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Detective John Cardinal attempts to uncover the mystery of what happened to the missing 13-year-old girl whose body is discovered in the shaft-head of an abandoned mine. At the same time, he comes under investigation by his new partner, Lise Delorme, a tough investigator in her own right.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Cardinal

Cardinal - S1E6

#1 - Catherine (Season 1 - Episode 6)

Cardinal realizes he wasn't working alone and may be too late to save his daughter; Delorme has a decision to make when she finds answers.

The episode was rated 7.95 from 995 votes.

Cardinal - S3E6

#2 - Helen (Season 3 - Episode 6)

Detective Cardinal finds evidence that may prove Catherine was murdered, but first he and Detective Delorme come face-to-face with Mama in a deadly standoff

The episode was rated 7.85 from 329 votes.

Cardinal - S4E6

#3 - John & Lise (Season 4 - Episode 6)

Detectives John Cardinal and Lise Delorme make an unexpected arrest, and follow a hunch to their killer's location, but he's one step ahead, and stopping him will be incredibly risky.

The episode was rated 7.85 from 222 votes.

Cardinal - S4E5

#4 - Scott (Season 4 - Episode 5)

Detectives John Cardinal and Lise Delorme close in on a secret from the past as they close in on the killer’s motives and his identity.

The episode was rated 7.73 from 218 votes.

Cardinal - S4E3

#5 - Barry (Season 4 - Episode 3)

As Detectives John Cardinal and Lise Delorme work to find a connection between the victims, they realize that not everyone’s telling the truth about the past or the killer’s possible motivation.

The episode was rated 7.68 from 228 votes.

Cardinal - S4E2

#6 - Adele (Season 4 - Episode 2)

A shocking death and second abduction cause Detectives John Cardinal and Lise Delorme to believe their suspect is a professional killer for hire.

The episode was rated 7.67 from 232 votes.

Cardinal - S3E1

#7 - Sam (Season 3 - Episode 1)

As Cardinal struggles in the wake of his wife’s suicide, Delorme becomes lead detective on both a double-murder and a string of muggings.

The episode was rated 7.67 from 381 votes.

Cardinal - S2E6

#8 - El Brujo (Season 2 - Episode 6)

John and Lisa race to find Ray before he kills Terri and her brother. A betrayal threatens Cardinal and Delorme's case and their lives.

The episode was rated 7.66 from 496 votes.

Cardinal - S1E5

#9 - Keith (Season 1 - Episode 5)

Cardinal and Delorme know who killed Woody Baldwin, but now they must find him; Cardinal's daughter visits her mom.

The episode was rated 7.65 from 901 votes.

Cardinal - S4E4

#10 - Neil (Season 4 - Episode 4)

Another abduction hits close to home as Detectives John Cardinal and Lise Delorme are caught in a race against time to save the next victim before it’s too late.

The episode was rated 7.64 from 225 votes.

Cardinal - S1E4
#11 - Woody
Season 1 - Episode 4

A criminal breaks into Eric and Edie's basement and finds Keith; issues between Cardinal and Delorme threaten their partnership; Cardinal takes risks in the investigation.

The episode was rated from 839 votes.
Cardinal - S4E1
#12 - Robert
Season 4 - Episode 1

After a prominent Algonquin Bay politician, Sheila Gagne, reports her prosecutor husband missing, Cardinal and Delorme quickly discover that the man has been abducted. A botched extortion attempt results in the death of their only suspect in the case, but they can’t find a connection between the victims. Whoever has taken Sheila’s husband sends her a video of him begging for his life but doesn’t ask for ransom. Delorme tells Cardinal that she’s taking a job in Toronto, and they both struggle with the idea of parting ways. The prosecutor is found dead, tethered out in a remote clear-cut and left to freeze to death.

The episode was rated from 254 votes.
Cardinal - S2E5
#13 - Northwind
Season 2 - Episode 5

Detective John Cardinal and Detective Lise Delorme connect evidence from a fresh crime scene to the ritualistic murder in the cave as Terri's memories help them make connections between her brother and a likely suspect.

