What did we say about the lipstick?
3. The Squad From the Laurel and Hardy rapport between the grizzled veterans Flynn and Provenza to the bad cop routine of Detective Sanchez to the political aspirations of the noble Sergeant Gabriel, Priority Homicide is crack team of investigators. Our favorite is Lieutenant Tao, who hacks into cell phones, over explains everything, and has a constant, knowing twinkle in his eye.
4. Directing No cameras wooshing down a mocked-up artery to trace cyanide or other silly animations meant to explain “forensics.” Just the facts, ma’am.
5. Story arcs A finely-tuned balance between gritty, gang-influenced crimes and the rich people living in the ‘burbs. When the series gets too intense (the reformed city councilman confessing to the murder of his own brother 15 years after the fact, that was tough!), the writers bring us back to something lighthearted (embezzlement, robbery, jealous husband, the usual).
6. Web site (!) So maybe we love the Internet. And maybe we just found a little something TNT likes to call “Brenda’s Corner,” where fellow dorks can find recipes for pecan pie and fried green tomatoes. Between the comfort food and audio clips of Brenda’s favorite phrases, maybe we can last until June for new episodes.