Rizzoli & Isles

Rizzoli & Isles
Rizzoli & Isles
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Genre Crime Drama
Police Procedural
Created by Tess Gerritsen
Developed by Janet Tamaro
Starring Angie Harmon
Sasha Alexander
Jordan Bridges
Lee Thompson Young
Bruce McGill
Lorraine Bracco
Opening theme "I'm Shipping Up to Boston" by Dropkick Murphys
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 20 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Bill Haber
Janet Tamaro
Jeff Hayes
Michael M. Robin
Running time 45–55 minutes
Production company(s) Hurdler Productions
Ostar Entertainment
Warner Horizon Television
Original channel TNT
Original run July 12, 2010 (2010-07-12) – present
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Rizzoli & Isles is a TNT television series starring Angie Harmon as police detective Jane Rizzoli and Sasha Alexander as medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles. The one-hour drama is based on the Rizzoli & Isles series of novels by Tess Gerritsen. It premiered on July 12, 2010.[1]

The series was renewed for a 13-episode second season on July 30, 2010, after having aired three episodes,[2] which premiered on July 11, 2011. On August 5, 2011, TNT ordered a 15-episode third season of the series, set to premiere in the summer of 2012.[3]



The series' backstory is inspired by The Surgeon. Boston detective Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) was investigating a serial killer named Charles Hoyt (Michael Massee) some time before the series began. Hoyt, who was banned from medical school for fondling a corpse, used his vast medical knowledge to systematically torture and kill vulnerable women. Eventually, he captures Rizzoli and pins her to the floor with scalpels. As he prepares to cut Rizzoli's throat, her partner, Vince Korsak (Bruce McGill), shoots Hoyt and saves Rizzoli's life. Rizzoli reasons that, after seeing her so vulnerable, Korsak would never trust her as a partner.

The series pilot, "See One. Do One. Teach One", is largely based on the novel The Apprentice. Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander) investigate a killer with Hoyt's modus operandi, plus an interest in necrophilia. Rizzoli and Isles discover that the copycat was a soldier named John Stark (Brendan McCarthy) who met Hoyt in medical school, had his identity erased for CIA black operations, and mimicked Hoyt's MO in a killing spree during said operations. Meanwhile, Hoyt escapes from prison and rejoins his apprentice. They capture Rizzoli and attempt to kill her, but she manages to disarm them by tasing them and impaling Hoyt in the eye with a flare. She shoots the apprentice to death and, when Hoyt reaches for Rizzoli's gun, she shoots him through the hands, giving him injuries similar to the ones he gave her.

Hoyt returns eighteen months later through another apprentice, Lola (Scottie Thompson), in "I'm Your Boogie Man." Having murdered Lola's abusive husband two years earlier, Hoyt uses her Stockholm syndrome to his advantage, and uses her to stalk Rizzoli. Lola seduces and captures Frankie Rizzoli (Jordan Bridges) before tying Jane up. She plans to kidnap Jane until Hoyt can escape from prison, but Rizzoli manages to distract Lola long enough for Frankie to kill Lola with her own revolver.


The untitled project was on TNT's development slate as early as March 2008.[4] In October 2009, TNT placed a cast-contingent pilot order under the original title, Rizzoli.[5][6] The pilot script was written by Janet Tamaro.

Main casting announcements began in late October. Angie Harmon was the first actor cast, in the title role of police detective Jane Rizzoli.[7] Sasha Alexander came on board next to portray medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles.[8] Bruce McGill signed as Rizzoli's former partner, Vince Korsak.[9] Her current partner, Barry Frost, is portrayed by Lee Thompson Young.[9] The role of Rizzoli's younger brother, Frankie, was filled by Jordan Bridges.[9] In mid-November, Lorraine Bracco signed on as Rizzoli's mom, Angela.[10] In early 2010 Billy Burke was announced as FBI agent Gabriel Dean.[11]

In late January, TNT green-lighted the pilot to series with the new title Rizzoli & Isles.[11][12] Ten episodes were ordered.[11] Reports in April stated that the show would premiere on July 12, 2010,[13] and this was confirmed by TNT at its 2010 cable upfront presentation in mid-May.[14] The series is produced in the Los Angeles area, with filming expected to take five months.[15][16]

Due to a sponsorship deal between MillerCoors and Turner Broadcasting for the summer 2010 season, the series included product placement for MGD 64, including billboards in the backgrounds of some scenes.[17][18] The first season was additionally sponsored by Vonage.


