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"Beautiful people doing high-tech crime work? Might be a series in that."
Stewart Lytle leaning on the fourth wall in the CSI episode "Two and A Half Deaths".

Welcome to the United States of America, but not quite as you know it. In this world, forensic investigators have cool gadgets, look gorgeous and are allowed to conduct entire criminal investigations on their own. Crimes are solved far quicker than in your world, with snazzy flashbacks and re-enactments. Did we mention that lab work is done to funky music, with Real Song Theme Tunes by The Who?

May you die in a interesting way and leave a beautiful (or horribly mangled, whichever works) corpse.


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The Verse contains examples of:

  • Acceptable Breaks from Reality: Way too many to count. The simple fact that most cases take a few days at best to be solved is a blatant example of this.
  • Celebrity Paradox: Despite the show's existing in the same universe, at least two actors (Thom Barry and John Finn) had guest-starring roles on Without a Trace before beginning work on Cold Case (which premiered a year later) as completely different characters.
  • Fair Cop: Virtually every cop character who's a regular qualifies. There's probably someone there for everyone's taste.
  • Hot Scientist: Again, virtually every character who's a scientist and a regular qualifies. There's probably someone there for everyone's taste.
  • No Badge? No Problem!:
    • The original CSI gets Flanderized into this in parodies but it's not as prevalent as it's made out to be. While the CSIs tend to do things that the police would be the ones to do in real life (like interviewing suspects or capturing them, though the latter tends to happen only when someone they plan to just speak to runs away), Grissom often reminds civilians he isn't a cop, and at one point was told to leave the scene by Brass when it became apparent that a suspect was still there.
    • Averted for the most part in the spinoffs, as the characters actually are full-fledged cops or FBI agents. However one CSI: NY episode had Mac do a technical one of these when he follows his stalker to Chicago, and tries to throw his badge to get into the Tribune building. Chicago PD had to remind him that badges only work in their jurisdiction and he had no power in Chicago.


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