History Series / HomicideLifeontheStreet

23rd Jul '17 6:29:49 PM Scoutstr295
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Before ''Series/TheWire'' - hell, even before ''Series/NYPDBlue'' - there was ''Homicide''. Based on the factual book ''Homicide: A Year On the Killing Streets'' by ''Baltimore Sun'' journalist Creator/DavidSimon, the series charted the lives of a team of homicide detectives in Baltimore, Maryland, both on and off the clock. The show actually hung under the threat of cancellation after the first, but two Emmy nominations and the popularity of fellow soapy police show ''Series/NYPDBlue'' got it renewed for a second season of just four episodes, making it the shortest season ever commissioned by a US network.

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Before ''Series/TheWire'' - hell, even before ''Series/NYPDBlue'' - there was ''Homicide''. Based on the factual book ''Homicide: A Year On the Killing Streets'' by ''Baltimore Sun'' journalist Creator/DavidSimon, the series charted the lives of a team of homicide detectives in Baltimore, Maryland, UsefulNotes/{{Baltimore}}, both on and off the clock. The show actually hung under the threat of cancellation after the first, but two Emmy nominations and the popularity of fellow soapy police show ''Series/NYPDBlue'' got it renewed for a second season of just four episodes, making it the shortest season ever commissioned by a US network.
9th Jul '17 12:59:12 PM habby
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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 The Law & Order saw shades of this- detectives, bosses and the DAs all whining crossovers tend, probably due to RuleOfDrama, to prioritize JurisdictionFriction 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. solving cases 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.times.
9th Jul '17 12:57:33 PM habby
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* HustlingtheMark: In "All Through the House," Bayliss tries to rope in the detectives for a "friendly" game of hearts. Pembleton calls him out on hustling, while Giardello opts to instead take him to school.



** The first episode of season six features a murder committed by a member of a reputable black family. They give the idiot ball to Pembleton, who refuses to even consider that a member of this family would perpetrate this crime because they were black, friends of Gee, and did a lot of good for the city, even though their only other lead was such a long shot and Pembleton is, unlike Bayliss, usually free of such hang-ups. The reason they gave Pembleton the idiot ball was so [[CreatorsPet Ballard could look good]]. Understandably this probably pissed off a lot of fans who hated Ballard, and there were quite a few.
*** Creator/AndreBraugher, who played Pembleton, was also probably very irked about it as well, as after the season ended, [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere he wound up leaving the show]]. To be fair, the network had already scuttled the Pembleton stroke arc (which Braugher liked because he wanted to depict a Pembleton who had to face more challenge and difficulty in his work) and now he had to contend with being side-lined in favour of the network insisted super-model cop.
** The Sniper episodes: The detectives couldn't figure out that "EROMITLAB" is "BALTIMORE" backwards?
** The story arc where Bolander, Felton and Howard get shot. The Homicide squad spend two episodes hunting down the pedophile the detectives were supposed to serve the warrant on, despite the fact that everybody they talked to said he wasn't violent (and therefore couldn't have shot the detectives), and despite the fact that they went to the wrong door in the first place. Finally, in the third part, they have the sense to hunt the man whose door they knocked on.
** The ONLY reason Bayliss had to [[spoiler: kill Ryland in the finale]] was because Ed Danvers was written as a total moron who repeatedly put off prosecuting the case and then failed to show up at the final scheduled hearing, eventually seeing the criminal set free because he'd been held too long without charges being formally brought before the court. Needless to say, [[spoiler: he deserved to get socked in the jaw by Bayliss.]]