The episode was rated from 502 votes.
Cardinal - S2E2
#14 - Kevin
Season 2 - Episode 2

Detective John Cardinal and Detective Lise Delorme's investigation leads them to a local motorcycle gang as the number of victims continues to rise.

The episode was rated from 537 votes.
Cardinal - S2E1
#15 - Red
Season 2 - Episode 1

Detectives find themselves with a strange case on their hands involving a young woman with a gunshot wound to the head.

The episode was rated from 586 votes.
Cardinal - S3E2
#16 - Roman & Irena
Season 3 - Episode 2

Cardinal and Delorme struggle to identify the victims, unaware that there is a witness to the crime, who is being stalked by the murderer.

The episode was rated from 370 votes.
Cardinal - S1E2
#17 - Delorme
Season 1 - Episode 2

Cardinal and Delorme attend Todd Curry’s autopsy in Toronto. It’s a stressful balancing act for Delorme, trying to help Cardinal catch a murderer while feeling the pressure from her Special Investigations Sergeant Malcolm Musgrave to ramp up her investigation into her partner. The autopsy confirms Cardinal’s hunch about the connection between the murders of Todd Curry and Katie Pine, and the pair return to Algonquin Bay as Dyson tries to make amends with the community for the botched investigation into Katie Pine’s disappearance. Investigating the case together, Delorme tries to gain Cardinal’s trust to help her investigation. She lucks into an opportunity to tail Cardinal and takes it, against Musgrave’s orders. She discovers that he’s laundering money through a nearby casino – but has Cardinal discovered her as well?

The episode was rated from 945 votes.
Cardinal - S2E4
#18 - Toof
Season 2 - Episode 4

John and Lise work with Terri; Delorme gets a major break in the case.

The episode was rated from 500 votes.
Cardinal - S3E5
#19 - Mama
Season 3 - Episode 5

Detectives Cardinal and Delorme discover the identity of the Cottage killer. Cardinal receives a gift that sheds light on Catherine’s death.

The episode was rated from 326 votes.
Cardinal - S1E3
#20 - Edie and Eric
Season 1 - Episode 3

Concerned that Cardinal is onto her, Delorme digs into the reasons behind her secret investigation.

The episode was rated from 882 votes.

Last updated: aug 02, 2022



I am really enjoying this crime/thriller/detective show. The cast are good and have decent chemistry. While the main plot is nothing extraordinary the subplots are what make this interesting to watch. Admittedly after the first episode I was not sure if it was worth continuing but as I have watched more and more, 5 episodes in now I am totally hooked.


This is truly good TV! I've just finished the third season, and can hardly wait for the fourth. This series is based on the CARDINAL book series, by Giles Blunt, who "has received many awards from highly reputed associations for his writings. The first two novels of the John Cardinal series fetched him the British Crime Writers’ Asociation Silver Dagger and the Crime Writers of Canada’s Arthur Ellis Award respectively. He has proudly been compared with the likes of Ian Rankin and Cormac McCarthy and has been nominated for the Dublin IMPAC award two times." (https://www.bookseriesinorder.com/giles-blunt). Beyond really good writing, the series has fine performances by :flag_ca:Billy Campbell and :flag_ca:Karine Vanasse. The screenplays are evenly paced, the characters are credible law officers and solving the crimes is balanced with great character archs. This is a Bell production in partnership with :flag_ca:CTV (which will mean something to Canadians who will be able to catch it On Demand or through CTV's app) but internationally, it means you can expect beautiful :flag_ca:locations. I highly recommend this series and rate it a 9 (superb) out of 10. [Crime Drama] {Just finished the fourth and final season and found it a little slow and the soundtrack was horrid, but, Billy Campbell and Karine Vanasse fill the silence between the very limited dialogue. This season dropped to a 7 (good) for me. Everything else in my original review stands.}


Tremendous television! Very sad to see it depart our screens, but it's never truly a bad thing if a series ends on a high which 'Cardinal' definitely does. S1 is my personal favourite, but S2,3+4 are also excellent. Billy Campbell and Karine Vanasse are outstanding in the lead roles, while the look of the show is pretty breathtaking at times - it's beautifully made. Go watch!


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