"Despite the genre's ubiquity and ongoing popularity in American television, no book has offered a compelling critical account of the cop show—until now. Through compelling readings of many landmark programs, Jonathan Nichols-Pethick connects textual style, industrial practices, cultural representations, and changing social contexts to reveal debates over crime, citizenship, realism, and mediation itself that will transform how we view one of television's most iconic genres." —Jason Mittell, Middlebury College
"Not only the authoritative work on police series—one of television's most multitudinous and enduring forms—but a first-rate piece of television studies. Nichols-Pethick connects 30 years of cultural, industrial, and storytelling developments in a clear and compelling analysis." —Amanda D. Lotz, University of Michigan
About the Author
Jonathan Nichols-Pethick is Associate Professor of Media Studies at DePauw University. His work has appeared in The Velvet Light Trap, Cinema Journal and the anthology Beyond Prime Time: Television Programming in the Post-Network Era.