Crime Shows Genre

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Crime Shows Genre

  1. 1. Crime Show Dramas (aka Police Procedurals) Jaimee Bohning Alison Laube
  2. 2. Timeline <ul><li>Dragnet (1951) </li></ul><ul><li>The Untouchables (1959) </li></ul><ul><li>Police Story (1973) </li></ul><ul><li>Kojak (1973) </li></ul><ul><li>Hill Street Blues (1981) </li></ul><ul><li>Cagney and Lacey (1982) </li></ul><ul><li>Miami Vice (1984) </li></ul><ul><li>Law and Order (1990) </li></ul><ul><li>Homicide: Life on the Street (1993) </li></ul><ul><li>NYPD Blue (1993) </li></ul><ul><li>CSI (2000) </li></ul><ul><li>The Wire (2002) </li></ul><ul><li>The Shield (2002) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Crime Shows <ul><li>The Wire </li></ul><ul><li>Law and Order (Criminal Intent, SVU, Trial by Jury) </li></ul><ul><li>CSI: Miami, New York, Las Vegas </li></ul><ul><li>NCIS: Original, Los Angeles </li></ul><ul><li>Criminal Minds </li></ul><ul><li>Without a Trace </li></ul>
  4. 4. Common Themes <ul><li>Compelling storyline - familiar, but with a twist </li></ul><ul><li>Character development - criminal impetus and cop/investigator connection </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple angles to every story </li></ul><ul><li>You will either meet the perpetrator in the first 5 minutes or it will be a complete surprise in the end </li></ul><ul><li>Strong characters in the lead - normally one “good cop” and one “bad cop” </li></ul><ul><li>Story will be set in an urban area with plots based on local traditions and trends </li></ul><ul><li>http://www. youtube .com/watch? v=B5wil_unDjw </li></ul>
  5. 5. Character Traits <ul><li>Some “inner drive” for solving crime - personal connection to the case </li></ul><ul><li>Dark, dry humor </li></ul><ul><li>Insightful - know things no normal person would ever know </li></ul><ul><li>Relentless </li></ul><ul><li>Gender roles - evolving, but still present </li></ul><ul><li>Personal involvement with case </li></ul><ul><li>No families/home life - maybe a pet </li></ul><ul><li>Simple lifestyles - not flashy apartments </li></ul>
  6. 6. Target Audience <ul><li>18-49 year olds </li></ul><ul><li>If not in high-crime area: educated, commonly white, middle-class </li></ul><ul><li>People who are situated to fear crime; find safety in seeing crime being solved </li></ul><ul><li>Appeals to all genders - some shows are more graphic than others </li></ul>
  7. 7. Common Images <ul><li>Interrogation room </li></ul><ul><li>Crime lab - specimans, bodies, clothes, other evidence </li></ul><ul><li>Crime scene - yellow tape, evidence markers, cameras </li></ul><ul><li>Court room </li></ul><ul><li>Suspect’s home/apartment </li></ul><ul><li>Dark apartments and hallways, hotel rooms </li></ul><ul><li>Blood, weapons, body parts </li></ul><ul><li>Chase scenes </li></ul><ul><li>Somebody in need of help - cries of distress </li></ul><ul><li>Power dynamics - between law/criminal, criminal/criminal, law/law, law/state </li></ul><ul><li>Criminals tend to be more often male (and, despite efforts, from minority groups) </li></ul><ul><li>Food on the go, always in a rush </li></ul><ul><li>Incredibly advanced technology - crime scene and evidence enhancement ability </li></ul>
  8. 8. Ideologies <ul><li>Good guy always prevails (law) </li></ul><ul><li>Law will always catch you </li></ul><ul><li>Investigation is a way of life, not just a job </li></ul><ul><li>Criminals deserve to be punished </li></ul><ul><li>Streets are safer with law enforcement </li></ul><ul><li>Crimes have clear beginnings, middles, and ends </li></ul>
  9. 9. Appeal <ul><li>Escape from monotony of life </li></ul><ul><li>Adventure - people putting themselves at risk to keep others safe </li></ul><ul><li>Critical thinking, solving the crime before they do </li></ul><ul><li>Adrenaline - chase scenes, near misses </li></ul><ul><li>Crime is “real” - viewers can relate </li></ul><ul><li>Each show tends be discreet - beginning, middle, and end </li></ul>

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