Crime Series that allows viewers to participate?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Acert93, Sep 8, 2012.

  1. Acert93

    Acert93 Artist formerly known as Acert93
    Legend

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2004
    Messages:
    7,782
    Likes Received:
    162
    Location:
    Seattle
    A number of my wife's friends continue to recommend crime dramas to her and neither of us like them as they tend to be more crime DRAMAS and more often than not pull random events/facts/clues/twists out of thin air. Basically if you don't care much for the characters there is little viewer participation in trying to figure out the crime.

    Is there a series that is very clue oriented that gives a good spattering of evidence up front (enough to begin making educated guess--maybe even figure it out right away if you are very, very observant--but also plays up on easy hunches with misdirection), well written, etc? We don't have a TV and are pretty clueless. But we like a good crime mystery but after watching a couple episodes of Lost and Bones, well, those are less mysteries or crime shows and more dramas pretending to be mysteries.
     
  2. tongue_of_colicab

    Veteran

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2004
    Messages:
    3,535
    Likes Received:
    725
    Location:
    Japan
    Not sure if this is exactly what you are looking for but the wire is pretty good. I thought the story was well written but than again, I never pay too much attention to figure out whats going to happen etc.
     
  3. Otto Dafe

    Regular

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2005
    Messages:
    400
    Likes Received:
    59
    At it's best that show Monk was exactly like that. You could usually figure it out before the reveal if you pay attention to what clues Monk thinks are important and the various cryptic comments he makes throughout (a la Sherlock Holmes).

    Of course if you've watched a lot of tv and movies there's always the problem that you have extratextual information e.g. if a certain person is cast you know they'll have a decent number of lines. I don't recall that being too much of a problem with Monk though.
     
  4. Miksu

    Regular

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2003
    Messages:
    997
    Likes Received:
    10
    Location:
    Finland
    Have you watched Hercule Poirot? I think it fits into your description very well.
     
  5. green.pixel

    Veteran

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2008
    Messages:
    2,031
    Likes Received:
    417
    Location:
    Europe
    The Wire is about the city and the people, not the individual crimes. They took the form of Greek tragedy and applied it to the modern city, where the gods are institutions and free-market capitalism. The show may even be "more tragic" than Greek tragedy, since the fate of the characters is determined not by supernatural figures, but by the forces that govern their lives.
     
    #5 green.pixel, Sep 8, 2012
    Last edited by a moderator: Sep 8, 2012
  6. homerdog

    homerdog donator of the year
    Legend Veteran Subscriber

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2008
    Messages:
    6,216
    Likes Received:
    1,001
    Location:
    still camping with a mauler
    Sherlock is exactly what you're looking for.
     
  7. nightshade

    nightshade Interwebz Hijacker !
    Veteran

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2009
    Messages:
    3,391
    Likes Received:
    92
    Location:
    Liverpool
    Sherlock it is !
     
  8. Acert93

    Acert93 Artist formerly known as Acert93
    Legend

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2004
    Messages:
    7,782
    Likes Received:
    162
    Location:
    Seattle
    We reserved Sherlock Season 1 and 2 from the library. We tried Monk... it is ok I guess, but a lot of times it seems you already know the killer up front and the key is paying attention to one or two minor clue through the show (44min) to find a motive or evidence connecting them. The rest of the show focuses on his OCD.
     
  9. Daozang

    Regular

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2007
    Messages:
    901
    Likes Received:
    149
    Location:
    Athens
    If you are looking for something out of the old detective stories, with a new coat on top, Sherlock should do it for you.
    Otherwise I'd recommend Damages for the great acting and amazing plot twists.
     
  10. Davros

    Legend

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2004
    Messages:
    15,491
    Likes Received:
    2,668
    I'm currently playing spot the ridiculous premise with persons of interest
    it's a very easy game
     
Loading...

Share This Page

  • About Us

    Beyond3D has been around for over a decade and prides itself on being the best place on the web for in-depth, technically-driven discussion and analysis of 3D graphics hardware. If you love pixels and transistors, you've come to the right place!

    Beyond3D is proudly published by GPU Tools Ltd.
Loading...