The police procedural show starred Matt Passmore as Jim Longworth, a Chicago police detective who becomes a state police detective in a seemingly sleepy, Florida Everglades community. His dramatic change of locales is driven by a desire for a simpler lifestyle, after false accusations of sleeping with his captain's wife threaten to ruin his career in Chicago. However, Longworth soon discovers that his new home town is more complex than meets the eye. A&E canceled the series after its season-four finale, effectively ending the series on a cliffhanger note (i.e., with several unresolved story lines that were clearly meant to be addressed in a fifth season—including Longworth's being shot just prior to his wedding by an unknown assailant, at the end of that episode).
The show's premise involves a Chicago detective taking a South Florida job with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) after being falsely accused of sleeping with his captain's wife. He assumes it will afford him a more relaxing lifestyle, but he finds things are more complicated than he had imagined.
Cast of characters
Matt Passmore as Jim Longworth, a homicide detective from Chicago who leaves the city after being shot in the buttocks by his captain, who had wrongfully accused Longworth of having sex with his wife. Using the payout he received from the Chicago PD, Longworth searches for the simple life and moves to the (fictional) resort town of Palm Glade, Florida, joining the local bureau of the FDLE, hoping that the area will help him relax and "work on [his] tan". Longworth is surprised at the high murder rate in southeastern Florida, making his job there perhaps more stressful than it was in Chicago. His cockiness, annoying self-confidence, dry wit and self-serving humor rub almost everyone around him the wrong way. Nonetheless, he is very intelligent and solves murders, making him a valuable addition to the FDLE. He has strong feelings for Callie but does not wish to break up her family. At the end of Season 3 Jim proposes to Callie. Season 4 shows Callie accepting Jim's proposal and leaving a job in Atlanta to return to Palm Glades to be with him.
Kiele Sanchez as Callie Cargill, a thirty-something mother who leads a very complicated life. She is a registered nurse simultaneously working and attending medical school and is completely devoted to her studying and to her 13-year-old son, Jeff, whom she has been raising alone since her husband Ray was sent to prison. She is amused and annoyed by Longworth's pursuit of her, but is also intrigued by him and perhaps interested in a relationship, despite her general dislike of cops. She has mentioned having the desire to leave Ray but does not want to be "that woman" who gives her husband divorce papers while he is in jail. At the beginning of season 2 Callie has decided to ask Ray for a divorce. In season 3 Callie learns that the hospital where she works is downsizing, so she takes a job in Atlanta, where she is also studying for her medical degree. When Jim proposes, Callie decides to leave her job in Atlanta and return to Palm Glade to be with Jim.
Carlos Gómez as Dr. Carlos Sanchez, Longworth's friend and colleague, a forensic pathologist who works the crime lab, supervising toxicology screens and autopsies. Longworth's persistence and intuition when it comes to crime-solving skills usually bother him, especially since he often is forced into compromising positions to try to prove one of his partner's theories. He is also a devoted husband and father.
Jordan Wall as Daniel Green, a nerdy 23-year-old grad student at Tampa Tech who gets an internship working for Carlos in the medical examiner's office. His expertise of all things science-related comes in handy in surprising ways for Longworth as he helps him crack cases. Daniel is overzealous in helping Longworth on cases, especially if it means he gets to be involved with other police work that he finds cool and interesting.
Michelle Hurd as Colleen Manus, the smart and tough regional director for the FDLE. She reluctantly hired Jim Longworth and, like Carlos, is frequently annoyed by his antics. Because of Longworth's track record and rate of closure, she gives him a lot of slack, but she has no problem yanking him back if he gets out of line – which is pretty much an everyday occurrence.
Uriah Shelton as Jeff Cargill, Callie's son. He is a smart 13-year-old who struggles to reconcile his parents' odd and up-for-grabs marital status. With his father in prison, Jeff constantly tests his boundaries with his mother. He takes a quick liking to Longworth. In season 2, his father is out of jail and Jeff spends a lot of time with him. Not knowing of his mom's desire for a divorce, he wants his family to be together again.
A total of 49 episodes of The Glades were aired over four seasons.
Development and production
Originally titled Sugarloaf, the series was set to take place in the Tampa Bay metro area. It is filmed in a former carpet warehouse in Pembroke Park, Florida and in the Hollywood and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, metro area, making it one of the three current series, along with Burn Notice, and Retired at 35, to be filmed exclusively in the state.
Matt Passmore was the first actor cast in the series; he plays the lead, Det. Jim Longworth.Kiele Sanchez, Uriah Shelton, and Carlos Gómez were cast next, as Callie Cargill, Jeff Cargill, and Dr. Carlos Sanchez, respectively. On February 25, 2010, The Glades was given a series order of 13 episodes.
Though A&E advertises the show as a "CSI"-type series, it is more of a standard "police procedural", with forensics playing only a peripheral role in the stories. On September 13, 2010, A&E announced that the show had been renewed for a second season—the first of its original series to make it to a Season Two. Season 2 of the series premiered on Sunday, June 5, 2011. On October 18, 2011, The Glades was renewed for a third season, which premiered June 3, 2012. With a five percent increase in viewership, A&E renewed The Glades for a fourth season.
On September 1, 2013, The Huffington Post reported that the A&E Network did not renew The Glades for the fifth season. Show creator Clifton Campbell later told Rob Owen that the fifth season would have focused on the question "Who shot Jim Longworth?", adding that Longworth would have survived. However, Campbell said, "The cancellation took us all by surprise."
The Glades debuted with 3.6 million viewers, breaking A&E's records for most-watched and highest-rated original drama series telecast ever according to Nielsen Fast Nationals numbers. The show has been met with positive reviews, with an initial score of 64 out of 100 from Metacritic.
The Glades: Season One was released on DVD in region 1 on June 14, 2011, and region 4 on March 7, 2012. It contains all thirteen episodes of season one. Special features include, Deleted scenes, Gag reel, Behind-the-scenes footage, "Sunshine State of Mind: Casting The Glades" and "A Location for Murder: Filming in The Glades" featurettes and Cast commentaries.
The Glades: Season Two was released on DVD in region 1 on July 10, 2012, and is set to be released in region 4 on December 31, 2013. It contains all thirteen episodes of season two. Special features include, Deleted scenes, Commentary, "Jim Longworth's Guide to Police Work" and "Love Triangles: Relationship Complexities and The Glades" featurettes and Gag reel.
The Glades: Season Three was released on DVD in region 1 on June 4, 2013.
The Glades: Season Four was released on DVD in region 1 on June 3, 2014.
In Australia, the series premiered on SoHo (formerly W) on December 5, 2010, with season 2 returning on December 4, 2011, season 3 on August 20, 2012, and season 4 on May 30, 2013.
In the U.K., the series premiered on Alibi on September 11, 2012, with season 2 returning on January 22, 2013, and season 3 on September 4, 2013. The fourth season, its last, will premiere on July 15, 2014.