Eddie Cibrian and Rachel Bilson in Take Two

It’s a gender-swapped Castle

Take Two was created by Terri Edda Miller and Andrew W Marlowe, the brains behind the long-running crime drama. 

But this time instead of a female police detective enlisting the talents of a novelist to help solve crimes, actress Sam Swift convinces lone-wolf private investigator Eddie Valetik to let her shadow him as research for a role. 

It’s a mismatched detective pairing that we can get behind

It’s a new spin on the classic story of two seemingly incompatible people forced to work together. 

Like the great duos of Castle, Deception, Lethal Weapon and The Mentalist, Sam and Eddie bring out the best and sometimes the worst in each other – but it’s always entertaining!

The relationships

If you’ve been wanting a replacement for the will-they-won’t-they chemistry of the early days of Beckett and Castle, look no further. 

There is also a complication in the form of LAPD Detective Christine Rollins (played by Aliyah O’Brien), who has a past with Eddie. 

But don’t think that means Sam and Christine won’t get along. “I hope we’re phasing out those kinds of clichés because it’s not teaching anyone, especially our youth, what a healthy female friendship looks like,” O’Brien told Tell-Tale TV. “I’m very thankful and proud of how our show’s writing women.”

It pokes fun at crime shows

Take Two is wonderfully self-aware and never takes itself too seriously. In fact, the characters often point out all the things crime shows get wrong by calling out Sam’s past as a TV detective on the show called Hot Suspect. 

This is just one of many light-hearted moments that are peppered in amongst the murder, kidnapping and organised crime.

Rachel Bilson as Sam in one of her masterful disguises

The investigations are unique

The cases are unusual and never straight forward and the pace moves incredibly quickly. 

But the best part of all is that Eddie is a private investigator, not a police detective. This means they can bend rules and work outside the law which, let’s face it, is way more fun.

The leading lady

Rachel Bilson is brilliant as Sam Swift. She’s energetic, funny and has some of the best facial expressions in the business. 

Think if Summer Roberts from The O.C. grew up and used her sassy remarks and resourceful nature to solve crimes. We can’t help but love her!

The disguises

Sam Swift brings her acting skills to the P.I. business, using costumes, wigs, make-up and accents to get herself into places or out of tricky situations. She can also read people and tell when they’re lying. 

It’s just a whole lot of fun

Rachel Bilson said one of the reasons she signed on was because of the lighter moments. “I really like to be funny, or try to be funny, and comedy is my first love,” she told Collider. “Someone can like sit and relax and be super into the solving the case aspect, but also just be entertained.”

Stream the full season of Take Two right here!