Castle is an American crime mystery/comedy-drama television series that aired on ABC for a total of eight seasons from March 9, 2009, to May 16, 2016. The series was produced jointly by Beacon Pictures and ABC Studios.

Created by Andrew W. +more Marlowe, it primarily traces the lives of Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion), a best-selling mystery novelist, and Kate Beckett (Stana Katic), a homicide detective, as they solve various unusual crimes in New York City. Detective Beckett is initially infuriated at the thought of working with a writer and goes to great lengths to keep him out of her way. However, the two soon start developing feelings for each other. The overarching plot of the series focused on the romance between the two lead characters and their ongoing investigation of the murder of Beckett's mother.

On May 12, 2016, it was announced that despite some cast members signing one-year contracts for a potential ninth season, the show was canceled.

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Premise

Richard Castle (Fillion) is a famous mystery novelist. Bored and suffering from writer's block, he kills off Derrick Storm, the main character in his successful book series. +more He is brought in by the New York Police Department for questioning regarding a copycat murder based on one of his novels, where he meets and becomes intrigued by Kate Beckett (Katic), the detective assigned to the case. Castle is inspired to take Beckett as his muse for Nikki Heat, the main character of his next book series, and uses his friendship with the mayor to force the police to let him shadow Beckett. Castle's exuberant man-child personality clashes with Beckett's more reserved and professional demeanor. However, as Beckett begins to appreciate Castle's assistance in helping her catch killers, the two eventually become friends and then lovers. Their cases often deal with murders occurring within various unusual subcultures or milieus, including reality TV shows, vampire enthusiasts, a science-fiction convention, and a man who claims to be a time traveler. A recurring plotline deals with the unsolved murder of Beckett's mother years before, an investigation that leads to an increasingly sprawling, and dangerous, conspiracy. The series also focuses on the backstories of supporting characters like Detective Javier Esposito, Detective Kevin Ryan, Medical Examiner Lanie Parish, Captain Roy Montgomery, and Captain Victoria Gates, through multiple episodes.

Cast and characters

Main

Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle, born Richard Alexander Rodgers, a best-selling mystery writer, who shadows and assists the NYPD. Castle is the only son of actress Martha Rodgers and a man known as Jackson Hunt, and also the father of Alexis Castle. +more He is the partner of Detective Kate Beckett. Castle's unusual theories sometimes irritate his coworkers, but often help solve the case. Richard has a complicated relationship with Detective Beckett. He is raising his daughter by himself, and his mother lives rent-free in his loft. * Stana Katic as Katherine "Kate" Beckett, an NYPD homicide detective and later, captain. Beckett is a daughter of Jim and Johanna Beckett. She was raised in Manhattan. She was inspired to be a detective by of her mother’s murder. She works with fellow detectives Javier Esposito and Kevin Ryan and medical examiner Lanie Parish, who is her best friend. In the beginning, Beckett's relationship with Castle is strained, but after a while, Kate and Richard start to understand each other. * Jon Huertas as Detective Javier "Javi" Esposito, a former Army Special Forces soldier who now works in the homicide division as part of Beckett's team * Seamus Dever as Detective Kevin Ryan, a former narcotics detective who works as part of Beckett's team. He is best friends with his partner, Detective Esposito. * Tamala Jones as Dr. Lanie Parish, a medical examiner, a friend of Beckett, and an on-again-off-again love interest for Esposito * Ruben Santiago-Hudson as Captain Roy Montgomery (seasons 1-3; guest season 6), Beckett's boss and captain of the 12th Precinct * Molly Quinn as Alexis Castle, Castle's daughter by his first wife, Meredith. * Susan Sullivan as Martha Rodgers, Castle's mother, an actress on and off Broadway. * Penny Johnson Jerald as Captain Victoria Gates (seasons 4-7), Captain Montgomery's replacement, formerly with Internal Affairs. * Toks Olagundoye as Hayley Shipton (season 8), a quick-witted, free-spirited former Metropolitan Police Service officer and MI6 operative from Britain who now works as a security specialist.

