Numbers - The Logic of Crime

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Television series
German title Numbers - The Logic of Crime
Original title NUMB3RS
Numb3rs logo.svg
Country of production United States
original language English
Year (s) 2005-2010
length 43 minutes
Episodes 118 in 6 seasons ( List )
genre Drama , action series , crime , thriller
idea Nicolas Falacci ,
Cheryl Heuton
music Charlie Clouser
First broadcast January 23, 2005 (USA) on CBS
first broadcast
September 5, 2005 on ProSieben

Numbers - The Logic of Crime (Original title: NUMB3RS ) is an American television series from 2005-2010, which deals with the use of mathematical methods in the fight against crime. It was developed by Nicolas Falacci and Cheryl Heuton . Responsible producers were among others the brothers Tony and Ridley Scott .

The series first aired by CBS on January 23, 2005. On September 25, 2009, the sixth and final season started in the United States . The German synchronized version started on September 5, 2005 on ProSieben . Since January 28, 2008 the series has also been running on the Austrian channel Puls 4 . From May 28, 2009, Sat.1 (where the rights had meanwhile been transferred due to below-average ratings) began broadcasting the fifth season. The remaining episodes of the fifth season and the sixth season could be seen from February 6 to June 3, 2010 on kabel eins .

Numbers was discontinued on May 18, 2010 by CBS.


The story is about FBI employee Don Eppes and his brother Charlie, who teaches math at university and is a genius in his field. Together they try to solve criminal cases with the help of mathematical models . For example, it is about the prediction of further crimes by serial offenders with the help of modern applied mathematics , physics and computer science such as B. numerics , game theory , fluid dynamics , machine learning and data mining based on the evidence and previous actions of the perpetrator.


main characters

Rob Morrow 2010

Don Eppes

Donald Eppes is an FBI special agent who asks his brother, math professor Charlie, to help solve his more complicated cases. Don has had to sacrifice a large part of his private life for his career, which is now almost entirely about his job. Only his family is more important to him than his work at the FBI, especially Charlie, although he will probably never understand the way he sees the world.

Don has his place as head of the FBI office in Albuquerque abandoned and is back to Los Angeles pulled, as with his mother cancer was diagnosed. To this day, he cannot understand why Charlie locked himself in the garage in the three months that her mother was still living to work on a complicated math problem ( P-NP problem ) instead of spending time with her to spend, and therefore criticizes him.

Don went on a date with his current colleague Terry about ten years ago when they both went to FBI academy. He was also on the verge of marrying another agent named Kim Hall, who now works for the Secret Service in Los Angeles. In the first season he is not in a committed relationship. In the second season Don solves the murder of Nicky Davis, a former girlfriend and in the third season he has a brief affair with his colleague Liz. Even if he thinks that he cannot have a sensible relationship, which he blames on his job, he has a certain weakness for beautiful prosecutors. Although Don's dedication to his job takes a long time and doesn't leave much time for hobbies, he insists on playing baseball every now and then . Before joining the FBI, he played minor league baseball and even had a college baseball scholarship . For the third season and since the end of the fourth season, he is dating the federal attorney Robin Brooks. At the end of the sixth season they get engaged.

Charlie Eppes

David Krumholtz

Charles Edward Eppes is Professor of Applied Mathematics at CalSci, a Southern California technical university. As a mathematician, he helps his brother Don and the FBI solve confusing cases. He has also served as a consultant to the National Security Agency for the past five years and has the highest security clearance. So he can also work on cases that are subject to confidentiality.

According to his father Alan, he was able to multiply four-digit numbers in his head at the age of three and needed special teachers at the age of four. A math genius, Charlie went to Princeton University at just 13 years old after graduating from high school the same year as his five-year-old brother Don. However, he has a weak spelling.

Charlie is a math genius , with a talent spanning a wide variety of maths . He advises PhD student Amita, who is writing her doctoral thesis on combinatorics . He also often helps his colleague, the physics professor Larry, with calculations for his work on string theory . But he mainly conducts his research in the field of probability theory . Charlie's phenomenal abilities allow him to describe just about any complex or practical situation with a mathematical model . With these insights he helps the FBI solve crimes, Larry with his physics and even predicts human behavior in gambling or baseball .

