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Country of origin  United States
Network  TNT
7.5/10 IMDb

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Original language(s)  English
Writers  Joshua Harto
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Genre  Crime Action Drama Comedy
Created by  Joshua Harto Liz W. Garcia
Starring  Jason Lee Alfre Woodard Sam Hennings DJ Qualls Celia Weston Leonard Earl Howze Abraham Benrubi
Opening theme  "Memphis Beat" by Keb' Mo'
Program creators  Joshua Harto, Liz W. Garcia
Cast  Jason Lee, DJ Qualls, Alfre Woodard, Sam Hennings, Celia Weston

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Memphis Beat is an American drama series that debuted on TNT on June 22, 2010 and ended on August 16, 2011. Memphis Beat was officially canceled on October 14, 2011.


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The show follows Dwight Hendricks (Jason Lee), a police detective assigned to the General Assignment division of the MPD, who loves his mother, the blues, his city, and Elvis Presley and calls himself "the keeper of Memphis". His passionate devotion to his home town is offset by his relaxed approach to his job, an attitude that frustrates by-the-book Lt. Tanya Rice (Alfre Woodard), his new boss.

Cast and characters

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  • Jason Lee as Detective Dwight Hendricks
  • Alfre Woodard as Lieutenant Tanya Rice
  • Sam Hennings as Detective Charles “Whitehead” White
  • DJ Qualls as Police Officer Davey Sutton
  • Celia Weston as Paula Ann Hendricks
  • Leonard Earl Howze as Detective Reginald Greenback
  • Abraham Benrubi as Sgt. JC Lightfoot
  • Development and production

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    Jason Lee said he was drawn to the show because the concept was original and the protagonist was fun to play. Lee said, "The whole package was unique and once I came to found the character and the material and the scenarios and his relationships and he’s such a great guy and is so multi-layered and cares such a great deal for his city and his family and the people that he’s protecting." Lee listened to hundreds of Presley songs in preparation for the role, and said his respect for the artist grew as a result. The vocals for Lee's character are sung by Mark Arnell.

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    The title Delta Blues was originally considered, but it was eventually changed to Memphis Beat. The show was created by married couple Joshua Harto and Liz W. Garcia, with actor George Clooney and his production partner writer/actor/director Grant Heslov serving as executive producers. Harto and Garcia wrote the first two episodes of the series. Liz Garcia said of the show, "Broadcast TV is being influenced by cable in so many ways in terms of reinventing genres and taking chances, and this is part of it. [...] The forefront of creativity is on cable TV."

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    Despite the show's setting, the first season was primarily filmed in Laplace, LA and New Orleans, LA with only some key locations and exteriors filmed in Memphis. This has largely been attributed to the better tax incentives by filming in a state other than Tennessee.

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    On September 16, 2010, TNT announced that Memphis Beat was renewed for a second season, the first episode of which was broadcast June 14, 2011.

    On October 17, 2011, TNT decided not to pick up a third season of Memphis Beat.

    Critical reception

    Memphis Beat has received mixed to average reviews, earning a score of 56 on Metacritic. The New York Times said of the pilot episode "This series is to Memphis what the HBO series 'Treme' is to New Orleans and 'Justified' on FX is to Harlan County in Kentucky—timeless indigenous music is set against the exoticism of temporal subcultures". The New York Daily News gave another positive review saying that "TNT's new 'Memphis Beat' has a great soundtrack and a pretty good cop drama in between". The Hollywood Reporter also gave the pilot a positive review:

    But even as the cop genre seems beyond saturation, along comes TNT's Memphis Beat, a series with a fresh character in a fresh environment with a fresh look and sound that proves, against all odds, that good actors and agile execution trump format every time.


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