'''''Detroit 1-8-7''''' is a [[CopShow police drama]] set in UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}}, UsefulNotes/{{Michigan}}. It follows six police officers in the city's police force as they go about their jobs.

The series premiered on Creator/{{ABC}} in 2010, lasting [[ShortRunners only one season]].

* BerserkButton - So far, Washington (a new father) and the Lieutenant both strongly dislike perps who hurt children. The female detective does not take kindly to suspects who make remarks about her good looks.
* {{Cliffhanger}}: The ending to the series premier.
* DeathBySex: [[spoiler: Det. John Stone.]]
* UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}}
* EveryCarIsAPinto - Subverted; the car exploded because [[spoiler: the suspect was involved in an arson and the trunk was loaded with gas cans.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: They named one of the episodes [[spoiler: "Stone Cold"]] for a reason...
* HollywoodHealing - Washington is [[spoiler:shot in the gut at the end of the first episode]]. By episode three he's healed well enough to run flat-out in a foot chase until he exhausts himself, with no side effects from the wound.
* MamaBear - Do not be the perp in a case where a child is hurt or killed unless you want to feel the wrath of the Lieutenant.
* NaiveNewcomer - Det. Washington, who is naturally paired with Louis Finch, the unit's surliest veteran.
* PapaWolf: Despite Fitch's estranged behavior, he will do absolutely anything to keep his son from harm.
* SoCalization: In the title itself: 187 is the police code for murder...in California, not Michigan.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: In the first season finale, the BigBad murders ''an entire family'' just to send a message to Fitch.
** One of the victims was actually found inside a cabinet.
** [[spoiler:Stone]] dies for what reason exactly?
*** He died so his ex-girlfriend/drug addict could pay off her debt. Ironically, she was in debt to the same people who wanted [[spoiler: Stone]] dead, so they told her the alternate way of making them happy was to kill [[spoiler: Stone.]] It didn't end well for her.
* TwoLinesNoWaiting - Every episode follows two unrelated cases, and scene changes include a title card identifying which one they're switching to.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity - Henry Miloy, oh so much.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In the pilot, the medical examiner's black eye is explained away as a result of her after-hours hobby: roller derby. It is never brought up again.