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Reacher is an American crime thriller streaming television series developed by Nick Santora for Amazon Prime Video. Based on the Jack Reacher book series by Lee Child, it stars Alan Ritchson as the title character, a drifter and former military policeman who battles dangerous criminals throughout his travels.
The first season, based on Killing Floor, Child s 1997 debut novel, was released on February 4, 2022. A second season has been ordered, and will be based on Bad Luck and Trouble.
Jack Reacher, a former U.S. Army military policeman, visits the fictional rural town of Margrave, Georgia, and gets arrested for murder. After he is freed, he teams up with Oscar Finlay and Roscoe Conklin to investigate a huge conspiracy with corrupt police officers, politicians and businessmen.
Cast and characters
- Alan Ritchson as Jack Reacher, a decorated former major in the U.S. Army military police and drifter. Maxwell Jenkins plays the young Reacher.
- Malcolm Goodwin as Oscar Finlay, a police captain and Margrave s chief detective, formerly a detective in Boston
- Willa Fitzgerald as Roscoe Conklin, a police officer in Margrave who joins Reacher and Finlay in their investigation
- Chris Webster as KJ, Kliner Sr. s only son
- Bruce McGill as Grover Teale, Margrave s mayor and interim police chief
- Maria Sten as Frances Neagley, a private detective and former army investigator who was a member of Reacher s military police squad
- Willie C. Carpenter as Mosley, an elderly barber and longtime resident of Margrave
- Harvey Guillén as Jasper, Margrave s medical examiner
- Gavin White and Christopher Russell as Joe Reacher, a Secret Service agent and Reacher s older brother. White plays the young Joe and Russell portrays the character as an adult.
- Leslie Fray as Josephine Reacher, Reacher s mother
- Matthew Marsden as Stan Reacher, Reacher s father
- Hugh Thompson as Baker, a corrupt Margrave officer
- Jonathan Koensgen as Stevenson, a Margrave officer and Paul Hubble s cousin
- AJ Simmons as Dawson, Kliner s nephew and enforcer
- Marc Bendavid as Paul Hubble, a banker strong-armed into assisting a counterfeiting ring
- Patrick Garrow as Spivey, a corrupt corrections officer
- Kristin Kreuk as Charlene Charlie Hubble, Paul s wife
- Currie Graham as Kliner Sr., the owner of Kliner Industries
- Martin Roach as Picard, an FBI agent and old friend of Finlay s
- Lara Jean Chorostecki as Molly Beth Gordon, a Secret Service agent who was involved with Joe Reacher
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|1||Welcome to Margrave||Thomas Vincent||Nick Santora||February 4, 2022|
|At midnight, a man later identified as Pete Jobling is shot dead just outside Margrave, Georgia. The following morning, Jack Reacher arrives on a Greyhound bus and walks into town, where he is arrested at a diner for the murder. He is sent to be held in the local jail with Paul Hubble, a banker who falsely confessed to the murder. Spivey, a crooked guard, puts them in with the general population, where Reacher brutally foils an attempt on their lives. Hubble explains he confessed to cover for a criminal organization that would have otherwise killed him and his family. After being released, Reacher is verbally threatened in town by the son of local businessman Kliner. When he later returns to the police station, he is informed about a second killing. At the morgue, a discussion about both the recent murder and another one earlier in the week leads him to identify the first victim as his older brother, Joe.|
|2||First Dance||Sam Hill||Scott Sullivan||February 4, 2022|
|Reacher teams up with Finlay, the local police captain, and a cop named Roscoe to investigate his brother s murder and the recent disappearance of Hubble following his release from custody. Finlay s boss, Ed Morrison, is gruesomely murdered at his home; Reacher deduces that he was killed for not taking care of Hubble. The mayor, Grover Teale, himself dirty, takes over as police chief and orders Finlay to conduct a sham investigation into Morrison s death. Finlay s friend, FBI agent Picard, agrees to take Hubble s wife and children into unofficial protective custody. Reacher sets a meeting with Spivey but gets ambushed by two South American ex-soldiers, allowing Spivey to escape. Roscoe then takes him to a bar, where Reacher begins to open up about his past. While driving home, they learn that the road is washed out and are forced to spend the night sleeping in the same motel room.|
|3||Spoonful||Stephen Surjik||Aadrita Mukerji||February 4, 2022|
