Old Crime Dramas Are Awesome

Hello loyal fans. Summer vacation is off to a great start here. The baseball cards are all sorted (I keep dangling that out there…) and now I am settling in to some school work before my brain totally checks out. I still have not found a Wii, so in my quest to occupy my brain the TV has come in to play. Luckily, I have discovered that the local YourTV20/Cable 13 station runs some excellent old crime dramas in the morning from 10:00 to 1:00.

What you basically get is a Magnum, P.I. sandwich with some Perry Mason for bread! The shows are decidedly different, but remain fundamentally the same: crime dramas which revolve around a strong central figure.

In the case of Perry Mason you get a sort of film noire style hour long mystery. Perry Mason (played by Raymond Burr), a brilliant attorney, uses his “mad law skills” to defend clients who always seem unquestionably guilty, but who are, in fact, innocent. Generally, Perry is the only one who believes the seemingly guilty person; due to his brilliance, Perry is generally able to coerce the guilty party to admit his crime while on the witness stand. Basically, take some Law & Order and mix in a bit of late 50s/early 60s style, and out pops Perry Mason.

Magnum, P.I. is a decidedly different experience. This program follows Thomas Magnum (played by Tom Selleck) as he romps his way across Hawaii in a bas ass red Ferrari solving crimes as a private investigator. As he frequently reminds us all, he is not a Private “I”. Generally, he is accompanied by his buddies Rick and T.C. and he is persistently pestered by the keeper of the estate upon which he lives, the loquacious Jonathan Quail Higgins. It is very early 1980s.

With the exception of Law & Order, it seems like there are no great TVs crime dramas these days. I long for the good old days when one could flip on the tube and see some great mystery solving and court room interrogation. Where are Dragnet, Hawaii Five-0, The Rockford Files, Miami Vice, The Fall Guy, Simon And Simon, Knight Rider, MacGyver, Starsky And Hutch…I could go on, and on, and on. I say bring them back!

Quote of the Day:

“When a man looks for things that aren’t there and finds them, we call him a detective.” – Perry Mason

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Published in: on June 21, 2007 at 10:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

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