Television: The New Season

The days grow shorter in September as nature restores all those long, dark prime-time hours. Television, responding, springs into the fall season but, unlike nature, it repeats itself tirelessly. On the theory, for instance, that there is still nothing as sure as shooting, the networks have again decreed that law (men and -breakers) will be the first order of the evening. Nine of the 25 new shows that begin next week will deal with police, private eyes and lawyers.

To prevent viewers from confusing their heroes, cop crops of the past few years featured...

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