|Roscoe returns home to find evidence of a break-in; at Reacher s urging, she gives him a gun. The group contacts Joe s colleague, Molly Beth, at the Secret Service, learning that Joe was in Margrave on a confidential assignment to investigate reports of large-scale counterfeiting. Reacher intimidates one of Kliner s lawyers for information on Jobling while Finlay checks Spivey s house for clues – and gets beaten by police after they mistake him for a burglar. The two men then visit Kliner in person. Kliner claims he knows nothing and makes threats to drop the investigation. Reacher convinces Roscoe and Finlay to move out of their homes temporarily. While buying supplies, Roscoe is approached by Kliner s son KJ, who warns her that Reacher is a murderer. Reacher himself is again ambushed by the ex-soldiers, but this time manages to kill them. He then finds Spivey s corpse in their car trunk.|
|4||In a Tree||Christine Moore||Cait Duffy||February 4, 2022|
|After meeting with Finlay, Reacher takes Roscoe to help him dispose of the bodies. He also reveals the truth behind KJ s warning: while serving in Iraq, Reacher killed three civilian men who were sexually assaulting a group of young boys. After the evidence is dumped at an Atlanta airport, Reacher pays for a hotel room and he and Roscoe wind up having sex that evening. The next day, they visit the home of a former Kliner employee and find empty air conditioner boxes that Reacher suspects were used to move the counterfeit cash. Picard gives them a lead on the motel Joe stayed at before he was killed; Reacher finds a hidden note before he and Roscoe are jumped by more mercenaries. Roscoe saves Reacher s life, and Reacher admits that he put himself in danger to protect her. Molly Beth arrives in Atlanta with Joe s files on the case, but someone kills her and steals the files seconds before Reacher finds her.|
|5||No Apologies||Norberto Barba||Scott Sullivan||February 4, 2022|
|Feeling guilty for Molly Beth s murder, Reacher takes out his frustration by attacking KJ after he vandalizes Roscoe s truck. Kliner declines to press charges. Roscoe learns that Teale has fired her for subpar police work. Desperate for new leads, Reacher finds a key and trunk left by Roscoe s deceased former boss Gray, containing research that confirms Reacher s suspicions that Margrave is the heart of Kliner s counterfeiting operation, but with no useable evidence. Traveling to Memphis, Reacher meets with his old comrade, private investigator Frances Neagley, to find a hitman who may have been Joe s murderer. After Roscoe punches Teale upon learning that he murdered Gray, Finlay gets her out of town by having her replace Picard as the Hubble family s bodyguard. Reacher and Neagley survive an attempt on their lives by a desperate Memphis cop whose family was threatened. Finlay breaks into Kliner s office only to find that Kliner has just been killed.|
|6||Papier||Omar Madha||Aadrita Mukerji||February 4, 2022|
|Finlay and Reacher follow one of Kliner s trucks. Finlay tells Reacher the real reason he came to Margrave was not due to divorce, but because his wife Sharon died after a long illness. After finding the truck empty, Reacher goes to New York City to meet with one of Joe s contacts, Professor Kate Castillo, having found that another contact had been murdered under the guise of being mugged. He determines that Kliner had been shipping counterfeit money to a client in Venezuela, using super bills made from the specialized paper used in printing dollars. Assassins find Roscoe and Hubble s family, but Roscoe dispatches both men in the woods. While waiting for Picard, Hubble s wife Charlie shares the details of their involvement with Kliner, explaining that Paul was tricked into laundering money and was then forced to watch a man be crucified to ensure his loyalty. Reacher arranges for Castillo to get police protection and uses his necktie to strangle an assassin sent to kill her.|
|7||Reacher Said Nothing||Lin Oeding||Scott Sullivan||February 4, 2022|
|Officer Stevenson and his pregnant wife are murdered by a hit squad seeking information about the Hubble family. Teale fires Finlay on a pretext the next morning. Reacher pretends to confide in the last Margrave officer, Baker (who Reacher believes is corrupt), sharing a fake plan to search Hubble s house. Finlay goes in person to inform Stevenson s parents of his death. The hit squad goes to Hubble s house, planning to kill Reacher, but he traps and kills them all, including Kliner s nephew Dawson. Based on the information he s gathered, he realizes Kliner was bleaching $1 bills to get the paper needed to print his money. Reacher checks in with Roscoe, who shares his discovery with Picard. Reacher helps Finlay evade mercenaries who track him to his motel due to his visit to the Stevensons . Reacher and Finlay return to Jobling s house, which has been burned to the ground. They search Jobling s parents house and find boxes of counterfeit bills. They arrange a meet with Picard, but when they arrive, Picard is waiting with KJ and Teale.|
