The Mysteries of Laura

The Mysteries of Laura
Genre Police procedural
Based on Los misterios de Laura
by Carlos Vila & Javier Holgado
Developed by Jeff Rake
Composer(s) Joey Newman
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 38 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 42 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original network NBC
Picture format 1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Original release September 17, 2014 (2014-09-17) – March 2, 2016 (2016-03-02)
External links
Official website

The Mysteries of Laura is an American police procedural comedy-drama television series that premiered on September 17, 2014. It was developed by Jeff Rake, who also serves as an executive producer. The series, which stars Debra Messing as Detective Laura Diamond,[1][2] was originally adapted from a Spanish television series Los misterios de Laura by Carlos Vila, Javier Holgado,[3] and Gregorio Quintana de Uña.[4][5]

On May 8, 2015, NBC renewed The Mysteries of Laura for a second season of 13 episodes,[6] which premiered on September 23, 2015.[7] On November 9, 2015, NBC ordered three additional episodes for the second season.[8] On May 14, 2016, NBC canceled the show after two seasons.[9]


The series follows the life of Laura Diamond, a homicide detective with the New York Police Department's 2nd Precinct, who balances her day job with her off-duty hours as a single mother to twin sons. Meanwhile, she is trying to get Captain Jake Broderick, her soon-to-be-former-husband, who is also her boss, to sign the divorce papers.

At the end of the first season, Broderick was shot and grievously wounded during a convenience store robbery. He recovered, but at the beginning of the second season, the precinct has a new captain, Nancy Santiani, a stern, by-the-book taskmaster who immediately rubs the detectives the wrong way.[10] Rather than transfer to another precinct, Broderick voluntarily takes a demotion to Senior Detective and partners with Laura, while Detective Billy Soto teams up with Detective Meredith Bose, with whom he has begun a relationship. Bose's previous partner, Frankie Pulaski, appeared only in season one with the only explanation given for her departure being that she wasn't "senior enough" to stay in the position she'd accepted. The tone of the series was also altered in season two. Comedic elements, such as the rowdy behavior of Laura's boys, have been reduced, while some focus is shifted to the triangle that develops between Laura, Jake, and Laura's new love interest, Tony.[10]





SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
122September 17, 2014 (2014-09-17)May 20, 2015 (2015-05-20)
216September 23, 2015 (2015-09-23)March 2, 2016 (2016-03-02)


The series was originally adapted from a Spanish television series, Los misterios de Laura by Carlos Vila and Javier Holgado. The American version was developed by Jeff Rake with Vila and Holgado. Rake also serves as an executive producer with Aaron Kaplan, Greg Berlanti, Todd Lituchy and McG for Warner Bros. Television.[1] The show is primarily filmed in New York City.[12][13][14] Brooklyn's 78th Precinct is used for exterior shots of the 2nd Precinct.[15]

It debuted on NBC during the 2014–15 television season, where it aired on Wednesday nights at 8 pm (ET/PT)/7 pm (CT).[1][16] The series premiered on September 24, 2014.[17] A preview aired beforehand on September 17, 2014, following the season finale of America's Got Talent.[18]



The September 17, 2014, premiere drew a 2.0 rating in the 18–49 demographic and 10.2 million total viewers, in a special time slot leading out of the America's Got Talent season finale.[19] It was the most-watched broadcast premiere of a series since March 2014.[20]

The regular-slot debut at 8 pm Eastern time on September 24, 2014, drew a 1.5 rating in the 18-49 demo and 9.9 million viewers overall.[21] Though it dropped 25% in the 18-49 demo, it retained 97% of its total viewers of the previous week's preview. In total viewers, this was NBC's best result with in-season regularly scheduled programming versus all regularly scheduled competition in that time period in more than five years.[22]

Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes Premiered Ended TV Season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Date Premiere
(in millions)
Date Finale
(in millions)
Wednesday 8:00 pm
September 17, 2014
May 20, 2015
7.05[23] 2014–15 #62 8.02[24]
2 16
September 23, 2015
March 2, 2016
7.43[26] 2015–16 #48 8.57[27]

Critical reception

The Mysteries of Laura has received negative reviews from critics. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 22% approval rating with an average rating of 4.2/10 based on 41 reviews for the first season. The website's consensus reads, "Despite a talented cast, The Mysteries of Laura is dated both as a cop show and as a representation of single, working mothers."[28] On Metacritic, the show has a score of 37 out of 100, based on 28 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[29]

Emilie Aries, however, called Debra Messing's new character "the best depiction of women on the small screen".[30]


In Canada, the show is simulcast with the American airing on CTV and is also rerun on M3.[31] In New Zealand, it premiered on January 12, 2015, on TV2.[32] In the United Kingdom and Ireland, The Mysteries of Laura was picked up by 5 USA on December 22, 2014,[33] and premiered on January 20, 2015.[34] In Germany, the show is known as Detective Laura Diamond, broadcast on Sat.1 since February 2, 2015.[35][36] In Latin America, the show airs on Warner Channel, premiering on May 25, 2015.[37] In Australia, the series premiered on July 29, 2015, on the Nine Network.[38] The first season has also been acquired in France by TF1.[39] In India, the series is acquired by Zee Café, which premiered the show on July 24, 2015, at 11:00 pm IST with the Season 1 finale airing on August 26, 2015.


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