Infographic: The New Crime Show Formula

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Infographic: The New Crime Show Formula

There have always been formulas for TV crime dramas, but we couldn’t help noticing a new solution bubbling up in the past few years: Take an agent, maybe from the FBI or CIA. Partner that agent with a civilian consultant with powers from another world and no formal law-enforcement education. Add chemistry, shake it up and poof—you’ve got a hit crime drama. There are plenty of variations and a surprising number of pure specimens, but if you don’t believe us, we present the evidence below.