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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.

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