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Thursday, October 5, 2023

New York Undercover (1994-1999) – TV Review


Jelisa M.http://melanated-source.com
Jelisa is a lover of all music, but 90's R&B has a special place in her heart. She considers the 90's a groundbreaking era for black entertainment that should be celebrated more. "Music is my love language and movies are my mistress."

TV Review • Why didn’t anyone tell me how addicting New York Undercover was? It was on all the time in my house but I never paid attention to it. Now I’m anxious for episodes to drop every Friday on BET. A network showing re-runs was way past due. It’s the least BET can do since they do nothing but show the same movies & tv shows that’s on every other network.

Honestly a show like New York Undercover is needed today. They touched on every situation that you could imagine, from racism, religious reverence, to online predators & much more. Each episode pulled you in by showing what type of case would be solved in the first five minutes of the episode. Of course you want to help solve the crime so you are stuck in the same position for another hour, & that hour turns into 7 if there is a marathon. They knew how to keep your attention in every scene. It’s one of those shows where if you miss one scene you’ve possibly missed a piece of evidence from the case.

Tune In: New York Undercover "Unsung" - JetMag.comDetective Williams (Malik Yoba) & Detective Torres (Michael DeLorenzo) had those NY streets on lock. They were from the streets so they understood what went on in those neighborhoods. Of the episodes I’ve seen, my favorite has been the “Buster and Claudia” episode with Aunjanue Ellis & Terrence Howard thinking they were the 90’s Bonnie & Clyde robbing jewelry stores & catching bodies. It’s always a joy seeing familiar faces on tv shows before they became big celebrities & New York Undercover had plenty of cameos & special guest on their shows. Every episode ended with a musical artist performing at Natalie’s & they had THE BEST soundtrack. Their music budget must have been endless because they had just about every top 90’s artist on the show. 

Of all the cop shows that I’ve watched, New York Undercover has to be in my top 3 & it ain’t 3! It’s a show that a lot of people don’t talk about now, but with them showing it on BET I think it will be another sitcom that will get more appreciation now than it did in the 90’s. From the acting, to the different stories told & the music, New York Undercover is a show that should be celebrated for what it did for the culture. Majority of the episodes touched on today’s issues which comes from great writing. It’s noted as the first police drama in America with 2 lead characters of color, fine lead characters at that. Let’s make sure we keep it on our tv’s & watch it every Friday at 7pm on BET.

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  1. I like Malik Yoba as an actor. That’s probably the only good thing about this show. Other than that it’s good to watch if you want to sleep


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