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->''"[[RaceAgainstTheClock We may race and we may run]]"''\\
''"[[{{Irony}} We'll not undo what has been done]]"''\\
''"[[SoundtrackDissonance Or change the moment when it's gone]]"''
-->-- '''David Gray''''s ''The Other Side'', played near the end of the first episode

Today Detective Brett Hopper will be accused of shooting state attorney Alberto Garza. He will offer his rock solid alibi. [[FrameUp He will realize he's been framed]]. [[ClearMyName And he will run]]. [[GroundhogDayLoop Then he will wake up and start the day over again]].

''Day Break'' was a 2006 action thriller television series starring Taye Diggs (''Film/{{Equilibrium}}'', ''Film/TheWayOfTheGun'') as a cop framed for murder. He's on the run from the police, a local latin gang who want to track down the key witness he's hidden away, and the shady mobsters who want him to take the fall. With each loop Hopper gets another chance to [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong fix all his mistakes]] and try to escape the day.

What sets this apart from other time loops is the fact that injuries sustained carry over in the loop, so dying is not an option. Also, he can inspire individuals to fix their own problems by leading them towards their own personal epiphanies, which keeps him from having to fix everyone's problems everyday. This can cause problems when people don't do what he expects.

It's up to Hopper to find the true murderer, save his loved ones, get his witness to trial in one piece, and make it to tomorrow.

Not to be confused with the British breakfast television show.

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!!This series provides examples of:

