Police Shows in Television

In line with Pamela Donovan

about Television in the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement:

The television police show is a crucial, or even sole, source of information about policing for large numbers of citizens. Many citizens have limited contact with the police and thus develop their ideas about police work and crime from television. Police work, as represented in television drama, has consistently differed from the views in film, books, and television crime news. Film noir and detective novels from the 1930s onward depicted a morally corrupt world in which police officers operated. This is a contrast to Dragnet (1951-1959 and 1967-1970), the first series developed in the “police procedural” format. The procedural has served as a basic model for the police series up through the present.

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