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Memphis Beat

Memphis BeatNetwork: TNT
Episodes: 20 (hour)
Seasons: Two

TV show dates: June 22, 2010 — August 16, 2011
Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Jason Lee, Alfre Woodard, Abraham Benrubi, Celia Weston, DJ Qualls, Leonard Earl Howze, Robyn Lively, and Sam Hennings.

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TV show description:
A detective series that revolves around a Memphis detective who moonlights as an Elvis impersonator. Just as music is integral to the city of Memphis, it’s integral to this show as well.

Detective Dwight Hendricks (Jason Lee) is the son of a cop who was killed in the line of duty. This has left him very devoted to both his mother and his city. He also has a deep love of music and moonlights as an Elvis impersonator. He sees himself as “the keeper of Memphis,” always very protective of his hometown. He’s laid-back and easygoing as a person and as a detective, and often uses his intuition on the job. He’s still good friends with his ex-wife, Alex, despite only being married to her for eight weeks.

Dwight’s boss is the recently transferred Lt. Tanya Rice (Alfre Woodard). She still has that suburban sensibility and is learning that things are a little different in the big city. She doesn’t feel so much like a boss as she does a mother. Having raised five children, she sees the police squad as an extension of her family. That maternal instinct can come in handy when dealing with perps.

Davey Sutton (DJ Qualls) completely idolizes Dwight and wants to be his protégé, but Dwight doesn’t exactly see it the same way. He tries so hard to get Dwight to notice him, that he often comes off as not being very intelligent, even though this isn’t the case. If Dwight would open up his eyes a little, he’d see that Davey has nearly as much insight into Memphis and its people. Although Davey would like to be Dwight’s partner, Charlie “Whitehead” White (Sam Hennings) has the job. He’s an old-school detective who has a way with dogs. He’s also a little eccentric and comes with high blood pressure issues.

Reginald Greenback (Leonard Earl Howze) is another detective. His wife would like to get him on a diet, and off the Southern cooking. He has two teenage daughters who are constantly into his wallet, causing him to ponder getting a second job.

Sgt. JC Lightfoot (Abraham Benrubi) wears a braided pontail that goes back to his Native American heritage, as he’s 1/16th Chickasaw. Because of that, he feels its his duty to dole out tribal wisdom to the others in the squad. At home, though, he has a volatile relationship with his wife.

Dwight’s mom, Paula Ann Hendricks (Celia Weston), sells cosmetics door-to-door and dotes on her son as much as he dotes on her. She makes it seem to him that she’s dependent on him ever since her husband died, but she’s really more independent than that. She starts dating the next door neighbor without Dwight’s knowledge.

Series Finale

Episode 20 — The Feud
A family feud reaches a fever pitch, resulting in the shooting of a girl. Meanwhile, Dwight’s peers discover he has a new girlfriend. Dwight tries to separate his love life from his professional life, but that proves difficult.
First aired: August 16, 2011.



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camilla January 19, 2015 at 3:36 pm

When will the show be available on DVD? I’ve been waiting and looking for ages!


Wilhelminia Surles September 29, 2014 at 6:12 pm

When will Memphis Beat return?
I had no idea it was canceled.
This was great entertainment!
What wasxthecissue?


marie July 30, 2014 at 12:29 am

bring it back. you cancel all the good shows


john shields March 17, 2013 at 1:19 am

Down Under miss this very successful show as well; listen to the fans BRING IT BACK!


W March 11, 2013 at 10:59 am

Loved this show.


Debbie February 22, 2013 at 9:50 am

I miss this show too.


Cynthia January 29, 2013 at 1:22 am

How / When or Where, will we be able to get (BUY) both seasons of
Memphis Beat ???


Jean Allison January 4, 2013 at 4:12 pm

I wish they would bring back Memphis Beat. It was a well put together show with good acting, good music and enjoyable show. Lets bring it back.


Anonymous October 31, 2012 at 10:36 am

I am a TNT viewer and I just heard this show is cancelled. I can’t believe it. I’ve been waiting for the new season. The cast is fantastic; the writing great and the location wonderful. This is a well acted, fast moving, fun series. Please reconsider your decision to cancel. Thank you,


Anonymous October 28, 2012 at 11:53 am

Why in the world did you cancel Memphis Beat! It is a great show and better than all the reruns you air. Doesn’t make sense.


BL July 28, 2012 at 8:03 pm

When you have a well crafted, fun, show with great music, it is a shame that they are canceling it. Memphis Beat is one of my all time favorites.


sandra burgess June 29, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Why cancel something refreshing? The sad thing is there are loads of reality crap, but nothing diffrent– and when there is like Memphis Beat it’s cancelled. Will we be able to get the two seasons on dvd?


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