police procedural

noun
plural police procedurals

Definition of police procedural

: a mystery story written from the point of view of the police investigating the crime

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This series is going to be more action-packed than the Kubu books, which are really police procedurals. Mary Ann Grossmann, Twin Cities, "‘Shoot the Bastards’ introduces Vietnamese-American character who lives in Duluth," 16 June 2019 The fantasy police procedural, which aired for three seasons on Fox before being canceled and brought back to life at Netflix for season 4, has been renewed for a fifth and final season, the streamer announced Thursday. Lauren Huff, EW.com, "Lucifer scores fifth and final season at Netflix," 6 June 2019 Season 9 of Blue Bloods has featured plenty of memorable moments, but apparently no matter how much drama the police procedural packs in, people will always want more. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'Blue Bloods' Fans Are Furious With the Show for One Major Reason," 26 Apr. 2019 But now, the police procedural is revealing some happy news for a change: The show has been renewed for Season 10! Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'Blue Bloods' Is Coming Back for Season 10, But Is Tom Selleck Returning?," 19 Apr. 2019 For a police procedural, Blue Bloods shines a pretty bright spotlight on the character's personal relationships. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'Blue Bloods' Star Tom Selleck Confirms If Frank Reagan Will Date a Woman From His Past," 8 Feb. 2019 Ninth Step Station is the latest series from the company, blending near-future science fiction with a police procedural. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Two unlikely cops are paired up to solve murders in a war-torn Tokyo in Ninth Step Station," 8 Dec. 2018 Mystery and suspense fiction, along with police procedurals and crime fiction in general, often are disparaged as a second-rate literary form for their overreliance on action-heavy plot. Maureen Corrigan, The Seattle Times, "Fans of Tana French are in for a surprise with ‘The Witch Elm’," 23 Oct. 2018 Deadwind Foreign language police procedurals are a dime a dozen on Netflix—and thank goodness for that. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Which of These New TV International Thrillers Should You Binge?," 30 Aug. 2018

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1963, in the meaning defined above

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