From creator/executive producer Hart Hanson (Bones), BACKSTROM is a subversive and comic crime procedural about an unhealthy, offensive, irascible – albeit brilliant – detective who is brought back from exile to run the Portland Police Bureau’s Special Crimes Unit (S.C.U.).
Detective Lieutenant EVERETT BACKSTROM (Emmy® Award nominee Rainn Wilson), is a man with no filter. After a five-year banishment to the traffic division for offensive behavior, he has returned from disgrace to lead Portland’s newly minted S.C.U. Tasked with navigating the city’s most sensitive and serious cases, he must solve each crime as he tries, and fails, to change his own self-destructive behavior.
Backstrom’s return from exile is orchestrated by his former partner, newly installed Police Chief ANNA CERVANTES (guest star Inga Cadranel). Cervantes is one of the very few people who know first-hand that, despite his failings, Backstrom is a first-rate investigator. Charged with the near-impossible job of ensuring that Backstrom’s investigations stay within bounds is Backstrom’s ambitious and optimistic second-in-command at S.C.U., Detective NICOLE GRAVELY (Genevieve Angelson). She is aided in this, sometimes reluctantly, by veteran Detective Sergeant JOHN ALMOND (Dennis Haysbert), whose faith in humanity and core decency stands in stark contrast to Backstrom’s cynicism and self-loathing.