Network: BBC America
Episodes: 18 (hour)
TV show dates: October 22, 2016 — December 16, 2017
Series status: Cancelled
Performers include: Elijah Wood, Samuel Barnett, Hannah Marks, Jade Eshete, Fiona Dourif, Aaron Douglas, Dustin Milligan, Michael Eklund, Miguel Sandoval, Mpho Koaho, Neil Brown Jr., Osric Chau, Richard Schiff, Ty Olsson, Viv Leacock, and Zak Santiago.
TV show description:
Loosely based on the sci-fi detective novel series by Douglas Adams, this TV show revolves around an eccentric time-traveling “holistic detective” and his reluctant sidekick. A collection of wild and dangerous characters’ further infiltrate and complicate their world.
Funny, eloquent, and a bit rude, Dirk Gently (Samuel Barnett) has strange psychic abilities that enable him to sense tangential connections. He’s turned these abilities into his new profession as a holistic detective who sees that everything is connected. However, his abilities have condemned him to a lonely life, devoid of human connection.
Todd Brotzman (Elijah Wood) is a washed up rocker who feels like his life is a dead end. When he stumbles into a bizarre murder scene and encounters Dirk, everything changes. Todd reluctantly joins Dirk and quickly discovers he’s better at detecting (and pretty much everything else) than Dirk. Despite being a compassionate, smarter-than-average man with biting wit, Todd often finds himself at a moral crossroads.
Spunky, smart and impulsive, Amanda Brotzman (Hannah Marks) always wanted to be in a band like her brother. Sidelined by Pararibulitis — a hereditary disease that turns everything around her into a potentially agonizing physical hazard — she’s remained isolated, leaning on her brother for support.
A bad-ass security officer for a millionaire, Farah Black (Jade Eshete) has brooding, nervous energy. She subconsciously talks to herself and if provoked, unleashes a biting deadpan sarcasm. After her boss is killed and his daughter kidnapped, Farah is determined to solve the case alongside Dirk and Todd without the help of police.
Bartine “Bart” Curlish (Fiona Dourif) is a terrifying, homicidal, and nearly invincible “holistic assassin.” Like Dirk, she is a causality psychic. Bart doesn’t determine who she kills. It’s all instinctual. Drawn towards people who kill or endanger others, she feels a second nature urge to eliminate them.
Ken (Mpho Koaho) is a nerdy, friendly-faced tech who’s trapped in increasingly difficult and bloody circumstances. His side job as a hacker lands him face-to-face with some odious characters.
An enigmatic loser with an impressive series of horrible secrets, Gordon Rimmer (Aaron Douglas) is a high ranking member of a cult called Men of the Machine. He loves giving orders and whenever possible, reminding his fellow brothers of his seniority within the cult.
The four members of The Rowdy 3 are aloof Martin (Michael Eklund), manic Vogel (Osric Chau), always stoic Gripps (Viv Leacock), and the deranged Cross (Zak Santiago). They are strange vampires who feed on emotion and the electrical energy of the human mind.
Estevez (Neil Brown Jr.) and Zimmerfield (Richard Schiff) are missing person’s detectives. They increasingly operate off book as they follow the trail of a complex and bizarre case.
Colonel Scott Riggins (Miguel Sandoval) is the beleaguered CIA head of a defunct secret bureau, Black Wing, that investigates the paranormal. A true believer, He hopes rebuild the agency but gets stuck with Sergeant Hugo Friedkin (Dustin Milligan), an unpredictable, wildly ambitious and dangerous moron.
Episode #18 — Nice Jacket
Todd and Amanda go toe-to-toe with the villainous Suzie Boreton.
First aired: December 16, 2017
What do you think? Do you like the Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency TV show on BBC America? Do you think it should have been cancelled or renewed for a third season?