2013, 2014, TV

The Bridge (2013)

I finished this show a while ago but, convinced there was a third season for some reason, I didn’t write my review at the time. That’s unfortunate, because I feel like I had some things to say, most of which escapes me now.

I watched the first season of the original show and liked it for a while and then hated where it went. I had heard good things about the second season of the American remake to the point that I committed myself to watching both seasons.

For some reason, I could handle the insane plot twists of the first season more the second time around – it’s almost as if, having had the plot ruined for me by the original, my expectations were so low that this time I wasn’t offended or annoyed by where things went. And this makes me think that maybe I was a little hard on the Danish version.

But my big issue with the either version of the show remains and did not disappear in the second season of the American version: this show requires too much suspension of disbelief concerning the central mystery of the first season. I had issues along those lines in the second season as well. Alas, I did not write down notes and I’ve forgotten most of what I was annoyed about by this point.

But, for the most part, this was better than many other critically acclaimed shows on at the time, and I was willing to watch a third season that I believed existed.


  • Based on Broen/Bron by Hans Rosenfeldt, Måns Mårlind, Björn Stein
    Developed by Meredith Stiehm, Elwood Reid
  • Starring:
    • Diane Kruger as Det. Sonya Cross: a member of the El Paso Police Department who has undiagnosed Asperger syndrome
    • Demián Bichir as Det. Marco Ruiz: a homicide detective for the Policía Estatal (State Police) of the Mexican state of Chihuahua
    • Ted Levine as Lieutenant Hank Wade
    • Annabeth Gish as Charlotte Millwright
    • Thomas M. Wright as Steven Linder
    • Matthew Lillard as Daniel Frye (season 2; recurring season 1): an El Paso Times reporter
    • Emily Rios as Adriana Mendez (season 2; recurring season 1): a young reporter for the Times
    • Johnny Dowers as Tim Cooper: an El Paso PD detective
    • Eric Lange as Kenneth Hasting
    • Carlos Pratts as Gus Ruiz: Marco’s son
    • Catalina Sandino Moreno as Alma Ruiz: Marco’s wife
    • Ramón Franco as Fausto Galvan: a cartel leader, and the owner of El Rey Storage
    • Alejandro Patino as Cesar
    • Juan Carlos Cantu as Captain Robles: Detective Ruiz’s supervisor in Juárez
    • Diana-Maria Riva as Kitty Conchas: the El Paso PD’s desk clerk
    • Stephanie Sigman as Eva Guerra
    • Alma Martínez as Graciela Rivera
    • Brian Van Holt as Ray
    • Daniel Edward Mora as Obregon
    • Larry Clarke as Manny Stokes
    • Lyle Lovett as Monte P. Flagman: Graciela Rivera’s lawyer
    • Arturo del Puerto as Hector Valdez
    • Don Swayze as Tim
    • Chris Browning as Jackson Childress
    • Franka Potente as Eleanor Nacht
    • Manuel Uriza as Abelardo Pintado
    • Nathan Phillips as Jack Dobbs
    • Abraham Benrubi as Agent Joe Mackenzie
    • Bruno Bichir as Sebastian Cerisola
  • Theme music composer: Ryan Bingham
  • Opening theme “Until I’m One with You”
  • Country of origin: United States
  • Original languages: English, Spanish
  • No. of seasons: 2
  • No. of episodes 26
  • Executive producers: Meredith Stiehm, Elwood Reid, Carolyn G. Bernstein, Lars Blomgren
  • Production location: El Paso, Texas, Tijuana, Mexico, Los Angeles, California
  • Running time: 40–50 minutes
  • Production companies: Shorewood, Inc., Elwood Reid, Inc., FX Productions, Filmlance, Shine America
  • Distributor: 20th Television
  • Original network: FX
  • Original release: July 10, 2013 –October 1, 2014

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