Skip to comments.Don’t Abolish The Police Procedural Entertainment
Posted on 06/08/2020 8:13:23 AM PDT by Kaslin
As the protests condemning the tragic death of George Floyd continue and the opportunistic riots rage on, the media has turned against the entire concept of the police with a vengeance. As such, several media outlets have decided to attack a staple of the American television landscape police procedurals.
With recent unjust demonization of the police as a whole becoming a popular political stance from the woke crowd, their positive portrayal on television has come under fire.
Some have argued that the issue with this sub-genre of shows is their focus on the perspectives of their police protagonists at the expense of other voices. Despite this criticism being demonstrably untrue, it also is wholly invalid. The plurality of shows hyper-focus on the perspectives of the people they follow, regardless of genre.
That being said, there are several examples of law enforcement focused shows that highlight the perspectives of the criminals they chase or the communities they serve. White Collar focused on the professional relationship between an FBI Agent and a criminal informant, the latter who is the protagonist. Broadchurch focused as much on the eponymous town and its residents as it did the central murder investigation.
The Wire explores in raw and dark detail the problems with the police alongside their benefits, with both cops and drug dealers as sympathetic main characters. The show included an innocent black man killed by a white cop who faced professional but no legal repercussions, attempts at community-based solutions, and many instances of police brutality. Further, the entire premise of the show centers around an illegal wiretap.
Others have criticized the realism in the shows, citing an unrealistic case closure rate and a brushing over of any negative actions that occur in real life policing. Where is it written that sitcoms and TV dramas are supposed to be realistic? I challenge you to hold our most beloved series to the test of reality.
Twenty-somethings in New York City live in palatial apartments despite seemingly never going to work. High schoolers act like sexually liberated and scheming adults living in a parent-free and homework-free world. People in the government are well-intentioned idealists who just want to make a difference. Why should cop shows to be held to a higher standard?
Of course a show which predicates each episode or season on solving a mystery ought to end with some resolution. And, for the most part, people dont tune into mystery shows or police department sitcoms to experience realism, but rather escapism. The happy ending is part of the deal. A major aspect of these shows appeal is both the excitement of attempting to solve the case alongside the characters and the catharsis of witnessing justice being done as the case ends.
If viewers wish to see actual crimes being solved in a realistic manner, there are documentaries and the news. Unlike the Washington Post, I have faith that TV viewers are aware that their favorite shows are dramatized, even the more grounded and seemingly realistic ones.
The Washington Post references a cost in ratings, but the financial impact was minimized to having to invest in new series to replace the plethora of crime dramas and police comedies. This minimizes the severe economic effect that eliminating these programs would have on the networks, as shows centering around the police make up not just a large percentage of the television offerings, but also a majority of the most watched shows.
According to Neilson ratings, 9 of the top watched 20 TV shows in 2019-2020 are focused on crime fighting, with NCIS, FBI, and Blue Bloods in the top five accompanied only by football. Further, five of the top ten longest running, prime time scripted TV shows center around law enforcement, including 21 seasons and counting of Law and Order: SVU and 20 seasons of both Gunsmoke and Law and Order.
Theres a reason there are seemingly infinite police procedurals on TV: people watch them. There is a set formula and it works. With the right characters and set up, cop shows can be overwhelmingly entertaining. And, unless youre someone who now hates the institution of the police and unduly lumps together the good, hardworking men and women and the bad, there is something for everyone.
Psych and Monk offer goofy comedies with quirky characters and episodes that are equal parts suspenseful and hilarious. Broadchurch and Luther are brooding, character-driven drama with excellent performances and excellent twists. Blue Bloods focuses more on the interpersonal dynamics of a family of detectives and district attorneys. The Wire offers a violent, broad take on some of the issues plaguing the attempts to fight the war on drugs. Sherlock is a sharply written take on the famed detective.
These and countless other series are excellent parts of the television landscape, and many more clever, fun shows are on the way to entertain and excite viewers. Its ridiculous to write off the entire sub-genre because it positively portrays a group with a few bad (and many great) people.
Chicago PD’s Sergeant Voigt shows that some perps need a beating, and that it works. Just have to avoid cameras, which is getting difficult.
When responding to riots, get the ones with the cameras first!
Didn’t both Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union demand people’s struggle enhancing themes in all painting and other art?
Instead of an artist painting a young maiden gazing at the seagulls over a lake they showed people working to help the 5 Year Agricultural Plan by pulling a plow themselves if their tractor died out. And triumphant, inspirational portraits of their leaders.
Soon no police, no shows showing white people as anything but criminals will be allowed on Netflix etc. Or else Netflix goes dark.
Just fire all the sound enineers who think Glocks make a ‘click-click’ sound when drawn.
If youd like detective stories set in Nazi Germany, check out the Bernie Gunther books by Philip Kerr. Lots of moral ambiguity.
Hold on to DVDs of all the vintage cop shows.
Police procedural TV shows are entertaining so we watch. The progressives who run the TV industry have already decided what we can watch as casting includes all races and gender types. The plots depict liberal ways as casual sex, exploitation of minors and irresponsible behavior are dished out nightly. Maybe the left wants the settings which are usually big cities to be shown as utopias, which would be a fantasy.
As I said to another here, I knew long ago the rotten internet-smartphone age would mean destruction of old formats' content (books, magazines, music,TV, movies).
Started when LPs went to CDs and some non-greatest hits songs were lost to CD format. Example:Buddy Miles' Electric Church isn't even on any CD. Neither is Morton Gould's RCA album of the 1812 Overture with real cannon.
Wait until Amazon and iTunes says no more availability allowed for any women artists who do not dress modestly and adhere to new owners' Shariah Law. Could happen like China is doing to what it now owns.
Until the Dem goons break in to my home I have full series dvds of the Untouchables,M-Squad,Dragnet,Adam-12,Peter Gunn, Mr. Lucky,Mike Hammer, Racket Squad,Highway Patrol and more.
The new politically correct, & only acceptable opinion is open season on all cops. Simply rooting out thug cops, even arresting them is no longer enough. Police departments must be perfect (meaning: never arrest black criminals in order to never risk screwing up) or be defunded.
Even Chris Rock is toeing the new PC line.
If CBS cancelled all their police shows they’d have nothing left to air.
Possession of those shows will probably be a death penalty thought crime some day.
Police departments in small to medium sized city will never be abolished. the revenue raised by Bullshit tickets support at least 25% of the city budget.
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