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** The Sniper episodes: Eight detectives really couldn't figure out that "EROMITLAB" is "BALTIMORE" backwards?
** The first episode episodes of season six features feature a murder committed by a member of a reputable prominent black family. They give the idiot ball to Pembleton, who refuses to even consider that a member of this family would perpetrate this crime because as they were black, friends of Gee, and did a lot of good for the city, even though their only other lead was such a long shot and Pembleton is, unlike Bayliss, usually free of such hang-ups. shot. The reason they gave Pembleton the idiot ball was so [[CreatorsPet Ballard could look good]]. Understandably this probably pissed good]]. This didn't get her off a lot of fans who hated Ballard, and there were quite a few.
*** Creator/AndreBraugher, who played Pembleton, was also probably very irked about it as well, as after
on the season ended, [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere he wound up leaving the show]]. To be fair, the network had already scuttled the Pembleton stroke arc (which Braugher liked because he wanted to depict a Pembleton who had to face more challenge and difficulty in his work) and now he had to contend right foot with being side-lined in favour of the network insisted super-model cop.
** The Sniper episodes: The detectives couldn't figure out that "EROMITLAB" is "BALTIMORE" backwards?
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** The story arc where Bolander, Felton and Howard get shot. The Homicide squad spend two episodes hunting down the pedophile the detectives were supposed to serve the warrant on, despite the fact that everybody they talked to said he wasn't violent (and therefore couldn't have shot probably didn't shoot the detectives), and despite the fact that they went to the wrong door in the first place. Finally, in the third part, they have the sense to hunt the man whose door they knocked on.
** The ONLY reason Bayliss had ** Ed Danvers office picked it up in a series of errors involving Ryland, including not showing up for a hearing, allowing him to go free on a procedural matter. Then passed to Bayliss, who proceeded to punch Danvers in the jaw and eventually [[spoiler: kill Ryland in the finale]] was because Ed Danvers was written as a total moron who repeatedly put off prosecuting the case and then failed to show up at the final scheduled hearing, eventually seeing the criminal set free because he'd been held too long without charges being formally brought before the court. Needless to say, [[spoiler: he deserved to get socked in the jaw by Bayliss.]] finale]].



** From early in the first season onward, the impression is given that the only reason Barnfather has his job and rank is because of his skin color as little more than a public relations stunt, because he often shows he is not a capable police officer, is questionable to have ever worked in the field and totally botches the Adena Watson case almost right away. He will often order things done that go against any sort of common sense merely to try and play politics and pander to both the media and his superiors.
10th Jun '17 10:43:23 AM nombretomado
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* DependingOnTheWriter: The series is fairly standardized, but the exception is Season 2's "Bop Gun." This was written by David Simon, and used a lot of the lingo ("humble," "yo," etc.) that was in the book and was later featured in ''TheWire''. For most of the run, the show tended to use standard language, or included explanations with police jargon.

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* DependingOnTheWriter: The series is fairly standardized, but the exception is Season 2's "Bop Gun." This was written by David Simon, and used a lot of the lingo ("humble," "yo," etc.) that was in the book and was later featured in ''TheWire''.''Series/TheWire''. For most of the run, the show tended to use standard language, or included explanations with police jargon.



* SoulBrotha: Lewis.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Series/TheWire. Both were based on Homicide: A Year on The Killing Streets, with The Wire essentially using the plots and characters that went unused for Homicide. David Simon, having greater control over The Wire as well as freedom from Network interference (See above), was able to make a more honest crime drama.

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* %%* SoulBrotha: Lewis.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Series/TheWire.''Series/TheWire''. Both were based on Homicide: A Year on The Killing Streets, with The Wire essentially using the plots and characters that went unused for Homicide. David Simon, having greater control over The Wire as well as freedom from Network interference (See above), was able to make a more honest crime drama.



* TragicHero: If we consider the final movie, Bayliss.

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* %%* TragicHero: If we consider the final movie, Bayliss.
10th May '17 8:55:58 PM glickmam
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** From early in the first season onward, the impression is given that the only reason Barnfather has his job and rank is because of his skin color as little more than a public relations stunt, because he often shows he is not a capable police officer, is questionable to have ever worked in the field and totally botches the Adena Watson case almost right away. He will often order things done that go against any sort of common sense merely to try and play politics and pander to the media.