Name Portrayed by Occupation Seasons
1 2
Jane Rizzoli Angie Harmon Boston Homicide Detective Main
Dr. Maura Isles Sasha Alexander Massachusetts Chief Medical Examiner Main
Barry Frost Lee Thompson Young Boston Homicide Detective Main
Vince Korsak Bruce McGill Boston Homicide Sergeant Main
Frankie Rizzoli, Jr. Jordan Bridges Boston Police Officer Main
Angela Rizzoli Lorraine Bracco Waitress, Boston Police Cafe Main
Frankie Rizzoli, Sr. Chazz Palminteri Businessman, Plumber Recurring
"Dr." Charles Hoyt Michael Massee Medical Student (Expelled), Soldier (Discharged) Recurring
Gabriel Dean Billy Burke FBI Agent Recurring [19]
Tommy Rizzoli Colin Egglesfield Recurring
Constance Isles Jacqueline Bisset Recurring
  • Jane Rizzoli is a Boston detective who was traumatized by Charles Hoyt. She has scars in the center of her hands where Hoyt stabbed her with scalpels. As a child, she was slightly chubby, earning her the nickname "Rollie Pollie Rizzoli". She adopted a dog named Joe Friday whom Korsak rescued during the pilot episode. She also played field hockey in junior college, and was an attacker.
  • Dr. Maura Isles is a medical examiner and forensic expert. She is Rizzoli's best friend. She is socially awkward and has trouble with men due to her brutal honesty and habit of revealing all their medical conditions. She has a pet tortoise named Bass and is an adopted only child of a wealthy family. In high school, she was nicknamed "Maura-The-Bore-A". Her coworkers call her "The Queen of the Dead". It is later revealed that her biological father is an Irish hitman named Patty Doyle, something she finds out while investigating her half-brother's death.
  • Angela Rizzoli is Jane, Frankie and Tommy's mother. In the first season, she is a housewife who later works a part-time job selling "Miracle Juice". She and Frank are getting a divorce.
  • Vince Korsak was Rizzoli's original partner. It is revealed in the series pilot that he saved her life from Hoyt. He will drop whatever he is doing on a moment's notice to rescue a small animal, and enjoys watching videos of dogs on the internet.
  • Barry Frost is Rizzoli's second partner who gets ill when around dead bodies. Frost is an expert when it comes to computers. He is very protective of Rizzoli.
  • Frankie Rizzoli, Jr. is Jane and Tommy's brother. He is a police officer against his mother's wishes, and sees his sister as a role model.
  • Constance Isles is the adoptive mother of Dr. Maura Isles.
  • Tommy Rizzoli is the brother of Jane and Frankie, arrested for running a priest over at a cross walk on his third DUI violation. He returns to the family fold following his release from prison.
  • Gabriel Dean is an FBI agent often seen working with the Boston Homicide detectives and Medical Examiner's Office.
  • Frank Rizzoli, Sr. is Jane, Frankie and Tommy's father. He owns and runs a plumbing business called "Rizzoli and Sons". He and Angela are getting a divorce.
  • Charles Hoyt is a serial killer that stabbed Jane in both hands and, even though he is behind bars, is still a threat in Jane's life. Jane killed him in the episode "Remember Me."


