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Memphis Beat
Created by
Opening theme"Memphis Beat" by Keb' Mo'
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes20 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
Production locationsNew Orleans, Louisiana
Running time43 minutes
Production companies
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Original networkTNT
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseJune 22, 2010 (2010-06-22) –
August 16, 2011 (2011-08-16)
External links

Memphis Beat is an American crime comedy-drama television series created by Joshua Harto and Liz W. Garcia that aired on TNT from June 22, 2010 to August 16, 2011, with a total of 20 episodes spanning two seasons. It was produced by Smokehouse Productions, in association with Warner Horizon Television.

On October 14, 2011 TNT canceled the series of Memphis Beat after two seasons.[1]


The show follows Dwight Hendricks (Jason Lee), a police detective assigned to the General Assignment division of the MPD, who loves his mother, the blues, his city, and Elvis Presley and calls himself "the keeper of Memphis". His passionate devotion to his hometown is offset by his relaxed approach to his job, an attitude that frustrates by-the-book Lt. Tanya Rice (Alfre Woodard), his new boss.

Cast and characters

Development and production

Jason Lee said he was drawn to the show because the concept was original and the protagonist was fun to play. Lee said, "The whole package was unique and once I came to found the character and the material and the scenarios and his relationships and he's such a great guy and is so multi-layered and cares such a great deal for his city and his family and the people that he's protecting." Lee listened to hundreds of Presley songs in preparation for the role, and said his respect for the artist grew as a result.[2] The vocals for Lee's character are sung by Mark Arnell.[3]

The title Delta Blues was originally considered, but it was eventually changed to Memphis Beat.[4] The show was created by married couple Joshua Harto and Liz W. Garcia, with actor George Clooney and his production partner writer/actor/director Grant Heslov serving as executive producers. Harto and Garcia wrote the first two episodes of the series.[5] Liz Garcia said of the show, "Broadcast TV is being influenced by cable in so many ways in terms of reinventing genres and taking chances, and this is part of it. ... The forefront of creativity is on cable TV."[6]

Despite the show's setting, the first season was primarily filmed in Laplace, LA and New Orleans, LA with only some key locations and exteriors filmed in Memphis.[7] This has largely been attributed to the better tax incentives by filming in a state other than Tennessee.

On September 16, 2010, TNT announced that Memphis Beat was renewed for a second season, the first episode of which was broadcast June 14, 2011.

On October 17, 2011, TNT decided not to pick up a third season of Memphis Beat.


Series overview

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 10 June 22, 2010 (2010-06-22) August 24, 2010 (2010-08-24)
2 10 June 14, 2011 (2011-06-14) August 16, 2011 (2011-08-16)

Season 1 (2010)

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. Viewers
(in millions)
1"It's Alright Mama"Clark JohnsonLiz W. Garcia & Joshua HartoJune 22, 2010 (2010-06-22)4.30[8]
Detective Dwight Hendricks investigates the abuse of an elderly woman who is also a legendary Memphis disc jockey known as the "First Lady of the Airwaves". But his new boss, Lt. Tanya Rice, starts cramping his investigative style when she brings a den mother approach to her job. Meanwhile, Dwight's mother starts dating her new neighbor.
2"Baby, Let's Play House"Kevin DowlingSean WhitesellJune 29, 2010 (2010-06-29)4.00[9]
Dwight and Whitehead search for a missing truck driver, when his son tells his classmates he was kidnapped. Meanwhile, Dwight has to try to get used to his mother dating a guy he doesn't trust and his ex-wife, Alex, keeps sending him mixed signals.
3"Love Her Tender"John FortenberryLiz W. Garcia & Joshua HartoJuly 6, 2010 (2010-07-06)3.56[10]
While the squad tries to find a missing teenage beauty queen, Dwight tries to help Alex get her catering business off the ground.
4"Polk Salad Annie"David Von AnckenTom Smuts & Meredith StiehmJuly 13, 2010 (2010-07-13)2.95[11]
A BBQ king is almost killed which makes all the members of his inner circle suspects. And to find the killer, Officer Sutton must go undercover as a ladies man. Meanwhile, Lt Rice must deal with her own problems when her son has a run in with the law.
5"One Night of Sin"Alex ZakrzewskiAngelina BurnettJuly 20, 2010 (2010-07-20)3.12[12]
A lead singer of a country western family and the group's manager dies suddenly. The manager's death is ruled as a suicide but Dwight suspect there might have been foul play when the family's problems come to light and an obsessed fan begins to act stranger than normal.
6"Run On"Randy ZiskSean WhitesellJuly 27, 2010 (2010-07-27)3.18[13]
Dwight tries to find put who would have benefited more from a vicious assault on a local boxer or lost more from his upcoming retirement. Meanwhile, Sutton tries to make up for a lost opportunity from his past.
7"Suspicious Minds"Michelle MacLarenScott KauferAugust 3, 2010 (2010-08-03)3.51[14]
A plane safely lands with absolutely nobody onboard, so Hendrick decides to investigate it, which leads to a failed lottery winning inventor who could have had something to do with it.
8"I Shall Not Be Moved"Kevin BrayScott KauferAugust 10, 2010 (2010-08-10)3.81[15]
Dwight gets involved in a hostage situation and decides to become a second hostage to aid the situation and while he tries to defuse the situation he uncovers things from the captors past that goes way back to a cold case that has been unsolved for decades. Meanwhile, Lt. Rice find herself in trouble involving her ex-husband.
9"Don't Be So Cruel"John FortenberryJoshua Harto, Liz W. Garcia & Angelina BurnettAugust 17, 2010 (2010-08-17)3.94[16]
Dwight and the rest of the squad search for a missing city councilman who disappeared on his wedding day. While his disappearance threatens to expose the underbelly of Memphis politics.
10"I Want to Be Free"John FortenberryLiz W. Garcia & Joshua HartoAugust 24, 2010 (2010-08-24)3.86[17]
Dwight is haunted by an unsolved murder from 2007 while dealing with an amnesiac shooting victim in 2010. Meanwhile, Lt. Rice decides it might be time to change her career. Abe Benrubi makes his final appearance as Sgt. Lightfoot plus Memphis Mafia member Jerry Schilling makes a cameo appearance.[7]

