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  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 22, 2010
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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  • Summary: Jason Lee is Dwight Hendricks, a Memphis detective who loves singing Elvis songs and is close to his mother.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 18
  2. Negative: 3 out of 18
  1. TNT's new Memphis Beat has a great soundtrack and a pretty good cop drama in between.
  2. 75
    If you're looking for a new cop drama to serve and protect your entertainment interests, leave the rookies alone to ripen, and go for a ride-along with Jason Lee's Dwight. Blue suede shoes not required.
  3. "Treme" and "Justified" are too slow even for Slow Television. Memphis Beat is easier to follow, and certainly more lively.
  4. 50
    The Memphis location is meant to add distinction, but it doesn't quite work. The setting and the musical references seem oddly artificial, right down to Lee's stage performance, for which his voice has been dubbed.
  5. 50
    Except for the setting, there really isn't much to distinguish Memphis Beat from hundreds of cop shows past and present. As a matter of fact, it's far more like them than it is different.
  6. More often it is labored and belaboring, from the eccentric station-house staff--including Abraham Benrubi, wearing Willie Nelson's old pigtails, as a Chickasaw desk sergeant, and DJ Qualls as a slack-jawed Cletus of a patrol officer--to the Elvis imitators on the street and Dwight's constant promotion of Memphis as "sacred ground" to people who, after all, live there too.
  7. 30
    As drama, Memphis Beat is a dreary failure, a formulaic cop show distinguished only by its poor execution.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Sep 23, 2011
    Good series and good music. Interesting twist on law enforcement and common sense approaches to it. Very good acting, characters and plots - please keep this series going. Expand
  2. Jun 25, 2011
    I love this show! Critics don't always know what the mass public likes. It's the one show I look forwaed to each week. There is alot of crap on TV but Memphis Beat works fine for me. Go Memphis. Expand
  3. Feb 10, 2011
    This show is SO much fun. A recent episode closed with Jason in a duet singing a song that started, "One night of sin. That's what I'm now paying for." So honky-tonk and amusing! A recent episode that started with a courtroom scene was priceless. Expand
  4. Aug 20, 2010
    Great writing, great music, and characters you like and identify with. This show has it all. We do wish the season was longer though. Who knew 'Earl' could sing. Great show. Expand
  5. Aug 31, 2010
    I love the whole idea of Memphis Beat. I love the music and everything about this show. Please bring it back for season 2. I never missed an episode. I watch police/cop shows a lot and this Memphis Beat is one of the best to come along in quite some time. Expand
  6. Sep 7, 2010
    i thought this show was great! it had a little of everything. i can't wait until it goes to dvd and back on tv. the cast had a perfect chemistry and the music was great. Expand
  7. Jul 19, 2011
    Too much Dwight. The first season was a little more rounded. I'd like to see a little more of the rest of the cast of characters. This season seems to be developed completely around Dwight and his life story which has become a bit boring to me. Great cast of characters. I wish they would use them more. Expand

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