Gem Finder: Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television

Alexandra Plesa 14 June 2018 NEWS

This offbeat comedy is outrageous, self-deprecating and very entertaining.

We live in the era of Peak TV. Streaming services offer thousands of hours of quality content and everyone seems to be recommending you a new series to binge. Through all the noise, there’s no wonder some marvellous titles fly under the radar. Gem Finder is where we do our best to push them into the mainstream.

What is Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television about?

Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television follows actor Ryan Hansen as he partners up with a no-nonsense detective to solve crimes. The show is set in a world where the LAPD forms a unique task force that pairs up cops with actors. The idea is that the detectives can take advantage of their partners’ “actor skills” and industry connections to make headway in their investigations. Ridiculous? Totally. Entertaining? You bet!

Who stars in Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television?

Well, Ryan Hansen, of course. If you’re not familiar with the minor celeb, he played surfer boy Dick Casablancas on Veronica Mars (both the series and the 2014 movie) and Kyle Bradway on Party Down. He also had a recurring role on the sitcom 2 Broke Girls.

The no-nonsense detective is portrayed by the always charming Samira Wiley, known for playing Poussey on Orange Is the New Black and Moira on The Handmaid's Tale. The show also stars Aly Michalka – you might have seen her in iZombie or Hellcats.

Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television also welcomes a bunch of talented guest stars like Joel McHale, Donald Faison, Eric Christian Olsen, Jon Cryer and Kristen Bell.

Where can I watch?

You can catch the show on YouTube Red. The first two episodes are available for free, but you’ll need a subscription to watch the rest. If you’ve already binged Cobra Kai and have a few days from your free trial left, Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television is definitely worth the broadband.

How many seasons does Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television have?

It has one season of eight half-hour episodes, so it'll only take four hours to binge the whole thing.

Will I like Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television?

If you’re looking for something light and silly, you'll most definitely like it. Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television doesn’t take itself too seriously. Instead, it pokes fun at everything from YouTube Red to Hollywood life to Ryan Hansen himself. As long as you’re into self-deprecating humour, the sitcom should be right up your alley. It also helps if you’re a fan of police procedurals in general as the show never fails to mock the genre despite embracing its familiarity.

Episodes vary in structure, but we usually follow Hansen and his detective partner as they investigate and solve crimes. After that, Hansen heads home and the series shifts to a multi-camera sitcom, complete with fake laughs, a fake family and a nosy neighbour portrayed by Jon Cryer. The shenanigans don’t stop there. In one episode, for instance, Joel McHale plays Ryan Hansen, since Hansen himself is such a minor celebrity he could be replaced without anyone really noticing. It’s all very confusing and ridiculous at times, we’ll give you that. But it’s also refreshing and hilarious.

Another great thing about the show is the easy chemistry between Hansen and Wiley. They’re both charming and their banter is often hysterical, which is essential for a solid buddy cop sitcom. Plus, seeing Wiley constantly rolling her eyes at Hansen or mocking him mercilessly is a real treat. Yet, she’s still believable as a cop, which is testament to Wiley’s endless skill at perfectly embodying any character role she takes on.

All in all, Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television probably won’t become as popular as Cobra Kai, which clearly benefited from Karate Kid fans’ curiosity and dedication. However, it’s a smart and funny sitcom that isn’t afraid to experiment and push boundaries, which makes it more than worth your time. The guest appearances alone are reason enough to give the show a go, while the meta commentary and self-deprecating humour will keep you playing episode after episode. The only downside? You’ll quickly run out of content and be forced to get back to your regularly scheduled YouTube programming.

Anything else I should know?

The complete title of the show is actually Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television*, with the meaning of the * changing for every episode. For instance, *though you’re probably watching this on stolen Chinese Internet and that’s cool too. This is just another fun detail that speaks to the nature of the series.

There’s no word yet on whether there will be a season 2, but if this hilarious video is any indication, Ryan is campaigning hard to get back on television, even if his show’s chances of becoming a part of mainstream pop culture are pretty slim. But that’s cool too.

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