I’m nearby some network TV today and am realizing that there’s this whole strata of cop shows that exist where C-list actors go to die that are an endless sea of sorta-attractive white people showcasing Normcore wardrobes and always either Talking Gravely or Running With Guns. I remember seeing an ad for the Ion network — all their shows are this genre — and it looked like one big, endless Gap ad… with guns.

This seems like the mainstream drama equivalent of house-flipping reality shows. I.e., what you do when you have no ideas.

Edit: and always the sorta-shaky camera. Always.

12 thoughts on “I’m nearby some network TV today and am realizing that there’s this whole strata of cop shows that exist where…

  1. Yep. And a startling percentage of the new fall lineup every year for the past… let’s say 10 years, has been “One’s a cop, the other is not a cop but has some kind of useful ability that makes them an amazing detective, and they are going to reluctantly team up!” Often the cop is played by a generically attractive white woman.

    (See Castle, Dexter, Lucifer, Instinct, Forever, Limitless, etc.)

  2. < ![CDATA[Yep. And a startling percentage of the new fall lineup every year for the past... let's say 10 years, has been "One's a cop, the other is not a cop but has some kind of useful ability that makes them an amazing detective, and they are going to reluctantly team up!" Often the cop is played by a generically attractive white woman. (See Castle, Dexter, Lucifer, Instinct, Forever, Limitless, etc.)]]>

  3. I don’t get the appeal, but then I don’t get the appeal of “Sunday funnies,” and I think they’re pretty much operating on the same formula. They don’t want to be good, they want to be familiar and comforting.

  4. < ![CDATA[I don't get the appeal, but then I don't get the appeal of "Sunday funnies," and I think they're pretty much operating on the same formula. They don't want to be good, they want to be familiar and comforting.]]>