Series Review

Viewer Discretion is Advised – Reality TV takes a look at Medical Marijuana and Moonshiners

Just when we thought reality TV had exhausted the range of odd workplace reality shows with the likes of the “Deadliest Catch,” “Ice Road Truckers,” “Miami Ink,” “Lady Hoggers,” “Ax Men,” and the most recent “Tanked,” the Discovery Channel adds two to the list and ratchets the entire category up a notch–following businesses who are engaged in illicit activity.


Are Legal Dramas Missing An Important Part?

By Sofya Abdurakhmanova Legal dramas, like Law and Order, The Practice, and Suits, are meant to enthrall, entertain, and even comment on the human condition. However, they are never meant to provide information about the actual law because the shows manipulate and change the legal system to make it more dramatic. In an ideal world, viewers would recognize these changes and never use Law and Order as a source of legal information. The problem is that this is not the ideal world and when the shows look realistic, the public buys into the content as well as the performance. Previously staple shows like Law and Order were very careful to carry a disclaimer at the end but as the number of legal shows grows exponentially, the time of the disclaimers has gone and there is a seriously troubling flow of false legal information. The perfect example is an NBC show


Franklin & Bash: TNT Still Knows Drama

By Emily Stern Some may label them men-children. Others may describe them as eccentric, unconventional lawyers. But TNT just calls them Franklin and Bash. On June 1st, TNT aired its newest legal comedy/drama, Franklin & Bash, starring Breckin Meyer as Jared Franklin and Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Peter Bash. Meyer and Gosselaar play lawyers working out of what can be most equated to a frat house. All quickly changes, however, as Franklin and Bash win a rather controversial court case. Their victory just so happens to include having their defendant strip down to her bra, once again proving that TNT does know drama. The controversial nature of their win sparks the attention of Stanton Infeld, played by Malcolm McDowell, who convinces the pair to join his very professional and certainly conventional law firm. Franklin and Bash, however, have no intentions of changing their style because regardless of their surroundings, they simply


Was the Moral Lawyer Hiding in LA?

For the tried and true New York native fan of Law & Order, there seemed little to look forward to with Law & Order: LA. Regardless of whether the structure would be the same, the idea of Los Angeles as a character in the show (the way New York very much was) left a good deal to be desired. Considering the national perception of the area, it seemed as though it would be difficult not to focus on movie stars and the wealthy in order for people to “buy” the “LA-ness” of the new series. “Ripped from US Weekly” or some other tabloid simply seemed silly when compared with storylines ripped from the New York Times. And yet, Law & Order: LA had a different trick up its sleeve. Granted, it was after a hiatus for a revamping, but the show returned with a new attitude. More specifically, Deputy District


The Moral Landscape of a Fantasy Kingdom

Game of Thrones Preview By Jeremy Gold The harsh, hyper-realistic period piece True Grit and the dystopian fantasy Blade Runner have both been (rightfully) lavished with much praise by my fellow bloggers. Today we will take a look at a new HBO series that strives to combine elements of each of these films. What moral compromises are we willing to make in order to gain power? What lengths are we willing to go to in order to protect our families? How important is the truth when lives are at stake? With a brutally visceral narrative pace, the characters of Game of Thrones, a fantasy series based on the “Song of Fire and Ice” novels by George RR Martin, must ask these questions. Set in the fantasy continent of Westeros, a South America-sized amalgamation of medieval European culture, the show primarily concerns itself with the changing fortunes of a group of