Blue and Bloody: Examining the discursive role of the police procedural on television

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Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Politics and International Relations

Reader 1

Sumita Pahwa

Reader 2

Mark Golub

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An analysis of two police procedural television shows, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Blue Bloods, revealed that both television shows advance discursive frames that legitimize police and the institution of policing. This is done by the creation of political and moral themes that the target with which the audience is meant to identify. These shows present police misconduct (discrimination or violence) as either a problem of the past (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) or morally justified (Blue Bloods). This analysis attempts to shed light on the creation and distribution of pro-police ideals.

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