The series started strong in the ratings, as 7.55 million viewers tuned in for the premiere episode. Rizzoli & Isles was the second most-watched cable program on the evening of July 12, 2010, behind its lead-in, The Closer, which had 110,000 more viewers.[20] The show finished the week in third behind The Closer and the final episode of Deadliest Catch to feature the late Phil Harris.[21]

The premiere set a record as the highest-rated debut for a commercial-supported cable series, and it was the second-highest debut ever for a basic cable TV series.[22][23] Rizzoli & Isles is second only to the 2008 premiere of Raising the Bar, which attracted 7.7 million viewers during its commercial-free debut.[23][24][25] Live + 7 day ratings for the premiere updated the show's status as the all time most watched cable series launch, with DVR viewers increasing the show's rating to just over 9 million viewers.[26]

Season Season Premiere Season Finale
Date Viewers
(in millions)
Date Viewers
(in millions)
1 July 12, 2010 7.55[27] 2.1[27] September 13, 2010 6.56[28] 1.5[28]
2 July 11, 2011 6.38[29] 1.2[29] N/A N/A N/A

Book series

Title Year Notes Protagonist Secondary Protagonist Tertiary Protagonist
The Surgeon 2001 Introduces Jane Rizzoli Detective Thomas Moore Detective Jane Rizzoli Detective Darren Crowe
The Apprentice 2002 Introduces Dr. Maura Isles Detective Jane Rizzoli Detective Vince Korsak Agent Gabriel Dean
The Sinner 2003 Dr. Maura Isles Detective Jane Rizzoli Detective Darren Crowe
Body Double 2004 Dr. Maura Isles Detective Jane Rizzoli Detective Barry Frost
Vanish 2005 Detective Jane Rizzoli Dr. Maura Isles Agent Gabriel Dean
The Mephisto Club 2006 Dr. Maura Isles Detective Jane Rizzoli Detective Barry Frost
The Keepsake 2008 Keeping the Dead (UK Title) Detective Jane Rizzoli Dr. Maura Isles Detective Barry Frost
Ice Cold 2010 The Killing Place (UK Title) Detective Jane Rizzoli Dr. Maura Isles Detective Barry Frost
The Silent Girl 2011 Dr. Maura Isles Detective Jane Rizzoli Detective Barry Frost

DVD release

Season Region 1 Release Date No. Discs Features Main Cast
The Complete First Season June 28, 2011 3 All 10 episodes from the First Season
Rizzoli & Isles: Bringing the Characters to Life
Unaired Scenes
Gag Reel
Rizzoli & Isles: Chicks in a Bottle
Angie Harmon
Sasha Alexander
Jordan Bridges
Lee Thompson Young
with Bruce McGill
and Lorraine Bracco

International broadcasting

Rizzoli & Isles overseas [30]
Country Network Premiere date
 Canada Super Channel 02010-10-05 October 5, 2010[31]
 Sweden Kanal 9 02010-11-11 November 11, 2010
 Norway TVNorge 02010-11-11 November 11, 2010
 Hungary Viasat 3 02010-11-24 November 24, 2010
 Australia GEM 02010-11-29 November 29, 2010
 France TPS Star 02011-01-10 January 10, 2011
 South Africa Series 02011-09 September 2011
 Singapore Warner TV 02011-02-01 February 1, 2011
 Netherlands NET 5 02011-01-01 January 1, 2011[32]
 Argentina Space 02011-04-04 April 4, 2011
 Italy Mya 02011-02-11 February 11, 2011
 Israel HOT Zone 02011-11-19 November 19, 2011
 Turkey CNBC-e 02011-02-15 February 15, 2011
 Belgium VIJFtv 02011-02-21 February 21, 2011
 Belgium RTBF 02011 2011
 Poland TVN 02011-03-06 March 6, 2011
 Saudi Arabia MBC 4 02011-01 January 2011
 Spain Nova 02011-06-17 June 17, 2011
 Croatia Doma TV 02011-02-22 February 22, 2011
 India ZeeCafe TV 02011-10-01 October 1, 2011
 United Kingdom Alibi 02011-09-13 September 13, 2011[33]
 Mexico Space 02011-04-06 April 6, 2011[34]
 Portugal Fox Life 02011-06-29 June 29, 2011
 Japan WOWOW 02011-10-03 October 3, 2011


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