''Low Winter Sun'' is dark CopShow/crime thriller from Creator/{{AMC}}, set in the ruins of modern Detroit on both sides of the law and the spaces in between. A story of murder, deception, revenge and corruption, the show begins on a stark cold open with the murder of DirtyCop Brendan [=McCann=] by his partner Joe Geddes and fellow detective Frank Agnew, ostensibly as revenge for the killing of Agnew's girlfriend. When internal affairs show up the next day to investigate [=McCann=], however, it soon becomes clear that Geddes had his own reasons for wanting his partner dead.

Starring Creator/MarkStrong as Agnew and Creator/LennieJames as Geddes, the show is a [[ForeignRemake remake]] of a British miniseries from 2006 that also starred Strong in the lead role.

AMC [[CutShort cancelled]] the show after a single 10-episode season due to fairly abysmal ratings and lukewarm at best critical reaction. Despite this, very little was LeftHanging and the show rolls pretty well as a self-contained one-off.

* AdaptationExpansion: A one-off miniseries developed into a ten episode season, with more planned before the show was cancelled.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: [[spoiler: In the dying seconds of the last episode, Frank is completely taken aback when asked to confirm Katia's name while identifying her body. It throws in to question [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation how well he actually knew]] a woman he supposedly loved when he couldn't even be sure Katia was her real name.]]
* AssholeVictim: Brendan was up to his knees in murder and corruption.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: The show opens with one cop tricking another into helping him kill a third and kicks off from there.
* TheBoxingEpisode: "Cake on the Way."
* ByTheBookCop: Detective Kahlil is shown to be one of the least corrupt in the department, [[spoiler: even willing to alienate her relationship with Agnew by wearing a wire to get information for Internal Affairs.]]
* CrapsackWorld
* DefiantToTheEnd: [[spoiler: When Reverend Lowdown's masked goons kill Damon, his last words are "Nice mask asshole."]]
* DetectiveMole: Agnew and Geddes spend many episodes investigating the murder they committed.
* DirtyCop: Joe and Brendan. Frank probably counts too after his actions in the opening scenes.
* TheDon: Alexander Skelos and Reverend Lowdown.
* DrivenToSuicide: Averted in "Ann Arbor"; [[spoiler: Agnew nearly [[AteHisGun does it]] after his ex-wife admits [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech how miserable she was during their marriage]]]].
* FakeNationality: Geddes and Agnew are played by Lennie James and Mark Strong, who are both English (and Strong played the Scottish Agnew in the original miniseries). Israeli Alon Aboutboul also plays the Greek crime boss Skelos.
* FollowTheLeader: Certainly owes plenty to ''[[Series/TheWire The Wire]]'' (urban desolation) and ''[[Series/TheShield The Shield]]'' (morally bankrupt characters).
* HeKnowsTooMuch: In "No Rounds", [[spoiler: Agnew and Geddes attempt to discredit a witness by [[BreakThemByTalking confusing him with questions and uncovering his personal secrets]]]].
* HeroAntagonist: Simon Boyd of Internal Affairs.
* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: In "Revelations", [[spoiler: Agnew drives to the house in Chicago where he believes Katia is staying and uses his Detroit PD badge to impersonate a Chicago Police detective to gain entry]].
* InternalAffairs
* JurisdictionFriction: Frank tries to invoke this to keep Internal Affairs away from the investigation into Brendan's murder. It doesn't work.
* JustOneLittleMistake: In "Surrender", [[spoiler: Boyd appears to present a strong case against Agnew and Geddes, but is unable to account for the [[SmokingGun mystery woman (Katia)]] who can corroborate his evidence]].
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Geddes.]]
* KillerCop: When Agnew looks through old case files, it's implied that [[spoiler: [=McCann=] had killed many and had made them appear as suicides in the subsequent investigation, with collaboration from Geddes and possibly Dawson]].
* TheLostLenore: Frank's motivation for the murder of a fellow cop. [[spoiler: It's a [[SubvertedTrope}}, as it is revealed in the third episode that Katia is not really dead, and Joe had manipulated Frank.]]
* ThePerfectCrime: Deconstructed. [[spoiler: Agnew and Geddes believed that their killing of [=McCann=] was perfect, but later episodes showed that they overlooked certain pieces of evidence.]]
* PlotTriggeringDeath: The [=McCann=] murder sets everything in motion.
* RightHandVersusLeftHand: Frank and Joe have to help their department investigate the murder of Brendan while covering up the fact that they are the killers.
* SanitySlippage: Frank has a ''spectacularly'' bad day in "Ann Arbor" that sees him gradually losing his already shaky grip on things. Already missing a night's sleep after [[spoiler: informing the families of [=McCann=]'s victims of the cover up]], he gets beaten up after aggravating a group of workmen, seems to have a mild heart attack after a failed attempt to flee the country, car-jacks a woman trying to help him out, and finally comes close to suicide after an emotional confrontation with his ex-wife.
* TheScapegoat: [[spoiler: Sean Foster]].
* SceneryGorn: Loving shots of some of Destroit's most miserable scenery.
* {{Swirlie}}: In "There Was A Girl" Agnew and Geddes attempt to use this [[spoiler: to force a confession from Damon]].
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Unrelentingly bleak.
* SlidingScaleOfLawEnforcement: Pretty much all over the scale. [[spoiler: Boyd and Kahlil appear to be on the positive end; Agnew is also portrayed as by-the-book until the events of the show. [=McCann=], Geddes, and Dawson appear on the negative end]].
* VillainousBreakdown: In "Surrender", after [[spoiler: Boyd's case against Agnew and Geddes is overruled by the deputy mayor]].