|8||Pie||MJ Bassett||Nick Santora||February 4, 2022|
|Revealing himself to be the one behind all the murders, KJ shows Reacher a live stream of a captive Roscoe, and sends him and Picard to find Hubble. Reacher tricks Picard into stopping to fix a tire and shoots him; Picard is able to escape. Reacher immediately finds Hubble, who reveals he was working with Joe and Jobling (who feared that he would be murdered for stealing counterfeit bills) to stop Kliner s operation. Finlay is being tortured at the precinct; Reacher rams and kills Baker, and frees Finlay. Neagley arrives, and Reacher gathers weapons and torches Kliner s factory with gasoline. Picard attacks Finlay, who manages to kill him with a hydraulic press. Roscoe subdues and handcuffs Teale before killing him. As the warehouse burns, Reacher splashes KJ with flammable chemicals and kicks him into the fire. A flashback reveals how Reacher s mother died after a long illness and gave Reacher his French grandfather s Croix de Guerre. Roscoe gives Reacher her number and says to call her if he wants to and tells him she plans to rebuild Margrave and Reacher tells her she should run for mayor, while Finlay decides to move back to Boston and start over. After burying the medal where Joe died, Reacher quietly walks out of Margrave and sticks out his thumb for a ride.|
On July 15, 2019, a TV series adaptation of Lee Child s Jack Reacher series was announced by Amazon. Nick Santora, who created Scorpion, was set to write, showrun, and produce the series through Paramount Television and Skydance Media. On January 14, 2020, the TV series was greenlit, with Don Granger, Scott Sullivan, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Marcy Ross, and Christopher McQuarrie as executive producers with Child. The first season was announced as an adaptation of Child s novel Killing Floor. In July 2021, it was announced M. J. Bassett had joined the series as a director. Adapting the books to screen the writers decided they would need to make Reacher verbalize his thoughts more often, but that they would keep his dialog short and direct and have him only speak longer to people he respects. They also decided to introduce Neagley to the series far earlier than in the books.
On September 4, 2020, Alan Ritchson was cast in the titular role. On March 22, 2021, Malcolm Goodwin, Willa Fitzgerald, and Chris Webster were cast as series regulars. On May 19, 2021, Bruce McGill, Maria Sten, and Hugh Thompson joined the main cast. On June 11, 2021, Kristin Kreuk, Marc Bendavid, Willie C. Carpenter, Currie Graham, Harvey Guillén, and Maxwell Jenkins were announced to have joined the cast in undisclosed capacities.
A temporary townscape was built in North Pickering, Ontario to support filming of the show. The entire fictional city of Margrave was built from the ground up in a leased farm field in Ontario. Other areas of filming include Toronto, Port Perry and Pickering. Principal shooting of season 1 took place between April 15 and July 30, 2021, in Toronto. During filming, Ritchson broke a bone in his shoulder which required surgery and tore a muscle during a fight scene.
The series was released on February 4, 2022. On February 7, 2022, Amazon Prime Video renewed the series for a second season.
Reacher was the most streamed television series for the week of February 7–13, 2022, according to the Nielsen streaming rankings – the first Amazon production to achieve the feat.
The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 92% approval rating with an average rating of 7.30/10, based on 73 critic reviews. The website s critics consensus reads, Reacher captures the trademark bulk of its titular hero while trading away some of his definition, but fans of the novels will find plenty to love about this faithful adaptation. Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 68 out of 100 based on 18 critics, indicating generally favorable reviews .
Lucy Mangan of The Guardian said, This rollicking adaptation of Lee Child s man-mountain ex-military sleuth is hugely fun, packed with punchups and far better than Cruise s movie efforts. Michael Hogan of The Telegraph wrote, Reacher is huge, pulpy fun and far classier than you might expect. Joshua Alston of Variety wrote a nuanced critique that, although positive about the casting of Ritchson, criticizes the fundamentals of the character as being unsuitable to carry this kind of show. He opined that the longer it runs, the more obvious its protagonist-shaped void becomes . Dan Fienberg of The Hollywood Reporter called it frustratingly over-faithful to the source material , saying, I wouldn t mind another season, but I d probably still rather read another book.
