Homicide: Life on the Street

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Name: Homicide: Life on the Street
Abbreviation(s): H:LotS, HLotS
Creator: Paul Attanasio, David Simon
Date(s): January 31, 1993 to May 21, 1999, February 13 2000
Medium: Television
Country of Origin: United States
External Links: IMDB
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The canon

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).

H:LotS Fandom

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.

Notable works



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