Charlie is very careful with other people. When it comes to his work, he is as obsessed as his brother Don, but is rather naive about human behavior. In season four he publishes a book about friendship. He has had a relationship with Amita since the third season, which was only possible after completing her doctoral thesis, the two have been engaged since the beginning of the sixth season and have been married since the end of the sixth season.

Alan Eppes

Alan Eppes is the proud father of Don and Charlie. He is pleased that his sons are working together in the service of the public. Alan is a widower and retired city planner , is concerned by interfering in the careers and personal lives of its sons and profit doing work. Like his son Don, he likes baseball and plays golf on the side . He has tried playing golf with Charlie on numerous occasions as it is one of the few things he can teach his brilliant son about. Although the Eppes family is of Jewish descent, Alan and his two sons are not religious. In the fourth season he decides to take some mechanics courses at CalSci.

David Sinclair

David Sinclair is an aspiring young freshman to the FBI whom Don has taken under his wing. David has been working with Don for about a year after the Assistant Director moved him to Don's department. He was stationed in Tel Aviv for some time , where he acquired a basic knowledge of explosives and bomb defusing . He currently lives in Los Angeles, California. He's been working alongside the FBI in a community center for children and young people since the middle of the second season. Since the middle of the fifth season he has been the team's deputy boss.

Larry Fleinhardt

Lawrence Fleinhardt is a professor at CalSci and one of Charlie's colleagues. He is a brilliant theoretical physicist and cosmologist . His current research area is string theory, but he helps Charlie and his brother Don with their cases on occasion. Still, he would rather see Charlie concentrate more on his academic career so as not to waste his talent. He has taught for over 20 years and was one of Charlie's professors in his day. He is a bit clumsy when dealing with other people and is often lost in thought about the campus . Much like Charlie's father Alan, he tries to remind Charlie that human behavior is unpredictable and that Charlie usually ignores this in his crime-fighting formulas. He doesn't like numerics , one of Charlie's specialties, and spends most of his free time hiking. In the last few years he has often wondered whether he made all the decisions in his life right and whether his physical career was worth the missed (romantic) opportunities. He's been with Megan since the third season. During the third season he travels into space as an astronaut for several months. After his return, however, he had problems coping with life on earth and from then on he stayed in a Buddhist monastery. He returns to his office from the fourth season on, but still doesn't have an apartment of his own, which is why he stays with Charlie from time to time.

Amita Ramanujan

Amita Ramanujan is Charlie's PhD student. She sometimes helps him with his job for the FBI. She is interested in astrophysics , which led her to do a second PhD after completing her PhD in the field of combinatorics . She says the reason for this is because she likes CalSci University, but implies that her relationship with Charlie is also one of the reasons. Amita's parents had arranged their wedding in her native India , but, to Charlie's favor, she refused. Her last name is an obvious homage to the Indian math genius S. Ramanujan . She has been with Charlie since the middle of the third season and has been married to him since the sixth season.

Colby Granger

Colby Granger previously served in the US Army in the crime investigation department and is now with the FBI. He joins the team at the beginning of the second season. He is a trained interrogator. At the end of the third season, Granger is accused of working for the Chinese secret service and thus as a double agent. He is arrested but is able to escape at the beginning of season four. However, it turns out that Colby only pretended to be a double agent to catch a mole in the Justice Department. This effort almost cost him his life.

Liz Warner

Liz Warner worked with Don a long time ago, he was her instructor at Quantico. Don and Liz had an affair for a while. Liz was pregnant in college but lost the child very early. She was transferred to the FBI's Drugs Division in season three and has been on Don's team ever since. In the middle of the fifth season she gets an offer to be the head of the organized crime department in Denver , which she declines, however, because she would rather stay on Don's team.

Nikki Betancourt

Nikki Betancourt joined Don's team at the beginning of season five from the ranks of the LAPD, where she worked as a police officer for four years. She is very impulsive and rash, which is why she and Don often clash. At the end of season five, she has her first date with FBI sniper Ian Edgerton.

Former characters

Megan Reeves

Megan Reeves is a forensic psychologist . She previously worked in the FBI's behavioral science department at Quantico. She trains Krav Maga . At the beginning of season two, she was transferred to Los Angeles to replace Terry on the team. Megan also has a relationship with Larry, which is strained by the time-outs that both of them take from their environment and job. At the end of the fourth season, she leaves the team to finish her doctoral thesis.

