Cop Shows

Cop Shows

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From cops who are paragons of virtue, to cops who are as bad as the bad guys...from surly loners, to upbeat partners...from detectives who pursue painstaking investigation, to loose cannons who just want to kick down the door, the heroes and anti-heroes of TV police dramas are part of who we are. They enter our living rooms and tell us tall tales about the social contract that exists between the citizen and the police. Love them or loathe them--according to the ratings, we love them--they serve a function. They've entertained, informed and sometimes infuriated audiences for over 60 years. This book attempts to explain why, but also to facilitate learning about the genre in higher education, making these shows qteachableq in a way they have never been before. Today not only are there more critical texts available, but, in the age of the download and the boxed set, the raw material is there. This collection of essays examines Dragnet, Highway Patrol, Naked City, The Untouchables, The F.B.I., Columbo, Hawaii Five-O, Kojak, Starsky a Hutch, Hill Street Blues, Cagney a Lacey, Miami Vice, Law a Order, Homicide: Life on the Street, NYPD Blue, CSI, The Shield, The Wire, and Justified. It's time to take another look at the qperps, q the qvicsq and the boys and girls in blue, and ask how their representation intersects with questions of class, gender, sexuality, and qrace.q What is their socio-cultural agenda? What is their relation to genre and televisuality? And why is it that when a TV cop gives a witness their card and says, qcall me, q that witness always ends up on a slab?A Critical History of Police Dramas on Television Roger Sabin, , Linda Speidel, Ronald Wilson, Ben Bethell ... The chapters dona#39;t include detailed listings of production crews, casts, and so on because this information is easily available on the weba€”see, particularly, IMDB ... For example: Jonathan Bernstein, a€œUS Networks Ditch Police Shows for High-Concept Drama, a€ The Guardian, 24 September 2011.

Title:Cop Shows
Author: Roger Sabin,, Linda Speidel, Ronald Wilson, Ben Bethell
Publisher:McFarland - 2014-07-31

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