If you ask people what is the best crime/police drama to hit television and the majority might answer either The Wire or Law and Order. However, this is only because many people do not know about Homicide: Life on the Street. This show had the best elements of every crime/police drama with a solid cast. It was often listed by TV Guide as "The Best Show You're Not Watching". This was and still is true.
A Great Show You Might Not Get a Chance to See
Most of the reason Homicide had a hard time finding love was that it suffered from NBCs typical placement errors for good shows. It was moved around. Not to mention, there was a year between the first and second seasons. Who does that?
It seems NBC is also making the show hard to find even after its run. You can only get Homicide: Life on the Street on DVD. It is not available for streaming, anywhere. Not even for purchase. So people are pretty much left thinking The Wire is all there is for gritty crime dramas that depict the struggle between law enforcement and criminal elements in Baltimore, Maryland.
"M.E., Myself and I"
Homicide season five, episode five, "M.E., Myself and I" is a play on words for the arrival of Chief Medical Examiner, Dr. Julianna Cox played by Michelle Forbes. The central investigation of the episode is that of two dead women whose murders a homeless man confessed to but later recanted.
Other backstories involve and FBI corruption probe involving Detective Mike Kellerman (Underground's Reed Diamond). The recovery of Detective Frank Pembleton played by the underrated Andre Braugher. Brodie (Max Perlich) has been bouncing around from house to house. He was staying with Detective Tim Bayliss (Kyle Secor) but Bayliss kicks him out. So Brodie moves in with Detective Meldrick Lewis (Clark Johnson). Brodie is proving that three is a crowd in the Lewis household.
There is Hope
You can find a playlist of Homicide episodes on YouTube. Not sure how long they will remain there. In the meantime, you can check out "M.E., Myself and I" here: