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What a crime to be alive


I kid you not. There are evenings here in Denmark where there'll be nothing but Swedish crime shows on TV. You could literally be watching Swedish TV and the only difference would be the subtitles. And it's always new shows too.

I suspect they make so many crime shows they don't have enough hours in a day to show them all which is why we have to broadcast them too.


25th August 2017

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1 month ago #9673439        
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This from the country where prisoners decided to bake chocolate cake and watch TV when the guards forgot to lock them up.

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1 month ago #9673527        
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I don't personally watch that much crime shows (actually I don't watch much TV in general), but over the years I've seen numerous random episodes because my old man watches crime shows quite a lot, so I may end up seeing them as well when visiting my parents. Still, I don't actually remember Swedish ones that well. It could be the Swedish culture and society is too close to ours, and thus I'm blind to the stereotypes.

It's quite funny how these shows in general go:

American: Endless amounts of technology to study crimes. A couple of episodes without gun action is the absolute maximum, although car chases can be used instead.
German: Everything goes by the textbook. Crimes are straight from the textbook descriptions and the police solves them following the exact standard procedures. Criminals behave as they should based on textbooks.
British: Remnants of the class society and the pubs. There's always at least one past lord and lady, older concervative officers and younger ones trying to stand between the old and the new. Guns... What's a gun? Oh, that old hunting shotgun.
Italian: Everything is solved by talking, shouting, and waving hands in the air. Preferably all three at the same time.

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1 month ago #9673113        
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Its like teen boys talking about all the sex they are having. WE KNOW YOU DON"T HAVE THIS MUCH CRIME SWEDEN.

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19 days ago #9677390        
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i wonder if it has something to do with those refugees flooding them and all the crimes they commit.

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1 month ago #9673177        
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"Well, it's all they know as a culture, what with ALLLLLLLL that crime they have there," I say, as an American, sarcastically.

Carewolf

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1 month ago #9673147        
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Well, in Denmark we upped Sweden by moving the newest Danish crime show to the evening news.

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Finn123

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1 month ago #9673250        
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Plot twist:

It doesn't stop at crime shows.

1 month ago #9673067        
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It is with Sweden as it is with Midsomer in England (inspector Barnaby); everyone is dead.

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1 month ago #9673442        
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And people wonder why I don't watch TV anymore ... This is one of of the big reasons why.

AgProv

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1 month ago #9673258        
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Leif G.W. Persson's crime novels about the appalling and awful Detective named Evert Bäckström are pretty good. And - given that while Swedes are great people who have done many great things, good funny comedy is one of the things they don't seem to be able to do - the books are also pretty damn humorous. Bäckström is the anti-Wallander. He is an overpromoted idiot with an exaggerated idea of his own competence, a bastard to work for, surrounded by coppers who are similarly mediocre or corrupt or inept or simply defective. Persson's novels are an antidote to the hypercompetent Scandi cops who are brilliant geniuses who get the job done. The Norwegian version, Harry Hole, is a troubled drunk haunted by demons who still manages to crack hard cases by sheer genius. Bäckström is just a drunken shit. I can't believe apart from a cameo role in a longer TV drama by the same author, Bäckström has not been televised yet. This character would be a hit. (OK, he's been Americanised. But the American version doesn''t cut it, somehow: transplanting the action and some of the characters to an American city with new scripts does not have the same flavour. It needs a version set in Sweden with the original characters).

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