703 votes


ABC 2019

Dex Parios is a strong, assertive, and unapologetically sharp-witted Army veteran working as a P.I. in Portland, Oregon. With a complicated personal history and only herself to rely on, she solves other people’s messes with a blind eye toward her own.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Stumptown

Stumptown - S1E18

#1 - All Hands on Dex (Season 1 - Episode 18)

To get justice, Dex takes matters into her own hands after finding herself at the forefront of a murder investigation where she's the prime suspect. Meanwhile, Hoffman struggles to remain impartial in the investigation and could lose everything if he continues to help Dex. Elsewhere, Grey attempts to work on his budding relationship with his estranged father while a familiar face from the past makes a surprise visit.

The episode was rated 7.82 from 514 votes.

Stumptown - S1E16

#2 - All Quiet on the Dextern Front (Season 1 - Episode 16)

Dex takes on a case helping a mother who has lost custody of her children, which triggers parallels to her time in Afghanistan; Dex spirals and must face the reasons behind Benny's death; Grey and Tookie coach Ansel on how to ask a girl out.

The episode was rated 7.75 from 514 votes.

Stumptown - S1E17

#3 - The Dex Files (Season 1 - Episode 17)

Dex's former client Jeremy introduces her to Major Elders who has intel on Benny's death. Dex, suspicious of the information and looking for answers, investigates a potential cover up involving Benny's unit in Afghanistan. Elsewhere, Hoffman and his partner, Lee, work closely on a sting operation which shockingly involves a familiar face. Meanwhile, Grey's newfound relationship with his father is tested.

The episode was rated 7.73 from 495 votes.

Stumptown - S1E15

#4 - At All Costs: The Conrad Costas Chronicles (Season 1 - Episode 15)

Dex and Grey venture to Los Angeles to help a client who believes her Hollywood script has been plagiarized by a former classmate. Reluctantly, Grey leaves Ansel and Tookie in charge of The Bad Alibi, and against his wishes, Tookie hosts a birthday party at the bar. Panic sets in when they discover a valuable is missing.

The episode was rated 7.70 from 552 votes.

Stumptown - S1E11

#5 - The Past and the Furious (Season 1 - Episode 11)

With Sue Lynn's help, Dex works to find a fellow veteran's birth parents after he discovers that he's adopted. Meanwhile, Ansel creates a birthday bucket list for turning twenty-one and enlists Grey's help to complete each item. Elsewhere, Grey continues to work with Hoffman and goes undercover to infiltrate a car ring operation.

The episode was rated 7.69 from 575 votes.

Stumptown - S1E4

#6 - Family Ties (Season 1 - Episode 4)

Dex faces off against Artie Banks to take down wealthy real estate mogul Randall Tapper. Meanwhile, Detective Cosgrove leads an investigation to find Wallace Kane, a prisoner on the loose.

The episode was rated 7.69 from 791 votes.

Stumptown - S1E5

#7 - Bad Alibis (Season 1 - Episode 5)

Despite being ordered by Lieutenant Cosgrove to take time off, Hoffman enlists Dex's help to investigate a case. Meanwhile, Tookie's culinary skills come in handy at Bad Alibi, and Dex stresses over an interview to become a certified PI.

The episode was rated 7.67 from 749 votes.

Stumptown - S1E9

#8 - Dex Education (Season 1 - Episode 9)

Dex goes undercover as a high school substitute teacher after an old classmate of hers enlists her help to find out who planted drugs on her daughter. Meanwhile, Dex and Liz’s relationship gets too close for comfort.

The episode was rated 7.67 from 608 votes.

Stumptown - S1E8

#9 - The Other Woman (Season 1 - Episode 8)

Dex is confronted with unresolved feelings from her past when she is hired by Sue Lynn to investigate a case with the widow of Dex’s former flame. Meanwhile, Dex and Grey’s friendship is put to the test by his new romance with Liz.

The episode was rated 7.66 from 641 votes.

Stumptown - S1E12

#10 - Dirty Dexy Money (Season 1 - Episode 12)

Dex becomes fast friends with a new client, the owner of a male strip club who has been mysteriously losing money. Grey continues to help Hoffman and his new partner on the carjacking case.

The episode was rated 7.66 from 569 votes.

