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''Raines'' is a police drama in which Creator/JeffGoldblum plays the title character. Michael Raines is a homicide detective who had ambitions to become a mystery writer. He solves murders by hallucinating reconstructions of the victims, building on the evidence at hand.

This very promising show was cancelled in the middle of its first season, presumably as a result of the 2007 [[TVStrikes writers' strike]].

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!! Contains examples of the following tropes:

* AliceAllusion: One episode has a victim named Alice. The connection to Wonderland shapes some of Raines' hallucinations of her.
* AllPsychologyIsFreudian: Averted. Raines brings up Freud at his first therapy session, but Kohl says that she's a Jungian.
* AssholeVictim: A very real concern for the title character; as he hallucinates the victims, cases tend to be more strenuous for him if he doesn't like the person who died. [[spoiler: Gets ''horrible'' when one of the victims is '' a guy who rapes little girls''.]]
* BlackBestFriend: Charlie, [[spoiler: or Raines's hallucination of him. It's clear that Charlie was much more 'grounded' than Raines, so his 'sassiness' might just be Michael's own snark feeding through the hallucination.]]
* BunnyEarsLawyer
* ComingOutStory: the victim of the week in [[spoiler: "The Fifth Step" was presented as having one of these, but then it turns out to have been a lie to cover up her other activities which embarassed her judge husband more.]]
* ConstantlyCurious: Lampshaded in the episode "Inner Child". Raines asks Emily "Why are you so annoying?" after she keeps bombarding him with intrusive questions, to which she answers "Maybe it's easier if I'm annoying... You know, that I'm dead for no good reason. That I was murdered..."
* CrazyHomelessPeople: In "Reconstructing Alice" Raines spends a great deal of time thinking about whether Alice was crazy and lazy and greedy, or driven mad by a tragic past, or something else.
* {{Crossover}}: In the pilot, there featured an appearance by Det. Bobby "Fearless" Smith (Mikelty Williamson), from the lamentably cancelled ''{{Series/Boomtown}},'' also produced by Graham Yost.
* DeadPersonConversation: Different dead person every episode [[spoiler: except for Charlie, who is only revealed to be dead at the end of the first episode]]. Of course, Raines knows that they're not really there, but he sees and hears them, and it's awfully hard not to fall into conversations.
* DefectiveDetective: Detective Michael Raines would be haunted by the VictimOfTheWeek until he solved their murder... except in his case, the people only he can see and talk to aren't ghosts; they're hallucinations.
* FacialCompositeFailure: in the episode "Meet Juan Doe" the reconstruction of a damaged photograph, by an untalented composite artist, is a dead ringer for Eric Estrada.
* FirstEpisodeSpoiler: At a couple of points, Raines has a conversation with his former partner who left the force after being injured in a shootout. At the end of the episode, we learn [[spoiler:that the partner actually died in the shootout and is now another figment of Raines's imagination.]]
* FirstPersonSmartass: Raines, played fairly subtly.
* FridayNightDeathSlot: Where it ended up after only two episodes.
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: lampshaded in the Pilot where the hallucination of the victim keeps asking Raines why he keeps seeing her smoking when there is no sign of cigarettes in her apartment. Other victims occasionally manifest cigarettes when he learns something about them which makes them seem less pure and innocent than he originally thought them to be.
* HelpfulHallucination: The premise of the series. Raines has hallucinations of the victims of the crime he was investigating, who followed him around until he solved the case. The hallucinations would actually change slightly in appearance and manner as he learned more about the victim. He was completely aware of them not being real--in fact, the hallucinations would sometimes comment on it.
-->'''Raines:''' What do you want?
-->'''Sandy Boudreau:''' It's your imagination, Detective; I'm just a figment.
-->'''Raines:''' What do you want?
-->'''Sandy Boudreau:''' I want you to find out who killed me.
-->'''Raines:''' Then you'll go, back to whatever dark, twisted, malfunctioning part of my brain that you come from?
-->'''Sandy Boudreau:''' Yeah.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Messed with in the first episode, where the victim turns out to be a prostitute. Raines' hallucination of her even uses the phrase "whore with a heart of gold", and mocks him for his insistence on seeing her as sympathetic. [[spoiler: She ultimately ''is'' sympathetic, though]].
* {{Inherently Funny Word|s}}: In-universe example. Raines considers "Titicaca" this, which is probably the reason he remembers that one sentence of Spanish he speaks - something about the Lake Titicaca.
* TheMadHatter: The title character is well aware that the dead people he speaks to are just figments of his imagination. He deals with it with a reasonable degree of equanimity, considering.
* TheShrink: Dr. Samantha Kohl. Anyone capable of making ''any'' progress with someone like Raines has to qualify as an awesome shrink.
* StartToCorpse: generally less than a minute, often matches up with OpeningMonologue.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: subverted. In "Meet Juan Doe" Raines is told that he has to have ten sessions with a therapist or will be suspended. He complains that "everytime a cop pulls his gun or trips on his shoelace he's got to go see a shrink. It's a waste of time..."
* VictimOfTheWeek
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