Republic of Doyle

Republic of Doyle
Genre Comedy-drama
Police procedural
Created by Allan Hawco
Malcolm MacRury
Perry Chafe
Starring Allan Hawco
Seán McGinley
Lynda Boyd
Krystin Pellerin
Mark O'Brien
Marthe Bernard
Bob Cole
Opening theme "Oh Yeah"
by Great Big Sea
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 77 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Allan Hawco, John Vatcher, Michael Levine
Location(s) St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Cinematography Malcolm Cross
Running time 44 minutes
Production company(s) Take the Shot Productions Fireworks (seasons 1-2) Content Film (season 3-6)
Distributor Trifecta Entertainment & Media
(United States)
Original network CBC Television
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Original release January 6, 2010 – December 10, 2014
External links

Republic of Doyle is a Canadian comedy-drama television series set in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador which aired on CBC Television from January 6, 2010 to December 10, 2014.[1]

The show stars Allan Hawco as private investigator and former police officer Jake Doyle and Seán McGinley as his father, Malachy Doyle.[2] They partner as private investigators with Rose Doyle, Malachy's second wife, played by Lynda Boyd, in St. John's. Krystin Pellerin stars as Constable Leslie Bennett, with Mark O'Brien as Desmond "Des" Courtney, who works with the Doyles, and Marthe Bernard as Katrina "Tinny" Doyle, Jake's niece and Malachy's granddaughter. Their cases involve them in all sorts of dealings – not all of them on the right side of the law.

The show was renewed on April 4, 2014, for a sixth and final season.[3][4]


Main Cast

Recurring Cast



The show is filmed in and around St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.[6] The show's star, Allan Hawco, is also executive producer/showrunner/co-creator and head writer of the show.

Other producers include John Vatcher (exec producer), Rob Blackie, Perry Chafe (co-creator and writer) and Michael Levine.[7]

In 2013, Republic of Doyle aired a fictional crossover with another CBC Television crime drama, Murdoch Mysteries.[8] With the two shows set over 100 years apart, Hawco appeared on the November 25, 2013 episode of Murdoch Mysteries as Jacob Doyle, a 19th-century ancestor of Jake Doyle, while Yannick Bisson appeared on the January 29, 2014 episode of Republic of Doyle as Detective Bill Murdoch, a 21st-century descendant of his regular character Detective William Murdoch.[8]

Season synopses

Season One

Premiering on January 6, 2010, the show introduces Allan Hawco as Jake Doyle and Sean McGinley as Mal Doyle as a father and son pair of private investigators. The debut show also reveals relationship complications with Jake and his ex-wife Nikki and his new infatuation: Leslie, the Inspector who works at the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary. While Jake tries to improve his relationship with Leslie, he discovers he may have impregnated his ex-wife, but soon discovers the positive pregnancy test he found in her garbage can did not belong to her. After he realizes he is free from the burden of having to deal with child-support, his relationship with Leslie develops as Nikki’s relationship with her new boyfriend grows. However, Leslie soon begins to decide whether her relationship with Jake will prove beneficial in the future. As Jake finalizes his divorce with Nikki, his relationship status with Leslie improves to good friends. Yet Leslie’s focus quickly shifts to her new title as Sergeant after being promoted to the position. Jake realizes he has other problems too; his mischievous older brother, Christian makes an unexpected visit to his house, greeting him in the kitchen. After Christian offends Jake, their relationship swiftly intensifies. The last episode of the season shows the characters’ struggle to keep their republic strong as their relationships fall apart.[9]

Season Two

Season Two begins with Rose, Mal’s partner, dealing with the consequences of his recent heart attack. Meanwhile, Jake and Leslie take initiatives to move past the hiccups in their relationship and move on from one another. Tinny, Jake’s niece, embarks on an investment in order to raise personal funds, meanwhile, Mal discovers a secret that Rose has kept from him; her mother stole her engagement ring. Jake learns what Leslie sees their relationship as. As the season progresses, so does Tinny’s income business along with the amount of friends she makes. Jake as well as the viewers are introduced to Allison, the crown attorney. Meanwhile, Mal and Rose experience issues in their marriage but are quickly able to recover and move forward. As Mal’s relationship with Rose strengthens, so does Jake’s relationship with Allison when they move past the boundaries of friendship. Des, an admirer of Tinny yet an enemy of Jake, exploits Tinny’s business yet saves it in the process. Adding to the drama, Jake finds himself bailing his delinquent brother out of jail and finds himself dealing with issues concerning money. Like all his previous relationships, Jake ill-manages to maintain his relationship with Allison. When Jake receives a new job offer, his relationship with Allison struggles even further. Meanwhile, the relationship of Des and Tinny becomes more intimate. After further complications with Allison, Jake decides to break up with Allison.[9]