|Plot||Jack Reacher was arrested for murder and now the police need his help. Based on the books by Lee Child.|
|Awards||Awards, 2 nominations|
|Stars||Alan Ritchson, Malcolm Goodwin, Willa Fitzgerald|
|Series Produced by||Lee Child,Nick Santora,Scott Sullivan,Bill Bost,David Ellison,Dana Goldberg,Don Granger,Christopher McQuarrie,Aadrita Mukerji,Marcy Ross,Sean Ryerson,Thomas Vincent,Paula Wagner,Agatha Warren,Sam Hill|
|Series Music by||Tony Morales|
|Series Cinematography by||Michael McMurray,Ronald Plante|
|Series Film Editing by||J.J. Geiger,Anthony Miller,Eric Seaburn,Christopher Donaldson,Sang Han|
|Series Casting By||Stephanie Gorin,Mindy Marin|
|Series Production Design by||Patricio M. Farrell,Mun Ying Kwun,Nazgol Goshtasbpour|
|Series Art Direction by||Mun Ying Kwun,Nathan Blackie|
|Series Set Decoration by||Liesl Deslauriers|
|Series Costume Design by||Abram Waterhouse|
|Series Makeup Department||Sophie J. Cameron,Julia Carter,Elyse Marion,François Dagenais,Tenille Shockey,K.T. Chandler,Prell Charusanti,Jerome Clawson,Taschi Lynell,Traci Mackey,Joanne Parks,Alexandra Rotundo|
|Series Production Management||Dieter Ismagil,James Mauro,Kenneth Pangilinan,Sean Ryerson,Carolyn Harris,Penelope Kennedy|
|Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director||Edward Hillier,Garcy Hughes,Natalie McFadyen,Michael Pohorly,Vibhuti Rathod,Denzel Watson,Rory James,Christie Pawluch,Helga Rossi,Grant Boyle,Nina Ceranic,Steve Webb,Kris Wood,Yoann Amzallag,Jean Frenette,Dominika Jurek,Buster Reeves,Jeremy Whittaker,Jennifer Lloyd|
|Series Art Department||Jacob Barker,Natalie Beiruti,Nicole Johnson,Annabel Kearns,Mohammad Ali Khan,Derek Liscoumb,Ryan McCaffrey,Stephanie Nash,Moby Pahwa,Janette Rhee,Giselle Selim,Stephen To,Maryan Malanyuk,Nicola Moss,Kassa Small,Maxime Stein,Alicia Wilkinson,Warren Zaharia,Dwight Doerksen,Keaton Doerksen,Eunan Matthew Green,Bruno Rocca,Carl J. Stensel,Aidan Whitworth,Dave Wood,Maddie Zekkou,David Meredith|
|Series Sound Department||Brad Dawe,Paolo Di Teodoro,Marshall Garlington,Gus Harris,Melissa Kennelly,Shawn Kennelly,Mark Lanza,Herwig Maurer,Vince Nicastro,Eric Raber,Andrew Rice,Alec St. John,Alexander Turner,Kelly Wright,Simone Tempesta,Matt Hovland,Peter S. Carlstedt,Jesse Fellows,Chris McNaughton|
|Series Special Effects by||Shane Million,Vimal Parmar,Jordan Craig,Brian Bero,Randy Pike,Cooper Stocco,Blumes Tracy|
|Series Visual Effects by||Neishaw Ali,Joseph Ankrah,Anthony Bellisario,Julia Blackwell,Abby Callard,Roser Gurung,Mitch Hounslow,Kiran Bhakta Joshi,Rupak Kayastha,Jennifer Maillet,Bert Poole,Paige Prokop,Anup Ratna Shakya,Caitlin Sullivan,Bishwo Tuladhar,Kris Wood,Juliette Yager,Gavin Bedford,April Hannah Fortin,Iqbal Zafar,Bernadette Watson,Ashley Merla,Brenda Nunan,Sambu Rajbahak,Jean Nicolas Fidala,Bronte Rose Jovevski,István Veress Kovács,Sabin Maharjan,Sushil Rai,Mayush Shilpakar,Tim Sibley,Vanesa Vidakovic,Rashmita Basnet,Ritesh Byanjankar,Gyanon Chitrakar,Yogesh Duwal,Aman Ghazu,Sanjay Jyapu,Ram Lama,Rikam Maharjan,Rohin Maharjan,Amit Pujari,Anmol Shrestha,Krijan Shrestha,Che Yen Chuang,Sanjib Dangol,Sujita Gosain,Sunita Kasula,Gyanendra Maharjan,Mahendra Maharjan,Nigendra Maharjan,Udaya Maharjan,Rupa Majhi,Ajoo Manandhar,Felipe Siem,Kishor Singh,Sabin Bajracharya,Shishir Dangol,Bryan T. Evans,Rakesh Maharjan Jyapu,Nikesh Maharjan,Rojal Maharjan,Art Miroshin,Rabindra Maharjan Patan,Prajwal Pradhananga,Shanti Rai,Anup Shakya,Amir Shrestha,Anurag Shrestha,Ranzit Thapa|
