Cop Show 101: From 'Castle' to 'Cop Rock'
With two new crime shows hitting the air this week, we examine some of the common variations on the enduring TV genre.
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What it is: Associated with law enforcement but usually not carrying badges or guns, these crime-solvers apply special skills and expertise -- often scientific -- in assisting cops with cases.
Current example: "CSI," the show that launched a franchise and made the crime-lab technicians who collect and analyze DNA and other forensic evidence the stars of the show.
Classic: "Quincy, M.E.," which starred Jack Klugman as a coroner who discovered evidence of foul play in the bodies he examined.
Others: "Bones," "Crossing Jordan," "Da Vinci's Inquest"