Stumptown - S1E3
#11 - Rip City Dicks
Season 1 - Episode 3

In hopes of becoming a certified private investigator, Dex seeks mentorship from veteran PI Artie Banks. Meanwhile, Hoffman grows suspicious of Grey after evidence proves that he has a connection to a victim in his case.

The episode was rated from 830 votes.
Stumptown - S1E13
#12 - The Dex Factor
Season 1 - Episode 13

Dex goes under cover as a potential buyer to help Hoffman and Grey with the next phase of their drug case. Dex gets close to a fellow veteran support group member. Ansel struggles to maintain order at Bad Alibi and enlists Tookie's help.

The episode was rated from 556 votes.
Stumptown - S1E14
#13 - Til Dex Do Us Part
Season 1 - Episode 14

Dex is hired to investigate a bride's fiancé after suspicions arise regarding the motives behind the hurried nuptials. Dex asks Hoffman for help with the case and discovers there's more to this couple than meets the eye. Meanwhile, Hoffman goes head-to-head with his father when he learns that he will be representing a suspect in Hoffman's case. Back at The Bad Alibi, Tookie and Ansel propose a new business idea to a reluctant Grey.

The episode was rated from 537 votes.
Stumptown - S1E6
#14 - Dex, Drugs and Rock & Roll
Season 1 - Episode 6

When Dex’s ex Fiona, a famous musician, comes into town for a performance, Dex must protect her from a stalker. Meanwhile, Grey continues to receive the cold shoulder from Dex, and Tookie and Lieutenant Cosgrove develop a new friendship.

The episode was rated from 694 votes.
Stumptown - S1E10
#15 - Reality Checks Don't Bounce
Season 1 - Episode 10

Dex is hired by a famous TV judge to help find his prodigal brother but soon finds that she is not the only one looking for him. Elsewhere, after a carjacking under his watch, Hoffman enlists Grey’s help in tracking down the carjackers. Back at home, Dex isn’t prepared for Ansel’s unexpected news.

The episode was rated from 588 votes.
Stumptown - S1E2
#16 - Missed Connections
Season 1 - Episode 2

Dex is hired by a wealthy man to search for a woman whom he recently met, but she quickly learns that the task is not as simple as it seems. Meanwhile, Dex and Grey’s history unfolds.

The episode was rated from 930 votes.
Stumptown - S1E1
#17 - Forget It Dex, It's Stumptown.
Season 1 - Episode 1

Dex Parios - a strong, assertive and sharp-witted army veteran with a complicated love life, gambling debt and a brother to take care of - works as a PI in Portland, Oregon. With only herself to rely on, she solves other people's messes with a blind eye toward her own, finding herself at odds with the police and in the firing line of criminals.

The episode was rated from 1148 votes.
Stumptown - S1E7
#18 - November Surprise
Season 1 - Episode 7

Dex goes undercover after she is hired by a local politician to dig up dirt on his political opponent. Meanwhile, Grey and Liz’s romance continues, and Dex celebrates Friendsgiving with the group.

The episode was rated from 638 votes.

Last updated: oct 04, 2022



(Initial impression) This was the new show I was most interested in. Fortunately, the pilot was so much better than the promos. Codie Smulders is the draw and she fills out the role. The writing is full of wit and thrills. (The mixed tape was a nice touch.) The supporting cast was a pleasant surprise. I'm going to enjoy this. I give this a 7.5 (good start) out of 10. [PI Drama]


It was appealing, at first, mostly due to being a new show, but as episodes went by, the characters and everything else grown accustomed to, that initial level of engagement that was once had, had faded. It wasn't maintained. And eventually, I wasn't that into it with each episode. It was just another show alongside other shows that were airing at the same time that I watched each week, and that became the reason why I was watching it. That investment into something new was gone now that it wasn't new. I couldn't get invested anymore. But I kept watching, all the way. Unfortunately, it never came back. Maybe the number of episodes had something to do with it, making watching each episode after they air as an inevitable way to lose interest. It could've possibly been better to wait until it was over, then binge-watched all of it, I don't know. It's too late for that, now. If you love it, which I'm sure some of you do, good for you. Me, I'm indifferent about it, if anything. But there is a part of me that has me inwardly, almost subconsciously glad that the show is over, whether for good or for the first season, who knows.


Very strong start! Good plot, interesting characters, good dialog and direction. Let's see if it tanks by the third episode (like every other new show I've seen lately).


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