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Dec
27
comment Evolution/existence of television police proceduals in non-English speaking countries?
I am eager to see if anybody has any knowledge of the genre in Slavic countries... I would expect more differences with "Western" notions of law and crime there.
Dec
27
comment Evolution/existence of television police proceduals in non-English speaking countries?
This is exactly the kind of analysis I was looking for! This genre is really interesting because it can provide some insight into current (at the time) events and the fears of the population or propaganda from the government. The Harry Morgan years of Dragnet were very preachy and the police agreed with every decision they made while Law and Order does a good job at presenting the story and the different, dissenting opinions and allows the viewer to decide how to feel about it while the police and lawyers didn't always agree with their own actions but performed them anyway.
Dec
27
comment Why do British sitcoms have so many fewer episodes than American ones?
I just had this exact same conversation with a co-worker from New Zealand (about The Office and The IT Crowd actually) about he said they justify it by saying it's more about the art than the money/profit. I told him that's an excuse for a lack of budget and fear of "jumping the shark." Purely anecdotal and speculative though :) We also agreed that the US version of The Office was really only good for about the first 14 episodes anyway...