Murder on the border in FX’s compelling ‘Bridge’

Demian Bichir and Diane Kruger play buddy cops from different sides of the US-Mexico border in “The Bridge.”
Demian Bichir and Diane Kruger play buddy cops from different sides of the US-Mexico border in “The Bridge.”Credit: FX Network

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It’s yet another one of TV’s serial-killer puzzles: more mystified cops, more severed bodies, more profiling. And yes, it’s also yet another buddy-cop TV setup, with a pair of detectives who bicker but whose talents nonetheless mesh.

And yet FX’s new drama “The Bridge” rises well above those too-familiar TV tropes and expands into a portrait of a particular part of the world and its people. Just as sun-starved Seattle and its subculture of street kids define this season of “The Killing,” the heat and dust and thorny immigration issues of the U.S.-Mexico border are integral to “The Bridge.” As the action moves back and forth between the countries, it brings us deep inside a divide filled with raw prejudice and class conflict.

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