own making. The series begins with him living at home with his dad (Malachy) and dad's live-in girlfriend (Rose) and somewhat surly teenage niece (Tinny). Additionally, he has to deal with a would-be apprentice, Des, a goofy, awkward, and geeky (smart) lad who is in love with Tinny.

The only problem I had with the series initially was with the female characters, who seemed to be deemed interesting only because of their looks and willing participation in Jake's sexual escapades. The ex-wife was not especially strong, particularly as her ambivalence about Jake became a bit confusing. However, as the series develops, the female characters indeed become three-dimensional, interesting, and strong: Leslie, the female police sergeant; Tinny, whose teenage angst morphs into remarkable self-possession; and the Crown attorney whose name I cannot recall.

I love seeing the evolution of the characters over the episodes, and the interweaving of plot lines throughout the series. The father and Rose seem to be a bit more flatly portrayed, more static rather than dynamic characters.

And about that action: there are plenty of rough-and-tumble fight scenes recalling the good old days of television, as opposed to bang-bang-you're-dead, where the presence of guns tends to dampen the fun.

I love the corny humor (thank you, Des), the unusual accents, Hawco's sweet rubbery babyface, the sense of loyalty and affection among the characters, the whole thing, actually. Highly recommend.
Xaluenk
Xaluenk
Just watched the very last episode in the final season and the series gathered momentum from the beginning to the end. I got very attached to the characters and will miss them which showed that the characters were well developed. The stories were good as well. Sexual tension between the pairs was irritating along the way but in the end that was satisfying. The stand out acting came from Jake and Des although the whole cast was very good and convincing in their roles. Des provided much of the humour. The island setting was beautiful and colourful. The very last episode and even the few before that were riveting and the series ended on a very good note.
Bolanim
Bolanim
Multi-talented Newfoundland native Alan Hawco's fast-paced, fun, crime-driven drama is Canada's answer to Magnum PI, with palm trees replaced by drizzle and snow and Honolulu replaced by St Johns. Never taking itself too seriously (except toward later seasons), the series captures the seedy side of life in the Maritimes while showcasing some fine Canadian actors (e.g., Nicholas Campbell guest stars) and scenery, highlighting friendship and camaraderie, and realistically addressing political corruption and overly ambitious real-estate development. Many thanks to Netflix for allowing this excellent series to be shown in the USA. Keep an eye on Alan Hawco's future activities.
Best West
Best West
The acting isn't bad and they have had some good guest stars on this show with a lead who is perfectly fine in the role, but I don't like this show.

I think my main problem is with the writing and/or maybe just the type of show and humour it is. I don't understand what they're doing most of the time.

It's very predictable and by that I don't just mean the story, I also mean all of the jokes they do. The story and the jokes are so predictable it actually annoys me. What's the point of watching something so poorly written and predictable that you know everything that's coming before it even happens?

And what is the CBC's fascination with producing shows with eastern Canadians? Why no prime time comedies from the Prairies or BC? Mercer, 22 and a bunch of other shows over the years haven't been enough?

This comedy is pretty lame.
Gholbithris
Gholbithris
I really wanted to like this series so I tried watching it again and again and again and again. And again, but it just is not good enough.

I do not like the actor who plays the lead, his face has no expressions. The acting is not good in general.

The stories are messy. This may be caused by the very bad editing, incomplete shots and very bad stunts.

Furthermore this series is supposed to be funny, well I never laughed.

Not in series 1. Not in 2 nor in 3.

What's good about this is is the scenery,.

I will not watch this again. Ever.
Black_Hawk_Down.
Black_Hawk_Down.
How did Canadians put up with this for 6 years? Holy Crap! Is there any cliché that isn't used in this first episode? Every character is a cliché, every situation is a cliché, every relationship is a cliché, and every line of dialog is horribly clichéd. Ugh! If this were made in the '70s, you might say it was original, or at least a light hearted ripoff of the PI shows of the day. But this is absolute warmed over drivel.
Daigami
Daigami
Not bad for C B C! The show is better than the usual educational T V we do not watch on C B C such as The Nature of Things. However,the show is campy, in a low budget horror movie way! A few good laughs and neat stunts, and a few misses on humour and action. The show could grow on me. It kind of remind me of Corner gas meets a P I movie. I would not go out of my way to watch the "Republic of Doyle", but I would not shut the show off either. I give the "Republic of Doyle" a six out of ten. The show is a east cost version of the old C B C show Tom Stone. I bet the show will get better with time as the actors and writers create stronger character development! It is nice to have something other than sports to watch on the C B C.
Yananoc
Yananoc
I began to watch this show because I was in a show-hole. So, I found this show and decided to give it a try.

Good points: - Lighthearted tone. - Beautiful city. - The Celtic rock music.

Bad points: - awful acting. They try hard but... I think the worst is the main character. He is trying to be funny with a "Martin Riggs" vibe, failing miserably. The best is his father. - Cliché after cliché. All characters and situations are clichés. - Too bland and light. Shallow characters, not a bit of darkness, dark humor, gray tones. Too happy and colorful with very kind characters. - low budget looking - Not enough funny for a comedy, not enough exciting for a detective's show, not enough smart for a "smart private detective" show. - Uninteresting and boring stories.
Yllk
Yllk
Based only on 1.3 seasons I love this series. They were, tbh, fools to hold this from the world unless they already saw an end for it - I've not seen it all but the end happening a year or so after opening up to USA networks can't a coincidence.

Anyway - a GREAT watch - and Lynda Boyd is SO very hot. Great fun - lots of drama and sadness and laughs - great mix. And set in lovely environment for a change - what's not to love.

Acting is exceptional, direction beyond that. Dialogue has one or two 'would someone say that then' moments but half are clearly a joke - sad about the others.

