History Series / HomicideLifeOnTheStreet

26th Jan '16 12:10:46 PM SoapheadChurch
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* AccuseTheWitness
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* AccuseTheWitnessAccuseTheWitness: Given the nature of the show, getting the wrong guy initially is relatively common. Going after one of the witness is always the next step.

* AccuseTheWitnessArtisticLicenseLaw: Mostly averted, thanks to the source material coming from an actual police department.

* ConspiracyTheorist: Munch, Crosetti.
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* ConspiracyTheorist: Munch, Crosetti.but especially Crosetti. People more familiar with Munch's characterization in the Law and Order series may well be surprised to see that Crosetti was initially the crazed conspiracy theorist of the group.

* DefectiveDetective: Bayliss
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* DefectiveDetective: BaylissBayliss, who suffers from identity issues and deep emotional problems. Throughout the show he struggles with childhood abuse, his sexual orientation, and his religious beliefs

* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The pilot has several, the most famous being Munch's "Montel Williams" rant.
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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The pilot has several, the most famous being Munch's "Montel "Montell Williams" rant.

-->''Police are some sick fucks.''
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-->''Police -->'''Simon:''' ''Police are some sick fucks.''

* HollywoodPoliceDrivingAcademy: Lewis must have been an honor student. ** Ironically, however, the only time Lewis gets into a really bad accident, he's not driving the car, Mike Giardello is.
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* HollywoodPoliceDrivingAcademy: Lewis must have been an honor student. ** student. Ironically, however, the only time Lewis gets into a really bad accident, he's not driving the car, Mike Giardello is.

* LieDetector: Munch and Bolander trick a stupid perp into thinking that a photocopier is actually a dangerous, radioactive lie detector. ** Such was actually common practice at the Baltimore Police Department and was detailed in the book the series was based on, and then later re-used in The Wire.
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* LieDetector: Munch and Bolander trick a stupid perp into thinking that a photocopier is actually a dangerous, radioactive lie detector. ** detector. Such was actually common practice at the Baltimore Police Department and was detailed in the book the series was based on, and then later re-used in The Wire.

* NiceHat: Lewis is rarely seen outside the station house without his really rather cool trilby. ** Pembleton was also given to wearing a pretty sweet fedora at times. * NoBisexuals: Averted; Tim Bayliss is bisexual.
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* NiceHat: Lewis is rarely seen outside the station house without his really rather cool trilby. ** trilby. Pembleton was also given to wearing a pretty sweet fedora at times. * NoBisexuals: Averted; Tim Bayliss is bisexual.openly identifies as bisexual later in the series.

* OffOnATechnicality: Many examples but the best is probably Luke Ryland's acquittal due to the fact that the state failed to try him for murder within a 180 day period. This pushes Bayliss over the edge.
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* OffOnATechnicality: Many examples examples, but the best is probably Luke Ryland's acquittal due to because of the fact that the state failed state's failure to try him for murder within a 180 day period. This pushes Bayliss over the edge.

* OrphanedPunchline: Meldrick Lewis frequently tells the same filthy joke about a bear, of which the audience only ever got to hear the punch line: "You're not here to hunt, are you?" In one episode, his partner Kellerman only says that line, to which Lewis replies that the build-up to the punchline is the whole point. ** It's actually a real joke, and [[http://my.telegraph.co.uk/maddentist/maddentist/3991221/Youre_not_REALLY_here_for_the_hunting_are_you_/ pretty funny]].
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* OrphanedPunchline: Meldrick Lewis frequently tells the same filthy joke about a bear, of which the audience only ever got to hear the punch line: "You're not here to hunt, are you?" In one episode, his partner Kellerman only says that line, to which Lewis replies that the build-up to the punchline is the whole point. \n** It's actually a real joke, and [[http://my.telegraph.co.uk/maddentist/maddentist/3991221/Youre_not_REALLY_here_for_the_hunting_are_you_/ pretty funny]].

* PerpSweating
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* PerpSweating PerpSweating: The interrogation room, affectionately termed "The Box", is where the magic happens.

* PoliceProcedural
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* PoliceProceduralPoliceProcedural: Though much more character and story based than most other examples at the time.

* ReadingYourRights: Mostly accurate. * RedOniBlueOni: Bayliss and Pembleton, respectively. ** Bolander and Munch, respectively ** Crosetti and Lewis, also respectively.
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* ReadingYourRights: Mostly accurate. accurate, thanks again to the source material. * RedOniBlueOni: Bayliss and Pembleton, respectively. ** respectively; Bolander and Munch, respectively ** respectively; Crosetti and Lewis, also respectively.

* TrickedIntoSigning: A a courier who needs the detectives to sign for a package turns out to be a process server working with Georgia Rae Mahoney's lawsuit against the city.
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* TrickedIntoSigning: A a courier ourier who needs the detectives to sign for a package turns out to be a process server working with Georgia Rae Mahoney's lawsuit against the city.

