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A [[ShortRunners short-lived]] VampireDetectiveSeries that ran from 2007 to 2008 on CBS. Some saw it as a shameless ripoff of [[Series/{{Angel}} several]] [[Series/BloodTies other]] [[Series/ForeverKnight vampire]] shows. It started to develop its own mythology, but was cancelled before it could really find its footing. It's notable that while critics panned the acting and dialogue, almost everyone agreed that side character Josef Kostan was a real gem.

The show revolves around Mick St. John, an 85-year-old private investigator (though thanks to vampirism, he looks pretty good for his age). Despite being turned well over 50 years ago, Mick still has some angst about being a vampire, and refuses to kill for food. He has no qualms killing bad guys or other vampires, though. He also has some surprising hang-ups regarding a [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer pretty young blonde...]]

Not to be confused with ''MoonlightLady'' nor ''Series/{{Moonlighting}}''.
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!!This show provides examples of:
* [[ABNegative AO Negative]]: Beth
* AlliterativeTitle: Beth toys with a couple for her story in the first episode.
* AlwaysNeedWhatYouGaveUp: Mick has to go through all kinds of hell [[spoiler: [[IJustWantToBeNormal to find the cure for vampirism]]]], but ends up nearly getting killed by a vampire using his plastic surgery business to collect rare blood types, to sell at a premium. Since the phony surgeon captures [[ABNegative Beth]], Mick is forced to beg Josef [[spoiler: to turn him back into a vampire]].
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Coraline]]
* BadassLongcoat: Mick
* BatmanGambit: Lee Jay [[spoiler:kidnaps and threatens to murder Julia]] to get Mick to turn himself in.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: Evil definitely exists in the form of some brutal vampires and even humans. But our protagonists, even cute and innocent Beth, aren't afraid to kill...even humans.
* BlessedWithSuck: Coraline sees turning Mick as freeing him from death so they can be [[EternalLove together forever]]. He's not as thrilled as she is.
* [[CantGrowUp Can't Grow Up]]
* CantStayNormal: [[spoiler:Mick]] becomes human again and gives it up to save [[spoiler:Beth]].
* TheCharmer: Christian's wife describes him as charming. "Like a snake." [[CaptainObvious They aren't on good terms, anymore.]]
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Mick's tough on bad guys, but will go out of his way to save people, even if he hardly knows them or they expressly dislike him.
* CombatPragmatist: Mick has no problem using his vampire powers to [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomp]] human opponents.
* CurseThatCures: Beth asks Mick to do this for her fatally wounded fiance. He refuses. [[GenreSavvy He musta seen that ep of]] ''ForeverKnight.''
* DamnedByFaintPraise: Mick calls Buzzwire "entertaining", and the complements stop there.
* DaywalkingVampire: Vampires don't particularly like being out in the sun and they're very sensitive to it, but it doesn't make them burn up.
* DeadpanSnarker: Josef
** "Sorry, not questioning your loyalties. Vampire solidarity. Rah, rah, rah and all that."
** "Hey, you have a soft spot for the mortal ones. A fascination with all the charming things they do, while listening to the 'tick, tick, tick' of their own looming demise. That's fine. That's good. Everyone needs a hobby."
** "You seriously drink this stuff? What is it, like, non-fat, soy, vegan blood?"
** "Hey look. I know you have morals and scruples and that's fine, sort of."
* DistressedDamsel: Beth is kidnapped twice in the first episode. Once in {{Flashback}}.
** The next target is [[spoiler:Julia]] in the second episode.
* DoubleStandard: This exchange between Mick and Beth.
-->''"So how old are you?"''
-->''"Not polite to ask people their age."''
-->''"That's just women."''
* DramaticIrony: In the first episode, someone explains "the truth" about vampires to Mick. The audience knows that Mick actually ''is'' one, but the humans in the story do not.
* DullSurprise: Also DelayedReaction when Beth smashes a vase over Mick's head and he stares at her for a second and finally gives a very blank "ouch". Also-also BadBadActing, as Mick, being a vampire, wasn't hurt in the least.
* EmergencyTransformation: Mick refuses to do this for [[spoiler:Beth's boyfriend]], saying "It's not life." [[WhatTheHellHero She calls him on this at the end of the episode]], pointing out that, obviously, ''he'' seems to find it preferable to being dead. (Note that we'll never really know for sure whether he does or not, as he was never offered a choice.)