Terry Lake

Terry Lake is Don's partner at the FBI. She is a forensic psychologist and mostly profiles the criminals her department is following. She also sometimes helps Don understand his brother Charlie better. She was transferred back to Washington at the end of the first season for family reasons .

Cast and dubbing

The German synchronization emerged after a synchronous book by Dirk Hartung on behalf of the Arena synchronous .

actor role Main role
Supporting role
Voice actor
Rob Morrow Don Eppes 1.01-6.16 Dietmar miracle
David Krumholtz Prof. Dr. Charlie Eppes 1.01-6.16 Timmo Niesner
Judd Hirsch Alan Eppes 1.01-6.16 Roland Hemmo
Alimi Ballard David Sinclair 1.01-6.16 Tobias Kluckert
Peter MacNicol Dr. Larry Fleinhardt 1.01-6.16 Tobias Master
Sabrina Lloyd Terry Lake 1.01–1.12 Andrea Aust
Navi Rawat Dr. Amita Ramanujan 2.01-6.16 1.01-1.13 Tanja Geke
Diane Farr Megan Reeves 2.01-4.18 Katrin Zimmermann
Dylan Bruno Colby Granger 3.01-6.16 2.01-2.24 Michael Deffert
Aya Sumika Liz Warner 5.04-6.16 3.06-4.17 Claudia Urbschat-Mingues
Sophina Brown Nikki Betancourt 5.05-6.16 5.01-5.03 Victoria Storm

Episode list

In the first two seasons the intro was significantly longer than in the following. In addition, an off-text was placed over the intro of the second season, which was spoken by the character Charlie Eppes in both English and German.

English text:

We all use math every day; to predict weather, to tell time, to handle money. Math is more than formulas or equations; it's logic, it's rationality, it's using your mind to solve the biggest mysteries we know.

German text:

We use math every day. To predict the weather, measure time, conduct financial transactions. Mathematics is more than just formulas and equations. It is reason. With it, our minds can solve the greatest puzzles we know.

The short intro varies slightly in some episodes. Depending on the previously shown scene, the volume is sometimes reduced and the color tone changed. In the background there are sometimes certain shapes that match the scene shown earlier. This is to prevent the mood created by the previous scene from being lost too quickly and what has been seen cannot have an effect. The volume of the outro is also adjusted in some episodes depending on the desired effect of the previous scene.


On 2 November 2006 published Paramount Pictures Germany, the Complete First Season on four DVDs. Extras from the US release (such as audio commentary and featurettes) cannot be found. The second season was released on June 7, 2007 on a total of six DVDs. As with the first season, there are no extras from the US release. Both seasons received an FSK16. The audio tracks are German and English (5.1) whereas the second season can only show German (2.0). In addition, the German voiceover "We apply mathematics every day ..." was completely removed from the first season, with the exception of the first episode. On October 6, 2008, the third season was released on six DVDs. Almost seven years later, on July 2, 2015, the fourth season was released on DVD, followed by the fifth on October 1, 2015 and the last on December 10, 2015.


  • The series was originally intended to take place at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology , but was then moved to the fictional California Institute of Science (CalSci). The California Institute of Technology (CalTech) in Pasadena is the location for the exterior shots at CalSci .
  • At the end of the episode Dangerous Chat , after Larry Fleinhardt said goodbye to the FBI team, the American astronaut Buzz Aldrin can be seen in a cameo . He picks up Fleinhardt from FBI headquarters shortly before his upcoming flight into space.
  • Wolfram Research , which operates the Wolfram Alpha platform and is developing Mathematica, one of the most popular mathematical and scientific program packages in the world , serves as a consultant for all questions in the field of mathematics, which are one of the main attractions of the program .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Bill Gorman: "Numb3rs - The Logic of Crime" discontinued . TV By the Numbers. May 18, 2010. Retrieved May 18, 2010.
  2. ^ Internet Movie Database: Trivia for Numb3rs. (English)
  3. ^ Wolfram Research - The Math Team Behind NUMB3RS . Wolfram Research, Inc. Retrieved May 16, 2009.