Thumbs Up for Castle

Thumbs up for the television dramedy Castle. The show is about a famous crime novelist who, while suffering from writer’s block after killing off the main character in his hugely successful novels, is approached by Detective Kate Beckett of the NYPD. She asks for his help in catching the copycat killer staging murders based on scenes from his novels. Naturally, once that case is solved, writer Castle (Nathan Fillion) decides that Detective Beckett (Stana Katic) would be the perfect model for the lead character in his new series of novels and receives permission from the NYPD to shadow Kate on the job.

In the 2nd episode of the season, The Double Down, Castle points out that the message left on a murdered woman incorrectly uses your instead of you’re. As a wordsmith, he finds the common error irritating.I’m just saying, whoever killed her also murdered the English language.”

Later in the show, when Beckett uses the term “against who,” Castle mutters “whom.”

It’s lovely to have a grammarian on television: Monday nights at 10:00 p.m.

Nathan Fillion plays witty and likable Rick Castle.

Nathan Fillion plays witty and likable Rick Castle.



Filed under Grammar, Miscellaneous

5 responses to “Thumbs Up for Castle

  1. I don’t always catch Castle, but I happened to see that episode and thought of you : )

  2. Chelsea

    I love Castle as well. Luckily Castle was one of the few shows to actually gain viewers last night so hopefully others will continue to tune in!

  3. Edwin

    The Castle character is certainly no grammarian.

    Every other episode contains a mistake in Castle’s speech that a writer would not make.
    I can only think of a couple things off the top of my head – pronouncing the word hypochondriac as hypochondriac(t) and saying “Us Castles are a . . . . bunch….” Us are? Really?
    Isn’t that an example of the hypercorrection that plagues we Americans? (yes, a bit of sarcasm on my part)

    • The episode mentioned in the post above really got my hopes up – too bad the effort to have Castle continually conscious of grammar didn’t continue.
      It’s interesting that you note there are mistakes in the character Castle’s speech that a writer would not make, yet it was a writer who gave the actor the dialogue. I don’t understand how people hired as professional writers (of episodic television) get away with continually using poor grammar.

      • Edwin

        Since I am not able to watch the show when it airs, I record it and watch as time permits. I started noticing glaring errors in his speech every other episode. I’d double and triple check just to make sure I was hearing correctly. Now when I view Castle, I am constantly on the lookout for these blunders…. HA!

        Poor grammar on TV is nothing new, but I find it interesting that many of the worst culprits are advertisements. To echo your point, one would think that ad writers would know better.


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