Why Fox's '9-1-1' Isn't Your Typical TV Procedural

Fox’s 9-1-1 is throwing out the rulebook.

On paper, Ryan Murphy’s newest show has all the ingredients of the tried-and-true formula of a television procedural following the Los Angeles police force, firefighters, dispatchers and first responders. Only after watching the first few minutes do you realize it’s anything but that.

Led by an A-list trifecta with Angela Bassett, Peter Krause and Connie Britton,9-1-1 puts a twist on the classic procedural trope, structuring its stories in a way where viewers follow the relatively separate worlds in which each lead character lives -- Bassett as Detective Athena Grant, Krause as Fire Captain Bobby Nash and Britton as 911 operator Abby Clark -- with the occasional group interaction sprinkled in as the tale necessitates. As executive producer Brad Falchuk, Murphy’s longtime collaborator, tells it, the show’s unique format was the selling point.

“Audiences have become very sophisticated -- the cable audience certainly has -- and
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