RogerBW's Blog

Angie Tribeca, season 1 18 July 2016

2016 police parody, 10 episodes. Detective Angie Tribeca solves crimes in the RHCU, the Really Heinous Crimes Unit.

This is quick-fire comedy in the style of Airplane! or Police Squad: although the actors largely play it straight, plot is subordinated to creating opportunities for sight gags or funny lines. (Nobody looks twice when the police dog, "Detective David Hoffman", is driving the car or ordering coffee.) Quite a few of the jokes fall flat, but there'll be another one along in a second or two.

Where Police Squad spoofed 1960s-1970s cop shows and Sledge Hammer the 1980s version, Angie Tribeca ought to be a spoof for the 2000s-era world of CSI and its kin. But it's not, quite; although there's an obligatory "analysing the evidence" scene each episode, the rest is mostly just Police Squad with different faces. (Deon Cole is the one of the cast who really stands out.)

These ten episodes were released all at once for the benefit of binge-watchers, but I wouldn't have been able to enjoy it that way; spread out among other programmes it doesn't get the chance to wear thin.

There's very little that's subtle here (and some of the middle episodes forget to keep up the comic pace, and don't find anything to replace it with), but this is a pleasant break from the grimness that infests many cop shows these days. A second season is being broadcast at the moment.

Comments on this post are now closed. If you have particular grounds for adding a late comment, comment on a more recent post quoting the URL of this one.

Search
Archive
Tags 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s 3d printing action aeronautics aikakirja anecdote animation anime army astronomy audio tech base commerce battletech beer boardgaming bookmonth chain of command children chronicle church of no redeeming virtues cold war comedy computing contemporary cornish smuggler cosmic encounter coup cycling dead of winter doctor who documentary drama driving drone ecchi espionage essen 2015 essen 2016 essen 2017 existential risk falklands war fandom fantasy film firefly first world war flash point food garmin drive gazebo geodata gin gurps gurps 101 harpoon historical history horror hugo 2014 hugo 2015 hugo 2016 hugo 2017 hugo 2018 hugo-nebula reread in brief avoid instrumented life kickstarter learn to play leaving earth linux mecha museum mystery naval non-fiction one for the brow opera perl photography podcast politics powers prediction privacy project woolsack pyracantha quantum rail ranting raspberry pi reading reading boardgames social real life restaurant reviews romance rpg a day rpgs science fiction scythe second world war security shipwreck simutrans smartphone south atlantic war squaddies stationery steampunk stuarts suburbia superheroes suspense television the resistance thirsty meeples thriller tin soldier torg toys trailers travel vietnam war war wargaming weather wives and sweethearts writing about writing x-wing young adult
Special All book reviews, All film reviews
Produced by aikakirja v0.1