Our Rating: ★★★★½
L Factor: Lesbian TV Show
Short Take: New Orleans cop show in which partners Nikki and Nora are also lovers.
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Year: 2004
Duration: 36 min
Language: USA/English
MPAA: Not Rated
Starring: Joe Chrest, Shemar Moore, Rose Rollins, Christina Cox, Liz Vassey
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Nikki and NoraWith a pilot shot for UPN in 2004, ‘Nikki and Nora’ is the lesbian cop show that never was. Unfortunately, it was never picked up by the network, but the pilot has made its way into the hands of the lucky few. Nora Delaney (Christina Cox, Better Than Chocolate) and Nikki Beaumont (Liz Vassey) are partners in the New Orleans police department, but they are also partners of another kind – lovers.

The two are detectives in the NOPD Special Crimes Unit, and the show is full of New Orleans- specific locations and culture. Nikki is from old money, while Nora comes from a working class family, and her brother is a street cop. A running conflict involves their boss, who has a thing for Nora. She doesn’t feel as if she can be out at work or with her family, while Nikki pressures her to let both know they are a couple.

The plot of the pilot involves the usual cop show setup, nothing too unusual, but there are a few nice moves like a slide over a car from Cox (who did stunts for Million Dollar Baby). When the day is over, the dynamic duo unwind with a bath together – definitely not usual network tv fare, and after the bad guy is finally cuffed, they’re off for a night on the town, sealing the last shot with a kiss.  (AB)