I still remember when I first saw the pilot for Bosch, the Amazon Prime original series based on the novels from Michael Connelly. It was back in an era where Amazon released all its pilots and let audiences give feedback, seemingly to decide what it would air. I watched the moody pilot with the wonderful lead performance from Titus Welliver and quickly recommended it to series.
I was pleased when it was picked up, and that first season lived up to my hopes. On June 25, the seventh and final season of Bosch was released on Amazon. It was delayed some by the pandemic and was only eight episodes instead of the usual 10, but it was just as strong and compelling as the first season, bringing the series to a fitting and satisfying conclusion.
When we first met Det. Harry Bosch (Welliver) in the pilot, he was fighting for his job. He was seemingly in hot water from time-to-time throughout the series. Each season tackled a few new cases, based on Connelly novels, and each season carried a bit into the next. Fittingly the final season saw Bosch tackling a case that pushed his notion of justice to the breaking point as he grappled with a system that he no longer believed it.
While the final episode, Por Sonia, is the end of the series, it’s not the end of Bosch’s story. The last few seasons focused on Bosch and his daughter, Maddie (Madison Linz), their relationship and her future. It’s already been announced the series will have a spin-off, focusing on Bosch and his daughter, and the final helped set that in motion. While I’m excited that will continue, I will miss the original series.
Developed by Eric Ellis Overmyer, who worked on The Wire, Homicide: Life on the Street and Boardwalk Empire, among others, the series always had a great look and pace. It was a deep drama that sucked you in and often surprised you when the action boiled over. It was also blessed with a great cast.
Overmyer’s connection to The Wire and the casting of alums Jamie Hector and Lance Reddick is what first drew me to the series. As Chief Irving (Reddick) and Bosch’s partner Jerry Edgar (Hector), both actors were incredible throughout the seven seasons. Also great is Amy Aquino, who played Lt. Grace Billets, Bosch’s commanding officer throughout the seven seasons.
But the heart of the series is Welliver, who delivers and exceptional performance as Bosch. He is a great actor with one of the best voices in the business, and he always sunk into the role and made the character come alive. For the past seven seasons Bosch has been one of my favorite shows on TV, and Welliver’s performance is a big reason why. It’s a crime he hasn’t gotten more recognition for his work.
Amazon’s original series have sometimes been hit-or-miss, and often flown under-the-radar. Bosch is the best of the lot, and well worth seeking out. From beginning to end it’s a satisfying experience that’s one of the best series on television.
All seven seasons of Bosch are available to stream now on Amazon Prime.
Matthew Fox is a graduate of the Radio, Television and Film program at Biola University, and a giant nerd. He spends his free time watching movies, TV, and obsessing about football. He is a member of the FSWA. You can find him @knighthawk7734 on Twitter and as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast.