What might have been slight and formulaic soars, thanks to the charm and chemistry of co-leads Hansen and Wiley, plus fresh gags that poke fun at Hollywood life, police procedurals, and Hansen himself. He's obviously having a great time as he plays himself being just thrilled with his new crime-fighting job, and showing his partner the local ropes. When the two hear that a dead man was associated with a local hotel, Hansen explains that the spot is "real old-school Hollywood glamour -- Kylie Jenner puked there once!" Later, sitting poolside trading information with an informant, Hansen wonders "Should I take my shirt off right now? It kind of feels like McConaughey would."
The police-procedural plot is really, it turns out, just a framework on which to hang jokes. And they're good ones, so that makes Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television lots of fun to watch, particularly for those who know something about show business, or want to. Having solved a crime, Hansen turns self-importantly to the distressed damsel who's just been saved and tells her she's gonna be just fine, courtesy of the Celebrity Vice Squad. "Really? That's a dumb name for a show," she says. "Well, you're a day player on it, so you can thank me for 12 months of SAG health insurance," he sniffs back. Ha ha, funny! And, educational.