Homicide: Life on the Street


This deeply character-based police drama from Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson was notable for being a show where the murders were less important than the psyches of the cops who solved them (and sometimes failed to). The ongoing drama involved the Baltimore detectives who tried to turn the writing on the murder board from red (unsolved) to black (closed), including cerebral, intense Frank Pembleton (Andre Braugher), sensitive rookie Tim Bayliss (Kyle Secor), imperious Lt. Al Giardello (Yaphet Kotto) and sardonic John Munch (Richard Belzer). With an acute sense of the media, political and spiritual ramifications of crime, Homicide drew a broad picture of how many lives were changed when one is taken.

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