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The Rise of the Cynical TV 'Hero'

A new type of character has emerged in popular television—the hardened, cynical investigator who sees through everything and everyone and then speaks his version of the truth with raw honesty. He's called Gregory House in the television series House, M.D., or Sherlock Holmes, or the detective Rustin (Rust for short) Cohle in HBO's True Detective.

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