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Television Crime drama’s…. a personal vent with no purpose.

May 30, 2017

…NCIS, Bones, The Closer, NYPD blue, CSI, Criminal minds, Numbers, Blue Bloods are some of the more prominent crime drama series that have filled many of the fourteen years of evenings alone in my wilderness cabin. I started off with TiVo’d copies sent to me by my son of NYPD blue, CSI and Law and Order and soon was hooked by not only a well written mystery but as luck would have it a cast of characters that only enhanced the writing.

Over the years of watching each new season that came out on DVD, remember no television reception at my old cabin, I became aware of at first subtle changes and later major new directions my favorite shows were heading. It would begin with the characters engaging more in a backstory about their personal lives and later almost entire episodes were dedicated to their backstory. Apparently the writers for some reason felt ‘we the people’ were getting tired of a truly well written mystery or maybe they wanted to attract a different demographic range in viewers. Whatever the reason most of my favorite shows became episodes about the characters not the crimes they were trying to solve.

One would think when a show is on for more than ten seasons the producers and broadcasters would be content to hold on to the viewers that pushed their show to the top of the charts, but sadly only a couple shows ran their entire length true to the story line in the original season.

One prominent example of this was the original law and order. From day one for half of each episode the show was dedicated to figuring out the crime and catching the suspect and the other half how they worked to put the criminals away. Sure the characters changed over the 20 years and 456 episodes but for the most part the producers brought in actors and actresses who understood it was a show about a particular crime not about their ego’s. So I guess my vent is why mess with a good thing. If you have millions of people watching for years and years what kind of idiots go and try and change a winner?

When I was a kid many decades ago
I was told
‘don’t mess with something that works’
it seems the networks
don’t understand that truth.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. May 31, 2017 9:10 am

    I think it probably has something to do with “covfefe”.

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  2. May 31, 2017 9:48 pm

    I have been wondering about why things are constantly changing. Dependable websites are not so dependable because they keep changing. Quality of products not so dependable now because the corporation changes to cheaper production. Windows operating system was great at XP, but now we’re at Windows 10, keeps changing. “If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.” Has been replaced by executives thinking, “we need to change it up to be trendy.”

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    • June 1, 2017 11:23 am

      webbermd you are correct in your observations. It seems that most major companies are not satisfied anymore with a loyal following and are constantly changing hoping to garner ‘new’ customers while forgetting those that made them a winner in the first place.

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      • June 1, 2017 9:18 pm

        I have often wondered if it’s also a part of conditioning to move society little by little to a different mind set or purpose. Teaching in the education system I have notice little importance being put on patriotism and more emphasis on the global citizenship. My wife and I have also noticed television shows are dropping a protagonist that is out to help others even the reluctant protagonist that still achieves a level of goodness for an entire cast of self-centered, narcissistic people. What will our youth be like after they have been conditioned into adulthood?


  3. June 8, 2017 12:14 pm

    Classic case of ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’..?!?


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