IMDb rating: 7.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 94%Watch full episodes now
Portland, Oregon, is home to Dex Parios (Cobie Smulders), a military veteran who’s now hung up the uniform and uses her sharp investigative and evasion skills as Stumptown’s only private investigator. After being in the frontlines during six combat tours in Afghanistan, Dex is silently battling PTSD. Add in gambling, taking care of her younger brother, and the merciless ghosts haunting her dreams, you get one frazzled PI.
The term Stumptown is a nickname for Portland – and like all towns, a good bar almost serves as the headquarters for all the people to converge and share gossip, conspiracy theories, and receive unsolicited advice from the barman.
Based on the graphic novel series by Greg Rucka, Dex defies the usual female victim role in crime dramas – she’s actually the one investigating crime. Helping Dex with her cases is detective Miles Hoffman played by Michael Ealy. Jake Johnson from the comedy series New Girl plays the ever-loyal bar owner Greg McConnell, who’s always ready with a helping hand.
Critics enjoy the fresh, fun, smart detective drama, with the Observer saying, “Mostly what struck me about Stumptown … was how fun it was to watch, from the chase sequences to the music to the chemistry between characters.”