Netflix’s Dead Boy Detectives: Trailer, Release Date, Cast, and Everything You Need to Know

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Looking for a show to satisfy all your paranormal cravings? Look no further than Dead Boy Detectives, Netflix’s newest series.

Based on the fictional detective duo of the same name created by Neil Gaiman and Matt Wagner for DC Comics, the Dead Boy Detectives are making their way to a screen near you very soon thanks to showrunners Steve Yockey, known for Supernatural, and Beth Schwartz, known for Arrow. Judging by its showrunners alone, we can already predict Dead Boy Detectives is the perfect fantasy-meets-horror-meets-mystery show of 2024, but for the skeptics out there, just know the show will also be part of The Sandman Universe for Netflix, so if you liked the 18+ series from 2022, buckle up.

Ahead of its premiere, find out everything you need to know about Netflix’s Dead Boy Detectives — including updates on its cast, release date, trailer, and more — below. Keep reading to learn more, or jump to your preferred section using the arrows below.

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What is Netflix's Dead Boy Detectives about?

(L to R) George Rexstrew as Edwin Payne, Kassius Nelson as Crystal Palace, Yuyu Kitamura as Niko Sasaki, and Jayden Revri as Charles Rowland in episode four of *Dead Boy Detectives*.

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(L to R) George Rexstrew as Edwin Payne, Kassius Nelson as Crystal Palace, Yuyu Kitamura as Niko Sasaki, and Jayden Revri as Charles Rowland in episode four of *Dead Boy Detectives*.
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Dead Boy Detectives follows the story of Edwin Payne and Charles Rowland, two dead teenagers born decades apart who, as ghosts, set up an agency — the Dead Boy Detectives agency… duh — to solve mysteries. According to Netflix’s synopsis for the show, Edwin and Charles “will do anything to stick together — including escaping evil witches, Hell, and Death herself.”

The two dead besties are not alone, though. They are joined by a clairvoyant named Crystal and her best friend Niko, who will help them solve some of the mortal realm’s most mystifying paranormal cases for their supernatural clientele.

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Is there a trailer for Netflix's Dead Boy Detectives?

Yes! Netflix unveiled the official trailer for Dead Boy Detectives on April 3, 2024. In the trailer, we get to see the duo in action, calling in their dead clientele to solve their mysteries. We also get a glimpse at Edwin and Charles's first encounter with Crystal inside the London Underground. “We help ghosts whose cases would go unsolved,” the duo proclaims. “The cases no one else can.”

You can watch the full trailer for Netflix's Dead Boy Detectives below:

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Who is in Netflix's Dead Boy Detectives cast?

(L to R) George Rexstrew as Edwin Payne and Jayden Revri as Charles Rowland in episode one of *Dead Boy Detectives*.

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(L to R) George Rexstrew as Edwin Payne and Jayden Revri as Charles Rowland in episode one of *Dead Boy Detectives*.
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Leading dead detectives besties Edwin and Charles are played by two English actors: newcomer George Rexstrew and Jayden Revri, whom you might recognize from Fate: The Winx Saga.

Both characters were first introduced in 2022’s The Sandman. Netflix describes Edwin as “a student at St. Hilarion’s boarding school for boys in 1916 when a group of bullies offered up his soul to hell. He was dragged away by a demon and spent more than 70 years being tormented before escaping and meeting Charles Rowland. Edwin is very studious, maintaining an extensive library of occult tomes he uses for research and to cast spells that allow him to gather information and fight dangerous enemies.”

Meanwhile, Charles “died in 1990 after being attacked by bullies at St. Hilarion’s. Charles became friends with Edwin Payne’s ghost, choosing to stay with him rather than following Death to the afterlife. Very friendly and enthusiastic, Charles prefers to confront problems head-on, armed with a magical cricket bat that he carries in a bag of tricks capable of holding almost anything.”

(L to R) Jayden Revri as Charles Rowland and George Rexstrew as Edwin Payne in episode eight of *Dead Boy Detectives*.

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(L to R) Jayden Revri as Charles Rowland and George Rexstrew as Edwin Payne in episode eight of *Dead Boy Detectives*.
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Edwin and Charles’s clairvoyant friend Crystal Palace is brought to life by English actress Kassius Nelson, who’s also appeared on A Series of Unfortunate Events and White Lines. Crystal is described as “a psychic medium who Edwin and Charles save from demonic possession. Left missing many of her memories, she decides to join the Dead Boy Detective Agency and use her powers to save lives while trying to figure out who she really is.”

(L to R) George Rexstrew as Edwin Payne, Kassius Nelson as Crystal Palace, and Jayden Revri as Charles Rowland in episode one of *Dead Boy Detectives*.

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(L to R) George Rexstrew as Edwin Payne, Kassius Nelson as Crystal Palace, and Jayden Revri as Charles Rowland in episode one of *Dead Boy Detectives*.
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Crystal’s BFF, Niko Sasaki, is played by Japanese newcomer Yuyu Kitamura. “Niko Sasaki left Japan to go to high school in Port Townsend, Washington, after her father died, but she dropped out while afflicted by supernatural parasites. Her brush with death allows her to see ghosts, and she helps the Dead Boy Detectives using investigation skills she learned from watching Scooby-Doo and reading lots of manga,” the character’s description reads.

