P.I. Meena 2023 / A generic but convoluted mystery with an otherwise spirited, compassionate heroine


It definitely has all the hallmarks of a mystery series—intertwining investigations, corruption at the police level and higher, a dark past that vaguely reflects the central cast—but there’s something about P.I. Meena that keeps it from being more than just a collection of genre markers. It neither feels urgent nor specific enough to separate itself from so many similar shows, and it often jumbles up the stories it tries to tell, leading to a fluctuating tone and hurried pacing. Tanya Maniktala makes for a charming lead, but she can’t help but be overwhelmed by the show’s attempts to hit the familiar beats we expect to see.

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