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Old December 14 2011, 05:13 AM   #10
DigificWriter
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Re: Bones and other "serialized procedurals"

Jinglebell JaRock wrote: View Post
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I thought that Homicide: Life on the Street was more of a 'traditional' procedural, although Wikipedia lists it as a serial drama rather than as a procedural drama. Wikipedia also lists The Wire and Fringe as being serial dramas, although The Wire is one of the few hits I got back when I did a search for the term 'serialized procedural' and Fringe, as per its creators' stated intent, is/was deliberately structured as a procedural drama, so I'm now not entirely sure how much credence to give it as a source of information as to what fits the 'serialized procedural' genre and what doesn't.
Homicide definitely is a serialized procedural. It's stories continually build upon each other. The entire first season (which isn't very long) involves Pembleton and Bayliss trying to catch a specific killer. Even when the investigations don't bleed over, the character stories are continuous.

I've never thought of Fringe as truly a procedural show but, if X-Files counts, it does as well. It definitely has serialized elements (which I've been told have increased in frequency, I haven't seen the show in a long time).
Based on your description, Homicide definitely does sound like it belongs in the 'serialized procedural' category, because the things you said it has are definitely shared by series like Bones, the new H50, and Las Vegas.

Abrams, Orci, and Kurtzman deliberately structured Fringe so that it had a procedural drama structure as opposed to something that was more serialized (like, say, Battlestar Galactica). I don't know what the balance between the procedural and the serial on the series currently is, given that I haven't watched it in a long time, but it would take a lot to completely change the series from a procedural into a serial.

Having said that, sometimes a series can sound/seem like it might fit into the 'serialized procedural' category even though it really doesn't because, as it moves forward, it skews too far one way or the other, and becomes either a straight-up serial drama or a straight-up/'traditional' procedural drama. The original CSI and Joss Whedon's ANGEL both are good examples of this, although they're opposites of each other.
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