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The Glades is a cop drama which stars McLeod's Daughters star Matt Passmore as abrasive Cowboy Cop Jim Longworth, who has been relocated to Miami from Chicago and shot in the butt by his boss, who thought he was sleeping with his wife. Jim applies his keen insight and massive ego to the crimes that are committed - guess where - in The Glades.
Tropes used in The Glades include:

  • Always Murder: Well, he is a homicide cop, after all...
    • Except that time it was a suicide with an attempted murder.
    • Another time it is actually an accidental shooting but since the gun used was sold illegally a second death follows that is a murder.
  • Acquitted Too Late: Terry in 'Breaking 80'.
  • Black Boss Lady: Colleen Manus
  • California Doubling: The show is set on the east coast of Florida, but the pilot and the first few episodes were shot on the west coast in Tampa. This isn't really noticable until the end of the pilot... when the sun sets over the beach, which only happens in western Florida.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Jim started constantly flirting with Callie from the moment they met, even after he found out she was married...but doesn't pressure her into dumping her imprisoned scumbag husband. When he captures a sex offender who had been stalking her and was about to break in and assault her, he goes so far as not tell her so she wouldn't feel obligated to him.
  • Cliff Hanger: Jim and Callie have given in to their passion... and right after that Ray, Callie's husband, calls to say he's being released and he's coing home. End season.
  • Cowboy Cop: Jim is both a deconstruction and a straight version.
  • The Danza: Carlos Gomez as Carlos Sanchez. Kiele Sanchez as Callie Cargill also comes close to being one.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Jim and Carlos.
  • Dress Code: Apparently the FDLE has one, but Jim doesn't much care, and his boss doesn't bother.
  • Fair Cop: Jim.
  • Fair Play Whodunnit
  • Fake American: Matt Passmore is Australian.
  • First Episode Spoiler: The reason Jim has no partner is he unknowingly drove the last one to uxoricide.
  • Genre Savvy: The divorce attorney's wife (a former crime reporter) who knows she'll eventually be considered as a suspect, because she's not more broken up by the death of her husband.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: One of Jim's hobbys.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Garrett Dillahunt, Rachel Carpani just to name a few.
  • Hot Mom: Callie.
  • Jerkass: Jim most of the time. He's a very perky, cheerful jerk, though.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Jim, with emphasis on 'jerk'.
  • Never Suicide: Subverted.
  • No Hotels Were Harmed: The "Blues Rock Hotel" is a semi-disguised version of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, including the isolated location and the Seminole ownership.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: While Passmore is really good at faking an American accent, every once in a while his native Australian pokes through, just a little bit.
  • Police Procedural
  • Product Placement: Callie is giving Jim a ride in her SUV and he comments how roomy it is. She tells him that it is perfect for driving her son and his friends to soccer practice. The next shot is a blatant view of the car manufacturer's logo on the front of the car.
    • In an episode, Colleen becomes a hostage and her captor forces her to drive her SUV and starts praising the car as if he was going to buy it. Can't get any more blatant than that.
  • Really Gets Around: Jim's former boss' wife, according to him.
  • Recycled in Space: Jim is basically House AS A DETECTIVE! And he manages to Out-House House! (Except for the lack of misanthropy.)
    • Comparisons have also been drawn to Dexter (largely due to Hall and Passmore's similar looks) and Burn Notice. It doesn't help that all of them take place in Florida
  • Shot in the Ass: Jim by his former boss.
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