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Old September 11 2012, 08:26 PM   #1
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Cop/Detective Shows

I'm hoping you guys might be able to recommend a good detective show on Netflix.

I've pretty much exhausted all Sci-Fi series that interest me and I've recently started getting interested in action mystery type shows. Netflix's suggestions are good, but I don't know much about all the hundreds of shows that show up other than the cover images and "you watched X so we think you like Y"

I absolutely loved Life . . . Awake was phenomenal. I'm enjoying Burn Notice (Bruce Campbell FTW)
I'm interested in Castle, but I don't think it's on Netflix yet . . . are there any non CSI cop/detective/mystery/action shows that are on Netflix that are worth checking out?
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Old September 11 2012, 09:09 PM   #2
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Re: Cop/Detective Shows

I don't know what's on Netflix and I don't know whether you're into 'private eye' type shows or shows about police. But your list above seems fairly diverse, so I'd recommend the following:

NYPD Blue

The Shield

Southland

The Wire

Boomtown (sadly short-lived)

Homicide: Life on the Street
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Old September 11 2012, 09:10 PM   #3
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Whitechapel--one of the best series I've found lately. The relationship between the lead characters is fascinating.

Luther
--Idris Elba is all kinds of awesome.

Wire in the Blood-- a local psychiatrist is used to track down murders and serial killers. A gripping and brutal show with great lead actors.

Boomtown-short but brilliant.

Castle is indeed on Netflix, by the way. Not my favorite show, though.
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Old September 11 2012, 09:22 PM   #4
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I second and third Luthor. FANTASTIC.

I would also check out the BBC's Sherlock. Yes. The modern day Sherlock Holmes. It's brilliant.

You COULD go all old school on Netflix. Magnum and Rockford Files are there.
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Old September 11 2012, 09:24 PM   #5
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^Rockford, well, Rocks.

And if you're going retro, Kojak probably still holds up well, ditto Hill Street Blues
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Old September 11 2012, 09:25 PM   #6
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Justified and The Wire.

Dexter is a cop show, sort of...
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Old September 11 2012, 09:29 PM   #7
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I gotta go back to Law & Order.

I like any L&O-universe show, but the original is and always will be my favorite. For one simple reason: it is basically actor-proof. As little characterization as possible. No whiny soap opera shit. It's all about the procedural.
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Old September 11 2012, 09:47 PM   #8
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Or you could go with one of the classics: COLUMBO.
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Old September 11 2012, 10:00 PM   #9
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Temis the Vorta wrote: View Post
Justified and The Wire.

Dexter is a cop show, sort of...

Justified. Excellent show; I recommend that one, as well.
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Old September 11 2012, 10:16 PM   #10
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Or you could go with one of the classics: COLUMBO.
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Old September 11 2012, 11:11 PM   #11
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Old September 11 2012, 11:45 PM   #12
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Don't know if it's on Netflix, but Murdoch Mysteries is a good one, set in Victorian era Toronto, ie 1890's. It's quite fresh and interesting.
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Old September 12 2012, 03:17 AM   #13
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Law & Order: SVU
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Old September 12 2012, 06:00 AM   #14
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Castle.

Castlecastlecastlecastle.

Castle.

I wouldn't trade that show for 7 guaranteed seasons of Firefly, it's just that good.
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Old September 12 2012, 01:53 PM   #15
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Re: Cop/Detective Shows

I freakin' loved Sherlock
I suppose I should have specified, I have the streaming only flavor of Netflix
so Castle, Dexter, and Justified will have to wait, but they're definitely on the list
I will definitely check out Luther

thanks folks!
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