The Gritty Drama

<b>What it is:</b> Similar to the earnest ensemble, but with a harder edge, more world-weary characters and occasional bursts of salty language. Critics are required by law to use the word "gritty" in describing them.<br>
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<b>Current example:</b> Not much on the air right now. The most recent good example was "The Wire," HBO's brilliant examination of cops and dealers in Baltimore.<br>
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<b>Classics:</b> "Hill Street Blues" and "NYPD Blue," a pair of Steven Bochco-created series that helped define the harder-edged drama ("Hill Street") and then advanced the form even more ("NYPD Blue").<br>
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<b>Others:</b> "Homicide: Life on the Street," "Big Apple," "Crime Story"

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What it is: Similar to the earnest ensemble, but with a harder edge, more world-weary characters and occasional bursts of salty language. Critics are required by law to use the word "gritty" in describing them.

Current example: Not much on the air right now. The most recent good example was "The Wire," HBO's brilliant examination of cops and dealers in Baltimore.

Classics: "Hill Street Blues" and "NYPD Blue," a pair of Steven Bochco-created series that helped define the harder-edged drama ("Hill Street") and then advanced the form even more ("NYPD Blue").

Others: "Homicide: Life on the Street," "Big Apple," "Crime Story"

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