I've recommended this - and would to even those I don't know.

Loving it so far
MrRipper
MrRipper
I see high rating after high rating and I just don't get it. I find the Jake character to be unfunny, unattractive, a mediocre actor and unsexy. Ditch him and keep the other characters. I'm sorry but the show is not gonna do it for me.
Landarn
Landarn
I just finished binge watching Republic of Doyle! All in all, I found the series to be very refreshing! More than anything, I loved the shows strong family values as well as doing the right thing when the world is against you! Strong morals throughout! There are a number of attractive leading ladies throughout the series. Most of them are interested in getting closer with Jake. However, Jake only has eyes for Leslie. For some reason, it takes all 6 seasons for Jake and Leslie to be a family! The main issue I had with the show is the police force has problems with Jake and Doyle & Doyle PI investigations! They regularly serve up solved cases to the police on a silver platter, yet no gratitude to be seen. Various officers are promoted thanks to the Doyles, yet the police consider them enemies! My one gripe is the joke of firearms. Jake doesn't like and doesn't believe in firearms. He doesn't use them and I don't recall him firing one shot throughout the show. As soon as he takes a gun away from a criminal, he empties it immediately. If you watch closely, the firearms rarely have any rounds in them. Safeties are keep on and single action only firearms (1911) aren't often cocked and ready! More than anything, I love the accepting attitude of the Canadians, and willingness to give people second chances! The non-judging values are very healthy and help others to even see the good in themselves!! Did someone say Season 7??
Detenta
Detenta
Just stumbled upon this gem while scrolling through Netflix. Looking for something kinda like Psych...though this is not nearly as good as Psych, it has its own charm and appeal. The women in the show are adorable too, which never hurts. I'm on season 2 and the acting and stories are getting better. I say, give it a few episodes, get to know the characters, and you'll grow to really enjoy it! Peace, Dwayne
ChallengeMine
ChallengeMine
Just discovered this show on Netflix and I love it! Love the characters and especially enjoy the relationship between Jake and his dad.
Celen
Celen
I finished all seasons about a year ago and still find I miss it. Often it would be predictable, but I enjoyed the love story between the two main characters. It has adventure, romance, mystery, and a lot of humor. I loved all the characters and their witty personalities. It's not meant to be a deep and intense show, it's a fun break and overall entertaining.
Kulabandis
Kulabandis
This Is A Great Down To Earth Series. The Car turning right or Left was Funny. Great Idea to Bring it Back to the updated Days...!!!
in waiting
in waiting
I'd like to start this review of the series by saying that I loved this show. I watched it three times, actually. It's fun and suspenseful, with a lot of Newfoundland charm. (I am not from NFLD, I'm from Nova Scotia, but my fam is from Newf.) Those who were expecting a serious crime drama were probably disappointed. This is a classic dramady series with so much heart.

One thing I would really like to mention is that at first, I hated the main character, Jake Doyle. He's in his early thirties and is a classic screw up. He's an ex-cop going through a divorce, his business isn't doing well, he has a strained relationship with his brother, he sleeps around, gets drunk a lot, and is just an overall massive tool. But as the series goes on, you realize that it is intentional. Jake grows so much throughout the series, and I feel like I appreciated him so much more than if he had been likeable from the start. He becomes a great character, without changing completely. It's like he learned how to be himself and also be a responsible, charming adult. So if Jake annoys you, stick with it! It gets better!! Allan Hawco is an amazing actor. He brought to much to this character, and I feel like he put a lot of himself into the character of Jake. This makes him seem more realistic instead of outlandish.

The rest of the main cast is delightful too. Leslie Bennett is the love interest and the actress who plays her, Krystin Pellerin is seriously phenomenal. Allan and Leslie have amazing chemistry, and their scenes together are by far the best in the series. Their acting is so effortless when they are together on screen.

Jake's relationship with his dad, Mal, is also incredible to watch. You get the sense that they love and respect each other, even though it's not always apparent.

All of the characters have their own charm, and I wish I could be a part of their family. Special mention of my favourite character Des. He's seriously incredible.

The guest stars are amazing, especially if you're a fan of Canadian TV: Victor Garber, Paul Gross, Mark Critch, Gordon Pinsent, Joel Thomas Hynes, Yannick Bisson, Alan Doyle of Great Big Sea, Scott Grimes, Kevin Durand, Enrico Colantoni, and of course Russell Crowe, just to name a few.

For my fellow Canadians, if you are a fan of Rookie Blue or Private Eyes, you'll like this show. A lot of the actors from Rookie Blue appear as guest stars. Overall, if you are looking for a series that oozes heart, humour, and home, this is the one for you. (Also if you love a will-they-or-won't-they relationship you can ship, this is perfect for you.)
EROROHALO
EROROHALO
I thoroughly enjoyed this show, and was surprised that I did. The main character, the city of St. John's, Newfoundland, (is a a republic?) was wonderful. The place, the language, the scenery, the homey feel, the small town everyone knowing everyone's business. Watched all 6 seasons, laughed out loud several times which I don't often do, so they pulled off the comedy part really well. Over the course of the sic seasons, the characters go through al ot, and the character arcs are really good. The plot lines of returning characters crescendos in the last two seasons, and speaks to lots of concerns about power grabbing behind the scenes machinations taking over governments, corruption everywhere. Our Republic of Doyle is governed by good ideals, heroes all, though the characters are flawed in many ways. How that plays out in relationships of all kinds is fascinating. There are heart wrenching twists, and soul crushing events a plenty, fights, great cars and car chases, and even though our heroes hate guns and hardly ever use them, there are gun fights, too. The show is both modern and a throw back, a little Magnum PI, some Castle in there as well. The show was fun entertainment, a visit to another land, and facing lots of issues as well. Well worth the watch.