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Josef is introduced arguing with a business partner in his big fancy house, with some beautiful girls hanging out in his pool in the background.
* EternalLove: Coraline makes Mick a vampire so they can be together forever.
* FacingTheBulletsOneLiner: Mick, shot with silver buckshot, writhing in pain, with his shooter leaning over him with a running flamethrower, snarling "The last thing the world needs is an eternal you".
* {{Fanservice}}: Beth's cameraman attaches a mike to her bra in the first episode. Her shirt hangs open then, and [[spoiler:Christian]] rips it open again later.
* {{Flashback}}: To Mick's past, all the time.
* FleurDeLis
* FriendOnTheForce: Beth is on a FirstNameBasis with an officer called Carl, who frequently gives her little bits of info on new cases, partly because he wants to shut her up, and partly because, "It's ''me'', Carl!"
** Mick also has one, from way back before he was a vampire. They can even keep in touch, since his friend is blind and can't see that Mick hasn't aged.
* GoryDiscretionShot: We see a masked man pull a knife on [[spoiler:Chloe]]. Next we an outside shot of the building and hear her scream.
* {{Goth}}: Beth refers to the murder victim as surrounding herself with "goth-o-rama", and many of her funeral-going friends also match the stereotype. However, she calls them "{{Emo}}", and seems to be using the terms interchangeably.
* HotForTeacher: Christian seduces his students with the vampire angle and then seduces them.
* HotScoop: Beth, of course, and most of her reporter buddies.
* IdenticalGrandson: Mick passes off an old picture of himself as his father.
* [[IHateYouVampireDad I Hate You Vampire Wife]]: Mick hates Coraline for turning him/
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Mick has this attitude towards his vampirism.
* InASingleBound: Part of the vampire-powers package.
* IncrediblyLamePun: "Being a vampire sucks: [[LampshadeHanging It's a bad joke, I know,]] but it's the truth."
* InMediasRes: Multiple episodes
* ImmortalImmaturity: A teenage vampire was featured in one episode.
* IWorkAlone: Mick tells this to Beth. She dismisses him immediately.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Josh]]
* {{Masquerade}}: Vampires work to keep their existence secret from the rest of the world, although exceptions are made for some humans. Heck, Josef pretty much has a harem of sexy girls he drinks from, who seem quite fond of the arrangement themselves.
* KissOfTheVampire: Josef's girls enjoy being snacked on.
* MayflyDecemberFriendship: PlayedWith by Mick and his dog. Every time his dog dies, he gets a new dog of the same breed and gives them the same name and a number. He's up to the 30s by the time of the series.
* MayflyDecemberRomance: Mick and Beth
* MoralDissonance: Mick murders people throughout the course of the show.
** Beth also let vampires kill a paparazzo because he threatened Mick.
* MurderByCremation: In the episode "Doctor Feelgood", a newly-turned vampire goes rabid and kills a lot of random people (including his wife). Being a doctor, he goes back to his hospital, where Mick tracks him down and stakes him (which only paralyses vampires). He then feeds him to the cremation oven at the morgue downstairs.
* MyGrandsonMyself: Mick tells Beth that the Mick St. John who investigated a murder decades ago was his father.
* NeckSnap: Mick knows how it's done.
* NeverFoundTheBody: Coraline
* NeverSuicide: Not in the first episode, at least.
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: A doctor jumps out of his car to give aid to a hit-and-run victim, who [[spoiler:is actually a vampire and promptly turns him]].
* NotDistractedByTheSexy: Mick doesn't even glance at Beth's chest when she's unconscious with her shirt unbuttoned, and the next time we see her, he's covered her up.
* NotSoDifferent: Lee Jay pulls this on Mick.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Most of the vampires appear to be in their 20s and 30s. Their actual ages are occasionally measured in centuries.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: They can [[spoiler: become human again with a specific drug, though the effects don't last.]] While they mention an aversion to sunlight, Mick is often seen in daylight. It seems as long as he shades his eyes, he's fine. In reality, as long as he doesn't stay out too long, he'll be fine. Sunlight acts more like a poison than an incinerator.
** Vampires also have a pulse. Staking them causes paralysis, but burning and beheading seem to be the only ways to eliminate them.
