Friday, 28 April 2017

TMP Television Edition: Police




Don't forget to check out where it all started over at Wandering Through the Shelves.  

In Plain Sight
I became obsessed with this show about WITSEC agents Mary and Marshall during Uni. I can't remember exactly how but I wanted a new show and bought the first season cheap and the second soon after. I loved it! The later seasons were never released in th UK and I couldn't find the season 3 online. These were the days where I wasn't savy at finding things on the web. To be honest, I'm still not. Seasons 4 and 5 were easier to find but these were the days after Uni so I watched in real time. A great show that ended well and at the right time, a rare thing. Mary is brash and 'tough' while Marshall is very smart and laid back. They are the ultimate duo (kinda) AND they don't get together as that is NOT part of the show. Well, there is a thing about Marshall being in love with Mary but its not like that. If you watch the show, you'll know what I mean. Mary has a messed up family, her mother and sister are terrible useless beings and her Dad disappeared when she was young which is partly the reason why she became an FBI agent and later an agent at Witness Protection. Its not like other police dramas BECAUSE its set in WITSEC. Miss this show.

Luther
Idris Elba's awesome police drama that is actually really 'gritty' and sometimes hard to watch as the criminals are so gad damn scary and disgusting. I was pretty late to the Luther game and I still haven't watched the last series, or two parter(?) but I loved what I saw. Elba is brilliant. He has issues, yes, but so does every great detective ever, well apart from Miss Marple, she's doing ok. Anyway, Luther is a kind of by the book, loose cannon who always finds and gets the criminal apart from psycho Alice. It's a shame the series were so short.

Brooklyn Nine Nine
Amongst the serious police dramas, there had to be a comedy of epic proportions. Brooklyn Nine Nine is hilarious. Its meant to be a sitcom but I think it breaks barriers and is an outright comedy show. Unless it is called that now, then ignore that bit. The cast is so well molded and actually develop throughout the seasons (still going strong) which is always a good sign for comedies. Plus some of the cases have some odd outcomes, not always good or in the cops' favour which makes for a slightly realistic tone to the show. Like the mighty Parks & Rec, its a happy show. The characters are nice to each other and are a family which is what is needed otherwise shows just end up being about mean nasty people.

Line of Duty
I missed series one of this amazing show about AC-12 (Anti Corruption) but I was hooked on 2, 3 and now 4. The story in each series is gripping. They each play out like a thriller over 8 episodes with brilliantly executed cliffhangers every time. Steve and Kate are another fantastic example of an ultimate duo are again, friends. But its seems that the partner/romance thing is usually used in US dramas and the UK is more platonic, sorry but we do that better. Line of Duty, apart from its edge your seat watching, it also focuses on a completely different team than other police dramas.

Endeavour
This would have been a period drama pick BUT its about one of the most famous detectives on the small screen, Morse, but its young Morse, in the 60s. What's not to love? With only a sparingly 4 episodes per series (need more) each story is like a well crafted crime story film. Shaun Evans is superb as Endeavour Morse channeling John Thaw but putting his spin on the legend too. I was hooked on every series but I think the Great Gatsby-esque episode from series 3 was a definite highlight.The new series to hurry and be here already!

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  1. I have not watched any of these. I would like to see Brooklyn Nine Nine because it does look funny..

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    1. It is super funny! There is some serious police work involved but also laughs.

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  2. So many shows to discover! I've only seen Brooklyn Nine-Nine of which I'm a faithful view week in week out. It really does have a great cast who all work well together. Samberg is the star but he's canny enough to not hog the spotlight and let the talented people around him shine.

    I've heard of all your other picks but unfortunately have seen none.

    With so many police shows to choose from that's inevitable I suppose and I have a feeling two of my picks will suffer the same fate though my third is one I think everyone is familiar with.

    Life on Mars (2008)-In present day New York City detective Sam Tyler (Jason O’Mara) is pursuing a suspect when he’s struck by a car. When he awakens he finds himself in the same spot but it’s 1973! Already dressed in 70’s clothing he heads to his precinct where he’s mistaken for a transfer and put to work, now he has to figure out what happened while adjusting to his new surroundings and still chasing criminals alongside cops that have rougher methods than he’s use to. Intriguing series has a great cast, Harvey Keitel, Michael Imperioli and Gretchen Mol among others, terrific period detail and soundtrack but fell victim to poor scheduling which lead to its short duration.

    Wiseguy (1987-1990)-Government agent Vinnie Terranova (Ken Wahl) is fresh out of jail where he was placed by the Organized Crime Bureau (OCB) to give him a criminal history to enable him to go deep undercover to break up big syndicates. Guided by his often exasperated but understanding boss Frank McPike (Jonathan Banks) and wheelchair bound remote liaison “Lifeguard” (Jim Byrnes) he sets out to crime bust while trying to keep his secret from his mother (Elsa Raven). Excellent series told its stories in multi episode half season arcs focusing on one set of characters. All were good but the initial season’s two arcs dealing with the empire led by Sonny Steelgrave (a commanding performance by Ray Sharkey) and the draconian deeply twisted Profitt siblings (two showpiece turns by Kevin Spacey and Joan Severance) are by far the best.

    Dragnet (1951-1959/1967-1970)-“Dum...da.dum...dum-Ladies and Gentleman the story you are about to see is true, the names have been changed to protect the innocent….This is the city-Los Angeles, California…I work here, I’m a cop…my partner’s Frank Smith, my boss is Captain Glavas my name is Friday.”

    So began every episode of this Jack Webb series which he created and in which he starred giving a performance of amazing stolidness handing out his standard catch phrase “Just the facts, mam”. Initially taking a documentary approach before switching to a more standard form of storytelling of solving crimes this is the granddaddy of police procedurals.

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    1. I need to catch up on Season 4 - its really slowly show in TV here.

      Aren't police dramas and medical dramas the most seen on Tv or was it lawyers and medical dramas...

      Ah nooooooo not the remake of the original UK Life on Mars?? I really didn't see the point in a remake of this Brit classic, even though I'm more of a fan of the sequel series Ashes to Ashes.

      Not seen the other two but I have heard of Dragnet. Didn't this become a movie spin off?

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  3. I still have to watch the rest of Luther, but it's a great show. I love Brooklyn Nine-Nine! I haven't seen the rest on your list.

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    1. I'm savouring it. I just didn't want Luther to end, but Idris is off making his own shows now.

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  4. I haven't seen any of these but I think I'll start Luther soon.

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    1. Ah yes!! Luther is as good as the hype.

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  5. I have not seen any of these, but I want to now.

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  6. Luther! OMG I still need to watch that. That's been in my Netflix queue for ages.

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    1. Quick! Before it disappears! Keeps happening to me and my queue...

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  7. Yey for Luther! Alice Morgan is one of my all time favorite characters

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    1. She was creepy but she got better.

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  8. Cool picks! Luther has been on my to-watch list forever! Idris. *drools*

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    1. Thanks! Definitely get round to it- all for Idris;)

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  9. I love Brooklyn Nine Nine, but it didn't quite fit my theme within a theme.

    Line of Duty - you missed season one??? That's where it all started. There have been some more romantic/partner relationships in some the ones I pick like Babylon and in The Fall there was a casual affair.

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    1. Yeh I didn't discover it until series two. I couldn't get into Babylon- I think Britt Marling's character go on my nerves as she was out of place.

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