What TV show was preaching too

Development / existence of television police procedures in non-English speaking countries?

I'm not an expert in this field, but regarding the two former (and one newer) German lands, I can refer you to two famous television shows, the West German one crime scene and the East German Police call 110Call 110 ), which are quite comparable. The answer is based mostly on both Wikipedia sites as I don't have too much experience with them (let alone their pre '90 versions):

Crime scene: This was launched in 1970 as a police crime TV show that aired in 90 minute TV movies. The show was (and is) an iconic, ongoing show, with many shows that were produced for a year (and whose broadcast on prime-time Sundays is unwritten law) and various detectives from many German cities, usually by the regional departments produced by the public (state funded television. But I'm not sure how much it qualifies as a police practice as it more or less focuses on the work of the cops solving the crime (usually a murder), like a classic one Crime series, not so much on paper and lawyer work (such as the 50-50 emphasis on law and order ) and also includes aspects of personal life and the detective's problems (albeit to a lesser extent).

Police call 110: As a countermeasure, East Germany started another iconic TV show in 1971, which appeared on the surface of a Crime scene- Copy stood. But they were more businesslike, focused on police work and left out personal life and the problems of detectives. That way, more is likely to be classified for a police proceeding. It has to be said that the actual legal and police system, although a totalitarian socialist country, is essentially not very different "western "Countries are different, I think. But since it's a state-produced show (like the crime scene (but in the west there wasn't that much control of public television by the government), they actually made some educational efforts, with the criminals often being called "failed existences" that do not integrate well into society. And they did not focus so much on murder, but on other (less serious) crimes (perhaps not to show that the GDR also has to fight murder). As Wikepedia says:

The scriptwriters paid particular attention to the portrayal of the criminal and his state of mind, as well as the context of the crime. Many episodes were aimed at educating and educating the audience about what appropriate behavior and thinking is and what is not, rather than just entertaining. Polizeiruf was one of the few programs in the GDR media in which the real problems and difficulties of the supposedly more advanced socialist society could in part be shown and discussed, albeit in a fictionalized and educational environment.

After reunification in 1990 and to this day, these two iconic programs still exist on their own, but the Eastern one Police call has become more western in its structure and content crime scene approximated, not so much a mix of both shows. However, this reflects the general political situation of reunification, which was not so much a mixture of both cultures, but an annexation of East Germany by West Germany. There are now both shows in cities all over Germany, but the Has a police call still more shows in former GDR states, although they are not as famous as that crime scene . And I think today that classifies crime scene perhaps a little less than police proceedings, as the personal lives of the detectives still matter and determine Crime scene (like the one from Muenster ) also have other fun aspects (the funny interaction between the coroner and the detective is pretty iconic) and generates interest in addition to the crime story itself. Even so, it remains a big cult show delivering high quality crime stories that often also highlight topical political and social issues, and IMHO gives a good objective look at the actual policing (although they are not an expert in the field).

EDIT: As a more referential side note that doesn't add that much to the analytical part of the question, there was also a famous forerunner of in western Germany crime scene , Steel mesh ( Steel mesh ), which was manufactured from 1958 to 1968 later The crime scene was this was of a more factual and documentary nature and focused on police work with objective care, leaving out any background about the detectives and psychological motives of the criminals. And the cases were based on real cases. The German Wikipedia article (there is no real English) also says that it is on the US show Dragnet that I don't know myself.


This is exactly the type of analysis I've been looking for! This genre is really interesting because it can give insight into current (at the time) events and popular fears or government propaganda. Harry Morgan's Years in Dragnet were very preaching and the police agreed to every decision they had made while Law and Order Well presented the story and the different dissenting opinions and allowed the viewer to decide how to feel about it, while the police and lawyers did not always agree with their own actions, but carried them out anyway.

Napoleon Wilson ♦

@ tpg2114 These are just a few superficial thoughts on the subject to give some initial direction. But I think you can really learn some interesting differences about these two opposing nations and their cultures while analyzing these two (superficially) same TV shows. Good question.


I am curious if anyone knows something about the genre in Slavic countries ... I would expect there to be more differences from "western" ideas about law and crime.

Baard Kopperud

Could maybe add "(Aus Der Reie) Derrick", another (West) German show that ran from the early 1970s to the 1990s. It's interesting for one additional thing ... in order to revive the show, they decided to switch from the tried and true "mystery" to a show where the viewer sees the murder and the prosecution before we see the police investigate and solves the murder.