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Phoenix (1992)

ABC1 (ended 1993)


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Phoenix (1992)

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Based on a true story, this Australian series conveys how complicated, frustrating and how slow the process of solving a murder can be. As an added bonus, it features one of the best depictions of real scientists ever put on television - a husband-and-wife team of forensic experts who manage to retain their integrity as scientists despite the political demands of the job. Phoenix (1992) is often compared to be an Australian version of the hit American cop drama, NYPD Blue.
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  • Brilliant depiction of the now infamous Victorian Major Crime Squad, it's operation and eventual demise as political correctness took over the police force.

    From the opening credits accompanied by the haunting strains of Paul Grabowski's trumpet to the closing credits of the final episode of Phoenix, this series was and still is addictive viewing.

    It has stood the test of time very well (I'm rewatching it for the 5th or 6th time at present).

    Just one thing, unlike the synopsis here in TV.com, it wasn't a Mini-Series, but a full blown series that went for 2 seasons. And if you enjoy it, get hold of Janus and watch it straight afterward, because, where Phoenix is about police investigation and catching the crims, Janus is about bringing those cases to court and prosecuting the crims with a number of the cops we grew to love in Phoenix carrying through the story in Janus.

    Oh, and it's very Australian. By that I mean the humour and euphemisms. If you love THE SHIELD, you'll definately enjoy PHOENIX.moreless