Series: Detroit 187

aka: Detroit One Eight Seven

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

The series premiered on ABC in 2010, lasting only one season.


  • Berserk Button - 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.
  • Death by Sex: Det. John Stone.
  • Detroit
  • Every Car Is a Pinto - Subverted; the car exploded because the suspect was involved in an arson and the trunk was loaded with gas cans.
  • Foreshadowing: They named one of the episodes "Stone Cold" for a reason...
  • Hollywood Healing - Washington is 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.
  • Mama Bear - 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.
  • Na´ve Newcomer - Det. Washington, who is naturally paired with Louis Finch, the unit's surliest veteran.
  • Papa Wolf: 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 California, not Michigan.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: In the first season finale, the Big Bad murders an entire family just to send a message to Fitch.
    • One of the victims was actually found inside a cabinet.
    • 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 Stone dead, so they told her the alternate way of making them happy was to kill Stone. It didn't end well for her.
  • Two Lines, No Waiting - Every episode follows two unrelated cases, and scene changes include a title card identifying which one they're switching to.
  • Villain with Good Publicity - Henry Miloy, oh so much.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: 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.