Memphis Beat: Season 1, Episode 1

It's All Right, Mama (22 Jun. 2010)

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Detective Hendricks investigates a case of abuse involving a legendary D.J. that he idolized in his youth, even after his new police lieutenant gives him a break from the case.

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Detective Dwight Hendricks (Jason Lee) investigates the abuse of elderly woman who happens to be a legendary Memphis disc jockey known as the "First Lady of the Airwaves." But his loose investigative style is cramped by his new by-the-book boss, Lt. Tanya Rice (Alfre Woodard), who brings a den mother approach to her job. Meanwhile, Dwight's mother (Celia Weston) starts dating a charming new neighbor. Written by TNT

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In the final scene at the bar, Dwight is singing and the audience is rocking. A female extra sitting with another girl at a table at the foot of the stage to the right instantly reappears standing in front of Alfrie Woodard, and then back at the table again. See more »

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Punk kid: [provoking Detective Sutton and White] Hey five-o. Don't rush your snacks or nothin'. It's only crime calling.
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It's trying...
24 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

...but not hard enough.

I was really looking forward to seeing the pilot episode, hoping that they would "get" Memphis--at least a little. And it ended up being too little.

The Booker T & the MG's interlaced throughout is a nice touch. The bridge shots are good. I like the situation that was set up, and the resolution isn't too bad. Props for WHER & Gus's Fried Chicken.

That said, the accents are, to put it kindly, inauthentic. It's almost like someone just said, "give me your best 'Gone With the Wind' accent". Memphis contains many different accents, and many in Memphis have no accent at all. The neighborhood scenes are obviously not Memphis. Things grow here. A lot.

If I didn't live here, the show would give me a stereotypical view of Memphis--sort of a surface view, one that a tourist might see. I hope that as the show progresses, it dives a little deeper. Since it's shot in New Orleans, it may not have that chance. I love NOLA, but though the demographics are similar, there's a whole different vibe.

And the vibe is what "Memphis Beat" lacks. I hope it finds it.


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