Serial Killers,
Serial Drama
A CultureMap®
by Griffin Hanna
Published on 6/15/15
6 TOPICS / 6 CONNECTIONS

With its murder story unreeling across 12 installments, NPR’s hit true-crime podcast Serial returned listeners to the classic days of radio, demonstrating the enduring appeal of investigative procedurals in any medium. We especially love them on television, however. This map inspects the evolution of the police drama—from Hill Street Blues to True Detective, from episodes to installments—and testifies that serial killers, with their built-in continuity, have become the undisputed kingpins of serial drama.

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Police Procedurals
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Hill Street Blues

Hill Street Blues
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Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks
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Killers in the Media

Twin Peaks
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True Detective

Killers in the Media
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Zodiac

True Detective
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Police Procedurals