History Series / HomicideLifeOnTheStreet

28th Jun '16 6:12:11 AM bombadil211
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* EverybodySmokes: Early seasons depicted most of the cast smoking like chimneys and scenes set in the squad room were practically hazy with cigarette smoke. This gradually became less of a feature as the series went on due to changing attitudes towards smoking.

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* EverybodySmokes: Early seasons depicted most of the cast smoking like chimneys and scenes set in the squad room were practically hazy with cigarette smoke. This Bayliss and Howard's attempts at quitting actually led to strife withing the squad because they asked for accommodations (like a dedicated non-smoking section) that Gee was unable and unwilling to make. Smoking gradually became less of a feature as the series went on due to changing attitudes towards smoking.the habit.
28th Jun '16 6:09:24 AM bombadil211
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* TheBigBoard: One of the things that made the series unique. Cases would be tracked by use of a giant dry erase whiteboard. Open cases would be in red and closed cases would be in black, with reopened cold cases in blue. They used a similar (but not exactly the same) board in the actual Baltimore Police Department and in Series/TheWire.

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* TheBigBoard: One of the things that made the series unique. Cases would be tracked by use of a giant dry erase whiteboard. Open cases would be in red and closed cases would be in black, with reopened cold cases in blue. They used a similar (but not exactly the same) board in the actual Baltimore Police Department Department[[note]]The show actually caused the Baltimore PD to stop using the board because commanders felt that it led to a public perception that detectives were keeping score. The board was reinstated after detective outcry.[[/note]] and in Series/TheWire.
28th Jun '16 5:52:29 AM bombadil211
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* EverybodySmokes: Early seasons depicted most of the cast smoking like chimneys and scenes set in the squad room were practically hazy with cigarette smoke. This gradually became less of a feature as the series went on due to changing attitudes towards smoking.
17th Jun '16 3:59:25 AM Adept
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'''Not''' to be confused with the Australian cop show [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homicide_%28Australian_TV_series%29 Homicide]], which ran from 1964 to 1977. It was produced by Crawford Productions for the {{Seven Network}}.

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'''Not''' to be confused with the Australian cop show [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homicide_%28Australian_TV_series%29 Homicide]], which ran from 1964 to 1977. It was produced by Crawford Productions for the {{Seven Network}}.Creator/SevenNetwork.
13th Jun '16 11:35:33 PM creader
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* {{Badass}}: Pembleton, Giardello, Kellerman, Howard, Bolander, Lewis, Stivers.



* BerserkButton: While usually very kind and pleasant, Gee's deep voice and imposing frame will haunt your nightmares if you even think of hurting a child.

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* BerserkButton: BerserkButton:
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While usually very kind and pleasant, Gee's deep voice and imposing frame will haunt your nightmares if you even think of hurting a child.



* [[RippedFromTheHeadlines Ripped From The Producer's Non-Fiction Books]]: A good deal of cases are almost carbon-copies of real Baltimore murders which happened during David Simon's time shadowing the Baltimore Police Department's Homicide Unit during 1988:

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* [[RippedFromTheHeadlines Ripped From The Producer's Non-Fiction Books]]: RippedFromTheHeadlines: A good deal of cases are almost carbon-copies of real Baltimore murders which happened during David Simon's time shadowing the Baltimore Police Department's Homicide Unit during 1988:



* TookALevelInJerkass: Kellerman.

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* TookALevelInJerkass: Kellerman.TookALevelInJerkass:
** Kellerman becomes more neurotic, suspicious, and unpleasant after he was charged by Internal Affairs. And even after he was cleared, he keeps on being an a-hole to his colleagues.
23rd May '16 10:28:12 AM Josef5678
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* DoNotPassGo: In the movie:
--> '''Det Frank Pembleton:''' Good. "Go to jail. Go directly to jail. Do not pass Go."
15th May '16 5:54:37 PM FearlessWhoop
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* YouJustToldMe: Pembleton finally gets Kellerman in the Box to interrogate him regarding Mahoney's shooting. Pembleton knows [[spoiler: Kellerman murdered him, but believes this is true because he thinks Mahoney didn't have a gun, and presses Kellerman to admit there was no gun. Kellerman finally shouts "There ''was'' a gun!" while unthinkingly miming a "gun hand" held to his side, mimicking Mahoney lowering his gun. Pembleton realizes then that yes, Mahoney was holding a gun, but no, he wasn't pointing it at Kellerman, and thus, Kellerman murdered Mahoney in cold blood.]]

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* YouJustToldMe: Pembleton finally gets Kellerman in the Box to interrogate him regarding Mahoney's shooting. Pembleton knows [[spoiler: Kellerman murdered him, but believes this is true because he thinks Mahoney didn't have a gun, and presses Kellerman to admit there was no gun. Kellerman finally shouts "There ''was'' "He ''had'' a gun!" while unthinkingly miming a "gun hand" held to his side, mimicking Mahoney lowering his gun. Pembleton realizes then that yes, Mahoney was holding a gun, but no, he wasn't pointing it at Kellerman, and thus, Kellerman murdered Mahoney in cold blood.]]
9th Apr '16 2:03:48 PM Morgenthaler
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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: A lot of the murders are dramatized versions of real Baltimore murders DavidSimon saw the real BPD Homicide unit work when he was writing his book.

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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: A lot of the murders are dramatized versions of real Baltimore murders DavidSimon Creator/DavidSimon saw the real BPD Homicide unit work when he was writing his book.
3rd Apr '16 4:42:45 PM GrammarNavi
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** Pretty much ANY crossover with Law & Order saw shades of this- detectives, bosses and the DAs all whining over jurisdiction and who gets the credit rather than in actually worrying over bringing a killer to justice, even to the detriment of the case itself. Ed Danvers and Jack McCoy had to almost be forced to work together at times. The only one who ever shows any sense is Falsone, who admits he doesn't give a damn who catches the guy so long as he's convicted.

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** Pretty much ANY crossover with Law & Order saw shades of this- detectives, bosses and the DAs all whining over jurisdiction and who gets the credit rather than in actually worrying over bringing a killer to justice, even to the detriment of the case itself. Ed Danvers and Jack McCoy [=McCoy=] had to almost be forced to work together at times. The only one who ever shows any sense is Falsone, who admits he doesn't give a damn who catches the guy so long as he's convicted.
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.



* ArtisticLicenseLaw: 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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respectively; Bolander and Munch, respectively
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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.
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Bolander; Pembleton and Bayliss
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Bayliss; Lewis and Crosetti



* YouFailLawForever: Mostly averted.
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