Law & Order

The 25 Best Cop Shows of All Time

It’s a big day for fans of ’80s television, cop shows, and, basically, things that are good: after first and second season releases that ended in 2006 and never resumed, the pop culture saviors over at Shout Factory have stepped up with a massive, full-series DVD box set for Hill Street Blues, the ground-breaking dramatic series that continues to influence quality television to this very day. And while it’s easy enough to earmark Hill Street as one of the best police series of all time, how do all those perp-chasing, car-crashing, rule-bending, good-cop-bad-cops actually stack up against each other? … Read More

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Foreign Adaptations of American TV Shows That We Wish We Could Watch

Gossip Girl is going to China. No, it’s not what you think — Blair isn’t marrying into Chinese money, Serena is not becoming an Asian pop star, and Dan’s book is not being translated into Mandarin. As unlikely as the idea seems, the creators of Gossip Girl truly are collaborating with a Chinese production company on an adaptation of the show, which Deadline notes is popular online viewing in the PRC. This odd news got us thinking about other unlikely, cool, and plain bizarre foreign adaptations of American TV shows. We’ve rounded up a few that we wish we could watch; add your favorites in the comments. … Read More

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10 Great TV Crossover Episodes

Television crossover events, like this week’s buzzed-about meeting between Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice, are by nature complicated. Sending the characters of a lesser-known series into a more established hit (or vice versa) is a time-honored move for studios, but making the grammar of two shows mesh isn’t always easy. Take the notorious episode of The Simpsons that crossed over with The Critic, a FOX-arranged partnership that Simpsons creator Matt Groening considered enough of an imposition on his creation that he removed his name from the credits in protest. But at their best, TV crossovers encapsulate that marvelous feeling you get when two pieces of pop culture wink at each other from across the room. When they’re done well, crossover episodes are tiny links in the sprawling fictional universe of television, from Kramer’s turn on Mad About You to Detective Munch’s appearance on Arrested Development. We count down ten great crossover television episodes, after the jump. … Read More

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10 Really Inappropriate Coloring Books That Actually Exist

Parents, if you think your children should be aware of something but don’t feel like explaining, not to worry! You can just shove a coloring book at them instead, because coloring books are the best way for children to learn. We admit, we were pretty surprised when we heard about Occupy, a 36-page coloring book about — you guessed it — the Occupy Wall Street movement that hit shelves yesterday. But with a little further investigation, we realize that we shouldn’t have been — inappropriate coloring books, from the political to the sexual to the just plain weird, are to be found all over. Some of these — The Gangsta Rap Coloring Book, for instance — are meant to be satirical, but others are woefully, awkwardly serious. Click through to see our list of incredibly inappropriate coloring books for children and adults, and let us know which would make you get your crayons out in the comments. … Read More

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What Happens to Ratings When TV Shows Change Leads

Last night, CBS announced that departing CSI lead actor (and Boyz n the Hood alum) Laurence Fishburne will be replaced on the series next season by Ted Danson. Fishburne was himself a replacement for the show’s original leading actor, William Petersen, who fronted CSI for its first eight seasons before Fishburne took over. The ratings have dipped a touch in the last year, but it is still one of the most popular shows on television — a case where the series and the brand did just fine without the leading actor, and it will presumably continue to thrive once its third lead takes over. (All we have to say about Danson’s participation is this: he better still make time for Bored to Death.)

This turnabout at CSI, the continuation of Two and Half Men with Ashton Kutcher taking over for Charlie Sheen, and this season’s exit of Steve Carell from the leading role of The Office (which will continue for an eighth season, reportedly with British comedienne Catherine Tate stepping in as Dunder-Mifflin manager, and with support from new cast member James Spader), got us thinking about other shows that had soldiered on after losing their leads — and what had happened to them. After the jump, we’ll look at five shows that thrived under new leadership, and five shows that, well, didn’t. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. A creepy new promo for season six of Dexter dropped online yesterday. Watch it here, and starting counting the days until fall. [via Pop Candy]

2. Patti Smith will make her acting debut in an upcoming episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent that’s based on all of the Spider-Man:… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. The Cure have launched a new site,, which features videos, demos, liner notes, and two new songs: “Tuned Out on RTV5″ and “Fuknnotfunk.” [via 24Bit]
2. What the possible cancellation of Law & Order could mean for New York’s economy. [via WSJ]
3. Thirty-one years ago today,… Read More

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Exclusive: Charlie Todd Takes You Behind-the-Scenes of Improv Everywhere

You’re walking through Grand Central and the people around you inexplicably start to freeze in place. You’re riding the subway and several sets of twins sit across from one another, perfectly mirroring one another’s movements. You are waking by a public fountain and a group of synchronized swimmers emerge and go into their routine. No, you haven’t stumbled into an episode of The Outer Limits. Chances are, you’ve happened upon another public gag, pulled off by performers/prankster troupe Improv Everywhere. The performance-art pranksters execute spontaneous public spectacles, or “missions” as they like to call them, for the amusement of the general public. On the dawn of their next big stunt we asked Improv Everywhere founder Charlie Todd to let us in on the… Read More

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Daily Poll: Apparently Teen Girls are the Real Child Pornographers

Let us get this straight. So this month’s Rolling Stone cover can show two barely legal Gossip Girls suggestively licking the same phallic ice cream cone and that’s cool, but when teen girls take pictures of themselves in their bras it’s a felony? Something about that just doesn’t seem right. … Read More

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