[[caption-width-right:315:L-to-R: Det. Greenback, Det. Whitehead, Lt. Rice, Dwight, Ofc. Sutton]]

''Memphis Beat'' was an hour-long cop {{dramedy}} on Creator/{{TNT}} from from June 22, 2010 to August 16, 2011. 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 Creator/AlfreWoodard 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 Creator/DJQualls.).

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 {{Music/Elvis|Presley}}). The show's producers have promised to make Memphis in the second season feel more like the actual Memphis.
!!Memphis Beat contains examples of the following tropes:

* BlackBossLady: Lt. Tanya Rice.
* 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.
* TheExoticDetective: Dwight is a font of Memphis musical lore (Especially Elvis and Sun Studios).
* GoodCopBadCop: Usually with Whitehead taking the role of "Bad Cop."
* GoodOlBoy: Dwight.
* 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.]]
* 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.