and together, we catch killers

Castle is one of those shows that you can pick up right where you left off, or even jump around and ditch watching in chronological order. It has an A+ cast, headlined by Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion, that welcomes newcomers warmly while containing a great dynamic. Even when relationships ensue (and ultimately fall apart), you can count on Castle’s inane theories, Beckett’s levelheadedness (the former and latter will merge and reach a good balance by the end of each episode), and a unique murder in each episode.

I’ve been watching Castle for most of my TV-watching life, but didn’t fully commit until the past year. By now, I’ve seen most episodes 2 or 3 times (especially the older ones), and can pinpoint my favorite guest stars and premises in a heartbeat.  That being said, if you’re new to Castle and want to start at the beginning, these are the best of the old:

The Fifth Bullet

CASTLE - "The Fifth Bullet" - When an art dealer is gunned down in his gallery, Castle & Beckett discover that a bullet is inexplicably missing from the crime scene. The mystery is deepened by an amnesiac who witnessed the crime but can't remember what he saw or even who he is... on "Castle," MONDAY, DECEMBER 7 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET/PT) on ABC. (Photo by Karen Neal/ABC via Getty Images) NATHAN FILLION, SUSAN SULLIVAN

When an art dealer is gunned down in his gallery, Castle & Beckett discover that a bullet is inexplicably missing from the crime scene. The mystery is deepened by an amnesiac who witnessed the crime but can’t remember what he saw or even who he is.

A Deadly Game

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Nothing is as it seems when Castle and Beckett investigate what appears to be the assassination of an intelligence operative. Meanwhile, Beckett’s romance with Demming threatens her relationship with Castle, forcing them to confront their feelings for each other.
The Final Nail
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Castle’s old boarding school friend is accused of killing his wife. It was later found out that he was accused of killing his father several years earlier.
Cops and Robbers
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Castle and Martha are held hostage during a bank robbery and Beckett has to try to get them and the other hostages out.
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In the first episode of a two-part “Castle” event, Castle and Beckett pursue a ruthless killer who, they discover, is part of a sinister, international conspiracy. Castle and Beckett are joined on the case by Sophia Conrad, a smart, sexy CIA operative who has a complicated past with Castle.

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