Recurring

Arye Gross as Dr. Sidney Perlmutter, a medical examiner who assists on some of Beckett's cases and does little to hide his dislike of Castle * Scott Paulin as Jim Beckett, Kate Beckett's father * Maya Stojan as Tory Ellis, an NYPD Tech officer who assists on Beckett's cases * Juliana Dever as Jenny Ryan (née O'Malley), Ryan's wife (And Seamus Dever's real wife) * Darby Stanchfield as Meredith Harper, an actress who was Castle's first wife and Alexis's mother. +more She is regularly portrayed as self-centered and dramatic. * Monet Mazur as Gina Cowell, Castle's publisher and second wife * Bailey Chase as Will Sorenson, an FBI agent and Beckett's ex-boyfriend * Michael Trucco as Detective Tom Demming, a handsome robbery detective with whom Beckett briefly becomes involved * Victor Webster as Dr. Josh Davidson, Beckett's motorcycle-riding, cardiac-surgeon ex-boyfriend * Michael Mosley as Jerry Tyson/the Triple Killer (3XK), a methodical and meticulous serial killer who returns to New York every few years to terrorize the city. He is frequently believed to be dead, only to return again. * Jack Coleman as William Bracken, a popular, charismatic, and murderously corrupt US Senator representing the State of New York with ambitions of one day becoming president. * Geoff Pierson as Mr. Smith, a friend of Captain Montgomery's who holds evidence that keeps the murderer of Beckett's mother away from her * Michael Dorn as Dr. Carver Burke, a psychiatrist who helps Beckett overcome her shooting and also deal with her various hidden emotions * Jonathan Adams as Vulcan Simmons, a ruthless Manhattan drug lord * Dan Castellaneta as Judge Markway, a judge who frequently issues warrants for Beckett, and one of Castle's poker buddies * Phil LaMarr as Dr. Holloway, a psychiatrist who evaluates the mental stability of suspects * Ken Baumann as Ashley, Alexis' steady boyfriend * Myko Olivier as Pi, Alexis's boyfriend (at the beginning of season six) with whom she shares an apartment for a while * Lisa Edelstein as Agent Rachel McCord, Beckett's partner during her brief time working for the Attorney-General's Office * Annie Wersching as Dr Kelly Nieman, a respected plastic surgeon with a secret life as Jerry Tyson's partner in crime * Matt Letscher as 'Henry Jenkins' (real name unknown), an impostor purportedly with the CIA who is involved with Castle's disappearance * Sunkrish Bala as Vikram Singh (season 8), a high-strung tech analyst with the Attorney General's office in Washington, D. C. , where Beckett briefly works. He later works as a computer analyst for the NYPD. * Kristoffer Polaha as Caleb Brown, an idealistic public defender found to have links to the LokSat conspiracy. * James Brolin as Jackson Hunt, an operative of the Special Activities Center of the CIA, and who is Castle's father. Real-life writers Stephen J. Cannell, James Patterson, Dennis Lehane, and Michael Connelly appear as themselves during periodic games of poker at Castle's apartment. Typically, they discuss Castle and Beckett's current case and tease Castle about his involvement with Beckett. Following Cannell's death on September 30, 2010, an empty chair was kept at the poker table for a year in his honor.

Broadcast history

Castle premiered as a midseason replacement on ABC on March 9, 2009. ABC renewed Castle for a second season with an initial order of 13 episodes (later extended to 24 episodes). +more The second season premiered on Monday, September 21, 2009. In March 2010, ABC renewed Castle for a third, 22-episode season, which began on September 20, 2010. On November 11, 2010, ABC extended the episode order to 24. On January 10, 2011, ABC announced Castle had been renewed for a fourth season for 22 episodes. Season four premiered on September 19, 2011. On December 8, 2011, ABC ordered an additional episode bringing season 4 up to 23 episodes.

On May 10, 2012, Castle was renewed for a fifth season by ABC, which started on Monday September 24, 2012. Two additional episodes were ordered on October 19, 2012, and February 5, 2013, respectively, which brought season 5 up to a total of 24 episodes. +more On May 10, 2013, ABC announced via Twitter that Castle had been renewed for a sixth season. On May 8, 2014, ABC renewed the series for a seventh season, which premiered on September 29, 2014. On May 7, 2015, the series was renewed for its eighth season, which premiered on September 21, 2015. On April 18, 2016, ABC and ABC Productions announced that Stana Katic and Tamala Jones would not return for Castles ninth season, should it be renewed. Despite several other cast members having signed on for a ninth season, on May 12, 2016, it was announced that the show would be cancelled instead; the final episode aired on May 16, 2016.

Reception

U.S. Nielsen ratings

Awards and nominations

YearAssociationCategoryNominee(s) / episodeResult
2009Emmy AwardsOutstanding Music Composition for a SeriesCastle / "Flowers For Your Grave"Nominated
2009Satellite AwardsBest Actor in a Series, DramaNathan FillionNominated
2009Satellite AwardsBest Actress in a Series, DramaStana KaticNominated
2010Emmy AwardsOutstanding Hairstyling for a Single Camera SeriesCastle / "Vampire Weekend"Nominated
2010Emmy AwardsOutstanding Makeup for a Single Camera SeriesCastle / "Vampire Weekend"Nominated
2010Emmy AwardsOutstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or a SpecialCastle / "Vampire Weekend"Nominated
2010Golden Reel AwardsBest Sound Editing - Short Form Music in TelevisionCastle / "Famous Last Words"Nominated
2010Golden Reel AwardsBest Sound Editing - Television EpisodicAmber Funk (music editor)Nominated
2010Shorty AwardsEntertainmentCastleTVNominated
2010Shorty AwardsEntertainmentWriteRCastleNominated
2010Shorty AwardsCelebrityNathan FillionWon
2011TV Guide Magazine's Fan Favorites AwardsFavorite Couple Who ShouldNathan Fillion and Stana KaticWon
2011TV Guide Magazine's Fan Favorites AwardsFavorite Drama SeriesCastleWon
2011Shorty AwardsBest ActorNathan FillionNominated
2011Shorty AwardsWriterRichard CastleNominated
2011Shorty AwardsBest ActressStana KaticWon
2012People's Choice AwardsFavorite TV Crime DramaCastleWon
2012People's Choice AwardsFavorite TV Drama ActorNathan FillionWon
2012PRISM AwardsPerformance in a Drama EpisodeStana Katic and Jon HuertasWon
2012PRISM AwardsDrama Series Episode - Mental HealthCastle / "Kill Shot"Won
2012TV Guide Magazine's Fan Favorites AwardsFavorite CoupleNathan Fillion and Stana KaticWon
2012Shorty AwardsTV ShowCastleNominated
2012Shorty AwardsBest ActressStana KaticNominated
2012Shorty AwardsBest ActorNathan FillionWon
2012Shorty AwardsFashionLuke ReichleWon
2012ALMA AwardsFavorite TV Actor Supporting Role in a DramaJon HuertasWon
2013People's Choice AwardsFavorite TV Crime DramaCastleWon
2013People's Choice AwardsFavorite TV Drama ActorNathan FillionWon
2013People's Choice AwardsFavorite TV Drama ActressStana KaticNominated
2013Golden Reel AwardBest Sound Editing - Short Form Music in TelevisionCastle / "The Blue Butterfly"Nominated
2013TV Guide Magazine's Fan Favorites AwardsFavorite CoupleNathan Fillion and Stana KaticWon
2013Imagen AwardsBest Primetime Television ProgramCastleWon
2013Imagen AwardsBest ActorJon HuertasWon
2014People's Choice AwardsFavorite TV Crime DramaCastleWon
2014People's Choice AwardsFavorite TV Drama ActressStana KaticWon
2014People's Choice AwardsFavorite TV BromanceKevin Ryan and Javier EspositoNominated
2014People's Choice AwardsFavorite On-Screen ChemistryRichard Castle and Kate BeckettNominated
2014TV Guide Magazine's Fan Favorites AwardsFavorite actorNathan FillionWon
2014TV Guide Magazine's Fan Favorites AwardsFavorite actressStana KaticWon
2015People's Choice AwardsFavorite TV Crime DramaCastleWon
2015People's Choice AwardsFavorite Crime Drama TV ActorNathan FillionWon
2015People's Choice AwardsFavorite Crime Drama TV ActressStana KaticWon
2015People's Choice AwardsFavorite TV DuoNathan Fillion and Stana KaticNominated
2015Imagen AwardsBest Primetime Television Program - DramaCastleNominated
2015Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV Show: DramaCastleNominated
2015Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actor: DramaNathan FillionNominated
2016People's Choice AwardsFavorite TV Crime DramaCastleNominated
2016People's Choice AwardsFavorite Crime Drama TV ActorNathan FillionWon
2016People's Choice AwardsFavorite Crime Drama TV ActressStana KaticWon

