TV Review: “Private Eyes” – Good Summer Fair

Written by Danielle Sing August 02, 2016

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“Private Eyes” is Global TV’s newest Canadian comedy-drama series. “Private Eyes” is set in Toronto and all its actors are Canadian, including “Beverly Hills, 90210” alumni Jason Priestly. Although the show itself is good with a relatable characters and setting it’is ultimately forgettable. There’s a lack of suspense and the show leaves little intrigue to make you want to watch the next episode. But the lightheartedness is good for casual summer viewers.

Matt Shade (Jason Priestly) is an ex-pro hockey player and a single father who’s trying to get his blind daughter, Jules Shade (Jordyn Negri), into a prestigious high school in Toronto. Shade’s protégé teenage hockey player has a drug-induced brain aneurysm, potentially ruining his career. Don Shade (Barry Flatman), Matt’s father, hires Private Investigator Angie Everett (Cindy Sampson) to assist Matt in his investigation. With the help of Detective Derek Nolan (Clé Bennett) and Detective Kurtis Mazahri (Ennis Esmer), they solve the case. This sparks a new career for Matt as he takes interest in becoming a P.I. and joining Angie’s business.

“Most kids would be proud to have a P.I. for a father. Think of me as a modern day Thomas Magnum.”

The main thing you notice about “Private Eyes” is how unapologetically Canadian it is. “Private Eyes” embraces Canadian stereotypes, such as our love of hockey, and proudly features different locations in Toronto, including Billy Bishop Airport and featuring an entire episode on the Toronto Islands. They even called an episode ‘The Six’ after Drake and the Toronto hip-hop scene. This embracing of Canada and Toronto creates relatability for its Canadian audience (since the show is not aired in The United States). This relatability continues with the characters. Angie is taking over the family business after her father’s passing and is still grieving. Shade is in a career slump and has difficulties dealing with a teenage daughter. Even secondary characters are relatable as Jules shoplifts to try to impress older friends at her new school.

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Another reason why “Private Eyes” is relatable is because it’s not as dramatic and intense as a traditional cop show but rather has enough comedy to make it lighthearted and entertaining. “Private Eyes” nicely wraps up each episode instead of leaving some suspense about what will happen next. With this lack of suspense, there’s little intrigue to watch the next episode and the show becomes somewhat forgettable. While the show is good in every other aspect, the lack of suspense and memorable moments is a big downside. On the bright side of the lack of suspense, it does mean “Private Eyes” is good for casual viewing (perfect for busy summer holidays). The main background of the series and characters is done quickly in the first episode and you don’t need to watch every episode in order to be entertained.

“Act dumb, look pretty. Use what’s left of your celebrity.”

Overall, “Private Eyes” is a good, relatable and lighthearted series great for casual summer viewing. That being said, it does lack suspense and I would be surprised if it got a second season (which is unfortunate because the Dear Rouge cover of Hall & Oates’ “Private Eyes” is starting to grow on me). Though it’s good, it doesn’t stand up to other new series or past Canadian television series, like “Flashpoint”.

My Rating: 7/10

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