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We'll Give You a Crime Drama Show, You Tell Us Which City It's Based In
by Zoe Samuel
The CW

Crime dramas, procedurals, call them what you will. These shows are very popular and for good reason. Crime dramas pull us into their worlds, exposing us to things that intrigue us, frighten us and fascinate us, all in the safety of our homes. The world of cops and criminals is frightening, and no one in their right mind would want to be a part of it, unless they were a cop or a criminal. People die in this struggle, or have their lives ruined by theft, or loss, or incarceration. The very danger of the world of crime is part and parcel of our fascination with it.

Crime shows come from all over the world. Some of them are based more or less on the American TV show models. There are versions of Law & Order all over the place. Then there are crime shows that are unique to their cultures, and have something to say about their specific locale, not just crime or humanity in general. We are fascinated by the thin blue line because of what it says about how close we all live to that decision to become anathema to civilization. Are you familiar enough to recognize where these shows take place?

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