Other media

DVD releases

DVD nameRelease datesEpisodesDiscsAdditional information
Region 1Region 2Region 4
1September 22, 2009May 6, 2010 (German) November 21, 2011 (UK)March 10, 2010103Misdemeanors: Bloopers & Outtakes, Whodunit: The Genesis of Castle, Castle's Godfather, exclusive audio commentaries and Write-Along with Nathan Fillion
2September 21, 2010March 24, 2011 (German) April 16, 2012 (UK)December 1, 2010245ABC Starter Kit, On Set with Seamus and Jon, On Location with Nathan, Manhattan's Most Unusual Murders, Misdemeanors: Bloopers & Outtakes, deleted scenes and music videos
3September 20, 2011November 24, 2011 (France) August 6, 2012 (UK)October 12, 2011245Deleted Scenes and Bloopers, Murder They Wrote, Castle Goes Hollywood, Murder Board 101, Cast and Crew Commentary, Music Video - "Get on the Floor"
4September 11, 2012December 5, 2012 (German) March 25, 2013 (UK)November 14, 2012235"Nathan & Friends: Castle Goes Radio", "Anatomy of a Stunt", Audio commentaries, deleted scenes, and bloopers.
5September 10, 2013November 11, 2013November 6, 2013245Deleted Scene: Are We Dating?, Martha's Master Class, Lot Cops, Your Home is Your Castle, Gag reel. +more
6September 16, 2014November 17, 2014November 12, 2014235Character Commentary (Need to Know episode) with Detectives Javier Esposito and Kevin Ryan, Castle Karaoke, Castle in a Day with Stana Katic, A Few of Our Favorite Things (including debut an unaired Castle and Kate moment from the season 4 finale), Audio commentaries, deleted scenes, and bloopers.
7September 1, 2015November 16, 2015November 11, 2015235Cast and crew commentary (Driven episode), Cast and crew commentary (Reckoning episode),Raging Heat Webmercial, Definition of Love music video, The Cast Behind The Cast featurette, deleted scenes, and bloopers.
8August 23, 2016November 14, 2016November 2, 2016225Cast commentary (Cool Boys episode), Cast and crew commentary (Heartbreaker episode), The Great Escape featurette based on The Blame Game episode, deleted scenes, and bloopers.
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Streaming

On October 6, 2021, every episode became available on Hulu.

Syndication

In June 2011, TNT acquired exclusive cable rights from Disney-ABC Domestic Television to air the first two seasons of Castle beginning in the summer of 2012. In advance of the series' fourth season, TNT broadcast an eight-hour marathon of episodes on September 15, 2011, including five from season 3. +more Castle began airing on TNT every Wednesday beginning September 26, 2012. Castle also began airing in broadcast syndication on weekends beginning September 29, 2012, but then in the fall of 2022, Castle is currently airing reruns on MyNetworkTV.

Castle then joins Ion Television’s lineup, starting on August 6, 2013. It aired every Tuesday mornings until June 1, 2019, since it moved to Saturday mornings before back-to-back episodes and reruns of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, all the way through until January 2021; it was moved to Thursday nights at 9:00 pm after repeat episodes of +moreD. _(TV_series)'>Chicago P. D. for the rest of the Ion Television lineup.

