Memphis Beat on TNT Review


Do you like cop shows with lots of drama and suspense? I have been watching and recording a new TNT drama called Memphis Beat. Now when i seen the pilot i have to admit i was about 70/30 on liking it. There was just something about it that wasn’t pulling me in 100%. The second episode was a little better and so on. Now tonight’s was great! I was so drawn in on who the abductor was that i didn’t see it coming at all.

Memphis Beat has some huge names in it. Jason Lee (My name is Earl), Alfre Woodard (The Practice), DJ Qualls (Road Trip), and has already guest starred Juliette Lewis.

I wasn’t sure how well i would like this show but i have to admit, 3 episodes into it, i now have it recording the series in case i miss one. The only negative feedback i have to give is that some of these characters need to give more “believable” feeling into their roles. Sometimes things that say are hard to see someone in that position saying for real. I know these actors have it in them since both Jason lee and DJ Qualls are 2 great comedy leaders. So perhaps going into a more serious setting will take some time. Not sure. But either way, i will still be watching Memphis Beat.

I found a great interview with Jason Lee when i was googling to find out if he really sang his own songs on the show. Check it out on Fancast.

Check out Memphis Beat every Tuesday at 10/9 central.
Clip below is from the Pilot episode: “It’s Alright Mama”

Dwight offers his new boss, Lt. Tanya Rice, a little advice about managing the team.

Memphis Beat centers on Dwight Hendricks (Jason Lee), a quirky Memphis police detective with an intimate connection to the city, a passion for blues music and a close relationship with his mother. He is “the keeper of Memphis,” a Southern gentleman who is protective of his fellow citizens, reverential of the city’s history and deeply rooted in its blues music scene.

Despite his impeccable instincts as a detective, Dwight’s loose, relaxed style of police work rubs his demanding new boss, Lt. Tanya Rice (Alfre Woodard), the wrong way. But Dwight may eventually win her over to a Memphis state of mind, especially when he takes the stage at his favorite hangout to perform a legendary song or two.



In exchange for this post, I received complementary product from TNT.

Comments (9)

  1. I love this show! It is quickly becoming one of my favorites. It is right up there with Burn Notice already. Anyway, I was going to say something about the acting. At first I thought Jason was acting a little too laid back but found it to be charming later. DJ Qualls however, feels very stiff. Not funny, not serious, hmm just kinda out of place. Hopefully he will grow into it. But I am just loving this show and how it is shot. It has that old timey Memphisy bluesy, okay enough with adding the y, but I recommend it to everyone!

  2. Angela, I don't know if you caught the new Memphis Beat yet, but it is fantastic. I won't go into details because I don't want to ruin it for anyone who hasn't seen it, but I think DJ Qualls finally came into his character. Man, I just have to say that Jason Lee sure is hot. I love have he sings at the end of every show, an Elvis song. Great show!

    • I agree i LOVED his performance on this one! I wish it was really Jason Lee singing too, he always looks so right up on stage. I could see him doing vegas shows lol.

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