Critic Consensus: The only thing separating Memphis Beat from other cop dramas is that it's set in such a rich, music-drenched location -- and that just might be good enough.
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as Dwight Hendricks
as Lt. Tanya Rice
as Davey Sutton
as Charlie White
as Reginald Greenback
as Sgt. JC Lightfoot
as Cleo Groves
The setting and the musical references seem oddly artificial, right down to Lee's stage performance, for which his voice has been dubbed.
A by-the-book cop show without much bite or heft. But it's got Memphis and Lee.
Since this is Memphis we're talking about, Memphis Beat won't run out of great music anytime soon. If all goes well, it also won't run out of story.
It's a generic show, but it's likeably generic, and once it settles in tonally, it could effectively provide a lot of hours of time-killing light entertainment over the next three months.
Part of the problem is that in order to understand why Memphis matters so much, viewers need to get a sense of place from what's on screen: ts first episode goes for superficial cues instead of specific depths.
Audience Reviews for Memphis Beat: Season 1
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