The series joined Lifetime lineup beginning on October 5, 2021.

Tie-in works

In the series, Castle writes a novel titled Heat Wave. As a tie-in, ABC and sister publisher Hyperion Books released that novel as a real book with "Richard Castle" as the author. +more It is entirely in character, from the dedication to the acknowledgments, although the latter mentions the principal cast and the show's creators by first name. ABC released the first half of the novel in weekly increments on their website. The complete novel was published in September 2009 as a hardcover, debuting at No. 26 on The New York Times Best Seller list. In its fourth week on the list, Heat Wave broke into the top 10 at No. 6. Heat Wave was released in paperback on July 27, 2010, and debuted at No. 34 on The New York Times Best Seller Paperback Mass-Market list. It once again appeared on The New York Times Best Seller list on May 27, 2012, at No. 19.

Naked Heat, the sequel to Heat Wave, was released on September 28, 2010. Naked Heat debuted at No. +more 7 on The New York Times Best Seller list. As they did with Heat Wave, ABC released a series of the early chapters online as a promotional tool. A third novel, titled Heat Rises, was released on September 20, 2011. It debuted at No. 1 on The New York Times Best Seller list on October 9, 2011 and at No. 5 on the USA TODAY Best-Selling Books list.

The season three finale introduced a graphic novel based on Castle's previous novel character, Derrick Storm. Castle: Richard Castle's Deadly Storm was published by Marvel Comics on September 28, 2011. +more It debuted at No. 3 on The New York Times Best Seller list on October 16, 2011. This has been followed by three more graphic novels, published a year apart.

A fourth novel, titled Frozen Heat, was released on September 11, 2012, and debuted on The New York Times Best Seller list at No. 7 on September 23, 2012. +more The fifth Nikki Heat novel Deadly Heat was released September 17, 2013 and debuted at No. 8 on The New York Times Best Seller list. Raging Heat, the sixth novel, was released on September 16, 2014. It landed on No. 6 on The New York Times Hardcover Fiction Best Seller list and on No. 17 on The New York Times Combined Print and E-Book Fiction bestseller list on October 5, 2014. The seventh novel, Driving Heat, was released on September 15, 2015. It debuted on The New York Times Hardcover Fiction Best Seller list at No. 13 on October 4, 2015.

On May 20, 2016, it was announced that two more novels would be published in the Nikki Heat series, even though the show itself had been canceled. The eighth book in the series, High Heat, was published on October 25, 2016. +more The ninth, Heat Storm, was released in May 2017.

In July 2018 a 10th Nikki Heat book was announced. Crashing Heat was published by Kingswell, a division of Disney Books, on March 12, 2019, almost three years after the TV series ended.

In February 2012, Hyperion announced three e-book novellas as part of Richard Castle's famous Derrick Storm series. The first novella of the series, A Brewing Storm, was released in digital media on May 1, 2012. +more It debuted at No. 13 on The New York Times E-Book Fiction Best Seller list, as well as No. 18 on The New York Times Combine Prints & E-book Fiction list on May 20, 2012. On July 3, 2012, the second novella of the new Derrick Storm books, A Raging Storm, was released in e-book format. It landed on The New York Times Best Seller e-books list at #19 and at No. 31 for the combined Prints & E-book list, both on July 22, 2012. The final Derrick Storm novella, A Bloody Storm, was released on August 7, 2012. It debuted on The New York Times Best Seller e-books list at #20 and at #34 on the combined Prints & E-book list on August 26, 2012.

Video game

Castle: Never Judge a Book by its Cover was released on July 9, 2013. The game was available on Steam and could be downloaded on most mobile devices. +more It is no longer available for download. Players work with Castle and Beckett to find clues and stop a serial killer.

Derrick Storm television series

On August 20, 2014, ABC announced that the early development stage had begun on a television series centered on Derrick Storm. The series was to have been a CIA procedural written by Gregory Poirier, who was to have executive-produced it with Castles Andrew Marlowe and Terri Miller. +more There were no subsequent announcements about a Derrick Storm TV series, indicating that development had concluded.

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