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Forensic crime dramas (Television programs)


  • Fictional television programs that feature the use of forensic evidence in the solving of crimes.

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    • Forensic crime shows
    • Forensic dramas (Television programs)
    • Forensic television shows
    • Forensics television shows
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    • found: Work cat.: Dexter (Television program). Season 1. Dexter. The first season, 2007(summary: Dexter Morgan is a Miami police forensics expert who moonlights as a serial killer of criminals who he believes have escaped justice)
    • found: Profiler (Television program). Season 1. Profiler. Season 1, 2003(summary: Forensic psychologist Dr. Samantha "Sam" Waters has an uncanny ability to use clues left at crime scenes to "see" what happened. She is one of the FBI's most valuable assets. She retreats into a self-imposed exile after the murder of her husband. Coaxed back to the Bureau by her mentor, Sam picks up where she left off to help unravel high-profile cases that stymie other investigators)
    • found: CSI, crime scene investigation (Television program). Season 2. CSI, crime scene investigation. The complete second season, c2003(summary: Follows the investigations of the forensics team of the Las Vegas Police Department)
    • found: Wikipedia, Sept. 30, 2016:Dexter (TV series) (Dexter is an American television crime drama mystery series; centers on Dexter Morgan, a forensic technician specializing in blood spatter pattern analysis for the fictional Miami Metro Police Department) Profiler (TV series) (Profiler is an American crime drama ... Dr. Samantha "Sam" Waters (Ally Walker) is a forensic psychologist working for the FBI's Violent Crimes Task Force) CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is an American police procedural drama television series ... follows a team of Crime Scene Investigators, employed by the Las Vegas Police Department, as they use physical evidence to solve murders. The team is originally led by Gil Grissom, a socially-awkward forensic entomologist and career criminalist ... Grissom's second-in-command, Catherine Willows ... was a stripper before being recruited into law enforcement and training as a blood spatter specialist) Most Evil (Most Evil is an American forensics television program on Investigation Discovery presented by forensic psychiatrist Michael Stone of Columbia University during seasons 1 and 2 and by forensic psychologist Dr. Kris Mohandie during Season 3) Battlefield Detectives (Battlefield Detectives is a forensic documentary television series that aired on the History Channel from 2003 to 2006)
    • found: TV tropes website, Sept. 30, 2016(Forensic Drama. Most commonly this genre follows forensic pathologists--they're the ones that cut up the corpses--but will also include shows or characters that specialise in general forensic science (lifting fingerprints and the like), forensic psychology, and forensic toxicology, among a dozen other specializations. Basically, if you can put "forensic" on the front of it, there's probably a pilot episode in existence somewhere. As dull as this may seem, viewers do actually turn on in droves to see the adventures of a bunch of people who mostly spend their time sitting in laboratories or offices rather than chasing armed criminals. Some series get around this by always having the investigator to get caught up in the murderer's private life, or by bending the rules a bit to allow him or her to interview and arrest suspects. In real life, though, they're mostly just The Lab Rat. See also The Profiler)
    • found: TV forensic and investigation shows, via IMDb website, last updated 14 Aug 2014, viewed on Sept. 30, 2016(series listed include: Forensic Files; Forensic Investigators; Unusual Suspects; Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case; F2: Forensic Factor; Extreme Forensics; Blood, Lies and Alibis; Body of Evidence; CIA: Crime Investigation Australia; Forensics: You Decide; LA Forensics; Amanda Burton's Killer Forensics; Forensic Firsts)
    • found: Kopacki, C.G. Examining the CSI effect and the influence of forensic crime television on future jurors, 2013:p. 2 (forensic television shows; forensic crime dramas seen on television; forensic science television) p. 6 (forensic crime television shows) p. 7 (forensic crime shows) p. 9 (Forensic crime television: Television shows that contain elements of both criminal investigations and forensic evidence. Examples of these shows include: CSI, Law and Order: SVU, Forensic Files, NCIS, etc.)
    • found: Studies in history and philosophy of biological and biomedical sciences, Mar. 2013:p. 93 (Forensics in fictional television provides an ideal subject by which to explore science's role in modern storytelling. Forensic based television dramas have been a popular genre for over ten years with no sign that that their popularity is waning; forensic police procedurals have come to dominate the television landscape over the last ten years) p. 94 (forensic based crime dramas)
    • found: New review of film and television studies, v. 14, no. 3 (2016):p. 299 (Since the airing of the final episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation in 2015, reports of the end of forensic television have been widely circulating; television crime drama) p. 300 (forensic drama series like CSI) p. 301 (forensic focused shows; five key narrative and aesthetic modes of crime television: realist, surveillance, forensic, Gothic and action) p. 302 (forensic dramas)
    • found: Google, Nov. 7, 2016:(hit counts: Forensic television shows: 2,870; Forensic crime dramas: 4,900; Forensic crime shows: 11,100 (but many of the hits seem to be for nonfiction); Forensic crime television shows: 528; Forensic dramas AND Television: 2,810; Forensics television shows: 2,100)
    • notfound: TV genres, 1985;López, D. Films by genre, c1993.
  • General Notes

    • Fictional television programs that feature the use of forensic evidence in the solving of crimes.
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    • 2016-09-30: new
    • 2016-12-13: revised
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