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...  Detective Joel Stevens 24 episodes, 2002-2003
...  David McNorris 24 episodes, 2002-2003
...  Detective Bobby 'Fearless' Smith 24 episodes, 2002-2003
...  Officer Ray Hechler 24 episodes, 2002-2003
...  Teresa Ortiz 24 episodes, 2002-2003
...  Officer Tom Turcotte 24 episodes, 2002-2003
...  Andrea Little 18 episodes, 2002-2003
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Each episode of this series, set in present day Los Angeles, examines one crime from many different viewpoints - uniformed cops, detectives, witnesses, the media, the fire department and rescue squad, even the criminals themselves. Written by Brian Barjenbruch

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One crime. Seen from every point of view.


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The beginning credits feature actual footage of controversial Los Angeles events: The Watts riots, a shot of Robert Kennedy moments before he was assassinated at the L.A. Ambassador Hotel, and footage of the O.J. Simpson Bronco "slow chase". See more »

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Detective Daniel Ramos: Yeah, I think I heard about this church. It's the Church of the Holy Ass Spanking.
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Referenced in Make or Break TV: EZ Streets (2008) See more »

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It doesn't deliver an hour's worth of story, but it does deliver.
26 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

The last time DreamWorks and NBC got together for a series imported by Channel 5 (pre-Five), the result was "The Others," which was appropriately enough co-produced by Delusional Films. Appropriately, that is, because delusional is precisely what the makers were if they thought that sub-"Poltergeist: The Legacy" sleep-inducer had what it took to become a hit. (It was cancelled after about 13 episodes by NBC and swiftly demoted to a late-night slot in the UK.)

"Boomtown," though not the most blistering series to arrive in years, is much, much better. The hook is that each episode follows one story through seven participants; an assistant DA (Neal McDonough), a reporter (the gorgeous Nina Garbiras), two uniformed cops (Gary Basaraba and Jason Gedrick), two plainclothes cops (top-billed Donnie Wahlberg and Mykelti Williamson) and a paramedic (Lana Parilla) - these last few are what seem to have led some to compare it unfavourably to "Third Watch," and this show does have some flaws; the stories of each episode would in fact be a lot shorter if they didn't keep repeating scenes in order to have them from another point of view.

But when the show does work, it's enormously effective; and so far, it hits more often than it misses, with each of the core having more than one strong moment; the continuing plot about Wahlberg's severely depressed wife is especially noteworthy, and the acting and scripting are strong enough to make it worth the time. "Boomtown" may not be as effective as Graham Yost's earlier "Speed," but he also scripted "Broken Arrow" and co-wrote "Mission To Mars." This is far better than either.

I doubt this'll last long, but I'll enjoy it while I can.


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