Killer Instinct (TV series)

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Killer Instinct
Also known as Deviant Behavior
The Gate
Genre Crime drama
Created by Josh Berman
Starring Johnny Messner
Kristin Lehman
Chi McBride
Composer(s) Mark Morgan
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Ed Zuckerman
Charlie Craig
Running time 42 minutes
Production company(s) Fox Television Studios
Regency Television
Original network Fox
Original release September 23 (2005-09-23) – December 2, 2005 (2005-12-02)

Killer Instinct is an American crime drama television series filmed in Vancouver that originally aired on the Fox Network. The pilot episode aired on September 23, 2005,[1] and the final episode aired on December 2, 2005.[2]

Fox ordered 13 episodes, only nine of which were broadcast in the United States; the remaining four premiered in the UK on Five, then on Universal HD. The series also been broadcast in France, New Zealand, Croatia, Italy, Netherlands, Australia, Japan, and Poland.


Johnny Messner plays Detective Jack Hale of the San Francisco Police Department. Hale has a history of causing tension in whatever department to which he is assigned, as much for his abrasive nature towards co-workers as the direct and sometimes unsettling manner in which he conducts investigations. Hale's reputation is also worsened by the infamy of his father, a self-confessed serial killer currently serving life in prison. The gruesome nature of his father's crimes combined with Hale's attitude has led many of his co-workers to wonder if he will one day become a serial killer himself, a fear which Hale secretly shares. Nonetheless, this strong familiarity with serial killers leads to Hale being recruited by the Deviant Crimes Unit.

The Deviant Crimes Unit's mission is to track down the perpetrators of unusual crimes within the city. Each new crime spree is investigated by the head of the unit, Lieutenant Matt Cavanaugh (Chi McBride), who judges whether the crime is "deviant" enough to be investigated by the DCU. In addition to Hale and Cavanaugh, the DCU employs Detective Danielle Carter (Kristin Lehman), whose analytical nature clashes both with the impulsive Hale and the subjective nature of their shared mission.


Main cast

Recurring cast


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
1 "Pilot" Robert Lieberman Josh Berman September 23, 2005 (2005-09-23) CBW179
2 "Five Easy Pieces" Bryan Spicer Luke Schelhass September 30, 2005 (2005-09-30) CBW101
3 "13 Going on 30" James A. Contner Carla Kettner October 7, 2005 (2005-10-07) CBW103
4 "O Brother, Where Art Thou" Bryan Spicer Ed Zuckerman October 21, 2005 (2005-10-21) CBW104
5 "Die Like an Egyptian" David Straiton Erin Maher & Kay Reindl October 28, 2005 (2005-10-28) CBW102
6 "Who's Your Daddy" James A. Contner Charlie Craig November 4, 2005 (2005-11-04) CBW105
7 "Game Over" John Kretchmer Carla Kettner November 11, 2005 (2005-11-11) CBW106
8 "Forget Me Not" Michael Grossman Kam Miller November 18, 2005 (2005-11-18) CBW107
9 "Shake, Rattle and Roll" Bryan Spicer Luke Schelhass & Charles Murray December 2, 2005 (2005-12-02) CBW108
10 "She's the Bomb" Vincent Misiano Carla Kettner Unaired CBW109
11 "While You Were Sleeping" Bryan Spicer Erin Maher & Kay Reindl Unaired CBW110
12 "Love Hurts" Chris Grismer Carla Kettner Unaired CBW111
13 "Fifteen Minutes of Flame" Tim Matheson Charlie Craig Unaired CBW112


  1. ^ Gates, Anita (September 23, 2005). "What's On Tonight". The New York Times. Retrieved November 3, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Shows A-Z - killer instinct". The Futon Critic. Retrieved February 21, 2011. 

External links

  • Killer Instinct on IMDb
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