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Nitram

(22,745 posts)
6. A strong case could be made that the relationship between a detective like Monk and
Fri Jun 5, 2020, 05:39 PM
Jun 2020

the cops is an adversarial one. No matter how many times Monk is right and they are wrong, they still don't trust him. The same goes for most detective shows. In many cases the cops do not hide their efforts to discredit and indict a detective who keeps showing them up. A good example is the old 50s show Perry Mason, where the Police Lieutenant, Tragg, and the District Attorney, Burger, constantly try to find evidence to charge Mason with a crime. Detectives shows have always been subversive in that they expose police incompetence and are themselves targeted and sometimes brutalized by the police. Occasionally there is a police character who helps a detective secretly because they are not down with the police brotherhood.

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