Crime Programming on Television

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  • Programs that are centered on a crime theme, either reality based or fictional, which seemingly fill the networks' program schedules. While situation comedies, sports, and feature-length movies are the most popular types of programs with audiences, the most dominant type of drama genre is crime shows. These appeal to audiences because unlike other types of drama, which often tell stories in a serialized fashion, episodes of crime dramas are usually closed-ended—the audience is treated to a story with closure within the designated timeframe. Also, the networks have episodes that repeat well as they do not have to appear in any particular order—making them more lucrative to produce for syndication.

    Since the 1960s, when congressional hearings met over the violent content of The Untouchables, social scientists, lawmakers, ...

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