Memphis Beat: Season 1 (2010)


Season 1
Memphis Beat

Critics 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.



Critic Ratings: 17

Audience Score

User Ratings: 0
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Air date: Jun 22, 2010
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Tv Season Info

A crime drama focusing on offbeat Memphis detective Dwight Hendricks (Jason Lee), a Southern charmer with a passion for his city and blues music. But this Southern charmer's loose crime-fighting manner clashes with his disciplined boss Lt. Tanya Rice (Alfre Woodard) . Spinning around the detective's life are his spirited mother Paula (Celia Weston), his overly sensitive partner Detective Charles "Whitehead" White (Sam Hennings) and police officer Davey Sutton (DJ Qualls) who is new to the force. George Clooney serves as an executive producer.

Critic Reviews for Memphis Beat Season 1

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (12)

The setting and the musical references seem oddly artificial, right down to Lee's stage performance, for which his voice has been dubbed.

Jun 22, 2010 | Full Review…

A by-the-book cop show without much bite or heft. But it's got Memphis and Lee.

Jun 22, 2010 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

Jun 22, 2010 | Full Review…

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.

Jun 19, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

Jun 22, 2010 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

Except for the setting, there really isn't much to distinguish Memphis Beat from hundreds of cop shows past and present. As a matter of fact, it's far more like them than it is different.

Jun 22, 2010 | Full Review…

The premiere feels sort of like The Closer but doesn't clinch the deal.

Jun 22, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Buckets of sweat and an emphasis on blues music aside, there's not much to distinguish the shopworn detective procedural formula of Memphis Beat.

Jun 22, 2010 | Full Review…

The show suffers from severe tonal problems as it struggles to balance local eccentricities and strained comedy with an overly graphic approach to its plot-driving crimes.

Jun 22, 2010 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Lee and co-star Alfre Woodard deserve better than "Memphis Beat," which can't quite overcome the cliches that frequently bog it down.

Jun 22, 2010 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Memphis Beat: Season 1

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