So Which TV Crime Show Really Is The Best?

Discussion in 'TV Show Forum' started by PoochJD, Aug 24, 2012.

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Which of these is the best show?

Poll closed Aug 31, 2012.
  1. The Sopranos

    8 vote(s)
    26.7%
  2. The Wire

    10 vote(s)
    33.3%
  3. The Shield

    12 vote(s)
    40.0%
  4. Homicide: Life On The Street

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. PoochJD

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    Ok,

    So you've got to pick one from these four shows, so we can see which one is genuinely the King of US Crime TV shows. Votes are confidential, but I will then do a second poll with the Top 2 fighting it off against each other.

    Vote away! You have one week. :)


    Pooch
     
  2. Guns_LotsOfGuns

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    That's a very short list and to be honest I don't bother with any of them.
     
  4. krish

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    Who chose the shortlist and why such a short one with limited choices and therefore unrepresentative? Rendered worthless for those reasons, as you can't draw any fair conclusions from it about voters' tastes.

    Furthermore The Sopranos isn't really a crime genre show, it's more of a domestic drama about a family, where the father/husband just happens to be a mob boss. That would make it an even shorter list.
     
  5. King Tones

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    If Soprano's is in it then surely Breaking Bad could make it into it along with quite a few other shows.
    What about Dexter ?

    Is this just your choice then Pooch I am guessing, you not like any other shows ?
     
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    Out of the list easily the shield imo, but wheres breaking bad :eek:, definitely a list topper
     
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    Never watched any of those shows in the poll but the best crime/drama series for me was The Sweeney. Never get tired of watching the repeats.
     
  8. krish

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    As Homicide is on the list, then loads of cop shows / procedurals are eligible candidates

    Where does Oz stand? ... still law-enforcement/criminal justice-based
     
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    Shameful to not have The Bill and Heartbeat in the list as well ;)
     
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    .. and you've got to have Police Squad, surely? :)
     
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    Not to many got justice in Oz, the only time it happened seemed to be a dream sequence. Only problem I have with OZ is that whenever someone from here is in another show I can always see them in this.

    This is a good poll to do but why not make it a bigger list and do a knockout comp like the picture ones over in the GC.

    You have to put on Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blue, Thirdwatch and Miami Vice on for me as I liked all those.

    Out of these I can't pick between Homicide and The Wire, both great in different ways but I always loved watching Frank in the box and loved the R1 boxset when I got it years ago.
     
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    All the L&Os, esp Criminal Intent featuring Bobby Goren one of TV's greatest detectives. Criminal Minds - the only show on FBI serial killer profilers.
     
  13. PoochJD

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    Hi,

    The choices were chosen by me, not because I feel that they are the best, but because these four shows are generally considered by critics, TV viewers and other assorted media peeps, to be the four best crime shows of recent times, if not the best ever.

    Whilst I could have included lots of others, my intention was to try and see what is considered by you folks, to be the absolute best of the best. The top dog. The one show that genuinely, has so few faults, that it is pretty much TV nirvana!

    Shows like OZ, BREAKING BAD, THIRD WATCH, NYPD BLUE, DEXTER, etc, etc are all fantastic, but they don't usually tend to get labelled as being the absolute cream of US crime shows - not against the likes of THE SOPRANOS and THE WIRE.


    Pooch
     
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    I'd put Hill Steet Blues above all four of 'em.

    Regards

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    Voted for the shield, as of yet I haven't watched the wire
     
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    Of the choices available, and not having seen homicide. The shield wins hands down.
     
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    Hill Street Blues, completely groundbreaking.
     
  18. Trollslayer

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    For something more fun - Castle.
    CSI (original), CSI: New York.
     
  19. captainarchive

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    and what about The Rockford Files?
     
  20. redwing

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    hmm wont let me vote, but for me out of that list The Sheild easily ,prob be The Sheild no matter what the list even including Dexter , Oz ect
     
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    The Shield is excellent, I've been watching it over the last couple of weeks. I'm half way through the final series at the moment. It's not as good as The Wire though. The Wire is the best show I've ever seen on TV.
     
  22. Trollslayer

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    Ah thank you! I had forgotten about that.
     
  23. rehmanmohamed

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    what about The Bill?

    :)
     
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    The OP is asking for best crime show, not your grandad's favourite show.
     
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    Sorry, I didn't watch any of the list :rolleyes:
     
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    Although a good point, why aren't the brits
    represented? Line of Duty is one of the best things I've seen on the BBC in a long time and then there's Luther and going back a bit Between the Lines.
     
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    Well, Pooch did ask for the best US crime show, so you can't expect Brit stuff to figure too much, I'd have thought.

    Regards

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    Hi,

    Some interesting opinions. Thank You all. :)

    HILL STREET BLUES was a phenomenal, ground-breaking show for its time, but I don't think it can really be considered one of the greatest US crime shows, in my opinion, because watching it has limited re-watchability. (Appallingly bad choice of words, I know, so I apologise.) It is also quite a simplistic show, when you look at it now. So, a great show I agree, but the greatest ever US crime show? Probably not.

    As for why I didn't include British police/crime shows, it's generally because - and again, this is only my view - British police/crime shows have generallyt been pretty bad. None of the British shows listed, e.g. LUTHER, THE BILL (seriously?!), come anywhere near the intellectually stimulating and challenging multi-narrative level of shows like the four I've listed.

    CASTLE and CSI are good shows, but again, they can't compare with the likes of THE WIRE or THE SHIELD, in my view. CSI in recent years, is not a patch on its early days. It's good, but it's not great.


    Pooch
     
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    The Shield gets my vote. Not seen Homicide though. The other 2 are top quality TV series, but not as good IMHO.

    If Breaking Bad was included, I think that it would have to be a tie with The Shield for 1st for me!
     
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    Watched the wire and currently working my way through the shield.

    Whilst what i have seen of the shield so far has been very good i don't think its in the same league as the wire.
     

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