(L to R) Yuyu Kitamura as Niko Sasaki and Kassius Nelson as Crystal Palace in episode four of *Dead Boy Detectives*.

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(L to R) Yuyu Kitamura as Niko Sasaki and Kassius Nelson as Crystal Palace in episode four of *Dead Boy Detectives*.
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Additional casting includes Jenn Lyon, Briana Cuoco, Ruth Connell, Lukas Gage, and David Iacono.

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Are there any first-look photos for Netflix's Dead Boy Detectives?

Netflix has put out a bunch of first-look photos for Dead Boy Detectives teasing a myriad of characters. While most of the pics correspond to a still from the trailer, you can check out all the photos we have gotten from the show in the scroll-through gallery below:

Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Death in episode one of *Dead Boys Detectives.*

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Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Death in episode one of *Dead Boys Detectives.*
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Jenn Lyon as Esther Finch in episode one of *Dead Boys Detectives.*

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Jenn Lyon as Esther Finch in episode one of *Dead Boys Detectives.*
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(L to R) Kailey Spear as Undead Women the First, Ruth Connell as Night Nurse, and Samantha Spear as Undead Women the Second in episode two of *Dead Boys Detectives.*

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(L to R) Kailey Spear as Undead Women the First, Ruth Connell as Night Nurse, and Samantha Spear as Undead Women the Second in episode two of *Dead Boys Detectives.*
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Lukas Gage as Thomas The Cat King in episode two of *Dead Boys Detectives.*

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Lukas Gage as Thomas The Cat King in episode two of *Dead Boys Detectives.*
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Briana Cuoco as Jenny Green in episode three of *Dead Boys Detectives.*

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Briana Cuoco as Jenny Green in episode three of *Dead Boys Detectives.*
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Joshua Colley as Monty in episode three of *Dead Boys Detectives.*

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Joshua Colley as Monty in episode three of *Dead Boys Detectives.*
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Michael Beach as Tragik Mick in episode four of *Dead Boys Detectives.*

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Michael Beach as Tragik Mick in episode four of *Dead Boys Detectives.*
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(L to R) Briana Cuoco as Jenny Green and Yuyu Kitamura as Niko Sasaki in episode two of *Dead Boys Detectives.*

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(L to R) Briana Cuoco as Jenny Green and Yuyu Kitamura as Niko Sasaki in episode two of *Dead Boys Detectives.*
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George Rexstrew as Edwin Payne in episode six of *Dead Boys Detectives.*

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George Rexstrew as Edwin Payne in episode six of *Dead Boys Detectives.*
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(L to R) Jayden Revri as Charles Rowland, Kassius Nelson as Crystal Palace, and George Rexstrew as Edwin Payne in episode one of *Dead Boys Detectives.*

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(L to R) Jayden Revri as Charles Rowland, Kassius Nelson as Crystal Palace, and George Rexstrew as Edwin Payne in episode one of *Dead Boys Detectives.*
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(L to R) Kassius Nelson as Crystal Palace, Yuyu Kitamura as Niko Sasaki, George Rexstrew as Edwin Payne, and Jayden Revri as Charles Rowland in episode three of *Dead Boys Detectives.*

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(L to R) Kassius Nelson as Crystal Palace, Yuyu Kitamura as Niko Sasaki, George Rexstrew as Edwin Payne, and Jayden Revri as Charles Rowland in episode three of *Dead Boys Detectives.*
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(L to R) Kassius Nelson as Crystal Palace, George Rexstrew as Edwin Payne, Jayden Revri as Charles Rowland, and Joshua Colley as Monty in episode six of *Dead Boys Detectives.*

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(L to R) Kassius Nelson as Crystal Palace, George Rexstrew as Edwin Payne, Jayden Revri as Charles Rowland, and Joshua Colley as Monty in episode six of *Dead Boys Detectives.*
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Kassius Nelson as Crystal Palace in episode five of *Dead Boys Detectives.*

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Kassius Nelson as Crystal Palace in episode five of *Dead Boys Detectives.*
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Jayden Revri as Charles Rowland in episode five of *Dead Boys Detectives.*

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Jayden Revri as Charles Rowland in episode five of *Dead Boys Detectives.*
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(L to R) Jayden Revri as Charles Rowland and George Rexstrew as Edwin Payne in episode two of *Dead Boys Detectives.*

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(L to R) Jayden Revri as Charles Rowland and George Rexstrew as Edwin Payne in episode two of *Dead Boys Detectives.*
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(L to R) Jayden Revri as Charles Rowland and Kassius Nelson as Crystal Palace in episode five of *Dead Boys Detectives.*

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(L to R) Jayden Revri as Charles Rowland and Kassius Nelson as Crystal Palace in episode five of *Dead Boys Detectives.*

When will Netflix's Dead Boy Detectives come out?

Dead Boy Detectives is slated to premiere globally on Netflix on Thursday, April 25.


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How many episodes will Netflix's Dead Boy Detectives have?

Netflix has shared that the total run for the first season of Dead Boy Detectives will be 8 episodes. It’s still unclear how long the episodes will be.

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Where can I watch Dead Boy Detectives?

You can only watch Dead Boy Detectives on Netflix.

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