The Corner

Homicide: Life on the Street

I agree with this reader almost entirely:

Jonah,

 

FYI, if you recall David Simon’s previous show “Homicide:  Life on the Streets”, the smartest and most complex character was Andre Braugher’s Frank Pembleton.  In one episode (season five, I believe) he says “I’m tired of being the only one around here who gives a damn. You’re looking at the new Frank Pembleton. Budding Republican and practicing selfish bastard.”  It was a brilliant—and typical— way to acknowledge the futility of liberalism without conceding that conservatism was anything other than a comedic negative stereotype.

Homicide jumped the shark in season 6, when (probably under pressure from NBC) they started tackling “issues” and the sex lives of the primaries instead of straight-up murders. And it was still the best cop show ever until the Wire came along.

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