Thursday, April 27, 2017
Thursday Movie Picks (TV Edition): Police
For the fourth and final week of April of 2017 as part of the Thursday Movie Picks series hosted by Wanderer of Wandering Through the Shelves. We venture into the world of television in shows about cops where audiences follow the police on the streets catching bad guys while having some fun. Here are my picks:
1. Miami Vice
Definitely one of the most popular TV shows that defined the 1980s as it was shot on location in Miami and definitely changed the game about TV shows that revolve around cops. Sure, Sonny Crockett and Rico Tubbs didn’t wear police uniforms but they did look cool in those suits. It was one of the finest shows where it had a good five season run where it had a look of its own in terms of its setting as well as employing some of the music of the times to help give it its own distinct flavor.
2. New York Undercover
For a lot of shows in the 1990s that seems to never get its due, this one from FOX is probably the one TV show about cops that is never in the conversation. It is a very different show that revolved around New York undercover cops that didn’t have white actors being the leads as the two leads were played by an African-American and a Hispanic-American. It played into the world of drugs and gangs where two guys from the streets try to do what is right but also have issues at home as it has a realism that was lacking with most TV shows. It had a great run for its three seasons but once Michael de Lorenzo’s character was gone for the fourth and final season. It wasn’t the same show.
3. NYPD Blue
Definitely one of the most popular show of the 1990s, it was a show that drew some controversy for featuring bits of profanity and nudity including the bare ass of Dennis Franz. It’s a show that was quite risky for network television but it definitely made for interesting television as it was willing to push the edge of what could be done as it did give the show some realism. Plus, it had some interesting stories about what cops do in and out of the job while also showing how stressful their job is.
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