For my semester project I am going to analyze television police dramas. Programming which has become very popular in the United States over the last twenty years. I am going to examine the language that is used on the shows, the actors’ characteristics and traits, and the themes and under-lying messages of each show. I will pay close attention to the commercials that play in between the shows’ air times. I’ll examine the types of commercials that play to see what their connection is to the TV shows and look for correlations between the commercials and the televised programs. I’ll pay attention to the types of commercials that play, what products are advertised and if they relate to the shows’ content. The television police dramas that I am going to analyze are TNT’s Southland, re-runs of Law & Order and NBC’s Law & Order: SVU.