TopBilled

Best TV crime shows

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On 3/16/2018 at 5:30 AM, TopBilled said:

Glad you mentioned Naked City. It seemed to work better in the hour-format. The half-hour episodes from the first season don't go as in-depth. So many excellent guest stars, quite a few "before they were famous." 

I actually liked the half hour episodes better, they were a bit tighter and had more New York-eese stuff like the sidewalk fishermen. The longer episodes were more interiors and exposition.

My list

Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer

Alfred Hitchcock Presents 

Naked City

The Fugitive

The Outsider

The Rockford Files

Coronet Blue 

 

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bravo, Uncle Joe. In a highly over-saturated field, (America has the highest crime rate in the world, in television) my list (cop shows!) is fairly short

  • Police Story
  • Hill Street Blues
  • Barney Miller

Ha! You Sopranos fans, I've never seen a single episode! I wouldnt sully my eyeballs with it. Seriously that show caused devastation in New York. More actual crime from that series than it was worth. Deaths and pain and injuries. Mafia admiration is just wrong.

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Naked City and Peter Gunn were great. I also liked Columbo and The Rockford Files. Mission Impossible was very good.

The noirish style of the 50's and early 60's seemed to be gone by the 70's. Probably after color took over. The jazz music (Peter Gunn) and realism (Naked City) made them special to me. 

To me Peter Gunn episodes were like short noir films. I think it was the best detective series ever made for television. The episodes were about 26 minutes long and the pace was extremely fast. A lot of action packed into each episode.

 

 

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12 hours ago, FloydDBarber said:

Naked City and Peter Gunn were great. I also liked Columbo and The Rockford Files. Mission Impossible was very good.

The noirish style of the 50's and early 60's seemed to be gone by the 70's. Probably after color took over. The jazz music (Peter Gunn) and realism (Naked City) made them special to me. 

To me Peter Gunn episodes were like short noir films. I think it was the best detective series ever made for television. The episodes were about 26 minutes long and the pace was extremely fast. A lot of action packed into each episode.

 

 

I haven't seen much of Naked City,  but I have seen a lot of Peter Gunn, when Decades showed the series.

It is great to see jazz musicians I admire, and whose albums I have,  on the show and Henry Mancini's background score is as solid as they come.    Dark, moody and with that fine jazz music; what is not to love!

 

    

 

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I liked many of them, but my all-time favorite remains "The Streets of San Fransisco", so much so that when I first started watching this show on TV, I said to myself "I have to visit this city, no question about it!" I booked a flight and I spent three wonderful weeks there (great restaurants). And, by the way, not just for the city itself, but also for Karl Malden (what a superb actor he is: "On the Waterfront"), also for movies I love such as Vertigo , The Birds, Bullitt, the Dirty Harry series, Basic Instinct...  

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On 3/15/2019 at 4:27 PM, cigarjoe said:

I actually liked the half hour episodes better, they were a bit tighter and had more New York-eese stuff like the sidewalk fishermen. The longer episodes were more interiors and exposition.

My list

Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer

Alfred Hitchcock Presents 

Naked City

The Fugitive

The Outsider

The Rockford Files

Coronet Blue 

 

I was a little boy when "The Naked City" was being featured on TV. I hardly remember anything about it, except for the fact that Paul Burke was in it.

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On 11/6/2019 at 7:10 PM, John Louis Gerdes said:

I liked many of them, but my all-time favorite remains "The Streets of San Fransisco", so much so that when I first started watching this show on TV, I said to myself "I have to visit this city, no question about it!" I booked a flight and I spent three wonderful weeks there (great restaurants). And, by the way, not just for the city itself, but also for Karl Malden (what a superb actor he is: "On the Waterfront"), also for movies I love such as Vertigo , The Birds, Bullitt, the Dirty Harry series, Basic Instinct...  

Great anecdote. Yes, it certainly helped that the show was filmed on location each week. It has a bit more authenticity than other crime dramas.

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