|Series Stunts||Alexis Barron,Jean Frenette,Buster Reeves,Rodney Alexandre,Sebastian Buitrago,Jason Cavalier,Mike Chute,Felix Famelart,Mike Joseph,Ashley Kraayeveld,Maxime Laurin,Rufio Luey,Eric Paul-Hus,Maxime Savaria,Mich Todorovic,Bart Badzioch,Jason Lee Bell,Jonathan Bergeron,Naomi Frenette,Patrick Kerton,Jean-Francois Lachapelle,Léon Gosselin Leclerc,Thomas Lorber,Dl MacDonald,Josh Madryga,Kym Wyatt McKenzie,Erick Meslier,Louis Paquette,Daryl Patchett,Alyssa Pellerin-Boudreau,Branko Racki,Bas Reitsma,Steve ‘Shack’ Shackleton,Don Stockford,Lee Villeneuve,Wayne Wells|
|Series Camera and Electrical Department||Iain Baird,Angela Chao,Gabriele DiChiara,Keith Hlady,Nasim Kosarnia,Brad Loree,Ivan Maleikov,Thomas Pugh,Gabriel Rougeau,James Spurling,Rachel Switzer,Aaron Wilcox,Paul Gordon Benjamin,Alexander Brown,Ken Glassing,Joell Godding,Mike Gowland,Tom Henderson,Antoine Masson Maclean,Nicolas Marion,Jacob Nefsky,Malcolm Nefsky,Michael P. Catanzarite,Sophie Giraud,Ramy Morad,Bella Hope Rodriguez,Keri Anderson,Chris Swoboda,Misha Snyder|
|Series Casting Department||Kara Lipson,Brendan Wilcocks,Tineka Becker,Devin Rossinsky,Roisin McGilly|
|Series Costume and Wardrobe Department||Erminia Diamantopoulos,Paria Shirvani,Asoomii Jay,Diana von Gruning,Jessica Posada|
|Series Editorial Department||Moksh Chitkara,Sam Harding,Ryan Hayward,Ryan Nilsen,J. Bretton Truett,Ken Van Deest,Noah Chamow,Christopher Petrus,Matthew Waxman,Matthew Wingard,Simon Thede,Byron Wong,David Zimmerman III|
|Series Location Management||Shaun Cengiz,Diane Higgins|
|Series Music Department||Melyssa Hardwick,Marton Barka,Mike Caroleo,Daryl Griffith,Bernd Mazagg,Justin Moshkevich,Synchron Stage Orchestra,Eduardo Ponsdomenech,Joey Singer,Pakk Hui,Julian Montgomery,Hal Rosenfeld,Edward Rogers,Stephanie Kowal,Jeremiah Kohn,Rene G. Boscio,Sid De La Cruz|
|Series Script and Continuity Department||Carolyn Arbuckle,Beth Mell,Gregory Yeoman,Lori Denil|
|Series Transportation Department||Bill Hong,Jason C. Gates,Chris Rowles,Debbie Lewis|
|Series Additional Crew||Isaac J. Choice,Christopher Comrie,Alice Wickwire Foster,Lee Hanlon,Nora Jobling,Nick Kontsalakis,Cole Leuthel,Rea Nolan,Catherine Sample,Evan Sandham,Celestina Aleobua,Nuno Capitao de Salles,Miriam Ferguson,Ebony Goodwin,Adrienne Kapuki Jones,Franco Magliozzi,Ted Pyper,Gregory Yeoman,Kaiya Lawrence,Casey Hudecki,Bj Prince,Ethan Chapman,Mario Tassone,Laura Sevier,Meagan Sevier,Tara Bohn|
|Genres||Action, Crime, Drama|
|Companies||Amazon Studios, Blackjack Films Inc., Paramount Television|
|Keywords||jack reacher character,male nudity,reboot,reboot of series,based on book series|