L.A. Noire is set against the backdrop of Hollywood’s Golden Age; a long since forgotten era of crime and mystique. Figures like Al Capone, Bonnie & Clyde and John Dillinger loomed large in the criminal underworld. To many people at the time, these were the true “American Idols” and they captivated us in ways reality television stars could only dream of.
The criminal genre has held a strong presence in American television over the last two decades. Some shows raised the bar (The Wire, The Sopranos, Law & Order); others keep networks afloat (CSI, Leverage, Criminal Minds, Burn Notice); and some simply miss the mark (we’ll refrain from name calling here…)
If police procedurals litter the TV landscape, most of them are modeled around a predicta…
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