'Ironside' review: Blair Underwood carries dark cop drama

Police procedurals have been done on television countless times, so what sets new ones apart is having characters who rise above the rest. NBC's new drama "Ironside" has that in spades, with its leading man Blair Underwood delivering a fantastic performance as Detective Robert Ironside. As the title suggests, it's Detective Ironside who carries this entire show. No other character is especially memorable in the pilot, with the two characters who stick out the most being Ironside's jerk former partner (Brent Sexton as Gary Stanton) and blonde fellow detective (Spencer Grammer as Holly). Fortunately Underwood lives up to the hype and delivers a flawed, wounded man who is simultaneously a fantastic cop while also being very troubled. "Ironside" sets up this duality of its title character in the show's opening moments. Ironside doesn't follow the rules, he goes about solving cases his own way, but he also gets them solved. Add those details to the...



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