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





Mailing Lists

  • Homicide Life on the Streets Chat and Fic archive link Description: "In my humble opinion, there is by far not enough fiction about Homicide, Life On The streets. Soooo, here's another chance to discuss the show and post a bit of fluff. General friendship, hetero or slash fiction is encouraged. We welcome smarm through the rough and tumble BDSM and beyond. By joining this list you declare to one and all that you are above the legal age. Any fiction posted, will be automatically archived, unless the author includes a "Do NOT Archive" addendum."
  • Homicidal Maniacs archive link Description: "Consider this club as an extension of SaveHomicide.com, where Homicidal Maniacs can discuss ways of bringing back the show."
  • Autofocus archive link Description: "Autofocus is an adult mailing list for Homicide: Life on the Street fanfiction and discussion."
  • Homicide 2 archive link Description: "Welcome to Baltimore's Homicide Unit! Feel free to sit down at any of the Detective's desks & discuss any old, new or ongoing cases."
  • The Waterfront Bar archive link Description: "The Waterfront is a place were we are free to discuss, bicker and debate about The Best Damn Show On Television, Homicide Life On The Street! So take a good long pull on your drink and be prepared to defend your position! Bad poetry and song parodies encourged here on Open Mike Night."
  • Homicide: LotS (mailing list) archive link Description: "For viewers of the best damn show on television, Homicide: Life on the Street. Subscribers know that Homicide is better than Law and Order, E.R., The Practice, and every other critically heralded drama. If you're interested in fan fiction, please subscribe to autofocus. If you'd like to discuss the actors, filmmakers, crew, locations, and storylines of Homicide: Life on the Street, then this is the list for you."
  • Law Dogs [offline] Description: "Slash oriented list for fans of the television dramas Homicide and Law & Order."