Point > < Counterpoint — crime dramas

Have crime dramas completely gone to crap? Or is a realistic portrayal of a criminal justice system where nobody’s 100% good or bad long overdue?

Have crime dramas completely gone to crap? Or is a realistic portrayal of a criminal justice system where nobody’s 100% good or bad long overdue?

My readers seem to like “Grandma’s nuggets of wisdom,” which feature her words recounted as accurately as I can remember them. Her video was pretty popular too. I say give the people what they want. In that spirit here’s Grandma’s and my first point > < counterpoint. I hope there are many more to come.

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I can’t believe how much garbage there is on TV these days. I remember watching Perry Mason and Ironside win cases every week — and that poor Ironside was in a wheelchair! Law & Order is a good show too. It’s very realistic and I’ll be darned if I can ever figure out whodunit.

Nowadays my granddaughter watches some show called Orange Is the New Black. Supposedly it’s about criminals, but this is nothing but a show about lesbians! Good lord I never needed to know what women do together but now I do thanks to that shower scene I saw the other night! And what kind of name is Piper for a woman? You don’t even know what those girls did to get there right away — all you know is women are eyeing each other up and using words I’ve never heard but I can put two and two together!

Back in the ’70s we had these two girls at the phone company who were roommates, but we didn’t ask questions about their unnatural acts. I’ve always said people just need to keep their noses out of other people’s dirty laundry.

All I know is that show is a sad substitute for stories where you rooted for the good guys and the bad guys ended up behind bars. No wonder criminals are running the streets these days hopped up on drugs and robbing folks! There are no role models anymore, just a bunch of half-naked women feeling sorry for themselves because they broke the law and landed in jail. Serves them right if you ask me.

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I remember watching the first episode of South Park in 1997 with my then mother- and father-in-law who were visiting from England. The main story line was Cartman’s anal probe, which made him fart fire or something ridiculous. It was a radical departure from traditional cartoons. The fact Henry and Muriel tsked and harumphed through the entire show made it even funnier.

Sixteen years later, a refreshingly candid crime drama has made it to TV courtesy of Netflix. With quality programming like Orange Is the New Black, it’s no wonder the service is giving networks and cable a run for their money. They’re banking on the odds a lot of people have lost interest in formulaic dramas and tired stereotypes of African Americans, the LGBT Community and people in general.

I’ve never seen a realistic crime show with almost exclusively women characters. Or one that made me ask myself, “How far would I go to kiss the ass of powerful inmates?” “Who would visit me if they had to go through a metal detector and the third degree from some corrections officer on a power trip?” “Would my significant other have the self-restraint to record episodes of our favorites shows and wait for me to binge watch them when I was released?”

This is a bizarre time in America. The Supreme Court no sooner validates gay and lesbian rights than a jury verdict belies expectations of equal justice for African Americans by acquitting a light-skinned defendant who claims his crime was God’s will and a state legislature belittles women to the extreme of banning tampons — but not loaded weapons — in the state house. TV alone can’t correct society. But the media can change perceptions. And scaring white, educated, middle-class women with a depiction of one of their own struggling to cope with the realities of our privatized criminal justice system is a good place to start.

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2 thoughts on “Point > < Counterpoint — crime dramas

  1. Sometimes I wonder what it will be like when I am on the other side of the generation gap. I like to think of myself as open-minded and able to keep up with change, but I wonder if it is just inevitable that at some point, the gap is to large to bridge. Do you ever think you would have a similar point -counterpoint with your grand-daughter in the far future?

  2. Sure — if I ever have grandchildren. My daughters all swear they won’t have kids, so my point-counterpoint will be with granddogs or grandcats, and they are all very stubborn when they think they’re right. 🙂

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