Season 2 (2011)

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. Viewers
(in millions)
11"At the River"Michael KatlemanJan NashJune 14, 2011 (2011-06-14)3.02[18]
Dwight teams up with an Internal Affairs detective (Beau Garrett) to investigate the murder of a police officer who may have had a connection to a gun smuggling ring.
12"Inside Man"Elodie KeeneBill ChaisJune 21, 2011 (2011-06-21)2.89[19]
Dwight and Whitehead attempt to catch some infamous burglars who attempt to beat the system by claiming statute of limitations on their previous crimes. They receive reluctant help from a pesky insurance agent (Thomas Lennon) with extensive knowledge of the initial robberies.
13"Lost"Aaron LipstadtJim AdlerJune 28, 2011 (2011-06-28)2.88[20]
Dwight agrees to a father's plea for help in finding his missing daughter.
14"Flesh and Blood"Mike ListoLiz W. Garcia & Joshua HartoJuly 5, 2011 (2011-07-05)3.33[21]
Dwight and Whitehead investigate a Missing Persons case involving a nun; Sutton finds an abandoned baby in his car that turns out to have a connection to the case.
15"Things We Carry"Randy ZiskBlair SingerJuly 12, 2011 (2011-07-12)2.94[22]
Dwight and Paula-Ann travel to New Orleans to speak at the early-release hearing for Dwight's father's killer (who is dying of cancer). Meanwhile, Whitehead and Lt. Rice investigate the burning of a beloved and historic Memphis movie theater.
16"Troubled Waters"Greg BeemanMatt PayneJuly 19, 2011 (2011-07-19)2.87[23]
Dwight re-encounters three old friends: one is arrested in a houseboat robbery case, another is an old flame, and the third is a band member from his high school days, with whom he performs.
17"Body of Evidence"John ShowalterJonathan I. Kidd and Sonya WintonJuly 26, 2011 (2011-07-26)3.25[24]
Dwight and Whitehead investigate when the body of a man known for helping at risk children goes missing during his funeral, and discover that the man might not have been the saint he seemed to be.
18"Identity Crisis"Aaron LipstadtJim AdlerAugust 2, 2011 (2011-08-02)3.22[25]
Dwight looks into the claims of a man who attacked his bank's employees, when the man accuses the bank of stealing his identity and draining his account. The investigation leads to a large web of identity theft and fraud committed by a small team of con-artists.
19"Ten Little Memphians"Anton CropperBill Chais & Blair SingerAugust 9, 2011 (2011-08-09)3.02[26]
Dwight and Whitehead's visit to the latter's childhood home for a will reading is hampered by a thunderstorm and the murder of the will's executor.
20"The Feud"[27]Michael KatlemanJan NashAugust 16, 2011 (2011-08-16)4.05[28]
The shooting of a girl in the business district of Memphis uncovers a long-standing feud between two powerful families, which the squad tries to quell while working the case before anyone else gets hurt.


Critical reception

On Metacritic season 1 has a score of 56% based on 18 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[29] On Rotten Tomatoes season 1 has an approval rating of 38% based on reviews from 24 critics.[30] The New York Times said of the pilot episode "This series is to Memphis what the HBO series 'Treme' is to New Orleans and 'Justified' on FX is to Harlan County in Kentucky—timeless indigenous music is set against the exoticism of temporal subcultures".[31] The New York Daily News gave another positive review saying that "TNT's new 'Memphis Beat' has a great soundtrack and a pretty good cop drama in between".[32] The Hollywood Reporter also gave the pilot a positive review:

But even as the cop genre seems beyond saturation, along comes TNT's Memphis Beat, a series with a fresh character in a fresh environment with a fresh look and sound that proves, against all odds, that good actors and agile execution trump format every time.[33]

Awards and nominations

Awards and nominations for Memphis Beat
Year Award Category Actor Result
2011 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Alfre Woodard Nominated
2011 NAMIC Vision Awards Best Performance - Drama Alfre Woodard Nominated
2011 Gracie Allen Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress - Drama Series Alfre Woodard Won

International broadcasting

Country Network Series Premiere
 Canada Super Channel[34] September 9, 2010
 Turkey CNBC-e September 23, 2010
 Portugal AXN November 25, 2010
 Norway Viasat 4 April 11, 2011
 South Africa Mnet Series April 27, 2011
 Spain AXN June 23, 2011
 Poland TV Puls September 5, 2011
 Latvia LTV 7 September 30, 2011
 Israel HOT3 2011
 Finland MTV3 October 6, 2011
 Australia Nine Network December 29, 2011
 South Korea OCN Series 2010
 Italy Premium Crime March 1, 2012
 Germany TNT Serie[35] May 7, 2012
 Sweden TNT (Sweden) April 5, 2013
 Brazil SBT August 7, 2013
 Estonia Kanal 2 May 22, 2014


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