Motive (2013–2016)


Motive (TV Series 2013–2016)

A Vancouver based murder has just occurred and been discovered. At the beginning of each episode, not only is the victim(s) identified to the viewer, but also the killer(s). The disparate group of Vancouver Homicide detectives, with help from the Coroner's office, have to wade through the evidence which will lead them through the more often than not less than straightforward path to discovering the killer(s) and his/her/their motive. That motive often is not fully understood by the detectives until they catch the killer(s). One of those detectives, quick witted and acerbic tongued Angie Flynn, often has the competing priority of raising her son, Manny, as a single mother.
IMDb   7.4 /10
TheMovieDb    6.4 /10
RottenTomatoes  81 %
FilmAffinity   5.3 /10
Creator Daniel Cerone
Creator James Thorpe
Release Date2013-05-22
GenreCrime, Drama, Mystery
Content RatingTV-14 (TV-14)
AwardsAwards14 wins & 70 nominations
CompanyFoundation Features, Lark Productions, NBC Universal Television Distribution
Detective Angie Flynnas Detective Angie Flynn…
Detective Oscar Vegaas Detective Oscar Vega…
Detective Brian Lucasas Detective Brian Lucas…
Dr. Betty Rogersas Dr. Betty Rogers
Sergeant Mark Crossas Sergeant Mark Cross
Staff Sergeant Boyd Bloomas Staff Sergeant Boyd Bloom…
Valerie Tian
Valerie Tian
Officer Wendy Sungas Officer Wendy Sung
Maria Snowas Maria Snow
Manny Flynnas Manny Flynn
Samantha Turneras Samantha Turner
Sergeant Gavin Saundersas Sergeant Gavin Saunders
Detective Paula Mazuras Detective Paula Mazur
Detective Mitch Kenneckias Detective Mitch Kennecki
Robert Montgomeryas Robert Montgomery
Henry Guentheras Henry Guenther
Jack Stokeras Jack Stoker
Neville Montgomeryas Neville Montgomery
Police Chief Jennifer Wellsas Police Chief Jennifer Wells

Motive (TV series)

Motive is a Canadian police procedural crime drama television series that aired for four seasons on CTV from February 3, 2013, to August 30, 2016. The series premiere had 1.23 million viewers, making it the number one Canadian series premiere of the 2012–13 season.


Motive is a police procedural crime drama set in Vancouver, British Columbia, following the investigations of working class single mother Detective Angie Flynn (Kristin Lehman). Each episode reveals the killer and the victim at the beginning; and the rest of the episode details the ongoing investigation, the killer's efforts to cover up the crime, and, via flashbacks, the events leading to the crime. This format is similar to that of the TV series Columbo.

Cast and characters


  • Kristin Lehman as Detective Angelika "Angie" Flynn, a feisty Vancouver detective who investigates the motives of killers.
  • Louis Ferreira as Detective and later Staff Sergeant Oscar Vega, Flynn's former partner and close friend.
  • Brendan Penny as Detective Brian Lucas, originally a rookie detective, by the third season he has come into his own.
  • Lauren Holly as Dr. Betty Rogers, the lead medical examiner.
  • Valerie Tian as Officer Wendy Sung (season 2), the department's rookie uniformed officer.
  • Roger Cross as Staff Sergeant Boyd Bloom (main cast season 1, recurring seasons 2–3), later Superintendent of Investigation.
  • Warren Christie as Sergeant Mark Cross (main cast seasons 2–3, recurring season 4), Bloom's replacement as team Commander. Cross and Flynn had an affair ten years previously while he was married, which is revealed during an investigation of a case they worked on at the time.


  • Cameron Bright as Manny Flynn (seasons 1–2 and 4), Angie's teenage son who later leaves to attend school in order to become a chef.
  • Laura Mennell as Samantha Turner (season 2), an attorney and Mark's love interest.
  • Victor Garber as Neville Montgomery (season 3), a wealthy businessman.
  • Richard de Klerk as Robert Montgomery (season 3), Neville's son who works for him.
  • Luisa D'Oliveira as Maria Snow (season 3), who also works for Neville and is engaged to Robert.
  • Francis X. McCarthy as Henry Guenther (season 3), Neville's attorney.
  • David Lewis as Sergeant Gavin Saunders (seasons 3–4), part of the Internal Affairs department.
  • Marci T. House as Police Chief Jennifer Wells (season 4), who is constantly at odds with Oscar as head of Homicide.
  • Victor Zinck Jr. as Detective Mitch Kennecki (season 4), who is briefly assigned as Angie's partner.
  • Karen LeBlanc as Detective Paula Mazur (season 4), Angie's partner following Kennecki's dismissal from Homicide.
  • Tommy Flanagan as Agent Jack Stoker (season 4), a London-based Interpol agent and Angie's love interest.


SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
113February 3, 2013May 16, 2013
213March 6, 2014May 29, 2014
313March 8, 2015June 7, 2015
413March 22, 2016August 30, 2016


On May 31, 2012, CTV ordered 13 episodes from Foundation Features and Lark Productions, to be filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, from September 17, 2012, to February 26, 2013. The series premiere aired following CTV's broadcast of Super Bowl XLVIII.

On May 21, 2014, CTV ordered a third season of Motive, which premiered on March 8, 2015.

On October 5, 2015, CTV announced that Motive had begun production on the fourth and final season, with star Kristin Lehman directing one of the 13 episodes. Following the events of the third season, Detective Flynn finds herself without a car in the fourth. On April 5, 2016, CTV announced it has partnered with Chevrolet for the final season. Flynn decides on a 2015 Camaro.


Viewership and ratings per season of Motive
SeasonTimeslot (ET)EpisodesFirst airedLast airedTV seasonAvg. viewers
1Sunday 8:00 pm (1–5)
Thursday 9:00 pm (6–13)
13February 3, 20131.23May 20, 20130.842012–131.10
2Thursday 10:00 pm13March 6, 20141.24May 29, 20141.172013–141.30
3Sunday 10:00 pm13March 8, 20151.28June 7, 20151.222014–151.24
4Tuesday 10:00 pm13March 22, 20161.28August 30, 20160.922015–16TBD


Starting in 2013, the series aired for two seasons on ABC in the United States. Following poor second season ratings, ABC did not include Motive on its 2015 summer schedule. In 2016, USA Network picked up Motive for its spring schedule. The third season premiered on April 1, 2016, and concluded on June 26, 2016. The fourth season began airing the following week on July 3, 2016, and concluded on September 25, 2016.