Police and crime dramas can often be pretty standard and run of the mill which is why, when a good one comes along, we sit up and pay a bit more attention. It's also why Bosch on Amazon has been so successful.
Based on the novels by Michael Connelly, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch works in the Hollywood Division, working the Homicide desk.
Alongside partner Det. Jerry Edgar (Jamie Hector) the two must solve murders and put the bad guys away. But rather than simply churn out crime after crime, the shows also has a seasonal arc where a much larger crime or plot line gets resolved over ten episodes.
Played by Titus Welliver, Harry Bosch is a great detective but one that frequently comes under scrutiny.
With a tendency to rub people the wrong way, we meet Bosch in the first season after he has shot a suspect. Cleared by his department, he is now in court in a civil case brought by the suspect's widow.
Civil rights attorney, Honey Chandler (Mimi Rogers) maintains that he shot an unarmed innocent man, he maintains that he was a serial killer who went for a weapon and was shot in self defence.
At the same time, Bosch finds himself trying to identify a set of bones which leads to a victim and the hunt for a murderer.
The two become intertwined when details of Bosch's personal life come out in court, prompting Raynard Waits (Jason Gedrick), a serial killer in prison, to confess to the murder in the bones case.
But nothing is that straight forward and soon Harry Bosch is trying to untangle a very complicated murder.
Bosch Season 2
On the back of solving the case in season one and the fallout from his actions, Harry Bosch is on leave.
Attempting to reconnect properly with his teenage daughter Maddie Bosch (Madison Lintz) and making amends with his ex-wife Eleanor Wish (Sarah Clarke), Bosch heads back to the Hollywood Division.
Tasked with solving the murder of a Hollywood producer who appears to have mob connections, his investigation sends him to Las Vegas, where his daughter and ex-wife live.
But not only does his job put the lives of his family at risk, but he also uncovers new evidence regarding the death of his mother.
How Many Seasons Of Bosch TV Series?
In total there are seven seasons of Bosch, all available on Amazon Prime Video.
I haven't detailed the plot lines for the remaining seasons because it would give away what happens and we don't like to do spoilers!
Suffice to say that a number of threads run through most of the seasons including Harry Bosch trying to solve his own mother's murder, Internal Affairs constantly interfering and Bosch's career almost permanently on the line.
The seventh and final season once again sees Detective Harry Bosch risks everything to bring a killer to justice.
Detective Jerry Edgar falls apart as he grapples with the consequences of shooting Jacques Avril and a high-profile case draws Bosch in and puts his family in the crosshairs of dangerous criminals (again).
But how does it all end for Detective Harry Bosch? You have to watch to find out!
Is Bosch Worth Watching?
There is a lot to like about Bosch. The storylines unfold at a good pace and are not rushed to conveniently fit into a 42 minute time slot like a lot of police procedural shows.
Titus Welliver plays Bosch really well, always giving off a tortured misunderstood vibe, much like the titular character in the books.
Casting is great, the production is high value and the crimes and cases are well thought out.
My main issue with it, and a lot of police dramas suffer the same from the same thing, is that no matter how good Bosch is as a detective, there's always somebody out to get him – and mostly from within the Los Angeles police force.
In the first season, it's a very needy rookie patrol officer that nearly brings him down. In the second season, it's a ring of dirty cops. By the third season a veteran Detective is trying to end his career, and then IA investigators are ordered to follow Harry Bosch in the fourth season.
An ex-girlfriend tries to destroy the Bosch legacy in season five, with a federal investigation into Bosch dominating season six. By the final season Harry has basically been targeted by almost every single department and person in the LAPD.
The problem is that while it adds to the various storylines, it becomes tiresome always watching the lead character defend himself.
Other than that, it's a solid police crime drama with more depth than a lot of comparable shows.
When Does Bosch Legacy Come Out?
If you still can't get enough of Harry Bosch after watching him for 67 episodes (only 7 episodes in the final season) then you'll be thrilled to know that there is a spinoff show.
Titus Welliver is back as Harry alongside Madison Lintz as Bosch's daughter and Mimi Rogers as Honey Chandler.
In the new series, Bosch has retired from the LAPD, and works as a private investigator for Chandler, while Maddie will join the LAPD.
The series is produced by Welliver, Erik Overmyer, Henrik Bastin, Pieter Jan Brugge and writer Michael Connelly, all of whom produced Bosch.
Bosch: Legacy will premiere on May 6, 2022.
Does The Bosch TV Series Follow The Books?
Harry Bosch is a fictional character created by American author Michael Connelly.
He debuted as the title character in the 1992 novel The Black Echo, the first in a best-selling police procedural series now numbering 21 novels.
Michael Connelly is the author of 31 novels, with over 74 million copies of his books sold worldwide and translated into 40 languages.
Connelly also created Mickey Haller who is The Lincoln Lawyer and Bosch's half-brother.
The Amazon prime video tv series does follow the books but not in order. Plus each season covers multiple books and their storylines.
Season 1: Based on The Concrete Blonde (Book 3), City of Bones (Book 8), and Echo Park (Book 12)
Season 2: Based on The Last Coyote (Book 4) and Trunk Music (Book 5)
Season 3: Based on The Black Echo (Book 1), A Darkness More Than Night (Book 7) and The Drop (Book 15)
Season 4: Based on Angels Flight (Book 6) and Nine Dragons (Book 14)
Season 5: Based on Two Kinds of Truth (Book 20)
Season 6: Based on The Overlook (Book 13), and Dark Sacred Night (Book 21)
Season 7: Based on The Burning Room (Book 17)
If you're going to make seven seasons of a show then you can only imagine how many cast members are required to fill all the various roles.
That said, there are plenty of main cast members who appear in most of the episodes…
Titus Welliver as LAPD Detective Harry Bosch, who works in the Hollywood homicide division.
Jamie Hector as Det. Jerry Edgar, Bosch's partner
Amy Aquino as Lieutenant Grace Billets, Bosch's immediate superior and friend
Lance Reddick as Chief of Police Irvin Irving
Mimi Rogers as Honey Chandler, a civil rights attorney
Sarah Clarke as Eleanor Wish, Harry's ex-wife
Madison Lintz as Maddie, Bosch's's daughter
Steven Culp as Rick O'Shea, the district attorney of Los Angeles County
Gregory Scott Cummins as Detective Moore (Crate), Barrel's longtime friend and partner
Troy Evans as Detective Johnson (Barrel), a senior homicide detective
Paul Calderón as Detective Jimmy Robertson, a seasoned detective
Eric Ladin as Scott Anderson, a reporter for the Los Angeles Times
Annie Wersching as Police Officer Julia Brasher, a rookie cop assigned to the Hollywood Division