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"That's what's wrong with this job. Ain't got nothin' to do with life."
on 1 October 2011
Initially disappointing (what, yet another attractive woman joins the squad?) Series 6 soon settles down into a satisfying rhythm, with many top-notch episodes. Regulars Tim Bayliss, John Munch and Meldrick Lewis are still present, and Lewis in particular gets more airtime than in any previous series (no bad thing). New detectives Rene Shepperd and Mike Giardello are rather awkward at first, but by the final curtain call we are as sad to say goodbye to them as the rest of the cast. Yes, there are a few duff episodes - some of the early ones (featuring identical twins, a missing best-selling thriller writer) are more like the sort of crimes that would given to Lt Columbo rather than our cynical Homicide Dept. But by episode 8, and with the reappearance of Mike Kellermen, the plots have taken a turn for the better, and some of the later episodes are as gritty as any in previous years. All in all, a fitting final season to a superb TV series.