Saturday, July 6, 2013

How Come So May Cop Shows Are Set in New York City?

From the Feb. 26, 2013, USA Today "Cop shows get their man in New York" by Gary Levin.

"There are 8 million stories in the Naked City."  Are so said the tagline for this 1958 TV show (wonder how they got by the censors with the name "Naked City back then).

This article was written in connection to CBS' new "Golden Boy" TV show premiering.  It is another of a long, long line of cop shows based in New York City, this one about the youngest police commissioner of the city and his progress toward it with the help of a grizzled old-timer getting ready to retire, who taught him the ropes.  Unfortunately, the show was since cancelled (even though I liked it, thanks guys).

It joined the also cancelled CSI: NY and "Blue Bloods" as shows set in the city.

Then, there was the longest-running cop show "Law & Order" that also spawned four spin-offs, all but one "Law & Order: SVU" are long gone.  Then there are other "less conventional" police shows like "Castle," "Person of Interest," "Elementary" and "Unforgettable."

Then, going back a ways: "Kojak," "Baretta," Cagney and Lacey," "NYPD Blue" and "Brooklyn South."  Sitcoms "Car 54, Where Are You" and "Barney Miller" (still gets me seeing the Twin Towers at the beginning).

So, how come so many are set there?

That's a Lot of Shows.  "Who Loves Ya, Baby?"  --RoadDog

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