* AbusiveParents: Miguel Dominguez, a notorious ProfessionalKiller working for the conspiracy, went to prison for [[SelfMadeOrphan murdering his own parents]]. It's originally believed that he's just a total psycho who targeted his sister afterwards and she's been in hiding ever since, but it eventually transpires that their father slashed up her face while the mother watched. She's adored him ever since [[spoiler:and is his contact in Los Angeles]].
* ADayInTheLimelight: Most of the supporting cast has a problem to be solved, and they get their own episode to deal with it.
* AnyoneCanDie: Most of the main cast die at least once. But next day they live again. Hopper's biggest fear is the loop stopping when somebody he cares about is dead. In the end [[spoiler: it's subverted, all Hopper's friends live.]]
* BigBad: Councilman Tobias Booth, who is leading a city-wide alliance of corrupt administrators trying to control Los Angeles behind the scenes. Booth is directly responsible for framing Hopper and setting the whole plot in motion. [[spoiler:At least until it's revealed that he actually answers to Barry Colburn, Hopper's supposed defense attorney.]]
* BondVillainStupidity: The hotel shootout. [[spoiler:Hopper runs to the car, Andrea is covering him. The gunman shows up, and rather than shoot him, she calls out and allows herself to be shot.]] ''Then'' she shoots back.
* CrazyJealousGuy: [[spoiler:Chad Shelton.]]
* CutShort: Averted, actually. The show was cancelled after only six episodes were aired, but the 13-episode season was already completed. Despite the {{Sequel Hook}}s, the series' one season is actually a fully completed and pretty well-contained story.
* DetectiveDrama
* DiggingYourselfDeeper: Happens several times. In one iteration of the loop, Brett accidentally reveals to Rita that their first date was actually a stakeout.
* DoWithHimAsYouWill: At the end of the series, detective Brett Hopper discovers that the person who killed his father years earlier is actually [[spoiler:uncle Nick, his father's old partner]]. Hopper's informant Damien, a career gangster, captures him after he tried to double cross Damien and to give Hopper the satisfaction of killing him presents him with a gun. Hopper taunts the killer's protests that he had no choice by saying that there's ''always'' a choice and walks away. Damien executes the killer seconds later.
* DrivenToSuicide:
** [[spoiler:Subverted with Hopper's dad. His old partner actually killed him because he was digging too deep into a case.]]
** [[spoiler:Played straight with Conrad Detweiler in the last episode, who places his shotgun underneath his chin upon reading about the conspirators being rounded up in the morning paper.]]
** [[spoiler:Mrs Garza either got killed or shot herself too.]]
* DysfunctionJunction: The lives of Hopper and everyone he knew were really damned screwed up ''before'' the conspiracy made its move.
* EntitledToHaveYou: Chad is still broken up about the failure of his marriage to Rita, thinks that they belong together, and that Hopper isn't worthy enough to be with her. [[spoiler:He frames Hopper for Garza's murder by tampering with the murder weapon while it's in evidence lock-up.]]
* EvilAllAlong:
** [[spoiler:Uncle Nick killed Hopper's father way back when to save his own hide.]]
** [[spoiler:Chad Shelton planted the murder weapon to incriminate Hopper.]]
** [[spoiler:Barry Colburn is initially introduced as a helpful if sceptical defense attorney assigned to publicly defend Hopper, and in a later episode he helps Hopper out further with his investigation. At the end of the series it's revealed that he was actually pulling the strings of the Big Bad.]]
* FanService: [[ActionGirl Victoria Pratt]] and Moon Bloodgood are always lookin' good, and considering that Taye Diggs wakes up every morning with his shirt off... Except that one time after [[spoiler:[[FanDisservice he got shot]].]]
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: Subverted. Injuries Hopper sustains from one day carry over to the next, ranging from a shaving cut to bruises to [[spoiler: bullet wounds]]. Everybody else is fine though.
* GroundhogDayLoop: The whole series is built around one. In all, Hopper seems to be stuck in the loop for a month or two until he dismantles the conspiracy succesfully.
* GunsAkimbo: Brett pulls this off on his 3rd loop during the hotel shootout.
* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler: After the death of Hopper's sister, he flashes back on the deaths of everyone he cares about due to his actions in the loops and starts to break down.]] He gets over it pretty fast, though.
* HostageSituation: Of all the places to have one, Hopper starts one in his own police station in downtown L.A.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Every episode title begins with the question "What If...", illustrating how Hopper uses different tactics each day to get to the bottom of the conspiracy.
* InspectorJavert: Detectives Spivak and Choi.
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Wow, that [[spoiler:Chad Shelton]] isn't such a bad guy after all, right? Wrong. [[spoiler:Chad framed Hopper for murder because he was bitter about losing his ex-wife.]]
* KarmaHoudini:
** [[spoiler:Barry Colburn has been leading the entire conspiracy through his front man Booth. His distance from the whole affair means that the dismantlement of the organization doesn't affect him in the slightest. Hopper figures Colburn's place in the thing out by the end but can't obtain any actionable evidence beyond suspicions, so Hopper can only warn Colburn that it's not over yet.]]
** [[spoiler:Chad Shelton]] is arrested when his role in the conspiracy is brought to light, but he subsequently escapes, possibly as part of a SequelHook.
** Another scene of WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue shows Garza's murderer and several other hitmen in the prison van with concealed pistols and ready to kill their guards.
* KindaBusyHere: Over and over again.
* MamaDidntRaiseNoCriminal: During one of the repeating days Hopper visits his mother's home to further the investigation by digging up information on his dead father. When she chastises him for not visiting her more often he explains that he's too busy at the moment since he's wanted for murder in Los Angeles, although he didn't actually do it. Her response? "Well of course -- I didn't raise no murderer!"
