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July 15, 2010

The Cop Show I'd Rather Watch


There are a lot of cop shows out there. I mean, even I'm watching a bunch of them, and I don't even particularly like cop shows as a genre. But I realized the other day that almost all of them are set in cities. Where's the cop show set in the suburbs or a small-but-not-excessively-quirky town? Sure, there wouldn't be enough major crime to make it a procedural, but a character-driven drama combined with day-to-day cop stuff could totally work. (The closest to this I can think of is, God help us, certain seasons of 7th Heaven. I'm thinking more along the lines of Friday Night Lights.) The police setting invites all sorts of interpersonal conflicts: Someone's spouse doesn't like the hours. Someone's kid is acting up. And how do the cops deal with knowing all sorts of stuff about the people they see at the grocery store or church every week? What exactly do the cops do all day? Really, there are endless possibilities here. Someone should make a show like this! (Or have they already? Did I miss it? That's quite possible.)

Posted by Kat at July 15, 2010 04:00 PM

Wasn't Picket Fences at least partly along these lines? And, yes, I know I'm talking about a show that was on the air like twenty years ago...

Posted by: sprite at July 15, 2010 04:18 PM

How about "The Andy Griffith Show?"

Posted by: Dad at July 15, 2010 05:55 PM

The only ones that come to mind are either not in the US (Due South, Midsomer Murders) or they're private investigators like Murder She Wrote.

Posted by: Carrie#K at July 15, 2010 07:19 PM
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