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** From early in the first season onward, the impression is given that the only reason Barnfather has his job and rank is because of his skin color as little more than a public relations stunt, because he often shows he is not a capable police officer, is questionable to have ever worked in the field and totally botches the Adena Watson case almost right away. He will often order things done that go against any sort of common sense merely to try and play politics and pander to both the media.media and his superiors.
30th Oct '16 11:44:24 PM KYCubbie
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** During the second part of the Season 6 premiere "Blood Ties", in which Munch and Kellerman are investigating a murder during a [[UsefulNotes/MLBTeams Baltimore Orioles]] home game, real-life Orioles pitchers Scott Erickson and Armando Benítez made appearances.

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** During the second part of the three-part Season 6 premiere "Blood Ties", in which Munch and Kellerman are investigating a murder during a [[UsefulNotes/MLBTeams Baltimore Orioles]] home game, real-life Orioles pitchers Scott Erickson and Armando Benítez made appearances.
30th Oct '16 11:37:57 PM KYCubbie
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* AesopAmnesia: To an extent. Pembleton tells Bayliss that he's to embrace his vices and get to know them in order to be virtuous, because virtue isn't real virtue if it hasn't been tested. Because the context was a discussion of exploration of sexuality, Bayliss takes this to heart and learns to embrace the darker side of his sexuality, eventually identifying as bi-sexual. However, Pembleton's advice had a clear, non-sexual, element to it that Bayliss totally missed. As a result, he does not apply Pembleton's advice in dealing with his cases and [[spoiler: Bayliss eventually snaps and executes Luke Ryland when he is freed on a technicality]]

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* AesopAmnesia: To an extent. Pembleton tells Bayliss that he's to embrace his vices and get to know them in order to be virtuous, because virtue isn't real virtue if it hasn't been tested. Because the context was a discussion of exploration of sexuality, Bayliss takes this to heart and learns to embrace the darker side of his sexuality, eventually identifying as bi-sexual.bisexual. However, Pembleton's advice had a clear, non-sexual, element to it that Bayliss totally missed. As a result, he does not apply Pembleton's advice in dealing with his cases and [[spoiler: Bayliss eventually snaps and executes Luke Ryland when he is freed on a technicality]]



* TheCameo: Famous Baltimore native Creator/JohnWaters, first as a bartender and then as a perp being extradited from New York by [[Series/LawAndOrder Detective Logan]]. It's unclear whether or not they're the same character

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* TheCameo: TheCameo:
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Famous Baltimore native Creator/JohnWaters, first as a bartender and then as a perp being extradited from New York by [[Series/LawAndOrder Detective Logan]]. It's unclear whether or not they're the same charactercharacter.
** During the second part of the Season 6 premiere "Blood Ties", in which Munch and Kellerman are investigating a murder during a [[UsefulNotes/MLBTeams Baltimore Orioles]] home game, real-life Orioles pitchers Scott Erickson and Armando Benítez made appearances.



* ChristianityIsCatholic: Lt Giardello, Detectives Crosetti, Pembleton, Felton. Partially [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in that Maryland has traditionally had a larger-than-normal Catholic population than the rest of the United States.

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* ChristianityIsCatholic: Lt Lt. Giardello, Detectives Crosetti, Pembleton, Felton. Partially [[JustifiedTrope justified]] {{justified|Trope}} in that Maryland has traditionally had a larger-than-normal Catholic population than the rest of the United States.
2nd Oct '16 12:31:21 PM nombretomado
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* BuriedAlive: ''Heartbeat'', which contains multiple references to EdgarAllanPoe.

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* BuriedAlive: ''Heartbeat'', which contains multiple references to EdgarAllanPoe.Creator/EdgarAllanPoe.
2nd Sep '16 8:54:14 PM glickmam
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* LaterInstallmentWeirdness: Pembleton's JurisdictionFriction battles with Rey Curtis and Lennie Briscoe in the later ''Series/LawAndOrder'' crossovers can be seen as this, given his previously friendly relationship with Curtis' predecessor, Mike Logan.
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.
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