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''Memphis Beat'' was an hour-long cop {{dramedy}} on Turner Network Television (TNT). It stars Creator/JasonLee as Detective Dwight Hendricks of the Memphis Police Department. The show is something of a throwback to [[TheEighties 80s]] cop dramas where the detectives were quirky and unconventional, his boss (in this case Alfre Woodard as Lt. Tanya Rice) was a by-the-book commander frustrated by said lead and his fellow cops served mostly as straight men to him (with the requisite awkward rookie, here played by D.J. Qualls.).

Though the show is set in Memphis, it is shot mostly in New Orleans (for tax reasons). Ratings were good for the first season, but not without criticism (particularly from Memphis locals) that the show was Memphis-based in name only: The On-Screen Memphis is basically New Orleans-by-way-of-[[Film/InTheHeatOfTheNight Sparta, MS,]] save for some shout-out to local landmarks (and of course, references to [[ElvisPresley Elvis]]). The show's producers have promised to make Memphis in the second season feel more like the actual Memphis. Aired from June 22, 2010 to August 16, 2011 on TNT.

!!Memphis Beat contains examples of the following tropes:

* BlackBossLady: Lt. Tanya Rice
* CaliforniaDoubling: The show's titular setting is Memphis, TN. The show itself (aside from the occasional establishing shot of Memphis landmarks) is shot in New Orleans, LA -- about 260 miles to the southwest.
* TheCastShowOff: Each episode ends with Lee showing off his musical chops.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Sgt. J.C. Lightfoot.
* CowboyCop: Dwight.
* ConspicuousCGI: The pilot contained a glaringly out-of-place radio station marquee.
* DeepSouth: What the setting was treated like, most of the time, in Season 1.
* ElvisImpersonator: A running gag in the pilot.
* ExoticDetective: Dwight is a font of Memphis musical lore (Especially Elvis and Sun Studios).
* FanNickname: Fans and detractors alike have taken to calling Lee's character [[MyNameIsEarl "Detective Earl"]]
* GoodCopBadCop: Usually with Whitehead taking the role of "Bad Cop."
* GoodOlBoy: Dwight.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Unlike other TNT shows released on DVD, this show never released all two seasons on DVD!
* MommasBoy: Dwight is unapologetically devoted to his mother, Paula.
* OutlawCouple: in "Identity Crisis" [[spoiler: the twist is that there are TWO Bonnies: the latter the girlfriend, the former is his mother.]]
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: TNT hardly promoted the show over its two seasons and quietly canceled it despite a positive reception. You think they would have tried to make a show starring Jason Lee and produced by Creator/GeorgeClooney one of their big shows.
* ShiningCity: Most of the main cast (and many of the perps) treat Memphis as such.
* SouthernFriedGenius: Dwight
* StraightMan: Dwight's partner, Det. Whitehead.
* ThemeNaming: Each episode is titled after a Memphis blues or rock and roll song.
* WhatMightHaveBeen: The show was originally conceived as ''Delta Blues'' and was set in a fictional town near New Orleans.
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