** [[{{Irony}} Ironically ]], the sunlight and the paralysing stake is actually more "true" to the Vampires of the original Dracula than any other of the modern vampires.
** Vampires are allergic to silver, which is actually a neat way of reconciling the whole silver bullet thing with the vampires' lack of reflections in mirrors (which are, or at least used to be, backed with silver) and that you can't take a photograph of them (silver salts in film emulsion).
*** Which apparently means you can take a ''digital'' photo of a vampire with no problems.
* ParentalAbandonment: Well, [[BuffySpeak sire-al]] abandonment. It leads to some extremely dangerous vampires.
* PirateGirl: In "B.C.", Josef mentions that he first met his on-and-off girlfriend Lola in the 17th century when she was trying to put together a pirate army. Apparently, one could do that in those days. Being a vampire helps too.
* {{Protectorate}}: Mick took it upon himself to protect Beth when she was young.
** He also tried to protect a woman named [[PosthumousCharacter Ilene]] from her abusive spouse. That one didn't go so well.
* Really700YearsOld: Josef is specified to be "four hundred going on thirty".
* RecycledInSpace: ''Series/ForeverKnight''...in the United States.
* SerialKiller: One kills two college students and tries to kill [[spoiler:Beth]] in a Mission-Based example.
** There's another in the second episode. He's either a Visionary-type (it's stated he can't help himself) or a Power/Control-motivated killer (he's an abusive spouse that threatened to kill his wife if she left him), and likely a combination of the two.
** And in the ''third'' episode, there's a vampiric one who's driven to kill by his intense hunger.
* SeriousBusiness: Beth is very quick to defend Buzzwire when Mick dismisses it as "entertaining".
* SilverHasMysticPowers: Film and mirrors made with it can't picture vampires.
%%* ShoutOut: [[LeeroyJenkins Leeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeroooooooooooooooooooooooy Jeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeenkiiiinnnnnnnnnnnnsssssss!!]]
* StayInTheKitchen: Mick tries to keep Beth away from actually fighting, which she finds somewhat irrtating.
-->''"Why does the girl always have to stay in the car?"''
* StealthHiBye: Mick disappears on Beth within the first five minutes of the show. It also doubles as an OffScreenTeleportation.
* SuperSpeed: Responsible for the aforementioned StealthHiBye. Vampires are fast little guys.
* ToBecomeHuman: Mick [[spoiler: and Coraline]] take the steps towards this.
* TranquillizerDart: Beth is stabbed with some sort of syringe to put her under. InstantSedation is actually [[AvertedTrope averted]], though. She gets groggy almost immediately and looks like she's out, but she's still just-barely-conscious for the next several minutes.
* TorchesAndPitchforks: Or at least torches, according to Josef.
* UnexplainedRecovery: [[spoiler: Coraline]]
* VampireBitesSuck
* VampireDetectiveSeries (obviously)
* VampiresAreRich: Mick casually refers to Josef losing a million dollars betting on a sports game.
* VampiresAreSexGods: At least Josef is...
* VegetarianVampire
* VitriolicBestBuds: [[HeterosexualLifePartners Josef and Mick]] [[HoYay rag on each other]] quite a bit
* WarmBloodbagsAreEverywhere: Mick tries this, and Josef doesn't think he can keep it up.
* WeirdnessMagnet: Josh accuses Mick of this.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: averted, as humans are killed too.
* WhatTheHellHero: Josef snaps at Mick for not killing Lee Jay when he had the chance, because Josef thinks he only let the guy go so Beth wouldn't think badly of him.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Not Mick! A lot of other vampires have no problem at all with their eternal lives.
* WomanInWhite: Coraline in Mick's [[{{Flashback}} flashbacks]] in the first episode.
* WoundedGazelleGambit: Lee Jay smashes his own head into a mirror and blames Mick. Then later, he shoots himself.
* YourMakeupIsRunning: Julia in the second episode.
* YourVampiresSuck: One of the first things mentioned in the first episode is that many of the stereotypical ways of killing vampires don't work. Crosses don't kill them and, in Mick's own words, if you were to spray Holy Water on him, the only thing that would happen is that he'd get wet.
** Christian also sneers at "dime store" representations of vampires and lectures Mick on what a ''[[DramaticIrony real vampire]]" is.
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