Monday, October 23, 2006

Silly Producers, Law is for Lawyers!

I've been cramming all my readings and outlining into the day, in order to clear my schedule and watch those fun legal dramas in the evenings. Grey's Anatomy who? Anyway, I've been watching Justice, a new show about "high profile criminal defense" which basically means that they take a case, make it media crazy, and have glitzy lawyers defend someone that is always innocent yet abused by the media. Sound familiar?

Don't try to compare it to law, because you just get upset.

My question is, how many of these shows make a good faith effort to be accurate? Justice, Law & Order: CI and CSI (all) come to mind as shows that depart the most from reality. In my opinion Law & Order (original) is the only show that really comes close to dealing with actual legal issues.

Which is your favorite? Which one is the biggest insult to the profession? Which one inspires you to be McCoy someday? Discuss. Oh, and the OC doesn't count.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember being impressed that the original L&O contained what appeared to be an accurate discussion on Daubert hearings a few seasons back. Also, I'm pretty sure Jerry Orbach got some award from the NYPD for his portrayal. I know L&O had (has?) police consultants to help with accuracy on that front; not sure about the use of legal experts (Daubert qualified or not).

Inspiring-wise? LA Law all the way. Actually, that show that was on for one season about 10 years ago called Murder One was the best. L&O reruns come in second.

10/24/2006 12:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I enjoy L&O SVU.

I can't stand Boston Legal.

10/24/2006 3:23 PM  
Anonymous TJ said...

West Wing actually does a fantastic job of explaining con law, federalism, election law, etc. I'm a politics junkie and sometimes learned things from the show.

10/26/2006 8:33 PM  

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