police procedural

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police procedural

a novel, film, or television drama that deals realistically with police work
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A final essays reviews other notable cop shows. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)
ITV have had big hits with Scott & Bailey - starring Suranne Jones and Lesley Sharp - and Broadchurch, with Olivia Colman, among their raft of cop shows.
A timely release for this box set, due to the new Michael Mann movie based on the classic cop show arriving in cinemas at the start of August.
Unlike most current cop shows, 24 is concerned with crime prevention.
Viewed with a less jaundiced eye, however, it can still be appreciated for the ground breaking series that it was the loud music, slick violence, unsentimental plots, taut editing, providing the blueprint for its illegitimate children, the awardwinning cop shows of the future.
Still, in these cop shows the corpse of the murder victim has something of a cameo role, though she or he may show up later in crime scene photographs meant to push a witness or jury's buttons.
"Prior to `Dragnet,' cop shows were all very stagy, all done in the studio.
"When you do cop shows," he comments, "you don't do them beating Rodney King."
In their playful 1995 video Normapaths, Jane and Louise Wilson show their twin fascinations with espionage and cop shows on '60s and '70s television--not just The Avengers but The Bionic Woman and Starsky and Hutch as well.
There is far more violence in the news than on sitcoms or even cop shows. And it is of the brutal, hideous sort.
So bad, in fact, calling it the Waterloo Road of cop shows would be a kindness.