Sensation/investigation: Crime television and the action aesthetic

Yvonne Tasker

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This article explores the interface between crime television and action television, arguing that action/crime is a significant mode which has typically been overlooked in studies of the genre. It engages with the history of action/crime and its most prominent formal features discussing in more detail NCIS (2003--) and The Blacklist (2013--) and foregrounding the sensational elements of violence and physical movement through space as well as the flows of data and dynamic rendering of analysis typical of forensic crime television. Action/crime is framed as one of several modes which can be seen to organise and inflect crime content; in this way the piece suggests that textual approaches are most productive when premised on an understanding of the fluid, modal aspects of television genre.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)304-323
Number of pages20
JournalNew Review of Film and Television Studies
Issue number3
Early online date27 Jun 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • genre
  • crime television
  • action television
  • sensation
  • NCIS

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