* VitriolicBestBuds: Munch and Bolander, of Type 2. ** Pembleton and Bayliss ** Lewis and Crosetti
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* VitriolicBestBuds: Munch and Bolander, of Type 2. ** Bolander; Pembleton and Bayliss ** Bayliss; Lewis and Crosetti

* YouFailLawForever: Mostly averted.
17th Jan '16 10:15:22 AM nombretomado
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* CrossOver: With ''Series/LawAndOrder'' and ''StElsewhere'' (see also the [[http://home.vicnet.net.au/~kwgow/crossovers.html Tommy Westphall crossover chart]] for some FridgeBrilliance examining the resulting JustForFun/JohnMunch IntercontinuityCrossover.)
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* CrossOver: With ''Series/LawAndOrder'' and ''StElsewhere'' ''Series/StElsewhere'' (see also the [[http://home.vicnet.net.au/~kwgow/crossovers.html Tommy Westphall crossover chart]] for some FridgeBrilliance examining the resulting JustForFun/JohnMunch IntercontinuityCrossover.)

* {{Transplant}}: Munch joining ''LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit''.
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* {{Transplant}}: Munch joining ''LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit''.''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit''.
25th Nov '15 1:35:33 AM Ominae
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* TrickedIntoSigning: A a courier who needs the detectives to sign for a package turns out to be a process server working with Georgia Rae Mahoney's lawsuit against the city.
29th Oct '15 10:39:34 PM glickmam
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* YouLookFamiliar: The actor who played Gaffney, Walt [=MacPherson=], had previously appeared in the first season as an unidentified beat cop who finds an earring at a crime scene and offers it to Bayliss as possible evidence. Given that Gaffney is an amateurish detective at best and Tom Fontana's claim that they never had actors come back to play different parts, they could very well be the same character. ** Jossed. While the first appearance in "Bop Gun" is never named, the officer's name in "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" is Frank and he seems to get along with Munch just fine along with not showing any of Gaffney's usual character traits. IMDB lists the character as Gaffney but as they go by user submissions and the episode contradicts this, can't be taken as WordOfGod.
2nd Sep '15 1:26:02 AM LondonKdS
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* {{Bookends}}: Dr Cox's first and last sequences in the show both show her driving fast and listening to the same punk rock song.
10th Aug '15 8:54:49 PM ClarkKent_DC
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to add an entry for "The Boxing Episode"
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* TheBoxingEpisode: Detective Paul Falsone goes by the boxing stage name "Paul 'Sugar Ray' Falsone."
11th Jul '15 12:30:39 PM lipranzer
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** Blind or no, you disrespect Teddy Pendergrass in Lewis' presence: His marriage more-or-less ended because his wife insulted his painting of Teddy Pendergrass.
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** Blind or no, you do not disrespect Teddy Pendergrass in Lewis' presence: His marriage more-or-less ended because his wife insulted his painting of Teddy Pendergrass.

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** Blind or no, you disrespect Teddy Pendergrass in Lewis' presence: His marriage more-or-less ended because his wife insulted his painting of Teddy Pendergrass. * DrivesLikeCrazy: Lewis, which becomes a RunningGag throughout the series.
16th May '15 1:38:44 PM heretoeditisall
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I don't care if oyu don't agree- the episode in question backs it up.
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** Jossed. While the first appearance in "Bop Gun" is never named, the officer's name in "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" is Frank and he seems to get along with Munch just fine along with not showing any of Gaffney's usual character traits. IMDB lists the character as Gaffney but as they go by user submissions and the episode contradicts this, can't be taken as WordOfGod.
16th May '15 9:10:56 AM SoapheadChurch
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* TheAce: Pembleton. His reputation as a legendary detective is well-earned, considering the amount of black on his part of the board.
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* TheAce: Pembleton. His reputation as a legendary detective is well-earned, considering the amount of black on his part of the board. Then, of course, is Kay Howard, who consistently has the highest closure rate [[AlwaysGetsHisMan (and her humps always get convicted.)]]
10th May '15 6:32:32 AM SoapheadChurch
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* {{Expy}}: The original cast were based on the Detectives from David Simon's book, but with names, genders and nationalities/race completely changed. Also notably the Baltimore police unit as depicted in the book had at least twenty detectives all told, and four Detective Sergeants. The series has eight detectives (although they're not the only people who work in the unit) and, until Howard passes her Sergeant's exam in Season 4, no Detective Sergeants.
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* {{Expy}}: The original cast were based on the Detectives from David Simon's book, but with names, genders and nationalities/race completely changed.changed (examined in further detail [[http://www.litesrc.com/lemp/homicide/show/people.shtml here]]). Also notably the Baltimore police unit as depicted in the book had at least twenty detectives all told, and four Detective Sergeants. The series has eight detectives (although they're not the only people who work in the unit) and, until Howard passes her Sergeant's exam in Season 4, no Detective Sergeants.
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