Homicide: Life on the Street
|Name:||Homicide: Life on the Street|
|Creator:||Paul Attanasio, David Simon|
|Date(s):||January 31, 1993 to May 21, 1999, February 13 2000|
|Country of Origin:||United States|
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In the first episode, we see Tim Bayliss join the Homicide department, and get assigned a very reluctant partner, Frank Pembleton. The cast was large and talented, and other characters had important episodes, but in the first five seasons, Frank and Tim's relationship is the focus of the show. When Frank's character leaves at the end of 5th season, most agree that the show never recovered.
Tim evolves more as a character than most stars do; he was gradually led from generic cop homophobe to questioning bisexual, even going on a date with a gay man at one point.
The actors changed, at least slightly, each year/season. The tv show was based on a book, so canon can be one or the other, but usually is the tv show. HLTOS canonically crossed over with both Law & Order, and The X-Files (Munch met the Lone Gunmen).
alt.tv.homicide; multiple mailing lists w/ splits and controversy (including one called the "Schism mailing list"); conventions; remaining archives
Frank and Tim were clearly the fan favorites, and they had all of the intensity that tends to foster a slash fandom. But strong slash fandoms, especially ten + years ago, are rare in the face of a truly loving marriage, and Frank/Tim was no exception. (Other fans wonder if the fact that Frank is played by a black actor had anything to do with the small size of the fandom. (See also Racism in Fandom) Tim was memorably slashed with X-Files' Fox Mulder, and Law & Order's Mike Logan, as well as Chris Rawls, a gay man that Tim dated in one episode.
- Forward Slash/Slash-Evidence series (X-Files/Homicide crossover by Saundra Mitchell)
- Life on the Side and Shadow Self both novellas by Pam Rose
- When I Try To Speak.... a novella by Suzan Lovett (Chris/Tim; Frank/Tim) (published in the zine Entr'Acte
Art: very little print art was created for the series as the small fandom took root at a time when most fans were moving their activities to the Internet. Below are three of the few known drawings to exist, these by Suzan Lovett
- 11 Cents
- Schism (archive for the Schism mailing list, closed since February 2002)
- Slashonthestreet Archive