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  • 1. Crime Show Dramas (aka Police Procedurals) Jaimee Bohning Alison Laube
  • 2. Timeline
    • Dragnet (1951)
    • The Untouchables (1959)
    • Police Story (1973)
    • Kojak (1973)
    • Hill Street Blues (1981)
    • Cagney and Lacey (1982)
    • Miami Vice (1984)
    • Law and Order (1990)
    • Homicide: Life on the Street (1993)
    • NYPD Blue (1993)
    • CSI (2000)
    • The Wire (2002)
    • The Shield (2002)
  • 3. Crime Shows
    • The Wire
    • Law and Order (Criminal Intent, SVU, Trial by Jury)
    • CSI: Miami, New York, Las Vegas
    • NCIS: Original, Los Angeles
    • Criminal Minds
    • Without a Trace
  • 4. Common Themes
    • Compelling storyline - familiar, but with a twist
    • Character development - criminal impetus and cop/investigator connection
    • Multiple angles to every story
    • You will either meet the perpetrator in the first 5 minutes or it will be a complete surprise in the end
    • Strong characters in the lead - normally one “good cop” and one “bad cop”
    • Story will be set in an urban area with plots based on local traditions and trends
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  • 5. Character Traits
    • Some “inner drive” for solving crime - personal connection to the case
    • Dark, dry humor
    • Insightful - know things no normal person would ever know
    • Relentless
    • Gender roles - evolving, but still present
    • Personal involvement with case
    • No families/home life - maybe a pet
    • Simple lifestyles - not flashy apartments
  • 6. Target Audience
    • 18-49 year olds
    • If not in high-crime area: educated, commonly white, middle-class
    • People who are situated to fear crime; find safety in seeing crime being solved
    • Appeals to all genders - some shows are more graphic than others
  • 7. Common Images
    • Interrogation room
    • Crime lab - specimans, bodies, clothes, other evidence
    • Crime scene - yellow tape, evidence markers, cameras
    • Court room
    • Suspect’s home/apartment
    • Dark apartments and hallways, hotel rooms
    • Blood, weapons, body parts
    • Chase scenes
    • Somebody in need of help - cries of distress
    • Power dynamics - between law/criminal, criminal/criminal, law/law, law/state
    • Criminals tend to be more often male (and, despite efforts, from minority groups)
    • Food on the go, always in a rush
    • Incredibly advanced technology - crime scene and evidence enhancement ability
  • 8. Ideologies
    • Good guy always prevails (law)
    • Law will always catch you
    • Investigation is a way of life, not just a job
    • Criminals deserve to be punished
    • Streets are safer with law enforcement
    • Crimes have clear beginnings, middles, and ends
  • 9. Appeal
    • Escape from monotony of life
    • Adventure - people putting themselves at risk to keep others safe
    • Critical thinking, solving the crime before they do
    • Adrenaline - chase scenes, near misses
    • Crime is “real” - viewers can relate
    • Each show tends be discreet - beginning, middle, and end