Ever since the dawn of TV Cop Shows have been around. Dragnet, The Naked City, The Untouchables, Hawaii Five-O and literally dozens, if not hundreds, of Cop Shows have filled the airways for decades.
What is it about Cop Shows that so captivate audiences?
Surely it’s not escapism as most Cop Shows revel in tracking
down killers, rapists, kidnappers and other such dastardly bad guys.
In ‘Cop Shows: A Critical History Of Police Dramas On Television’
authors Sabin, Wilson, Speidel, Faucette and Bethell, along with publisher, McFarland
& Company, Inc. present an in-depth analysis of what makes Cop Shows
tick and why they are so popular.
Reflections of their times, COP
Shows, examine and portray societal changes, struggles and crime. The shows tend to examine the cops
themselves from the fiercely independent loner to the troubled, walk the line
between justice and revenge individuals to the strong group dynamic of a
particular police force.
Whatever the reasons the book
provides a thorough look at the phenomenon of the Cop Show and its many manifestations.
One of my all-time favorite classic
Cop Shows is Hawaii Five-O. Introduced
to TV viewers in 1968 the show lasted 12 years making it one of the longest
running Cop Shows on TV.
Hawaii Five-O centered on the police
exploits of the Hawaii Five-O police task force headed up by ex-naval officer Steve
McGarrett, as played by Jack Lord and his assistant Dan (Danno) Williams, portrayed
by actor James MacArthur.
What made the show so unique is
that it was filmed entirely in the Hawaiian Islands.
At that time Hawaii had no film
studios so Hawaii Five-O, created by Leonard Freeman, had to start from scratch
including securing a studio, hiring non-actor locals and persuading Hollywood’s
talent to travel to Hawaii to guest star on the show. Needless to say, a free trip to Hawaii was a great incentive.
Karen Rhodes’ ‘Booking Hawaii Five-O’
provides a critical episode guide and history of the popular Cop Show including
photos, behind-the-scenes secrets, cast and crew interviews and much more.
‘Book ‘em Danno!”
One of the greatest (if not the
greatest) TV producers of Cop Shows was Quinn Martin.
Although he was also known for a plethora of other genre series.
In ‘Quinn Martin, Producer’ author
Jonathan Etter, delves into the long and illustrious career of Martin and the
many shows he produced.
Readers will learn all about his battles
with the networks, hiring and firing practices, his guidelines for writing and directing
his shows and most importantly learn about the man himself.
Each show he produced is examined
in detail from its conception to it cancellation.
If you love classic Prime Time TV shows as produced by one of the
giants of the industry then this book is like a hearty meal to a starving
man: it’s filling, full of meat and