* TheManBehindTheMan: The thugs targeting Hopper are commanded by the ominous "Man from the Quarry". We learn his name -- Conrad Detweiler -- only several episodes later. Then he is heard taking orders from somebody else -- Tobias Booth. Who in one episode even executes him for allegedly leaking information to Hopper.[[note]]Incidentally, in the last aired episode Hopper learns Detweiler's name and address, assumes that he has found the boss who has answers and can make it all stop, but then some [[NothingIsScarier nameless and faceless]] man orders to bury Detweiler alive [[YouHaveFailedMe to make an example of him]]. And then the series was taken off air and the rest was released much later.[[/note]] [[spoiler:But Booth is actually subordinate to Barry Colburn, who is the ultimate leader of the conspiracy. Hopper eventually learns the truth, but Colburn is actually so high up in the criminal chain that all his tracks are covered and Hopper can't do anything about him, so he remains a free man.]]
* MeaningfulEcho: For every decision, there is a consequence. Decision.....consequence.....
* OneDegreeOfSeparation: Hopper's friends, family, lover, enemies, his ''entire life'' is relevant to the murder of Roberto Garza.
* ProfessionalKiller: Miguel Dominguez aka "El Llorón" ("The Crying Man") is the contract killer who murdered Assistant District Attorney Alberto Garza, for which Hopper is framed. [[spoiler:He's normally incarcerated, but he has an agreement with the corrupt authorities to release him occassionally so he can take out people whenever his employers want him to.]]
* SaveScumming: It's a GroundhogDayLoop, so this is obvious. Also subverted, because it's not a ''true'' GHL when people actually can change from loop to loop. They may not remember what you did, but they're still pissed at you. [[spoiler:And if you do something good for them, they still feel grateful.]] Plus, injuries are carried through the "reset", but only for Hopper. Being shot in an early iteration locks him out of several more, as he keeps losing his stitches every time he loops.
* SelfMadeOrphan: Hitman Miguel Dominguez was originally locked up for killing his own parents. It's later revealed that he did this to protect his sister from their abusive father.
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: This seems to be the reason for the loop. Illustrated early on by the bus accident.
* ShutUpHannibal: Hopper gets a lot of these. Though to be fair, most of the time he already knows what the bad guy is going to say.
* SequelHook: For both the A plot and B plot. Though [[spoiler:Barry Coleburn]] is revealed as the BigBad behind the Garza murder, [[spoiler:the waves of arrests and suicides following Hopper's victory [[KarmaHoudini passes him right by]] without damaging any of his assets or capabilities... but between those deaths and the prestige Hopper gained from the arrests, he'll be Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department within ''weeks'', with all the assets he needs for a drawn-out war with Coleburn. Also, several hitmen and Chad manage to escape. Coleburn and Hopper share a few pointed words as to how ItHasOnlyJustBegun before Hopper leaves to go to the final confrontation with Uncle Nick.]] As for the time loops? The final shot of the series is [[spoiler:Jared Pryor looking at Hopper meaningfully ''despite having given him a clean miss on the final iteration of the day''.]]
* {{Short Runner|s}} - 13 episodes, 7 didn't air.
* SoftGlass: Averted. In the pilot episode, Brett throws a guy into a glass display case. In a later scene set a few hours later, we are told that "they're still picking the glass out of his back" at the hospital.
* TimeTravelTenseTrouble: Brett often ran into this whenever he tried to explain the GroundhogDayLoop to another character.
--> '''Chad:''' When did I say this?
--> '''Brett:''' Today.
--> '''Chad:''' Wait, how many todays ago?
--> '''Brett:''' Yesterday.
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch
* TwoLinesNoWaiting: The A plot is a murder mystery, complicated/enabled by the B plot -- the GroundhogDayLoop. It's implied by the description of [[spoiler:Jared Pyror's]] illness that humans can become "trapped" in loops due to UnfinishedBusiness. Once [[spoiler:Jared]] was made completely aware of his confusion, his loops ended. Hopper had to face the complications of his entire screwed-up life before he could move on to the next day.
* ViewersAreMorons: Implied, but possibly justified given the complexity of the plot. Starting from later episodes, each new day for an episode begins with a caption to identify the day (Day 1, Day 2, etc.), but these only apply to the current episode, which is why you see multiple Day 1s and Day 2s from episode to episode.
** Actually, the Day 1s etc. indicate how long he's been working on the current line of investigation.
* WakingUpElsewhere: Paired with TapOnTheHead. Hopper gets knocked unconscious all the damn time.
* WhamLine: [[spoiler: [[ThatWasNotADream I'm sorry I bit you]]]].
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse
** If Margo isn't hit by a bus, she is kidnapped, brought to a warehouse and [[spoiler:tortured to make courthouse passes to massacre judge Nitzberg and the jury]]. On the last day Hopper stopped the bus, but forgot about the warehouse. Did they kill her, keep her or let her go?
** Every day Detweiler and Tony try to persuade [[spoiler:Rita Shelton]] to testify against Brett. The one time we saw her refuse and leave, Detweiler tried to shoot Tony, but was shot by Brett and Chad. On the last day she refused, but the circumstances were very different. What happened to Tony?
* WhiteShirtOfDeath: [[spoiler:Although he didn't die, Hopper got shot while wearing a white shirt. The blood is very noticeable.]]
* WinYourFreedom: Miguel Dominguez was let out temporarily so that he could [[spoiler:commit a murder.]]
* XMeetsY: Described by the producers as ''Series/TheFugitive'' meets ''Film/GroundhogDay''.

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->''"Remember, for every decision, there's a consequence."''
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