Season Three

In the opening episode of Season Three, the viewers are informed that Tinny travels to London. However, it is revealed by Des that her trip did not go smoothly but Des promises to keep the hiccup a secret. Jake finds himself interacting with Nikki again by doing a favor of which he is not fond. Jake struggles to avoid Nikki and win back the unimpressed Allison. Rose gets in trouble with the police for carrying a gun. Tinny is bothered by the quickly growing relationship between Des and Chandra, a university student of medicine. Kathleen, a newly introduced character that serves as Jake's sister, is helped with her mothering issues by Rose. The two begin to progress in their friendship. Des finds himself in a precarious position—choosing between Tinny and Chandra. He decides to break up with Chandra and pursue a romance with Tinny. Kathleen faces parenting issues at home. Des attempts to impress Jake by helping him in an investigation using his various connections, while Allison jeopardizes the safety of the Doyle household with a mistake from her past. Mal becomes tied up in complications with his former wife while Tinny obsesses over her death and Kathleen experiences troubles in their relations as a result of a poor decision in Kathleen’s history. George, an unappreciated individual in the Republic, bothers Kathleen by scamming her, but Jake comes to the rescue and saves her from his tricks. The season ends with Tinny discovering the identity of her father, which is not revealed to the viewers.

Season Four

The season kicks off with relatives from Ireland paying the Doyles a visit a bringing some drama along with them. As in the previous season, Tinny still tries to unravel hidden secrets about her dad and succeeds in doing so; she discovers her mother, Kathleen conceived her with a current prisoner, Kevin Crocker. Tinny attempts to associate with Crocker by revealing her true identity as his daughter. Jake tries to redefine his relationship with Leslie by reintroducing her into his world, and by doing so, he is able to once again gain her trust, as well as her affection. However; disaster strikes and Jake searches for the missing Leslie, who disappeared as a result of working a precarious case. Jake soon comes to the rescue, and saves Leslie from her kidnapper. Soon after the major incident, Leslie is hit by personal issues regarding family: her father dies. Meanwhile, Tinny’s relations with Crocker grow and Jake is troubled by the fact that Tinny is spending so much time with the con. Jake takes another hit after being kidnapped as his kidnapper nearly take his life by burning him to death. After being hit by a car in a parking garage, the medication used to mend Jake's injuries from the incident, gives him some peculiar dreams. The season comes to an end with Crocker and Jake being forced to collaborate in order to save the kidnapped Tinny.[9]

Season Five

After the wild adventure Jake took in the previous season by saving Tinny, his rescue mission leads to his kidnapping. The Doyles have been anxiously searching for him for the past two months and Tinny risks her career as a police officer and becomes unprofessional by involving her personal life in her police work and helping Jake. As a result, Tinny gets suspended. Meanwhile, Des overcomes his sorrow over losing Tinny. Jake experiences more complications in returning to St. John’s, but eventually makes it home safe with the help of his niece. Jake and Leslie’s relationship heats up with Jake nearly impregnating her. When Leslie is being followed and nearly gets shot, Jake is extremely worried for her safety but soon finds out her pursuer is actually her long-lost husband. Jake and Leslie try but fail to smooth their relationship with the shocking news. Leslie and Jake are finally forced to define their relationship and decide not to see each other due to the recent complications, even after Jake confesses his love. After Des hooks up with a troubled young woman, Sloan, he must avoid Tinny. Jake finds it hard to avoid Leslie when he gets tied up in her ex-husband’s business. Meanwhile, Tinny gets the chance of her career on a big case. To make matters worse for Jake, Nikki pays him a visit. The season ends with Jake being tried and arrested for murder but is then kidnapped by one of Leslie’s pursuers; the kidnapper forces Jake to make several unwarranted missions.[9]

