This show centers on the NYPD's Major Case Squad (and the offbeat, Sherlock Holmes-like Detective Robert Goren) in its efforts to stop the worst criminal offenders in New York. It also puts a new twist to the "Law & Order" formula: now, in each episode, we see the crimes as they are planned and committed.
Where intellect defies evil.
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Did You Know?
The character of Detective Robert Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio
) is based on the popular fictional character of Sherlock Holmes, but instead of relying upon physical evidence like Holmes, Goren focuses on psychology to identify the perpetrators, whom he often draws into confessing or yielding condemning evidence. Goren also works with a John Watson like partner in Detective Alexandra Eames (Kathryn Erbe
) and works for Inspector Lestrade type commanding officers Captain James Deakins (Jamey Sheridan
) and Captain Danny Ross (Eric Bogosian
) The character of Nicole Wallace (Olivia d'Abo
) is a direct attempt to play on the part of Sherlock Holmes' female antagonist Irene Adler, also known as "The Woman". Wallace is employed as a "Professor of Literature" during her first appearance, which could be a parallel to Holmes' nemesis Professor Moriarty.
All crime solvers based on the famous fictional character Sherlock Holmes, there's also Medical Doctor Gregory House from House
(2004), who diagnoses medical diseases using Holme's investigative techniques. See more
When the detectives want to "bring in" or "pick up" suspects witnesses for questioning, they are usually located instantly. That might work if they had a consistent schedule they followed faithfully every day, but few people do that. Even with the invention and advancements of GPS and smartphones in later seasons that would make it easier to locate suspects, it should not be as simple as is shown in the series. Especially as many of the people they are looking for are homeless or otherwise itinerant, and even they don't know where they will be tomorrow. See more
Detective Robert Goren
One thing this line of work teaches us is that guys will do anything for love.
The version of the show shown in the UK on Channel Five has a completely different version of the opening credits with different music. See more
There's Only Me
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