Review | Castle

Entertainment Feb. 2, 2010 AT 12:28PM
Review | Castle Credit: ABC/KAREN NEAL

AIR DATE: MONDAY 2/8

Ratings for this lighthearted crime drama are on the rise, and it's easy to see why, judging by this week's agreeable tale. NYPD detective Beckett (Stana Katic, occasionally channeling Mariska Hargitay) and her partner, mystery writer Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion), are thrown several clever twists as they struggle to solve the murder of a baseball star. While the lead characters still feel flimsy -- sharper banter would help -- the show's refreshingly offbeat cases and breezy polish are a pleasant alternative to CSI-style gore. (ABC, 10 P.M.)

-- JOHN GRIFFITHS

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