Season Six

After being accused of murder, Jake must confront his enemies as he comes to terms with what happened to Leslie and try to clear his own name in the process. Leslie goes back to work a couple episodes in, but with conditions, and she must meet with the force therapist. Sloan gets into trouble and Jake must bail her out by making a deal with Vick Saul. Even though she was not cleared by her therapist after having a panic attack on duty, Leslie lends a hand to the Doyle clan to try and clear Jake's name before it is too late. When Leslie's past disobedience on the force comes to light, she must work harder than ever to save her job. Jake's murder conviction comes front and center as the season comes to a final close with all the Doyle family trying to clear his name.[10][11]




Season Timeslot (ET) # Ep. Premiered Ended TV season Viewers
Date Premiere viewers
Date Finale viewers
1 Wednesday 9:00pm 12
January 6, 2010
April 7, 2010
? 2010 ?
2 13
January 12, 2011
April 6, 2011
? 2011 ?
3 13
January 11, 2012
April 4, 2012
968,000[15] 2012 ?
4 Sunday 9:00pm 13
January 6, 2013
April 21, 2013
? 2013 ?
5 Wednesday 9:00pm 16
October 2, 2013
February 5, 2014
? 2014 ?
6 10
October 15, 2014
December 10, 2014
? 2015 ?

Awards and nominations

Canadian Cinema Editors Awards

Year Category Nominee Result Ref
2011 Best Editing in Long Form Television Series Michael Pacek Nominated [17]

Canadian Comedy Awards

Year Category Nominee Result Ref
2011 Best Performance by a Male in a Television Series Mark O'Brien Nominated [18]
2014 Best Performance by a Male in a Television Series Mark O'Brien Nominated [19]

Canadian Screen Awards

Year Category Nominee Result Ref
2013 Best Performance in a Guest Role, Dramatic Series Gordon Pinsent Won [20]
2014 Best Cross-Platform Project, Fiction - The Republic of Doyle Ride-Along App Allen Martin, Eva Riinitze, Fergus Heywood, Helen Asimakis, John Vatcher, Mike Evans, Rose Paton Nominated

Gemini Awards

Year Category Nominee Result Ref
2010 Best Dramatic Series Allan Hawco, John Vatcher, Rob Blackie, Michael Levine Nominated [20]
Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role Allan Hawco Nominated
Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role Lynda Boyd Nominated
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series Rachel Wilson Nominated
Best Photography in a Dramatic Program or Series Michael Storey Nominated
2011 Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role Krystin Pellerin Nominated
Best Production Design or Art Direction in a Fiction Program or Series Gordon Barnes Nominated
Best Sound in a Dramatic Series Scott Yates, Peter Clements, Harvey Hyslop, Andrew Tay, Paul Steffler, Mark Shnuriwsky, Lori Clarke Nominated

DVD releases

Entertainment One has released all six seasons on DVD in Canada.[21][22][23][24][25][26]

On September 6, 2016, eOne will release Republic of Doyle- The Complete Series on DVD in Canada.[27]

Acorn Media has released the first two seasons on DVD in the USA.[28][29]

In Region 4, Beyond Home Entertainment has released the first two seasons on DVD in Australia.[30][31]

DVD name Ep # Release dates
Region 1 (CAN) Region 4
The Complete First Season 12 November 16, 2010 May 4, 2011
The Complete Second Season 13 July 19, 2011 April 4, 2012
The Complete Third Season 13 November 20, 2012 TBA
The Complete Fourth Season 13 October 1, 2013 TBA
The Complete Fifth Season 16 September 30, 2014 TBA
The Complete Sixth Season 10 April 21, 2015 TBA
The Complete Series 77 September 6, 2016 TBA

International broadcasters

Country Channel Premiere date
 South Africa Fox Entertainment 1 August 2010[32]
 United Kingdom Alibi 27 October 2010[33]
 Australia ABC2 (season one)
13th Street (season two –)
6 November 2010[34][35]
 Brazil Globosat HD 11 November 2010
 Estonia Fox Crime 11 September 2010
 Serbia Fox Crime 14 October 2010
 Bulgaria Fox Crime 4 December 2010
 Poland TVP2 25 December 2012
 Germany 13th Street 16 October 2013
 United States CW Every Saturday and Sunday
 Netherlands 13th Street Until Friday 13 March 2015, daily Monday-Friday

Republic of Doyle is aired in the USA on various stations via syndication.[36]


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