438 votes


CTV 2017

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 Worst Episodes of Cardinal

Cardinal - S3E3

#1 - Jack


Season 3 - Episode 3

Sharlene and her family keep Lloyd captive. John and Lise find an unexpected ally. John confronts a possible connection to Catherine's suicide.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Cardinal from 347 votes.

Cardinal - S3E4

#2 - Lemur


Season 3 - Episode 4

Cardinal and Delorme use new evidence to break the case. Cardinal makes an arrest.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Cardinal from 316 votes.

Cardinal - S1E1

#3 - Cardinal


Season 1 - Episode 1

A frozen corpse has just been discovered at the bottom of a cabin. This is the body of Katie Pine, a teenager who has been missing for several months. Because he had been instructed to investigate the disappearance of this girl, it is John Cardinal, who will conduct the investigations. Against the will of the inspector who prefers to work alone, Lisa Delorme, a detective specialized in financial crimes but a novice in homicide, is appointed to assist him. Cardinal investigates several unresolved cases of missing children, and quickly becomes convinced that murder of Katie Pine was perpetrated by a serial killer...

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Cardinal from 1108 votes.

Cardinal - S2E3

#4 - Terri


Season 2 - Episode 3

John and Lise uncover Red's identity; a shooter looks to finish the job.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Cardinal from 544 votes.

Cardinal - S1E3

#5 - 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 #5 Worst episode of Cardinal from 882 votes.

Cardinal - S3E5
#6 - 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 #1 Worst episode of Cardinal from 326 votes.

Cardinal - S2E4
#7 - Toof
Season 2 - Episode 4

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

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Cardinal from 500 votes.

Cardinal - S1E2
#8 - 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 #3 Worst episode of Cardinal from 945 votes.

Cardinal - S3E2
#9 - 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 #4 Worst episode of Cardinal from 370 votes.

Cardinal - S2E1
#10 - 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 #5 Worst episode of Cardinal from 586 votes.

Last updated: may 04, 2021



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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