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Television Review

‘Ripper Street’: a gripping Victorian crime drama

What we need is another crime drama.

Yes, kidding. Our TV schedules are lousy with cops out to catch murderers while trying to protect their souls from numbing out. We’ve got travelogue crime dramas (“Hawaii Five-0”), romantic crime dramas (“Bones”), gangster crime dramas (“Vegas”), family crime dramas (“Blue Bloods”), fiber crime dramas (the “CSI” shows), and charming crime dramas (“The Mentalist”), also known as charmas. “Castle” is also a charma. We’ve got Sherlock Holmes (“Elementary”), and on Monday, we’ll have a serial killer obsessed with Edgar Allen Poe (Kevin Bacon’s “The Following”). We clearly have all the blood-spattered, DNA-stained, fingerprint-strewn bases covered.

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